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.
San Marino and Vatican City
Travellers from the two microstates within Italy face no limitations.
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.
Provided they test negative, they are not obliged to quarantine.
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
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.
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.
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
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 website. You 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.