Italy Travel Restrictions

Italy. Travel restrictions. Update December 26, 2021.

The Italy travel restrictions. 

  • You will need to present a negative test result not older than 24 hours (Antigen test), or 48 hours (Molecular test). This is required for all entries, returning Italians as well as foreigners, and a completed vaccination cycle does not exclude you from the test requirements.

I thought I’d make a list of all the travel restrictions in Italy that are in force as of today, December 26, 2021. These things change, so before planning your trip, please check with your local authorities and with the Italian embassy in your home country.

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Here we go:

First: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has created this questionnaire. Check it out. It is the most authoritative way to know if you are allowed to enter Italy or not.

Travel restrictions for entering Italy as of December 26, 2021:

These can enter without restrictions.

  • Travelers to and from the Republic of San Marino, and travelers to and from the Vatican state. 

The new Green Pass

From July 1, 2021, a new system for monitoring travelers within Europe is in place. The Green Pass, a sort of Digital Covid Certificate, should facilitate border crossings in Europe. The situation in December 2021, has resulted in a great variety of rules and regulations concerning border crossings between member states. The Green Pass is not always enough to let you travel.

To get a Green Pass you would need one of the following:

  • Vaccination with a certified vaccine.
  • Documented recovery from a Covid19-infection.
  • Negative test result

The Pass is as of December, not available outside of Europe.

These can enter Italy but are required to present the Green Pass.

You will need a documented, full vaccination cycle, or a documented recovery from Covid-19. You will need to present a negative test result not older than 24 hours (Antigen test), or 48 hours (Molecular test).

  • Citizens of an EU or Schengen Member State. Citizens of Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra,
  • Close relatives to any such citizen if they have been resident in Italy before June 9, 2020. A person who has a stable emotional relationship (?) to anyone resident in Italy, may also enter even if they are not living together.

You will also have to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).

  • If you do not have a Green Pass or any equivalent documentation, or if you have not compiled the dPLF, you can still enter but are required to self-isolate for five (5) days. You are also required to test before and after the self-isolation period.
  • For children under the age of 6 no additional documentation or self-isolation is required.
  • For children age 6 to 17 traveling with a parent, a Green Pass or equivalent documentation is required. However, if the parent is exempt from self-isolation, the children are normally automatically also exempt from self-isolation. Local restrictions can override this.
Italy travel restrictions

These can enter Italy without any specific motivation.

  • Travelers from Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, UK, Republic of Korea, USA, Uruguay, Taiwan, and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

This list is changing. Countries can be added as well as removed, depending on the Covid-situation.

You will need a documented full vaccination cycle. Recovery from Covid-19 is not sufficient (see below). You will also have to present a negative test result not older than 24 hours (Antigen test), or 48 hours (Molecular test)(48 hours for travelers from the UK).

For travelers from Canada, Japan, and the US, documented recovery is sufficient instead of documented vaccination. The negative test result must still be presented.

You will also have to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).

  • If you do not have documnetation of vaccination, or recovery, or if you have not compiled the dPLF, you can still enter but are required to self-isolate for five (5) days. You also need an additional test before and after the 5-days self-isolation period.
  • For children under the age of 6 no additional documentation or self-isolation is required.
  • For children age 6 to 17 traveling with a parent, a Green Pass or equivalent documentation is required. However, if the parent is exempt from self-isolation, the children are normally automatically also exempt from self-isolation. Local restrictions can override this.

From the rest of the world, entering Italy is allowed only for documented reasons such as work, healthcare, school, or to reach your residence in Italy. Not for tourism.

  • From the rest of the world you will have to present a negative test result not older than 24 hours (Antigen test), or 48 hours (Molecular test).
  • You will need a documented full vaccination cycle.
  • You will have to self isolate for a period of 10 days.
  • After which a new negative Molecular or Antigen test must be submitted.
  • You will also have to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).

From South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, and Namibia you can enter Italy practically only if you are an Italian citizen or have your permanent residence in Italy.

There are exceptions. Apart from the rules above these can enter Italy…

  • Any members of the household (spouse, civil or cohabiting partner, dependent children aged below 21 years, other dependent lineal relatives) to a person authorized to enter Italy, is also allowed to enter. This also applies to someone who has a stable emotional relationship with anyone resident in Italy, even if they are not living together.
  • Functionaries of the European Union or any international organization, diplomats, and military personnel on duty.
  • Personnel working on ships or land transportation from Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia: can enter for work reasons, transit (max 36 hours), or for a short stay (max 120 hours)

All persons traveling to Italy from any foreign location are required to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).

Self Isolation

Italy travel restrictions

These categories are excluded from the self-isolation rules.

  • Transport crew members.
  • Travel staff members.
  • Persons traveling for proven work reasons, if citizen of or resident in an EU member state or a country in the Schengen Area.
  • Health personnel traveling to Italy for professional purposes.
  • Cross-border workers entering the country to work and then returning home.
  • Employees of companies with their main or secondary headquarters in Italy, returning to the country after traveling abroad, for work, for no more than 120 hours (5 days).
  • Any travel to and from the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State.
  • Functionaries of the European Union, international organizations, diplomatic missions, and military personnel.
  • Students attending study programs abroad and returning home at least once a week.
  • Persons traveling to Italy for a short stay (up to 120 hours in total) for proven work, urgent or health reasons.
  • Passengers transiting;
  • Persons traveling through the country to reach their country of residence.
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Travel restrictions – Self-isolation in Italy. How does it work?

You are supposed to start your self-isolation immediately after entering the country.

You are allowed to travel the shortest and fastest route to reach your chosen destination. You are not allowed to use public transport. 

Transit passengers are not required to self-isolate. 

If you are on a short stopover between flights and do not leave the airport you are free to board a connecting flight to any other domestic or international destination. 

You can rent a car, use your own car, let a friend (1 person) drive you, or use a taxi. 

Conclusion.

  • If you come from an EU- or Schengen- country, you can enter Italy. You need a Green Pass, and to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF). You also need a negative test result.
  • If you come from Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, UK, Republic of Korea, USA, Uruguay, Taiwan, and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. You need to be vaccinated and present a negative covid-test not older than 48 hours (molecular test)(48 hours for travelers from the UK) or 24 hours (antigen test). You also have to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).
  • If you come from any other country you can only enter Italy for documented necessity. You need to be vaccinated and present a negative covid-test not older than 48 hours (molecular test). You will also need to self-isolate for 10 days after which an additional molecular or antigen test is required. And you need to compile the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).
  • Travelers from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, or Namibia can enter Italy only if they are returning citizens or residents in Italy.

Here is a link to a questionnaire that the ministry of foreign affairs has made. It’s a help to understand if you are entitled to enter Italy, and if so, what you need to do.  

Please respect the local guidelines for containing the spread: Mask-wearing (covering nose and mouth) indoors and outdoors, frequent hand washing, and others.  

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