COVID-19 information and travel requirements

Updated on 1 September 2021 in accordance with Decree-Law no. 111 dated 6 August 2021 and the Ministry of Health Order dated 27 August 2021.

  

Please always double check the information provided on this page with that found on the official websites of the Italian authorities (listed at the end of this page).   

  

ENTERING ITALY

 

Before entering Italy, from any country of origin and for any travel reason, the digital European Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) must be compiled.

 

Travellers from a country within the European Union or the Schengen zone (type C countries)

EU citizens, Italian residents, and citizens of countries included in the Schengen zone can enter Italy without any quarantine obligation, provided that:

1. They fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy, and

2. They present on arrival an EU Digital COVID Certificate. They can get the EU Digital COVID Certificate from their national health authorities. The certificate is accepted in all EU and Schengen zone countries.

An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • received a negative test result
  • recovered from COVID-19

 

Travellers departing from or transiting in Australia, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States (type D countries and special regulations for the USA)

Travellers departing from these countries and travellers who had transited or stayed in these countries in the previous 14 days can enter Italy without any quarantine obligation, provided that:

1. They fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy, and

2. They present on arrival a COVID-19 Green Pass issued by the Health Authorities their home country, certifying:

  • complete vaccination against COVID-19 performed at least 14 days beforehand
  • recovery from COVID-19 and the termination of medical isolation
  • negative result for a rapid molecular or antigenic test performed in the 48 hours prior to entry into Italy

 3. They present a negative result for a molecular or antigenic swab taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry into Italy. In the case of travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the swab must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry into Italy. 

 

Green Passes must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish and can be presented in digital or printed formats.

The whole list of countries under this category is the following:

Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the European continent), United States of America.

 

Travellers departing from or transiting in other countries, including Algeria, China, and Turkey and with the exception of Brazil (type E countries)

Travellers departing from these countries and travellers who had transited or stayed in these countries in the previous 14 days are required to:

  • fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy
  • present a negative result for a molecular or antigenic swab taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry into Italy
  • notify their arrival to the Prevention Department of the Local Health Authority (toll-free numbers and regional information)
  • reach the final destination in Italy only by private means of transport
  • undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days
  • at the end of the 10 day isolation, take an additional molecular or antigenic swab

 

Please visit https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html for specific information for your country of origin.

 

Travellers from Brazil

It is not possible to enter Italy for work reasons for travellers who, in the previous fourteen days, arrive from have stayed or transited in Brazil.

 

COVID-tested flights

Passengers travelling on COVID-tested flights authorized by the Ministry of Health can enter Italy without having to comply with health surveillance and fiduciary isolation obligations.

Passengers travelling on "COVID-tested" flights are required:

  • to present a certificate to the airline on boarding and its control personnel testifying a negative result for a molecular or antigen swab test taken no more than 48 hours prior to boarding
  • to fill in the Passenger Locator Form to be presented before boarding
  • take another molecular (RT PCR) or antigenic swab test on arrival at the destination airport

For further information and a list of routes operating COVID-tested flights, consult the Italian Ministry of Health website.

   

 

ONCE IN ITALY

Green pass

Persons over the age of 12 must present a COVID-19 digital green pass in order to access certain services and activities:

  • Travelling by air, train (Inter City, Inter City Night, and High Speed train types), 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.

 

Mask and spacing

You are required to wear the face mask in indoor public places. Outdoors, the use of the mask is not mandatory, except in situations in which interpersonal distancing cannot be guaranteed or there are gatherings or crowds. It is understood that it is mandatory to always have the mask with you.

 

Public transport 

Trains, buses, trams and subways circulate with 80% of passengers (with the exception of vehicles that use Hepa filters).

  

Moving in Italy

Movements between different regions in the white and yellow areas (therefore low risk) are always allowed, while movements to regions of different colors require the green certification which allows mobility on the national territory and which certifies the its validity in one of the following conditions:

  • negative swab in the last 48 hours
  • certificate of vaccination (validity 6 months)
  • recovery from Covid in the last 6 months.

  

Check this website for information about the pandemics in Italy (updated daily).

   

LEAVING ITALY

 

Regulations vary depending on the country of destination. Please check the requirements established in your destination. 

If you are required to take a molecular or antigenic swab before travelling to your destination, you can do this in Forlì:

  • Bianalisi. Results of PCR swabs are available in 24/48 h in Italian + English translation. No appointment required. Swabs are carried out from Monday to Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30. A PCR swab costs around 65 €. Location in Google Maps.
  • Medoc. Results of PCR swabs are available in 24/48 h in English (or Italian + English translation). Appointment required (email: segreteria.medoc@medoc.it; contact form here; telephone: +39 0543 36970). A PCR swab costs around 85 €. Location in Google Maps.

 

 

OFFICIAL WEBSITES OF THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES

 

Italian Ministry of Health - Travel information about COVID-19 in Italy

Italian Tourism Agency - Travel information about COVID-19 in Italy

Emilia Romagna Tourism Agency - Travel information and security measures in the Emilia Romagna region

COVID-19 Survey - Website with country-specific information about COVID-19 travel restrictions and regulations to enter Italy