Italy extends quarantine for EU travellers until end of April

People visiting or returning to Italy from other parts of the EU will have to quarantine on arrival throughout April, the government has announced.

Italy extends quarantine for EU travellers until end of April
Passengers at Milan Malpensa airport. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP

The quarantine requirement for travellers from the European Union or Schengen Zone, which mandates five days in isolation, will remain in place until April 30th, according to the Italian Health Ministry.

Introduced on March 31st, the rule was initially imposed until April 6th but has been extended from April 7-30th by a new ordinance.

It requires people arriving from any other member of the EU or Schengen Zone to test negative for coronavirus no more than 48 hours before arriving in Italy, then spend five days in quarantine regardless. They must then take another test after self-isolating.

Previously EU travellers were only required to test negative before arrival, with quarantine reserved for people arriving from outside the bloc. 

EXPLAINED: Which travellers have to quarantine in Italy and for how long?

Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

The change in the rules was introduced shortly before the long Easter weekend, in a move that seemed aimed at discouraging residents of Italy from taking trips overseas while the country went into temporary lockdown over the holiday.

But it has been extended amid high case numbers in Italy and other European countries, several of which are currently in some form of lockdown.

Restrictions are set to remain tight across Italy until at least the end of April, with only essential travel between towns or regions allowed.

Tourism within the EU remains possible under Italy’s international travel restrictions, but is discouraged by the Italian Foreign Ministry which urges people to avoid any overseas trips unless absolutely necessary.

READ ALSO: Italy cuts quarantine time for travellers from the UK and Austria

Under the Health Ministry’s latest ordinance, the five-day quarantine also applies to travellers arriving from the UK and Israel, who previously had to spend 14 days in isolation.

And most travellers from Austria, who had been subject to three coronavirus tests and two weeks in quarantine, will now follow the same rules as the rest of the EU, though people departing from the Austrian state of Tyrol must continue to spend 14 days in isolation.

Member comments

  1. Ah…no…when you’ve witnessed scores of people dying over the past year from this disease, or getting seriously sick, with long lasting damage, the protesters you mention in “Rome and other places” sound like more clueless Q followers or the such…
    This is about lives, not money. And frankly, if you think this is lockdown, just go to China or Hong Kong where their economy is thriving thanks to these lockdowns.

    1. A little lockdown period, testing non stop, tracing the cases. Result? No cases or deaths from Covid in China. This is not about left or right, it’s about common sense.
      No one is suggesting something that rigorous, but frankly, Italy has not done such a bad job considering they were on the forefront of it all. And so many lives were saved…but then you don’t seem to care about that…

  2. Does anyone know if the Lateral Flow Test is the same thing as the Rapid Antigen test accepted by Italy?

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What to expect when travelling to Italy this spring

If you're planning a visit to Italy in the coming warmer months, here's what you need to know about Covid rules, strikes, and more.

What to expect when travelling to Italy this spring

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Italy, and with Covid travel restrictions now a thing of the past, international visitors can look forward to a hassle-free trip this year.

READ ALSO: Nine of Italy’s best events to catch in spring 2023

But while Covid’s unlikely to disrupt your plans, upcoming transport strikes and potential drought restrictions could throw some curveballs your way, and it’s always best to plan accordingly.

With this in mind, here’s what to expect on your trip to Italy this spring.

Covid rules

There are no longer any Covid-based requirements for entering Italy from abroad, or for accessing goods and services within the country.

Anyone who tests positive for the virus is required to isolate for up to five days, but can leave as soon as they test negative.

Under current Italian law, those who leave isolation after five days without a negative test should wear an FFP2 mask in public until the tenth day from the onset of symptoms or first positive test result.

Anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has tested positive should wear an FFP2 mask indoors or in crowded spaces up to the fifth day from the last point of contact.

Masks are required in hospitals until April 30th, 2023.

While masks are otherwise no longer mandated in Italy, you’ll still see plenty of people wearing them on public transport and in shops, and in some places you may see signs asking you to put one on as a courtesy to the staff.

Transport strikes

Italy has recently been hit by a series of nationwide transport strikes by workers protesting high living costs and job insecurity. Airports, trains and local public transport services are all affected. 

Several nationwide and local strikes have been announced for late March and April, including an air traffic operators strike on the afternoon of April 2nd and a nationwide train strike from Trenitalia staff on April 14th.

READ ALSO: Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this spring

Staff at Milan’s main public transport operator, ATM, will strike on March 31st and April 19th.

Keep checking The Local’s strike coverage for the most up to date information on transport strikes.


In the first half of 2022, along with much of the rest of Europe, Italy experienced a record-breaking heatwave and drought, with temperatures more than 10°C above the norm.

Scientists fear Italy may experience further severe drought this spring, in which case some areas could experience water shortages and be subject to restrictions on filling swimming pools and other non-essential uses.

READ ALSO: Why Italy is braced for another major drought this spring

If you’re a regular visitor to Italy, temperatures may be higher than you’re used to for the time of year: check the forecast before coming and pack accordingly.