LATEST: What are the new rules for travel to Italy from the US and Canada?

LATEST: What are the new rules for travel to Italy from the US and Canada?
Alitalia jetliners in Rome's Fiumicino airport. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
A new travel ordinance signed by Italy's health minister Roberto Speranza comes into force from Tuesday. Here's what we know about what it means for arrivals from the US, Canada, and other countries.

The Ministry of Health has updated its latest guidance on its website to clarify certain aspects of the government’s latest travel ordinance, which comes into effect from Tuesday, August 31st, with changes in place for arrivals from several countries.

United States, Canada, Israel, and Japan:

The Ministry of Health website states that anyone who arrives from one of these countries or has passed through one of these countries in the past 14 days must now present:

  • Either a Covid-19 vaccination certification showing that they have completed a full vaccination cycle for at least 14 days, or a certification showing that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 180 days, from their local health authorities.
  • And negative results for a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test taken in the 72 hours before their arrival in Italy.

According to the website of the Italian embassy to Canada, it is possible to enter Italy without one of these items, but passengers who do so will be subject to a five-day quarantine, at the end of which they must take a test. The Ministry of Health website does not currently make reference to the situation of passengers who arrive from these countries without both items. 

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health told The Local on Tuesday that passengers arriving from these countries with only a negative test result and no other certifications may enter the country, but are subject to a five-day quarantine with the requirement to take a test at the end of the self-isolation period.

Arrivals from all the countries listed above are also required to fill out a passenger locator form.

The changes particularly affect US arrivals, who previously were able to enter the country without quarantining by presenting a Covid ‘green pass’ showing proof of vaccination, recent Covid-19 recovery, or a recent negative test result; and were not formerly required to produce an additional negative test result.

All other List D countries:

Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the European continent), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.

Anyone who has arrived from or within the past 14 days passed through one of these countries, must in order to avoid quarantining on arrival in Italy present:

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certification showing that they have completed a full vaccination cycle for at least 14 days from their local health authorities.
  • And negative results for a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test taken in the 72 hours before their arrival in Italy.

In this case, the Ministry of Health makes clear that anyone who arrives in the country without one of these two items may stay, but will be required to quarantine for five days, at the end of which they will need to take a test.

UK arrivals must take their test in the 48 hours before their arrival in Italy, as opposed to 72 hours.

All arrivals from these countries will also need to fill out the passenger locator form.

Other information for travellers arriving from all List D countries

Passengers arriving with a certificate of vaccination must demonstrate that they have been inoculated with a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine. Currently, these are: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.

All certificates must be provided in Italian, English, French or Spanish.

Passengers travelling from any List D country who have passed through any List E country in the 14 days prior to arriving in Italy are subject to List E entry rules.

List E country rules

Travel to Italy from List E countries (all countries not included in Lists A, B, C, or D) for tourism purposes is not allowed. Travel from these countries is only permitted for reasons related to work, health, study, absolute urgency, or return to your primary residence.

Entry into Italy from List E countries is allowed for Italian, EU, or Schengen citizens, and their family members, as well as long-term Italian residents and their family members. Individuals who can demonstrate a proven and stable relationship with a partner who is resident in Italy may also travel from a List E country for reunification.

All passengers must take a Covid test before arriving in Italy, self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, and take a Covid test at the end of the isolation period.

The restrictions apply to anyone who has passed through any of these countries in the 14 days before arriving in Italy.

India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Brazil

Travel from these countries is the most restricted, and is only allowed under certain circumstances.

According to the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Viaggiare Sicuri (Travel Safe) website, travel is allowed to Italy from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka:

  • For those who have registered residence in Italy that pre-dates the ordinance of August 28th, 2021.
  • For those who need to reach the home or registered residence of their minor children, spouse, or civil union partner.
  • For those who are entering the country for study purposes, regardless of citizenship and residence.

Travel is allowed from Brazil:

  • For those who have registered residence in Italy that pre-dates the ordinance of February 13th, 2021.
  • For those who need to reach the home or registered residence of their minor children, spouse, or civil union partner.
  • For those who are entering the country for study purposes, regardless of citizenship and residence
  • For those whose  entry  is  authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health for reasons of necessity, regardless of their registered residence.

All passengers must take a Covid test before arriving in Italy, self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, and take a Covid test at the end of the isolation period.

The restrictions apply to anyone who has passed through any of these countries in the 14 days before arriving in Italy.

The new rules will remain in force until October 25th.


Member comments

  1. If I have a connecting flight from Rome to Sicily, will I be required to quarantine in Rome or can I board my domestic flight and quarantine in Sicily?

  2. Does Italy accept mixed vaccinations of approved vaccines as ‘fully vaccinated’ to enter the country? ie. Dose 1: AstraZeneca, Dose 2: Moderna. I expect so, but am unable to find it written anywhere on the Government website, nor does it seem to have been addressed here at thelocal.it

    1. Patrick, the link in the article for the Italian Embassy to Canada has the following statement (4th paragraph down): Current legislation does not require that first and second doses must be of the same vaccine.

      I’m taking this to mean that travellers can have mixed doses as long as they are both one of the approved doses for use in Italy.

      Link is here, for reference:
      https://ambottawa.esteri.it/ambasciata_ottawa/en/ambasciata/news/dall_ambasciata/2020/03/focus-coronavirus.html

  3. I travelled from Canada YYZ arriving today, August 31, in Rome. The rapid Antigen test is required 72 hours before arrival in Italy, not 48 hours. A negative test result can be presented digitally or by printout. The same applies for the locator form and your proof of vaccination. All of the screening is done by the airline at check-in and again at the boarding gate. On arrival In Rome you need only deal with passport control. Frustratingly, a significant number of passengers were not aware of the change in requirements for today to include a rapid test for fully vaccinated passengers (myself included) and had to scramble to get a test done in time for the flight at the airport. For those the couldn’t get a test done in time, they were denied boarding. Hopefully the wrinkles are ironed out now that guidelines have been published. Perhaps the next round of changes will be announced in a more timely and clear fashion….

  4. I have to say, if you are fully vaccinated, you need only show the authorities – if they ask for it — your full vaccination card. What is so onorous about that – you should carry it with you when you travel anyway. I went to Italy in June on a covid-tested flight and the Italian authorities did not want to see anything related to covid. So, there is no need to become upset about this. Take your trip and have a fabulous time – Italy is amazing!

  5. For Canadians: I checked the Italian embassy website, which directed me to the four
    Canadian airports that provide antigen testing 24/7. Italy accepts antigen results, so we’re now booked at YVR at 9+GST each. We’ll have results in 15 minutes, four hours before our flight leaves for FRA.
    The moral of this story: these days you can never give yourself too much time to make an international connection. We have five hours between flights at YVR and had planned on a pleasant lunch. Now it’s a pleasant lunch + covid antigen tests.

  6. Unless I pay even more to have 24 hour or same day results. Probably safest to do this. Fortunately I can cancel tests with 24 hours prior notice so I think I’ll book the most expensive ones right now and cancel if it turns out 72 hours is the correct information.

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