The Italian and British governments have confirmed that testing is now a requirement for all travellers from the UK to Italy.
There was widespread confusion about the requirement after Italian government on Wednesday suggested it would make testing compulsory for people arriving in Italy from these countries under an upcoming emergency decree next week, and the rules were not expected to come into force until October 15th.
However, Italian health minister Roberto Speranza on Thursday October 8th signed an ordinance bringing the rules into effect immediately.
The Italian Health Ministry has added British, Dutch, Czech and Belgian arrivals to the list of travellers required to submit to a swab test upon entry to Italy.
The Italian government has subsequently updated its travel advice.
The British Foreign Office also issued the following advice on Thursday:
“A negative Covid-19 test result is required when you arrive in Italy from the UK.
Previously only people arriving in Italy from Spain, Greece, Croatia, Malta or one of seven regions of France, including Paris, were obliged to get tested.
Greece, Croatia and Malta have now been removed from the “at risk” list by Thursday's ordinance.
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The testing rule applies to everyone departing from one of these countries, regardless of nationality or where you're a resident.
Travellers can either get tested before they leave – 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.
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 destinaton 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.