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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?
Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

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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Italian low-cost airline staff to strike on October 1st

Pilots and flight attendants from Ryanair and Vueling will strike on Saturday, October 1st over wages and working conditions, unions said.

Italian low-cost airline staff to strike on October 1st

Pilots and cabin crew from Ryanair and Vueling will take part in a national strike action on Saturday, October 1st, Italian unions confirmed in a statement released on Monday. 

The statement said Ryanair staff will hold a 24-hour walkout, whereas Vueling staff will strike for a total of four hours, from 1pm to 5pm.

At the time of writing it wasn’t yet clear how the strike would affect passengers, though significant delays or cancellations can’t be ruled out. 

Italian trade unions Filt-Cgil and Uiltrasporti called the strike in protest against the employers’ failure to “grant acceptable working conditions and wages that are in line with minimum national salaries”. 

Unions also slammed Spanish airline Vueling’s decision to lay off 17 flight attendants based in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport “after months of hard work and professionalism”. 

A Vueling Airbus A320 plane.

Staff from Spanish airline Vueling will strike over working conditions and the recent lay-off of 17 flight attendants. Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

The upcoming strike will be the latest in a long series of demonstrations that rocked Europe’s airline industry over the summer, causing significant disruption to thousands of air passengers. 

READ ALSO: Airport chaos in Europe: What are your rights if flights are delayed or cancelled?

The last significant strike was held on Monday of last week, when a 24-hour national strike from unionised ground staff caused Italy’s flag carrier, ITA Airways, to cancel several domestic flights. 

On that occasion, ITA said affected passengers were rebooked on the first available flights.

As with all previous strikes, passengers travelling with Ryanair or Vueling on Saturday, October 1st are advised to contact their airline for updates prior to setting off.

In the event of delays and/or cancellations, the rights of all passengers are protected by EU regulation EC 261. This applies to any air passenger flying within the EU/Schengen zone, arriving in the EU/Schengen zone from a non-EU country by means of a EU-based airline (all airlines involved in the strike are EU-based) or departing from the EU/Schengen zone. 

READ ALSO: Passports: What are the post-Brexit rules for dual-nationals travelling in Europe?

According to this regulation, airlines are financially accountable for any journey disruption they are responsible for. That includes disruptions caused by airline staff strikes. Therefore, should your flight be significantly delayed or cancelled, you might be entitled to receive compensation from your airline. 

For further information on what you might be entitled to and in which cases, check our guide here.

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