Although Italy has reopened for leisure travel to many international visitors, keeping track of the rules for various countries has been challenging. And now, given the worldwide increase in infections due to the Delta variant, rules are again in flux.
Here’s the current situation:
- Travelers from the EU and Israel are eligible to visit Italy for leisure travel provided they can show proof of vaccination or a recent, negative COVID-19 test. There is no quarantine requirement.
- As of August 30, 2021, the European Union removed the U.S. from the “safe” travel list because of the rise of infections due to the Delta variant. Given this EU guidance, Italy has decided that unvaccinated Americans will have to quarantine for five days if they want to visit Italy, while vaccinated travelers must take a test for the coronavirus before entering. [source]
- Italy’s Green Pass took effect on August 6, 2021. It is required for planes, trains, indoor dining, museum visits, concerts, and other activities. Italy recognizes health passes from a few other countries in place of the Green Pass (e.g., the CDC vaccination card from the United States).
- There are currently no travel restrictions for travel between regions within Italy. However, the region of Sicily is again in the yellow zone. This means that everyone must wear a face mask in all public places, both indoors and outdoors, and limits on restaurant opening hours and group sizes at tables have been reimposed. [source]
- All visitors to Italy must fill out a self-declaration form prior to travel.
- The COVID-19 questionnaire is the quickest way to find out the travel requirements and restrictions from your country of origin.
This is just a quick summary of the rules for travelers to Italy. More detailed information is listed below.
The Green Pass
On August 6, Italy will require proof of health (aka, “green pass”) for public transportation and for going to restaurants, museums, bars, spas, pools, gelaterie, gyms, concerts, and sporting events. Per the Italian Tourism Board:
As of 6 August 2021, everyone over the age of 12 must present a COVID-19 digital green certificate to access certain services and activities:
- Travelling by air, train, ship, ferry or bus throughout Italy
- Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and pastry shops for consumption at table indoors
- Performances open to the public, sporting events, both outdoors and indoors
- Museums and places of culture, shows
- Swimming pools and gyms
- Private parties, such as wedding receptions
- Festivals and trade fairs
- Conventions and congresses
- Spas and fitness centres
- Gaming halls and betting shops, bingo halls and casinos
Access to these services and activities is allowed on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate or an equivalent certificate [e.g., proof of vaccination card] issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Wanted in Rome also has detailed information on the Green Pass, for both expats living in Italy and for travelers to Italy from abroad.
EU and Schengen Area Travelers
European Union and Schengen Area citizens and residents can visit Italy by obtaining the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which “facilitates safe and free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Per Italy’s Health Ministry, the following conditions should be met:
To enter into Italy, travelers from EU Member States and the Schengen Area are required to present the EU Digital COVID Certificate showing that:
- you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago, or
- you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab), or
- you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy.
Read additional information about EU and Schengen Area visitor travel to Italy from the Ministero della Salute website. You can also find more info on EU travel during COVID from the official EU portal.
Visitors from the US can travel to Italy for any reason, including tourism.
Vaccinated travelers from the United States may enter Italy without the need to self-isolate/quarantine upon arrival if they present a document compliant with Italian and EU regulations. A negative COVID test is also required for entry.
Unvaccinated travelers who arrive with only a negative test result and no other certifications, according to The Local, “may enter the country, but are subject to a five-day quarantine with the requirement to take a test at the end of the self-isolation period.”
The U.S. Embassy Rome website has more information about Italy travel requirements. Make sure you read and follow all of them.
Via the official UK Foreign Travel Advice website:
From 31 August, travellers from the UK can enter Italy without being required to quarantine if they have proof of vaccination and a negative test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.
There are additional steps for UK travelers to Italy. So make sure to visit the UK Foreign Travel Advice website.
Australia currently has a ban on outgoing travel (to all countries save for New Zealand) that is set to last through 2022. So, Australian travelers are only permitted to travel to Italy if they are coming from a third country. That said, Australia strongly recommends against traveling to New Zealand and then on to Italy or elsewhere. The Australian Embassy in Rome has additional details about traveling in Italy for Australian citizens.
Travel Info to Italy for All Visitors
The Italian Foreign Ministry’s interactive COVID-19 questionnaire can help you determine whether you can visit or not. You can also browse the Italian Health Ministry website for detailed information on which countries are allowed entry, required to quarantine, etc.
All persons traveling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide their airline or Italian law enforcement officials with a self-declaration form prior to travel. Save time and frustration by filling out this form before you even set off for the airport.
The best place to find information about travel to Italy is via your country’s embassy in Italy. If yours is not below, browse this list of diplomatic missions in Italy (PDF) from the Italian Foreign Ministry.
- United States Embassy Rome – Italy Travel and COVID-19
- British Embassy Rome – COVID-19 Travel Advice
- Australian Embassy Rome – COVID-19 Information
- Canadian Embassy Rome – Italy COVID advisory
- Embassy of Ireland Rome – COVID situation advisory for Italy travel
Italy Travel Guides
- Rome Travel Guide
- Florence Travel Guide
- Venice Travel Guide
- UNESCO Sites in Italy
- Italian Cities and Regions