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UPDATE: What are the rules on travel to Italy right now?

If you're wondering what exactly the rules are when travelling from your country to Italy right now, here's an easy way to find out.

UPDATE: What are the rules on travel to Italy right now?
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This article was last updated on July 19th.

Italy has relaxed the rules on tourism from some countries, with a focus on those with higher vaccination rates. 

However there are still various requirements and restrictions to be aware of which depend on the country you are travelling from, as well as your personal circumstances.

Wherever you’re coming from, there are many details of the rules which you’ll want to check before setting off – particularly as the Foreign Ministry warns that rules can change at short notice.

Right now, the fastest and most reliable way to check what the rules are in your case is to use the Italian Foreign Ministry’s interactive questionnaire.

This official website is available in English, and is kept up-to-date with full details of the changing Italian government travel rules for travel from each country.

READ ALSO: Can I access Italy’s Covid ‘green pass’ if I was vaccinated in the US?

Photo: ANDREA PATTARO/AFP

What about vaccinated travellers from outside the EU?

Italy’s own green pass allowing quarantine-free travel within Europe has been in use since June 17th, but at present it is only available to people who were vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid-19 in Italy

People from EU and Schengen zone countries, as well as the US, Canada and Japan, can enter Italy and access venues under the terms of the Italian ‘green pass’ but they would need to show equivalent health documents issued in their own country.

For more information on the requirements for travel to Italy (in English):

Italian Foreign Ministry’s information page for Italian citizens returning from abroad and foreign citizens in Italy

Italian Foreign Ministry’s ‘safe travels’ website www.viaggiaresicuri.it

Italian Health Ministry’s travel information page.

You can also call the Italian coronavirus information line:

From Italy: 1500 (toll-free number)

From abroad: +39 0232008345 , +39 0283905385

Stay up to date with Italy’s travel rules by following The Local’s travel section and checking the Italian Health Ministry’s website (in English).

Please note The Local is unable to give advice on individual cases.

Member comments

  1. What about travel for people from outside the EU who have had Covid and are now tested free of the virus? Will they be allowed to travel without a vaccine or do they still need to have one?

  2. Can I get into Venice on June 8th from Greece with USA passport, vaccine certificate, PCR test within 48 hours and locator form, if I arrived in Greece from USA on May 30th? Are there strict quarantine rules?
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  3. Hello!
    I am a fully vaccinated US citizen going to Italy this summer (June 28). I am departing from Chicago and have a layover in London. Then I will fly into Rome. I know that a negative nasal swab result (72 hours before flight) is necessary to bring with. What else do I need? A passenger Locator form? Do I need a passenger Locator form for just Italy or London as well because I have my layover there? I’m not sure about guidelines.
    Any/all help is appreciated.

    Thank you!

  4. The United States has you sign a form promising to quarantine. That’s it. It’s not enforced. I’ve been back and forth 3 times between Italy and the United States during this pandemic. US airports and domestic planes are filthy. Mask wearing is not enforced in the terminals, only on the airplanes. The TSA has everyone taking off their shoes to put in plastic trays with other carry on items. Schifo!!!

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VENICE

EXPLAINED: How will the tourist-control system work in Venice?

Venice is introducing a new system to discourage day-trippers in hopes of curbing problems with overtourism in the popular hotspot. Here is what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: How will the tourist-control system work in Venice?

After years of discussing a possible “tourist tax”, the city of Venice has confirmed it will make day-trippers pay from €3 to €10 for access to the city centre starting on January 16th.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the goal of the new tourism fee is to discourage day tourism at certain times of the year and encourage overnight tourism. Day-trippers will have to pay a fee, but those who stay overnight continue only to have to pay the city tax of €2 to €5, according to a government press release.

The Commission and the City Council will now examine the regulatory text for the final green light scheduled for the summer.

“We are the first in the world to introduce this system, and we are aware that not everything will work well from the beginning, but we will be ready to improve in the course of work. We want to guarantee the tourist the best quality of the visit and make sure that the city is able to give visitors all the services they need”, said Tourism Secretary Simone Venturini.

READ ALSO: After flooding and coronavirus, is it time Venice stopped relying on tourism?

How much will I have to pay?

The contributo di acesso, or access contribution, will cost from €3 to €10, depending on factors such as tourism numbers for the day and season.

The city will determine a certain threshold of tourists, after which people will be required to pay higher sums. Travellers are encouraged to book in advance to avoid price increases.

Does the payment have to be made in advance?

The government said that nobody would be denied entry to Venice, meaning a pre-registration is not necessary. However, the mayor said that those who book their visit in advance would be “rewarded”. The reward will likely discount the fee.

How will the system work? Where do I pay?

According to the City of Venice, the payment is an alternative to the city tax. It will be required from every person that goes to the old city centre of Venice, as well as other major tourist destinations and islands in the region.

READ ALSO: 16 surprising facts about Venice to mark 16 centuries of the lagoon city

A single payment guarantees access to the old town and the smaller islands.

Tourists will be able to pay through an online and “multilingual” platform where they will receive a QR code to present in case of controls. Tickets should also be available to buy in connection with public transport – so if you are arriving by train, it will be possible to buy the train ticket and the entry pass together.

Who is excluded or exempt from the payment?

There are several exceptions to the payment, according to the website. Among them are residents from the Comune di Venezia, those who work or study there, and those who own homes in the city.

Additionally, exceptions include those born in the Comune di Venezia, children under six years of age, people with disabilities and their accompanying person, public workers, volunteers, people visiting family members, prisoners, or attending funerals, and many others.

Residents of the Veneto region “up to the thresholds that will be set by a specific Council resolution” are also exempt.

Those who stay overnight and, therefore, already pay the city tax through their hotel or short-term rental booking are also exempt from the fee.

The city of Murano, in the metropolitan region of Venice (Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash)

What about people arriving on cruises?

Venice is a very popular stop for cruise ships and people visiting the city on a cruise tour will also have to pay the fee as they disembark in the old town. However, the City of Venice said they might determine a lump-sum measure in agreement with the relevant carriers.

READ ALSO: OPINION: Why more of Italy’s top destinations must limit tourist numbers

Which smaller islands are included?

Only one ticket and payment is required for those travelling to multiple islands, including Venice. The islands that are part of the group are:

  • Lido di Venezia
  • Pellestrina
  • Murano
  • Burano
  • Torcello
  • Sant’Erasmo
  • Mazzorbo
  • Mazzorbetto
  • Vignole
  • S. Andrea
  • La certosa
  • S. Servolo
  • S. Clemente
  • Poveglia

What if I simply don’t pay?

If you fail to produce proof of payment or that you are exempt from the fee, the sanction is from €50 to €300. The fine is the same in the case of people making false statements trying to obtain exemptions or reductions.

Additionally, visitors who don’t pay in advance will have to pay the full €10 fee.

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