Updated on September 24, 2021

Since the first months of 2020, Italy, as well as countries around the world, has been facing the health emergency caused by COVID-19.

Italy is actively proceeding on its path of returning to normality through a differentiated operation on several fronts, namely vaccination, the reopening of activities on the Italian territory and the maneuvers relating to the entry of international tourists into Italy.

Until 25 October 2021 the movements to and from abroad on the Italian territory are governed by 2 March 2021 Ordinance, 29 July 2021 Ordinance and 28 August 2021 Ordinance. Until 25 October 2021, special restrictive measures remain in force for Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


TRAVELLING TO ITALY

Until 25 October 2021 the movements to and from abroad on the Italian territory are governed by Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, the Ordinance of 29 July 2021 and 28 August 2021 Ordinance.

The decree continues to be based on five lists of countries for which are provided for different measures.

Let’s see in detail the health prevention measures on incoming travelers, which vary according to the country of origin.

To check in detail the restrictions in place for travel to Italy from your country, the documentation that you will have to present and the conditions that will be applied upon your arrival, we recommend that you consult viaggiaresicuri.it.


LIST “A”

San Marino and Vatican City

there are no restrictions on travel to / from the states and territories contained in list A.


LIST “B”

States and territories with low epidemiological risk; at the moment, no state is present on this list.


LIST “C”

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), Germany , Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Israel.

Based on the Ordinance of 29 July 2021 of the Minister of Health, extended until 25 October 2021 with the Ordinance of 28 August 2021, for entry into Italy, in case of stay or transit from List C countries in the previous 14 days, it is mandatory to present to the person responsible for carrying out the checks:

  • online location form (also called digital Passenger Locator Form – dPLF), which can be viewed on your mobile device or printed, in paper version.

  • a Covid-19 Green Certification issued or recognized, showing, alternatively:

  1. anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination occurred, with certification of completion of the prescribed vaccination cycle for at least fourteen days;

  2. healing from COVID-19, with simultaneous cessation of the prescribed isolation following infection with SARS-CoV-2;

  3. carrying out, in the forty-eight (48) hours prior to entry into the national territory, of a rapid or molecular antigen test with negative results for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


LIST “D”

Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ( including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, British bases on the island of Cyprus), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions and Macau.

Under Italian law, travel to / from these countries is permitted without the need for a motivation.

From 31 August to 25 October 2021, based on the Ordinance of 29 July 2021 and the Ordinance of 28 August 2021, upon entry or return to Italy, if in the previous fourteen (14) days you have stayed or transited in a country of list D, it is mandatory to present to the person responsible for carrying out the checks:

  • An online localization form (also called digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) duly completed, in digital or paper version;

  • COVID-19 “green” certification, issued upon completion of the vaccination cycle or equivalent certification, issued by the competent health authorities following vaccination validated by the EMA (European Medicines Agency).

  • A certificate attesting the negative result of a molecular or antigen test, conducted with a swab, carried out in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to entry into Italy. The deadline is reduced to forty eight (48) hours for entry from the UK.

In case of non-presentation of the certifications indicated in points 2 and 3, it is still possible to enter Italy but it is mandatory to:

  1. Undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance (informing the competent ASL to activate the surveillance) at the address indicated in the dPLF, for a period of five (5) days.

  2. Perform an additional molecular or antigen test, conducted with a swab, at the end of the five (5) days of isolation.


TRAVELLING FROM U.S.A. and CANADA

ENTRY / RETURN TO ITALY FROM CANADA, JAPAN OR UNITED STATES – SPECIAL RULES

 

The Ordinance of 29 July 2021 and the Ordinance of 28 August 2021, in force from 31 August to 25 October 2021, established that, if you come from Canada, Japan or the United States and have a valid Covid Green Certification or equivalent certification, issued by the authorities local health services, you can enter Italy without being subject to the test and fiduciary isolation obligations indicated above for the other countries included into the list “D”.

Fot these passengers remains the obligation to fill in the digital Passenger Locator Form.

To be recognized as equivalent, the Certification must certify, alternatively:

  1. Anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination took place, with a vaccine recognized by the EMA;

  2. Healed from COVID-19;

  3. Carrying out, in the forty-eight (72) hours prior to entry into the national territory, of a rapid or molecular antigen test, which resulted negative.

If you do not have a certification in the terms indicated above, you can still enter / re-enter Italy following the general rules (see previous paragraph) for entries / re-entries from the countries of List D.


USEFUL INFORMATION

All passengers entering Italy will be required to complete the digital Passenger Locator Form (https://app.euplf.eu/), before entering the Italian territory or, alternatively, the paper self-declaration form (https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2021/04/modulo_rientro_sintetico_25_aprile_2021_eng.pdf).

For Covid-tested flights from the USA to Rome Fiumicino, here the airport’s web page with the necessary information on testing and required documentation:

https://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/covid-tested-flights-procedures

For Covid-tested flights from the USA to Milan Malpensa, here the airport’s web page with the necessary information on testing and required documentation:

https://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/passenger-guide/news/covid-tested-flights

 

CURRENT SITUATION IN ITALY

Updated on September 24, 2021

It is mandatory to maintain the safe distance of at least one meter from non-cohabiting people and wear a mask in public places indoors and outdoors (except when you are isolated from other people).

Mask is not mandatory while carrying out sports activities, for children under the age of 6 and for people with conditions incompatible with the use of a mask or with disabilities.

Public transport can operate with 80% of passengers.

It is possible to travel by car with up to 3 non-cohabiting people including the driver, wearing a mask and letting seat next to the driver free as well as the center seat of each rear row.

It is possible to travel by car without limitations with cohabiting people.

To check in detail the restrictions in place for travel to Italy from your country, the documentation that you will have to present and the conditions that will be applied upon your arrival, we recommend that you consult viaggiaresicuri.it.


THE CURRENT MEASURES

 

GREEN PASS

From August 6, 2021 (DECREE-LAW 23 July 2021, n.105, art.3), on the Italian national territory, the digital green certificate Covid-19 (Green Pass), or equivalent certificate * recognized by the Italian authorities, is necessary, for all people aged 12 and over, to access:

  • any type of restaurant service at the table indoors;

  • sporting shows, events and competitions; museums, institutes and places of culture;

  • swimming pools, gyms, spas, spas, theme and amusement parks, cultural and recreational centers, gambling halls and casinos;

  • fairs, conferences and congresses.

From September 1, 2021 (DECREE-LAW 6 August 2021, n.111, art.2), the Green Pass or equivalent certificate * is also required to embark on:

  • planes;

  • ships and ferries for interregional transport (excluding connections in the Strait of Messina);

  • Intercity and High Speed ​​trains;

  • buses for interregional transport;

  • buses for rental services with driver.

 

The entrance to CHURCHES remains without the obligation of a green pass.

The green pass is issued after the first dose of vaccine – 15 days after administration – or at the end of the vaccination cycle and therefore after the second dose, (valid for 9 months), with the certificate of recovery from Covid (valid 6 months), with the negative result of a swab carried out in the previous 48 hours.


 

“WHITE” REGIONS – MINIMUM RISK

Besides Sicily, all the other italian regions are classified as “white” with a minimum risk.

 As already mentioned, Green Pass is required for all the activities indicated above.

  • In these territories is mandatory to maintain the safe distance of at least one meter from non-cohabiting people and wear a mask in public places indoors and outdoors (except when you are isolated from other people).

  • Mask is not mandatory while carrying out sports activities, for children under the age of 6 and for people with conditions incompatible with the use of a mask or with disabilities.

  • No curfew

  • No movements and times of public places limitations.

YELLOW REGIONS – LOW RISK

Sicily is the only italian region classified as “yellow”, with low risk.

The threshold for changing color is set at 10% for intensive care and 15% for hospitalizations in the medical area.

The most important rule to respect in the yellow zone is the obligation to wear a mask, which becomes mandatory both indoors and in open spaces, as well as a threshold regarding the number of non-cohabiting people sitting at the same table, with a threshold of four. people, both for the tables inside the premises but also outside


VACCINATION IN ITALY

The anti Covid-19 vaccination campaign is proceeding with ever better numbers.

To date, the number of Italians who have received at least one dose is more than 44 millions, more than 74% of the population. These results were obtained thanks to the increase in the availability of doses available and the organization of the vaccination campaign on the Italian territory.

 


REOPENINGS IN ITALY

Since months Italian government is following a classification of regions based on the colors that corresponds to specific precautionary measures:

WHITE (minimum risk) – YELLOW (low risk) – ORANGE (medium risk) – RED (maximum risk).

At the moment, thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign and the containment of Covid-19, all the Italian regions are included in the white area with a minimum level of risk .

Since they are “regions of minimal risk”, all restrictions currently in force are abolished in the “white regions” except for the obligation to wear masks and social distancing, which remains mandatory.

For example, the obligation of curfew has already lapsed in the white areas and this therefore means movements and times of public places totally free!

In addition, in the restaurants and bars in the white regions, in the outdoor area there are no restrictions, except for the spacing of one meter between the tables, while in the indoor bars and restaurants a maximum of six people can sit at the same table. The only derogation provided is that of the possibility for two families to sit together.

 Finally, in the white regions, other activities also reopen such as indoor swimming pools, wellness centers, game rooms, theme parks, social and cultural centers.

 


Updated on September 24, 2021