What are the rules on travelling to Italy right now?

Travellers to Italy are divided into six categories under government guidelines.

What are the rules on travelling to Italy right now?
Travel to Italy for tourism is possible from some countries. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The Italian government signed off an another new emergency decree on October 13th, and many were hoping that restrictions on travel to Italy would be lifted under the updated set of emergency rules.

However, the travel rules have overall stayed the same in the latest update.

In fact, many other rules were tightened as cases have risen sharply in Italy recently – meaning it looks unlikely that travel or other restrictions will be eased soon.

The only changes were to the list of countries from which travellers face mandatory testing upon arrival in Italy, with countries including the UK added to the list.

The current travel guidelines divide travellers into six categories, based on the country they are coming from.
Here’s a quick overview of these categories, outlining the rules travellers should be aware of.

Category A:
San Marino and Vatican City
Travellers from the two microstates within Italy face no limitations.
Category B:
Unrestricted travel is permitted from most EU countries as well as Schengen zone countries, Andorra, and Monaco. However, travellers from some countries will need to take a test or quarantine on arrival.
“Travel to/from EU countries is allowed for any reason, therefore also for tourism, and without the obligation to self-isolate on return. The requirement to fill in a self-declaration form remains,” the Italian government states.
Travellers entering Italy from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and parts of France must get tested for coronavirus either within 72 hours of departing for or 48 hours of arriving in Italy (Since October 8th, Croatia, Greece, and Malta are no longer on this list.)
Provided they test negative, they are not obliged to quarantine.
Photo: AFP
Category C:
People travelling from Romania or Bulgaria are required to quarantine for their first 14 days in Italy. 
The rule applies to anyone who has been to either country in the two weeks before arriving in Italy, however briefly.
“Travel from/to these countries is allowed for any reason but requires mandatory self-isolation and supervision by the competent health authorities on returning to Italy; travellers must fill in a self-declaration form and may reach their final destination in Italy only by private means,” the Italian government states.
For more details travellers are advised to check the relevant country information on the ViaggiareSicuri website
Photo: AFP
Category D:
Countries on the EU “safe list”.
These are currently: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
“Travel from these countries is allowed for any reason, therefore also for tourism,” the latest guidance states. (Travel to these countries is also permitted by Italy, but depends on the rules put in place by those countries' governments.)
“However, on returning to Italy, travellers must self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; they are required to fill in a self-declaration form and reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle.”
Italy differs from most other EU countries, which do not require travellers from “safe list” countries to undergo quarantine on arrival.
Category E:
Rest of the world.
Travel from elsewhere, including from the US, remains possible for essential reasons only and arrivals will still face a 14-day quarantine on arrival.
“Travel to and from the rest of the world is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health, study, absolute urgency, or returning to one's home or residence,” the government guidelines state. “Travel for tourism is not allowed.”
Italian/EU/Schengen citizens and their family members, as well as holders of residence permits and their family members, are allowed to enter Italy from these countries. 
Photo: AFP
The new decree contained a travel ban exemption for those in “stable” relationships – meaning people can travel from these countries to visit their partners in Italy even if they are not married or cohabiting, which as not previously allowed. See more details in a separate article here.
All travellers from these countries “must self-isolate and are required to fill in a self-declaration form, and reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle,” the government guidance states.
Find more details on what is classed as “essential” travel and possible exemptions here.
Category F:
Banned countries.
The decree keeps in place a complete ban on entry from countries on Italy's no-travel list. 
There are 16 countries currently included: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

The ban applies to anyone who has been to any of those countries within the past 14 days, even if they were just transiting there. 

Direct and connecting flights to and from these countries are suspended until further notice.

Citizens of Italy, another EU country, the Schengen Zone or the UK who live in Italy permanently are allowed to return home from one of the countries on the 'risk list'.

See further details of possible exemptions in the latest update on the Italian government's official website.

For more details travellers are advised to check the relevant country information on the ViaggiareSicuri websiteYou may also wish to check the Italian Foreign Ministry's website (in English) as well as the latest advice from the government of any countries you're travelling to or from.

Please note: The Local is not able to advise on specific cases. Contact your embassy for official guidance.

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  1. If we land in milan in transit can we still connect to a flight to somewhere else even though the region is sealed?

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Cases of West Nile fever surge in northern Italy

Italy recorded a spike in cases of West Nile fever in the past week and remains by far the worst-affected country in Europe, new data shows.

Cases of West Nile fever surge in northern Italy

Italy has recorded more than 50 new West Nile virus infections in a week, with a total number of 144 cases and ten fatalities this summer so far.

This equated to a 53 percent increase in cases over the last seven days, Italy’s Higher Health Institute (ISS) said in a report published on Thursday.

Three more people died from the virus in the last week, bringing the total death toll up to 10. 

All known cases and deaths so far were in the northern Italian regions of Veneto, Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna.

The infection is not new to Italy, but this summer has brought the highest number of cases recorded yet.

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Cases remain relatively rare in Europe overall, but Italy has by far the largest number.

According to the most recent report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), dated August 3rd, 120 cases were recorded this year so far – 94 of which were in Italy.

Greece reported 23 cases, Romania two and Slovakia one. Only Italy has reported fatalities.

Carried by birds, West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.

West Nile fever cannot pass from human to human and most infected people show no symptoms, according to the ISS.

In healthy people the virus is unlikely to cause more than a headache or sore throat. 

The infection is usually only dangerous for people with weakened immune systems such as the elderly, and the most severe symptoms occur in fewer than one percent of infected people.

There is no vaccine for West Nile fever. “Currently vaccines are being studied, but for the moment prevention consists mainly in reducing exposure to mosquito bites,” the ISS states.

Italy’s health authorities advises taking precautions against mosquitos, especially during the insects’ peak activity at sunrise and sunset. Recommendations include:

  • Use repellent.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.
  • Sleep in rooms with air-conditioning where possible and keep windows closed or screened.
  • Use mosquito nets.

See more information on West Nile fever in Italy on the health ministry’s website.