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Which travellers face mandatory Covid-19 testing on arrival in Italy?

As Italy has added France to the list of countries from which travellers must undergo Covid-19 testing, here's a look at the rules and who they apply to.

Which travellers face mandatory Covid-19 testing on arrival in Italy?
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Italy doesn’t have a blanket testing requirement for all travellers – so entering the country doesn’t automatically require a nasal swab.

Instead the rules are based on which country you’re arriving from, and which Italian region you fly into, as well as all the other restrictions on who can enter Italy in the first place and whether they have to quarantine.

You can see the full list of Italy's current travel rules in a separate article here.

Unrestricted travel into Italy is currently allowed from all countries within the EU and Schengen zone, including from the UK.

However, passengers coming from the following European countries must undergo testing when travelling to Italy:

  • The UK
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • The Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • France (Paris and other regions deemed to be at high risk)
 
The seven French regions covered by testing requirements are: Île-de-France, which include the capital Paris, Auvergne-Rhône Alpes in central France, the island of Corsica, Hauts-de-France in the north, Nouvelle-Acquitaine and Occitanie in the west and south west, and Provence-Alpes-C'ôte d'Azur in the south east, which borders Italy.
 
The Italian government in October dropped a previous testing requirement for travellers from Greece, Croatia and Malta.
 
Travellers from most European countries do not need to quarantine on arrival, wth a couple of exceptions.
 

Travellers can either get tested before their journey – both molecular (PCR) and rapid antigen tests are accepted, so long as they're carried out no more than 72 hours before your journey – or within 48 hours of arriving.

Provided your test comes back negative, you won’t have to quarantine upon entering Italy from one of these four countries (though it may depend which region you’re going to: some regions have different quarantine and testing rules, so be sure to check with the local authorities first).

Anyone found to be positive, including asymptomatic cases, must report to the local health authorities.

READ ALSO: Covid-19 tests and quarantines – what are the rules for travelling between France and Italy?

How do you get tested upon arrival?

The easiest way to get tested is at the airport, port or station you arrive into: several of Italy’s main transit hubs, including Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in Rome, Malpensa and Linate airports in Milan, Marco Polo airport in Venice, the ports of Civitavecchia and Livorno as well as Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, have set up rapid testing facilities for passengers.

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The procedure varies depending on where you arrive.

Most major airports in Italy now offer rapid testing as soon as you land, as do some international ports and train stations. These tests are free as it is classed as an emergency procedure.

Travellers are advised to contact their destination airport in Italy to confirm the availability of testing on arrival.

For more information about how to get a coronavirus test when travelling to Italy, see our guide here.

For more details travellers are advised to check the relevant country information on the ViaggiareSicuri website. You may also wish to check the Italian Foreign Ministry's website (in English) as well as the latest advice from the British government.

Please note: The Local is not able to advise on specific cases.

Member comments

  1. I would be OK being required to do mandatory testing. Seems like the reponsibile thing under the circumstances. If you have COVID, then appropriate action can be taken and further spread curtailed. If not, why not be tested?

  2. Can anybody tell me whether children under 6 years of age also have to be COVID tested prior to departure from the UK?

  3. Is this correct? There are restrictions in the orange and red zones for citizens of Italy but not for tourists travelling from region to region within the orange and red zones?

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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travellers are once again set to face serious disruption as Italy will experience a new round of transport strikes in February. Here's what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travel to, from and across Italy was disrupted by dozens of strikes in January

And, while many travellers might have hoped for a change in the trend, strikes are set to continue into February as Italian unions have already announced a further round of demonstrations affecting rail and public transport services as well as airline travel.

Here’s an overview of February’s main strike actions, including a national public transport strike on Friday, February 17th and another nationwide walkout from airport ground staff on Tuesday, February 28th.

Public transport

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 (Unione Sindacale di Base) to protest against precarious work and “wild privatisation” attempts on the part of the Italian state.

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

There currently aren’t any details as to what percentage of workers will take part in the action. As such, the amount of disruption travellers should expect on the day cannot be estimated yet. 

Air travel

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 in question 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 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.

Rail

February 5th-6th: Calabria-based Trenitalia staff 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.

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

It’s currently unclear whether Trenord will operate minimum services on the day. Any information regarding the strike will be released on the following website page

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 services in the region is available here.

February 19th: Veneto-based Trenitalia staff 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

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. 

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

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