Reader question: What are the quarantine rules for unvaccinated children travelling to Italy?

Reader question: What are the quarantine rules for unvaccinated children travelling to Italy?
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The Italian government has announced a change to the rules on travel from the US, Canada, Israel and Japan. The entry requirements are now stricter for adult passengers - but do they also apply to children? Here's what we know so far.

Question: Following the changes to the rules on travel to Italy from the US, do kids who aren’t vaccinated have to quarantine on arrival or are they exempt?

Under revised entry rules, the Italian health ministry states that anyone entering Italy from the United States, Canada, Israel, or Japan or who 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.

Passengers arriving in Italy without both required documents will need to undergo a five-day quarantine, the Health Ministry confirmed to The Local.

However, as under-12s can’t be vaccinated in either Italy or the US, several readers have contacted The Local in recent days to ask for clarification on the requirements for children travelling with adults who have the required proof of Covid vaccination or recovery.

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Some families are wondering whether or not their children will have to quarantine during their long-awaited Italian vacation, while others who live in Italy and are currently visiting relatives in the US say they are concerned about what this means for the return to school in Italy in mid-September.

According to the Italian tourism board: “Persons under the age of 18 are exempted from the obligation of isolation (where applicable) only if they are accompanied by an adult (parent or other companion) in possession of a Covid green certificate (green pass).”

Meanwhile, children under six years of age are exempted from taking a pre-departure Covid test to enter Italy, according to the latest guidance from the Italian embassy in Washington. All children above this age must take the test, whether they are vaccinated or not.

Children under the age of 12 in Italy are also not required to have the ‘certificazione verde or ‘green pass’, which since August 6th has been required to enter many cultural and leisure venues across Italy, and since September 1st has been required to access long-distance public transport, including interregional trains and domestic flights.

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  1. Why is Italy’s rules on Under 12s different to most other member states? In most others, anyone under 12 is exempted. In Italy only under 6’s are exempted.

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