Things to Remember on How to Enter Italy during Coronavirus

Things to Remember on How to Enter Italy during Coronavirus

iVisa | Updated on Oct 29, 2021

The initial outbreak of the coronavirus blew up into a pandemic that affected most of the countries in the world. The recent improvements seen come thanks in no small part to the collective effort of all affected countries to implement protocols designed to slow down or permanently halt the spread of the virus into their territory.

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Italy may once have been one of the most severely affected countries in the world, but it is now firmly on the road to a full recovery, with many of its hospitals shutting down their COVID-19 wings after the last of their patients have recovered. The country is taking all it knows about past pandemics and the current outbreak, along with the knowledge and technology developed by other countries, and integrating them all into a plan that will help keep the disease at bay while it re-opens borders to international travel.

Read on and find out how Italy will move forward with their immigration policies and how they will handle border management and travelers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Italy?

  • COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter Italy.

  • Check the testing FAQ to find out more about entry requirements for arrivals from each country.

  • Approved vaccinations are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Johnson & Johnson. You are considered vaccinated if all doses of a vaccine against SARS-Cov-2 have been administered for at least two weeks before traveling.

Which category is my departure country?

  • Category 1: Travelers coming from EU countries and the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco can enter Italy.
  • Category 2: Travelers coming from Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao can enter Italy.
  • Category 3: Travelers coming from the UK, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands can enter Italy.
  • Category 4: Arrivals from the rest of the world can enter Italy for essential reasons only.

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Italy?

COVID test prior to arrival: Dependent on category of arrival country. Exemptions: Children under 6 and arrivals from Vatican City and the Republic of San Marino

  • Category 1 eligibility: Travelers from EU countries and the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco

    • Category 1 test requirement: PCR or antigen within 48 hours
    • Category 1 test exemptions: Proof of vaccination or recovery within 180 days of positive test
  • Category 2: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao

    • Category 2 test requirement: PCR or antigen within 72 hours plus
    • Category 2 vaccination requirement: Proof of full vaccination.
  • Category 3: UK, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands

    • Category 3 test requirement: PCR or antigen within 48 hours, plus
    • Category 2 vaccination requirement: Proof of full vaccination.
  • Category 4: Travelers from the rest of the world can enter for essential reasons only

    • Category 4 test requirement: PCR or antigen within 72 hours, plus
    • Category 4 test after arrival: PCR on day 10

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Italy?

Quarantine requirements: Dependent on the traveler's location in the 14 days before arrival:

  • Category 1: Arrivals from EU countries and the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco

    • Quarantine category 1: 5 days for arrivals without a negative swab test, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate
    • Quarantine testing category 1:antigen or molecular swab test on day 5 to end quarantine
  • Category 2: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao

    • Quarantine category 2: 5 days for arrivals without a negative swab test or a vaccination certificate
    • Quarantine testing category 2: Antigen or molecular swab test on day 5 to end quarantine
  • Category 3: UK, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands

    • Quarantine category 3: 5 days for arrivals without a negative swab test or a vaccination certificate
    • Quarantine testing category 3: Antigen or molecular swab test on day 5 to end quarantine
  • Category 4: Rest of the world

    • Quarantine category 4: 10 days
    • Quarantine testing category 4: Test on day 10 to end quarantine

Who can travel freely into Italy?

If you come from European countries, you will be free to travel and enter Italy whatever your purpose is (including tourism). Here are the states in Europe whose travelers are free to enter Italy:

European Union member states Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, Portugal, Hungary, Spain, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, and Luxemburg. Italy requires a 14-day quarantine for travelers who stayed in Romania and Bulgaria, two members of the European Union, within the last 14 days.

Travelers coming from the non-EU European states of Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the microstates of Andorra, Republic of San Marino, Principality of Monaco, and Vatican City will be able to freely enter into Italy. They will still need a Health Declaration Card before they will be let into the country.

What about for those from other non-EU states?

If you are from a country that is not a member of the EU or the Schengen Agreement, you will be allowed to enter Italy if there is an absolute urgency on your part that you enter; it is proven that your work inside the country is necessary; you are going in for health reasons; and if you are proven to be a student or other study requirements inside Italy.

In certain conditions, citizens of third states will be able to enter Italy even without providing a reason for entry. But otherwise, all inbound travelers to Italy not coming from the countries stated above will need to have a valid reason for entry into the country. And once they enter, they will need to subject themselves to a 14-day quarantine period.

What about for travelers from high-risk countries?

Travelers from countries considered high-risk for COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Italy. If a traveler stayed in one of the following countries within the last 14 days, they will be forbidden to enter the country: Bosnia Herzegovina, Armenia, Kosovo, Moldova, Chile, Panama, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Montenegro, and North Macedonia.

What conditions will ban a person from entering Italy?

Even if you are a citizen of a country which can freely enter Italy, you will not be allowed to enter the country if you have positively been identified as infected with the coronavirus. You will also be banned from entering if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

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