What are Italy Travel Restrictions during Coronavirus?

What are Italy Travel Restrictions during Coronavirus?

iVisa | Updated on Oct 29, 2021

The global situation is experiencing a marked change for the better after the testing initial months of the pandemic affected many of the countries in the world. The changes are thanks to the combined effort of all affected nations and the implementation of rules and procedures that are aimed to halt the transmission of the virus.

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At the outset of the pandemic, Italy was one of the worst-off countries. However, with strict adherence to health response protocols, the country is now well on the way to recover much of its former status. It is taking everything it has learned about the virus and its pathology, and the technologies developed by other countries. These are integrated into their plans to manage their borders and handle travelers as the country re-opens.

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 is able to travel into Italy?

Travelers who are coming from most European countries and member states of the Schengen Agreement will be able to enter Italy freely, regardless of the purpose of their visit. This means they are not required to fill out the self-declaration. Here is a list of countries whose travelers will be able to enter Italy freely:

Member states of the European Union: Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and Luxemburg. Travelers coming from Bulgaria and Romania, though while members of the EU, will need to quarantine themselves for 14 days once they arrive in Italy.

There are non-EU European states whose travelers will be able to enter Italy without hassle. These are Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This also includes the European microstates of the Republic of San Marino, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, and Vatican City within Italy itself. However, they may still need to present a Health Declaration Card to be able to enter the country.

Will non-EU states be able to enter Italy?

For travelers coming from countries that are not members of the Schengen Agreement or the EU, you will still be able to enter Italy, albeit with a lot of restrictions. You will be able to enter Italy if you are proven to have essential work in Italy; or you are required to study in Italian schools; or you are entering the country for medical reasons; or there is an absolutely urgent reason for you to enter the country.

If your trip to Italy does not fall under any of the conditions stated above, you will not be allowed to enter without a valid reason for entry, and you will need to go on a 14-day quarantine once you are in the country.

I am a traveler from a high-risk country. Will I be allowed to enter the country?

If a traveler is coming from a country that is considered high-risk for COVID infections, then the person will not be allowed to enter the country. If you have stayed in one of these countries within 14 days of your trip to Italy, then you can’t enter Italy. These nations are Moldova, Armenia, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Bangladesh, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Chile, Peru, and Panama.

If you are granted access to Italy despite having stayed in one of the above countries, you will need to show a Health Declaration Card for the authorities to allow you to enter the country.

What other conditions will lead to a traveler getting banned from entering Italy?

All travelers who are infected with COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the country. This is true even if you are a citizen of EU member states or of Schengen states. Italian authorities will also prevent you from entering if you have been in close proximity and contact with someone identified to have the disease.

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Where do I go for information?

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