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UPDATE: What are the Covid travel rules between Italy and the UK?

The rules for travel between Italy and the UK have changed again. Here's the latest information you need to know before you travel in either direction.

The travel rules between Italy and the UK have changed again.
Here are the latest rules on travel between Italy and the UK. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

This article was last updated on April 6th, 2022.

The rules on travel between Italy and the UK have been updated multiple times over the past few months in response to the changing health situation.

Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

What are the rules for travel from Italy to the UK?

All Covid entry restrictions to the UK were dropped effective from March 18th.

It is now the case that you will no longer need to take any Covid tests or even complete a passenger locator form if you are entering the UK from Italy or any other country.

Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
 
The changes apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers – that means that if you are in Italy and not fully vaccinated, you will no longer have to take pre-departure tests or a day 2 post-arrival test.

The changes mean travel should be as easy as it was before the pandemic began.

Mask wearing for travel into the UK varies: many UK airports and airlines have made it optional to wear a mask while travelling. However, masks are still required on planes if you’re flying into Wales or Scotland.

If in doubt, it’s best to carry one with you, because in any case, you still need them in Italy’s airports.

Travelling from the UK to Italy

While restrictions to enter the UK have been dropped, there are still health measures in place for travel to Italy.

Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

The current rules state that either a Covid vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test result is sufficient for entry to Italy for travellers from any country.

These were the set of rules that came into force on March 1st, which have since been extended until at least the end of April.

Italy also requires arrivals to complete a passenger locator form (download it here and here’s how to fill it out).

As before, the dPLF must be completed by everyone arriving in Italy, by any means of transport, before entering the country. It can also be completed and shown in either paper or digital format.

For those coming from the UK, the current travel restrictions are therefore now the same for non-EU travellers as for those coming from within Europe.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about travel to Italy this spring

The Italian foreign ministry updated its guidance to clarify what counts as “vaccinated” for entry purposes.

According to the Viaggiare Sicuri website, this is either:

  • A completed primary vaccination cycle with an EMA-approved vaccine carried out less than nine months agoor
  • A completed primary vaccination cycle plus booster dose with EMA-approved vaccines, carried out at any time.

Remember that travellers without valid vaccination certificates can enter Italy with either a recovery certificate or a recent negative Covid test.

To be valid for entry, the recovery certificate should show proof from a certified medical provider that the holder has recovered from Covid within the past six months.

Both rapid antigen/lateral flow and PCR/molecular Covid tests are valid for entry into Italy; PCR tests must have been taken in the 72 hour window before arrival in Italy and rapid tests in the 48 hours before arrival.

READ ALSO: How tourists and visitors can get a coronavirus test in Italy

Passengers who fail to present any one of these documents will still be allowed to enter Italy, but will be required to self isolate for five days on arrival and test negative for Covid on day five to exit quarantine.
 
Travel within Italy

Once you’re in Italy, you’ll need to be aware of the various restrictions still in place in order to access various venues and sites.

The Italian government has eased some of its coronavirus containment measures as of April 1st, but its health certificate, known as the ‘green pass’, is still a requirement at many places across Italy.

A tourist shows her Covid-19 certificates for scanning. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

The number of venues and services that require the ‘super green pass’ (or its equivalent in the form of a foreign-issued vaccination or recovery certificate) is reduced from this date.

READ ALSO: Reader question: Do I need a Covid green pass for my trip to Italy?

Some of these spaces will now only require a ‘basic’ green pass – which can also be obtained via a recent negative Covid test result from a pharmacy carried out in the preceding 72 hours (for PCR tests) or 48 hours (for rapid tests); while other venues will dispense with the green pass requirement altogether.

The rules apply to everyone in the country aged over 12.

Access to hotels, outdoor dining at restaurants, local public transport services, shops, banks and hairdressers will no longer require any kind of health certificate from April 1st. Indoor restaurant dining, long-distance public transport services, and outdoor shows and events will require only the basic green pass. 

You can find a complete list of all the places that require a reinforced or basic green pass from April 1st here.

READ ALSO: Where in Italy you still need to show the ‘super green pass’

For more information on the requirements for travel to Italy:

You can also call the Italian coronavirus information line:

  • From Italy: 1500 (freephone number)
  • From abroad: +39 0232008345 , +39 0283905385

Please note that The Local cannot advise on specific cases. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, see the Italian Health Ministry’s website or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

You can keep up with the latest news updates via our homepage or travel news section.

Find more information about Italy’s Covid-19 health restrictions on the Italian health ministry’s website (available in English).

Member comments

  1. I am currently a resident in Italy and I would like to know if anyone in a similar situation has applied for a tessera sanitaria? Basic tasks such as this always seem like such a complicated task. I look forward to anyone’s response.

  2. Audrey francés
    I have lived in Italy and have had residency for 13 years and had a tessera sanataria card all this time.
    This year I have been told my tessera sanataria card is no longer valid after Brexit although I am 80 years old. The uk government says nothing has changed, but now all I have for my healthcare is a piece of paper.
    Have other expats had this happen to them

  3. New rules for travel between UK and Italy? How about don’t. Travel somewhere with less silly covid restrictions.

  4. I am traveling to Italy from the UK the end of the month and wondered if anyone who has done so recently and can advise if a COVID-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Test (results available within 1 hour) taken at the airport is sufficient or if I need a PCR test? Any advice gratefully received!

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STRIKES

TRAVEL: Delays expected as Italian airport workers strike on Friday

Passengers travelling to and from Italian airports were warned to expect delays on Friday, January 27th, due to strikes by baggage handlers and other staff, with Milan's Linate set to be worst affected.

TRAVEL: Delays expected as Italian airport workers strike on Friday

Strike action on by staff from airport ground service companies may result in delays and queues at some Italian airports, with ticket desks, check-in and baggage handling likely to be affected.

At the national level, ground support staff will take part in a strike held by several of Italy’s biggest trade unions during the day, while an additional strike by baggage handlers at Milan’s Linate airport is expected to cause further disruption.

“It won’t be so much a problem of cancelled flights, even if sometimes the airlines seize the opportunity to cancel one that would leave half empty, but of delays,” Renzo Canavesi, CUB union leader for the Lombardy region, told La Stampa.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

At Linate, ground service company Swissport Italia and handling companies Airport Handling and Air Cargo plan to strike on Friday.

Staff from Swissport Italia will hold a 24-hour strike at Linate, while the other two ground operators will strike for four hours (from 10.30am to 2.30pm for Airport Handling; from 9pm to 1am of the next day for Airport Cargo).

Passengers are advised to arrive early for flights and to check the status of their service before leaving for the airport.

Passengers may be entitled to compensation in the event of severe delays or flight cancellations. See our guide for further details.

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.

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