COVID-19

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Check out our recommendations and advices to organize your next vacation and live it safely.

Before leaving

Measures valid until 15 December 2021.

Italy applies health-related restriction measures to incoming travellers, which may vary depending on their country of origin. The dispositions you must follow in order to enter Italy are given below.

EU countries, Schengen area, Andorra, Principality of Monaco

Travellers from these countries can enter Italy without quarantine obligation, provided that they:

  1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy. If you do not have suitable technological tools, you can download the printed version of the Passenger Locator Form.
  2. Present the EU Digital COVID Certificate on arrival. Non-EU citizens can present a COVID-19 Green Certificate, in paper or digital form, issued by the health authorities of their home country, certifying negativity to the virus, successful recovery or vaccination recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Travellers who, on entering Italy, do not present this documentation may nevertheless enter the country but must undergo fiduciary isolation for 5 days and inform the Prevention Department of the competent Local Health Authority (see page: COVID-19 Toll-free numbers and regional information). After 5 days of isolation, they must perform an additional molecular or antigen test.

If, in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, you stayed in a country other than those mentioned in this section, you may be subject to additional restrictions. For information about your trip, visit viaggiaresicuri.it.

Other countries from which travellers may enter Italy without the obligation of fiduciary isolation

Measures valid for travellers arriving from Australia, Bahrein, Canada, Cile, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus but excluding territories outside the European continent), Uruguay, Taiwan, Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. Anyone who has stayed or passed through one of these countries in the 14 days prior to entering Italy must:

  1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy. If you do not have suitable technological tools, you can download the printed version of the Passenger Locator Form.
  2. Present COVID-19 green pass or certificate on arrival issued by the health authority of their country certifying complete vaccination against COVID-19, performed at least 14 days beforehand, using a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Travellers from Canada, Japan and the United States of America may alternatively present a COVID-19 green pass of successful recovery or certification of successful recovery issued by competent health authorities.
  3. Present a document certifying that they have performed a molecular or antigenic swab test in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy with negative results. The term is reduced to 48 hours for travellers from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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

Travellers who, on entering Italy, do not present this documentation may nevertheless enter the country but must undergo fiduciary isolation for 5 days and inform the Prevention Department of the competent Local Health Authority (see page: COVID-19 Toll-free numbers and regional information). After 5 days of isolation, they must perform an additional molecular or antigen test.

If, in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, you stayed in a country other than those mentioned in this section, you may be subject to additional restrictions. For information about your trip, visit viaggiaresicuri.it.

Countries from which it is forbidden to enter Italy

Entry into and transit through Italy are forbidden to persons who have stayed or transited in the previous 14 day period in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

Exceptions are allowed to Italian citizens who registered their residence in Italy prior to 26 November 2021. Such persons may enter Italy with their minor children, spouse or civil union partner, provided they do not present symptoms of COVID-19 and must observe the following obligations:

  1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy. If you do not have suitable technological tools, you can download the printed version of the Passenger Locator Form.
  2. Present on embarking a document certifying having taken a molecular test 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy with a negative result.
  3. On arrival, they must undergo a further molecular or antigenic swab test and remain in isolation until the test result is received.
  4. They must remain in fiduciary isolation for ten days at the address indicated in the Passenger Locator Form.
  5. They must take a new molecular or antigenic test at the end of the isolation period.

Countries not included in the previous lists

Travellers from all other countries are not allowed to enter Italy except for certain specific reasons:

  1. work
  2. health
  3. study
  4. absolute urgency
  5. return to domicile, home or residence

Swab exemptions for infants and minors

Children under the age of 6 are not obliged to present proof of a negative result for molecular or antigen tests on entry into Italy but must comply with the isolation obligation when required.

Persons under the age of 18 are exempted from the obligation of isolation (where applicable) only if they are accompanied by a parent who is also exempt from such requirement because of the possession of a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery.

More detailed information and useful links

You can find out the conditions of entry into Italy from your country with a couple of clicks at viaggiaresicuri.it You will be asked to indicate:

  1. Country of origin
  2. Country(ies) you have travelled through in the last 14 days
  3. Possession of EU citizenship or citizenship of a country in the Schengen Area
  4. Possession of registered residence in Italy as a long-term resident or kinship with a long-term resident residing in Italy

At the end of this process, you will be informed if there are any restrictions in place for travel to Italy from your country, the documentation you will have to present and the conditions applied on your arrival.

National information line 1500 was activated by the Italian Ministry of Health to answer questions from the public about the novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The hotline is open 24/7.

Travellers can contact the Ministry of Health at the following numbers:

  1. from Italy: 1500 (free toll number)
  2. from abroad: +39 0232008345 - +39 0283905385

For more information, visit the specific Ministry of Health web page for travellers.

To guarantee the safety of residents and tourists, the Italian government has introduced a classification of regions based on the colors white (minimum risk), yellow, orange and red (maximum risk).

Each colour corresponds to different prevention measures that regulate the possibility of movement on the regional territory, the movement between regions, the opening of commercial activities, restaurants and places of culture.

On the basis of the local situation, the Italian regions can introduce further measures, valid only on their own territory, which are added to the national provisions.

For more information we recommend that you visit the website of the region or regions you want to visit:

  1. Abruzzo
  2. South Tyrol
  3. Basilicata
  4. Campania
  5. Calabria
  6. Emilia Romagna
  7. Friuli Venezia Giulia
  8. Lazio
  9. Liguria
  10. Lombardia
  11. Marche
  12. Molise
  13. Piedmont
  14. Puglia
  15. Sicily
  16. Sardinia
  17. Tuscany
  18. Trentino
  19. Umbria
  20. Aosta Valley
  21. Veneto

The EU Digital COVID Certificate for entering Italy

The EU Digital COVID Certificate allows all travellers to move freely within the European Union and the Schengen area.

The document certifies one of the following conditions:

  1. vaccination against COVID-19
  2. negative result of an antigen or molecular test carried out in the 48 hours (antigenic test) or 72 hours (molecular test)
  3. recovery from COVID-19

You can apply for the EU Digital COVID Certificate through channels recognized in your country, such as testing centres, national health authorities or an eHealth portal.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate can be issued to:

  1. citizens of the European Union and their family members
  2. third-country nationals who stay or legally reside in one Member State and have the right to travel to other Member States

If you have the EU Digital COVID Certificate, you can enter Italy without quarantine obligation. You can show it on arrival in digital format to the operator, who must check its validity directly from your smartphone, or present a printed version. Both versions have a QR code containing essential information and a digital signature ensuring their authenticity. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is valid in all EU countries and the Schengen area. For more information, visit the official web page of the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Non-EU citizens can present a COVID-19 Green Certificate, in paper or digital form, issued by the health authorities of their home country, certifying vaccination recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Consult the "Where did you travel from" section to check in detail the conditions of entry into Italy from your country.

The EMA currently recognizes the following vaccines:

  1. Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech)
  2. Spikevax (Moderna)
  3. Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  4. Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Johnson&Johnson)

The EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel, services and recreational activities

Throughout Italy, people over 12 years of age must present a COVID-19 Green Certificate attesting to vaccination, recovery or a negative swab result in order to access certain services and activities:

  1. Travelling by air
  2. Travelling between different regions on ships and ferries
  3. Travelling on High Speed, Intercity, Intercity Night, Inter-regional and Regional trains (with the exception of services provided within municipal areas or metropolitan cities)
  4. Travelling between different regions by coach
  5. Local public transport services (bus, metro and similar)
  6. Cable cars, cable-ways and chairlifts with windscreen domes
  7. Hotels and accommodation facilities
  8. Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and pastry shops for consumption at table indoors
  9. Performances open to the public, sporting events, both outdoors and indoors
  10. Museums and places of culture, exhibitions
  11. Theme and amusement parks
  12. Swimming pools and gyms
  13. Private parties, such as wedding receptions
  14. Discotheques
  15. Festivals and trade fairs
  16. Public ceremonies
  17. Conventions and congresses
  18. Spas and fitness centres
  19. Gaming halls and betting shops, bingo halls and casinos

Green certification is also mandatory for travel - using any means of transport, even private - into and out of territories possibly classified as "red zone" or "orange zone", in the absence of work, health or proven reasons of urgency.

From December 6 to January 15, only COVID-19 vaccination and recovery certificates will be accepted in order to access some services and activities, such as:

  1. Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and pastry shops for consumption at table indoors
  2. Performances open to the public, sporting events, both outdoors and indoors
  3. Discotheques

Take a look at the table on this page for detailed information.

Certificates issued by the Health Authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States are considered equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate and therefore allow access to all services and activities listed in this section.

Validity of the certificates

The vaccination certificate is valid for nine months from the completion of the vaccination cycle or the administration of the booster dose. The certificate is also issued after the first dose; in this case, it is valid 15 days after administration and up to the scheduled date for administration of the second dose.

Certification of full health recovery is valid for six months.

Certification of COVID-19 negative status is valid for 48 hours from the time the swab is taken for the rapid antigen test and 72 hours for the molecular test.

Information and useful links

Official web page of the EU Digital COVID Certificate

Ministry of Health web page for travellers

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:

  1. to present a certificate to the airline and its control personnel on boarding testifying a negative result for a molecular or antigen swab test taken no more than 48 hours prior to boarding
  2. to fill in the Passenger Locator Form to be presented before boarding
  3. 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 Ministry of Health website.

General provisions

Last Update: 30 November 2021

To ensure the safety of residents and tourists, the Italian government has introduced a classification of regions based on white (minimum risk), yellow, orange and red (maximum risk) colour codes. Each colour corresponds to a number of prevention measures governing travel possibilities within a single region and between regions, the opening of businesses, restaurants and places of culture.

Italy is now entirely in the white zone. For information about individual services, consult the table below:



Travel between Regions Allowed only for proven needs of work, situations of necessity, health reasons, return to personal residence/domicile/home. Also allowed to persons with COVID-19 green certificates.
Travel inside a Local Council area or Region Allowed within the Local Council area only for reasons of work, health or proven urgency.
Hotels and accommodation facilities Open
Catering services inside accommodation venues is always available for guests without time limits.
Restaurants Closed
Only take-away is allowed until to 22.00 and home delivery without time limits
Bars, pastry shops, ice cream parlours Open from 05.00 to 18.00 only for take-away.
It is forbidden to consume food or drinks inside or outside the premises.
Museums and places of culture Closed
Villas and parks Open for physical and motor activity
Theatres, cinemas and concert halls Closed
Sporting events No access for the general public
Discotheques and dance halls Closed
Shops Closed
Only shops selling essential goods are open (for example grocery stores, pharmacies, parapharmacies, tobacconists, newsstands, bookstores)
Shopping centres Closed
Only shops selling essential goods are open (for example grocery stores, pharmacies, parapharmacies, tobacconists, newsstands, bookstores)
Places of worship Open
Travel between Regions Allowed only for proven needs of work, situations of necessity, health reasons, return to personal residence/domicile/home. Also allowed to persons with COVID-19 green certificates.
Travel inside a Local Council area or Region

Allowed within the Local Council area from 05.00 to 22.00

Hotels and accommodation facilities Open
Catering services inside accommodation venues is always available for guests without time limits.
Restaurants Closed
Only take-away is allowed until to 22.00 and home delivery without time limits
Bars, pastry shops, ice cream parlours Open from 05.00 to 18.00 only for take-away.
It is forbidden to consume food or drinks inside or outside the premises.
Museums and places of culture Closed
Villas and parks Open for physical and motor activity
Theatres, cinemas and concert halls Closed
Sporting events No access for the general public
Discotheques and dance halls Closed
Shops Closed.
Only shops selling essential goods are open (for example grocery stores, pharmacies, parapharmacies, tobacconists, newsstands, bookstores)
Shopping centres Closed.
Only shops selling essential goods are open (for example grocery stores, pharmacies, parapharmacies, tobacconists, newsstands, bookstores)
Places of worship Open
Use of face mask

Wearing masks is mandatory both outdoors and indoors.

Travel inside a Local Council area or Region Allowed without restriction
Local public transport

Everyone over 12 years of age must present a COVID-19 green certificate in order to travel on local and regional public transport (bus, metro, etc.).

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Medium and long distance public transport

A Covid-19 Green Certificate is mandatory for travel:

  1. by air
  2. between different regions on ships and ferries
  3. on High Speed, Intercity, Intercity Night, Inter-regional and Regional trains
  4. between different regions by coach

Travel to and from orange or red zones requires a Certificate even when using private vehicles.

Hotels and accommodation facilities

Accommodation facilities are open, in compliance with social distancing and the protocols and guidelines adopted to prevent or reduce the risk of contagion.

Access to anyone over 12 years of age is only allowed with a COVID-19 Green Certificate.

Restaurants

Open

Sitting at tables is always allowed. There is no limit to the number of people who may sit at the same outdoor table.

People over 12 years of age may eat and drink at table indoors only if they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification. No more than 4 non-cohabiting people can sit at the same table; there are no limits to the number of people for 2 families who decide to dine together at the same table.

Bars, pastry shops, ice cream parlours

Open

Sitting at tables is always allowed. There is no limit to the number of people who may sit at the same outdoor table.

People over 12 years of age may eat and drink at table indoors only if they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification. No more than 4 non-cohabiting people can sit at the same table; there are no limits to the number of people for 2 families who decide to dine together at the same table.

Shops

Open

Shopping centres

Open

Museums and places of culture

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate at the entrance.

Theatres, cinemas and concert halls

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas and live-clubs are open.

People over 12 years old can attend shows provided they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Seating must ensure a distance of at least one metre between non-cohabiting spectators. Since limits are envisaged for indoor and outdoor capacity alike, we recommend that you check whether reservations are required.

Ski slopes and ski lifts

Open

People over the age of 12 must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate to buy a skipass and use cable cars, cable-ways and chairlifts equipped with windscreen domes.

Villas and parks Open
Sporting events

Sporting events are open to the public, with a maximum capacity of 50% outdoors and 35% indoors. Seating must ensure a distance of at least one metre between non-cohabiting spectators.

People over 12 years old can attend events provided they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Gyms, swimming pools, swimming centres

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate at the entrance.

Spas and wellness centers

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate at the entrance.

Theme And Amusement Parks

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate at the entrance.

Discotheques and dance halls

Open

People over 12 years of age can access with COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Places of worship Open
Parties and ceremonies

Parties celebrating weddings and other civil or religious ceremonies are allowed.

Participants over the age of 12 must be in possession of a Covid-19 Green Certificate.

Gaming halls and betting shops, bingo halls and casinos

Open

A digital COVID-19 green certificate must be presented at the entrance.

Use of face mask

It is mandatory to wear masks only indoors.

Outdoors, keep a mask with you at all times and wear it in case it is not possible to maintain a safe distance.

Travel inside a Local Council area or Region

Allowed without restriction

Local public transport

Everyone over 12 years of age must present a COVID-19 green certificate in order to travel on local and regional public transport (bus, metro, etc.).

Taxi


Medium and long distance public transport

People over 12 years of age must present a Covid-19 Green Certificate when travelling:

  1. by air
  2. between different regions on ships and ferries
  3. on High Speed, Intercity, Intercity Night, Inter-regional and Regional trains
  4. between different regions by coach

Travel to and from orange or red zones requires mandatory Certification even when using private vehicles.

Hotels and accommodation facilities

Accommodation facilities are open, in compliance with social distancing and the protocols and guidelines adopted to prevent or reduce the risk of contagion.

Access to anyone over 12 years of age is only allowed with a COVID-19 green certificate.

Restaurants

Open

Sitting at tables is always allowed. There is no limit to the number of people who may sit at the same outdoor table. Up to a maximum of 6 non-cohabiting people may sit together indoors; there are no limits to the number of people for 2 families who decide to dine together at the same table.

From 6 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, people over 12 years of age will be able to eat and drink at table indoors provided they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Bars, pastry shops, ice cream parlours

Open

Sitting at tables is always allowed. There is no limit to the number of people who may sit at the same outdoor table. Up to a maximum of 6 non-cohabiting people may sit together indoors; there are no limits to the number of people for 2 families who decide to dine together at the same table.

From 6 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, people over 12 years of age will be able to eat and drink at table indoors provided they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Shops Open
Shopping centres Open
Museums and places of culture

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show the COVID-19 digital green certificate at the entrance.

Theatres, cinemas and concert halls

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas and live-clubs are open.

There are no outdoor or indoor capacity limits.

From 6 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, people over 12 years of age will be able to attend shows if they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Ski slopes and ski lifts

Open

People over the age of 12 must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate to buy a skipass and use cable cars, cable-ways and chairlifts equipped with windscreen domes.

Villas and parks Open
Sporting events

Sporting events are open to the public, with a maximum capacity of 75% outdoors and 60% indoors. Seating must ensure a distance of at least one metre between non-cohabiting spectators.

From 6 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, people over 12 years of age will be able to attend events provided they have COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Gyms, swimming pools, swimming centres

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show the COVID-19 digital green certificate at the entrance.

Spas and wellness centers

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate at the entrance.

Theme And Amusement Parks

Open

Everyone over 12 years of age must show a digital COVID-19 green certificate at the entrance.

Discotheques and dance halls

Discotheques are open to the public, with a maximum capacity of 75% outdoors and 50% indoors.

From 6 December 2021 to 31 January 2022, people over 12 years of age will be allowed access with COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certification.

Places of worship Open
Parties and ceremonies

Parties celebrating weddings and other civil or religious ceremonies are allowed.

Participants over the age of 12 must be in possession of a Covid-19 Green Certificate.

Gaming halls and betting shops, bingo halls and casinos

Open

A digital COVID-19 green certificate must be presented at the entrance.

Abruzzo: bianco
Basilicata: bianco
Calabria: bianco
Campania: bianco
Emilia Romagna: bianco
Friuli Venezia Giulia: giallo
Lazio: bianco
Liguria: bianco
Lombardy: bianco
Marche: bianco
Molise: bianco
Piedmont: bianco
Puglia: bianco
Sardinia: bianco
Sicily: bianco
Tuscany: bianco
Trentino: bianco
Umbria: bianco
Aosta Valley: bianco
Veneto: bianco
South Tyrol: bianco

During your stay in Italy

Throughout Italy, pay attention to a few basic rules. Wear the mask indoors and keep it with you outdoors, so that you can wear it in all situations where it is not possible to maintain a safe distance. In some regions, it may be mandatory to wear a mask always, even outdoors (see map above).

The following persons are not required to wear masks:

  1. children under the age of 6
  2. people with disabilities and their carers if the mask makes communication between them impossible.

Always keep a safe distance of one metre from other people and wash your hands frequently or, if this not possible, sanitize them with alcohol-based sanitizing gels. You will find sanitizing gel dispensers at the entrances to shops, restaurants and other businesses.

  • It is always advisable to take out travel insurance, to ensure economic coverage in case of delay / cancellation of flights and not to be exposed in case of health problems: also consider this option while planning your visit to our country.
  • Before making your reservation, ask about the conditions put in place by the tourism companies you have chosen (eg hotel). This way you will know in advance what will happen in the event of any new restrictions due to Covid.
  • In payment transactions, whenever possible, choose the use of credit cards, debit cards or mobile apps over cash: contactless payment methods make contact opportunities almost nil and limit risks.
  • Whenever possible, use electronic versions of tickets or vouchers. In this way you will reduce the opportunities for contact due to the passage of sheets from hand to hand (and in addition you respect the environment).
  • Book in advance: to ensure the safety of your guests and customers, places of culture and commercial services such as restaurants allow the simultaneous entry of a limited number of people. experience in an intimate and safe way.