UPDATE: Italy to lift quarantine on vaccinated arrivals from UK

UPDATE: Italy to lift quarantine on vaccinated arrivals from UK
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Fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in Italy from the UK with a negative Covid-19 test will no longer have to undertake a 5-day quarantine from Tuesday, the health minister said.

Roberto Speranza tweeted Saturday that he had signed a new ordinance ending the “mini-quarantine of five days” for vaccinated arrivals from the UK.

Rome had re-imposed the quarantine for those arriving from Britain from June 21st as the Delta variant spread rapidly through the United Kingdom.

But from Tuesday all arrivals from the UK, no matter what their nationality is, won’t have to quarantine as long as they as they can produce certifications confirming that they are fully vaccinated and have tested negative, in either digital or paper format.

Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and British bases on the island of of Cyprus are all considered parts of the UK for the purposes of the new travel guidelines. 

There was some confusion about when the rule change would come into place with the Italian embassy in the UK initially tweeting that the relaxed rule of vaccinated travellers would start on September 1st, before making the correction to August 31st.

Arrivals from the UK will need to have taken either a molecular PCR test or a rapid antigenic test in the 48 hours before arriving in Italy, according to the ordinance.

Arrivals from all other “List D” countries can produce a test taken within the 72 hours prior to their arrival in the country. All arrivals must fill out a digital passenger locator form.

List D countries include the United States of America, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore; the full list is provided on the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Viaggiare Sicuri or ‘Travel Safe’ website.

The latest Viaggiare Sicuri update highlights that passengers arriving from Canada, Japan or the United States are still required to take a PCR or antigen test in the 72 hours before arriving in Italy, even if they have a Covid green pass or equivalent certification.

The new decree will remain in force until October 25, 2021.

Some coronavirus restrictions were reinstated for the region of Sicily again from Monday as the spread of the Delta variant caused concern — the first time such measures have been re-imposed on a regional level since the start of summer.


Member comments

  1. I arrived in Umbria yesterday, 31/8, so don’t need to quarantine for 5 days. However, I believe I need to inform the Health authority in Umbria that I have arrived. But I can only find a telephone number and my Italian is not good enough. When I arrived in December I found email address for USLUmbria1 but I can’t find it this time. Help!

  2. my wife and i who are fully vaccinated have booked a flight to venice towards the end of october this year. Our son who will be 17 by then has had the first pfizer jab but the second will not be available by then. will we have to self-isolate

  3. Anyone got a suggested rationale why UK stays on 48 hours whilst everywhere else is 72 hours before arrival to do the PCR test? 48 hours is very challenging and hugely more expensive as a result. Almost impossible for flights on a Monday. With little scientific logic. The virus is now basically the same everywhere. I note the UK asks for 72 hours from Italy….

    1. Flights from the UK to Italy take as little as 1.5 hours. Flights from the US to Italy on the other hand can take up to 13 hours. Ideally you take a test as close to the arrival date as feasible, as evidently a (PCR/antigen) test only proves that you don’t have covid in that particular moment.

  4. This end to the quarantine is great new for us UK visitors. Has anyone filled in the still required eu passenger locator form? Even with the guidance notes it’s a bit confusing. Any tips?

  5. The article says that the decree is “ending “the mini-quarantine of five days” for arrivals from the UK”.
    The tweet says he is extending the restrictive measures for arrivals.
    This looks like no change.
    Is the article wrong?
    There is still no official announcement on the website of the Ministero della Salute.
    Government by Twitter is bound to confuse!

      1. Also ‘disporre/dispone’ has many contextual meanings.

        However, the official statement has now been issued: https://www.trovanorme.salute.gov.it/norme/renderNormsanPdf?anno=2021&codLeg=82596&parte=1%20&serie=null

        It makes clear that the 5 days isolation is only required of those who do not present evidence of vaccination and a negative test:
        2. In caso di mancata presentazione delle certificazioni di cui al comma 1, lettere a) e b), è fatto
        obbligo di sottoporsi a isolamento fiduciario per cinque giorni presso l’indirizzo indicato nel
        Passenger Locator Form e a un test molecolare o antigenico, effettuato per mezzo di tampone,
        alla fine di detto periodo.

  6. Unfortunately Milan health authority stating quarantine still applies for full 5 days if you have already arrived (even though wording of the decree doesn’t appear to depend upon the date you arrived, just that you showed your vaccination documents to officials when travelling).

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