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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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    +13105282912

  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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What does Italy’s general strike on Friday mean for travel?

Italian trade unions have called a nationwide general strike for Friday, May 20th. Here's a look at how travel within the country will be affected.

What does Italy’s general strike on Friday mean for travel?

The strike has been organised by a range of national and regional trade unions representing various sectors in protest at the Italian government’s spending on the Ukraine war.

Union leaders say the funds should be targeted instead at increasing workers’ wages and, in turn, families’ purchasing power.

Walter Montagnoli, national secretary of the CUB union, told SkyTG24: “The conflict needs to be stopped. […] Draghi’s government is taking military expenses to 2 percent of our GDP: national defence expenses will go from 25 to 38 billion euros, thus reducing the budget for healthcare, education, public transport, the construction industry and, naturally, pensions and wages.”

Demonstrations are set to take place in cities across Italy, including in Milan, Rome, Messina, Palermo, Catania, Cagliari, Turin, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Turin, Genoa, La Spezia, Reggio Emilia, Trieste, Bergamo and Taranto, according to media reports.

Strike action is otherwise expected to focus on the transport sector, meaning some disruption to travel plans is likely – depending on where you are in Italy and what time you’ll be travelling.

Here’s a look at what you should know before setting out on your journey on Friday. 

Train services 

Railroad services will be affected for a period of 24 hours, from 9pm on Thursday to 9pm on Friday.

However, Trenitalia has already communicated that Freccia and Intercity trains will run regularly and essential regional services will be guaranteed in the following time frames: 6am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm.

If you’re travelling with Italo, the company has published a list of its guaranteed services on its website

Local public transport 

Local public transport including buses, trams and metro trains in Italian towns and cities will also be affected by the strike action, but the magnitude of disruption to regular services will depend largely upon the area.

Rome and Milan will likely be the most affected cities.

In Milan, metro trains will run regularly until at least 6pm, whereas buses and tram services may be affected between 8.45am and 3pm and after 6pm.

In the capital, local transport providers ATAC and TPL said services will operate normally before 8.30am and from 5pm to 8pm.

If you’ll be commuting, you’re advised to consult the website of your local transport provider before setting off.

Flights

The ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) confirmed that all flights between 7am and 10am and between 6pm and 9pm will operate as normal.

However, they strongly suggest that travellers contact their airline to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport.

See ENAC’s website for further information.

Travelling by car

Travelling by car might also be fairly problematic (or more problematic than it usually is) as motorway toll booth staff are set to strike from 10pm on Thursday to 10pm on Friday.

While the impact may differ from one part of the country to another, this is likely to mean a smaller number of toll booths are open and, as a result, lines at some motorway entrances will be longer than usual.

Drivers are advised to consult motorway operator Autostrade per l’Italia’s traffic map for real-time updates.

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