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Checklist: Which countries can you visit from Italy?

Many countries have begun lifting coronavirus border restrictions – but not to everyone. If you're travelling from Italy, here's where you can come and go freely. (This article was last updated on June 22nd.)

Checklist: Which countries can you visit from Italy?
A passenger at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to restart international travel, opening up to visitors from within the European Union, Schengen Zone and UK from June 3rd. 

READ ALSO: How Italy has changed its rules on international travel

But until this week, travel options remained limited as Italy's neighbours kept their borders closed. 

That began to change on Monday, June 15th, when many other countries in the EU lifted their bans on non-essential travel

People in Italy can now visit those countries freely without having to prove their trip is urgent or quarantining at either end of the journey. The same goes for people living in other countries who want to visit Italy but would previously have had to self-quarantine upon returning home.

But there are still some exceptions to be aware of, even within Europe. Here's the complete list of where you can and can't travel from Italy.

No travel outside Europe until at least July

Forget taking a far-flung holiday in the near future: travel to or from Italy from anywhere that isn't the EU, Schengen Zone or UK remains strictly limited. It is only possible in an emergency, for urgent work reasons, or if you're returning to your country of residence – and anyone entering Italy from outside Europe must quarantine themselves for two weeks after arriving.

According to the Italian Foreign Ministry's Viaggiare Sicuri travel website, those restrictions will remain in place until at least June 30th.

What happens after that remains unclear. The European Commission is recommending that countries consider a “progressive and partial” reopening to non-EU travellers from July 1st, but the Italian government has not yet confirmed which countries it will lift restrictions on first, or when.

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The countries in Europe you can visit without any restrictions

Within the EU and Schengen Zone, you can now travel freely between Italy and most other countries.

Here's the list of countries you can currently visit without a quarantine or any other special requirements:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

You're also free to cross in and out of the microstates of San Marino, Vatican City, Monaco and Andorra. 

And remember, if you have been in a country outside Europe within 14 days of entering Italy – even from an EU or Schengen country – you will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arriving here.

The countries in Europe you can visit with certain requirements

Croatia is open to all EU tourists, but you'll need to show that you've booked accommodation before you arrive. Read more about the situation from the Croatian tourist board.

Greece has also reopened, but if you're arriving on a flight from Italy you'll have to get a coronavirus test on arrival and spend the night in a hotel while you wait for the results. If you test positive, you'll be kept in supervised quarantine for 14 days. 

READ ALSO: Face masks, forms and fewer bags: Italy's new rules on flying

Cyprus allows visitors from countries with a low number of infections ('category A') to enter without restrictions, while people from a handful of other countries ('category B') will be allowed to enter provided they provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel, or on arrival if unavailable in the departure country. Italy is currently classed in category B.

Visitors to Iceland must agree to be tested for coronavirus on arrival or observe a two-week quarantine. Travellers must pay for their own test, which will cost you 15,000 Icelandic krona (around €100). 

The UK has a mandatory two-week quarantine for everyone arriving from another country, including Italy. The British government says it will review the policy every three weeks and may introduce exemptions for countries where the transmission rate is low.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about UK quarantine if you're travelling from Europe

Ireland likewise has a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone entering the country from overseas.

Romania's borders are open to EU travellers, but visitors from countries with a high number of infections – including Italy – have to quarantine for two weeks on arrival. Find the latest list here.

Slovakia has reopened to many EU countries, but at the time of writing Italy was not one of the 19 'safe' countries from where people may travel without a test or quarantine. So if you travel from Italy, you must show a negative coronavirus test from within the previous 96 hours and then get tested again after arrival, self-isolating until you receive the result. Find updates here.


Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The countries in Europe you can't visit yet

Malta will reopen to tourists from July 1st, and even then only to certain countries and regions. At the time of writing most travellers from Italy will remain banned, unless they're travelling from the islands of Sicily or Sardinia. For updates, see the Malta tourist board's website.

READ ALSO: Which airlines are restarting flights to Italy in June?

Finland is allowing only essential travel from most other countries, including Italy, until at least July 14th.

Norway also has a ban on almost all foreign tourism. 

Denmark has advised its citizens to avoid unnecessary foreign travel throughout the summer and remains closed to tourists from most other countries, including Italy, until further notice.

Hungary has reopened to a small number of countries but remains closed to most, including Italy. 

Each country's travel advice is subject to change. Check the latest guidance from your government before booking, and be prepared to follow local lockdown rules and safety measures in any country you visit.

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  1. We know someone who has travelled by car from Sweden to Italy,so i’m guessing it goes both ways.

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STRIKES

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travellers in Italy will face disruption again this month amid a new round of transport strikes. Here's what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travel in Italy was disrupted by dozens of localised strikes in January, and this is set to continue into February as Italian unions announced a further round of demonstrations affecting rail and public transport services in many areas, as well as airline travel.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

Here’s an overview of February’s main strikes, which are again mainly local or regional, but include a national public transport strike on February 17th and a nationwide walkout by airport ground staff on February 28th.

February 5th-6th: Trenitalia staff in the southern Calabria region will strike from 9pm on Sunday, February 5th to 9pm the following day. 

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 9th: Staff from Lombardy’s Trenord will take part in a 22-hour strike – from 2am to 11.50pm – on Thursday, February 9th.

It’s currently unclear whether Trenord will operate minimum services on the day. See the company’s website for further information. 

February 12th: Air traffic control staff at Perugia’s San Francesco d’Assisi airport will take part in a 24-hour strike action on Sunday, February 12th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the walkout will affect air travel to and from the airport on the day.

Travellers at an Italian airport

A national strike from ground service staff may cause delays and queues at many Italian airports on Tuesday, February 28th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

February 12th-13th: Trenitalia staff in Emilia-Romagna will strike from 3.30am on Sunday, February 12th to 2.30am on Monday, February 13th.

A list of guaranteed rail services in the region is available here.

February 17th: Public transport staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Friday, February 17th. 

The strike was called in late January by Italian union USB to protest against precarious work contracts and privatisation attempts by the Italian state.

There currently aren’t any details as to what percentage of workers will take part in the action or how widespread the disruption is likely to be.

February 19th: Trenitalia staff in the Veneto region will strike from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, February 19th. 

Guaranteed services are available here.

On the same day, there will be no service between Milan’s Milano Centrale station and Paris’s Gare de Lyon due to a strike from staff at France’s national railway company SNCF.

READ ALSO: Trains and planes: Italy’s new international travel routes in 2023

Empty train platform in Codogno, Lombardy

Staff from Lombardy’s regional railway operator Trenord will strike for 22 hours on Thursday, February 9th. Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

February 20th: Trenitalia personnel in Lombardy are expected to strike from 9am to 5pm on Monday, February 20th. 

Guaranteed services haven’t been made available yet. 

February 28th: Baggage handlers and other airport ground service staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Tuesday, February 28th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the strike will affect air travel during the day, though a similar demonstration caused significant delays and queues at some Italian airports in late January.

ENAV air traffic operators based in Calabria are also expected to strike on February 28th, with the walkout set to start at 1pm and end at 5pm.

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.

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