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At a glance: What Covid-19 rules are now in place in Italy?

Italy scrapped a large number of its Covid restrictions on May 1st - but that doesn't mean there aren't some measures still in place. Here's a recap of exactly what the rules are in Italy right now.

Italian police officer on patrol in Rome.
Italy has pledged to ease health measures in the coming weeks, but many restrictions currently remain in place. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

While some countries have abandoned almost all health restrictions, Italy has retained some rules for the month of May and going into June.

The decreto riapertura, or ‘reopening decree’, released in March, allowed for almost all of the country’s Covid restrictions to be dropped on May 1st; but an ordinance released at the end of April amended the decree to keep certain restrictions in place until June 15th.

READ ALSO: Italy extends Covid indoor mask mandate for some venues

As the rules have changed several times in recent weeks, there has been considerable confusion about what exactly people should expect when visiting.

Here’s an overview of Italy’s most important Covid restrictions rules you need to know about.

Masks

As of May 1st, masks are no longer required for a large number of indoor venues, and aren’t needed outdoors at all.

Bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, museums, galleries, gyms, swimming pools, spas, nightclubs and workplaces all no longer require any kind of mask (under national law – individual businesses may choose to impose their own, stricter rules).

Masks are still required on local and long-distance public transport; in health and social care environments, such as hospitals and residential homes; in schools; and in indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, live music venues, and indoor sports arenas and stadiums.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: When do you still have to wear a mask outdoors in Italy?

High-grade Ffp2 masks are required on public transport (including planes, trains, ferries, buses, trams, coaches, school buses, trams and the metro) and in indoor entertainment venues; while lower-grade surgical masks are accepted in health and social care facilities and schools.

Children under the age of six are exempt from all mask-wearing requirements.

Police can issue fines of between 400-1,000 euros to those who refuse to comply with the rules on wearing masks.

Green passes

As of May 1st, the requirement to show proof of vaccination or recent recovery from Covid (known in Italy as the ‘green pass’) to access most facilities and services has been dropped.

No health certificate of any kind is now needed to access almost all venues in Italy; the only exception being hospitals and care homes, which continue to require a ‘super’ or ‘reinforced’ green pass or its equivalent in the form of a foreign-issued vaccine or recovery certificate.

For entry into Italy from abroad, travellers can either show a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, or a recent negative Covid test result (see more below).

Italy recognises proof of vaccination with all European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved Covid vaccines and three additional vaccines as valid for entry into the country and as equivalent to the country’s ‘reinforced’ green pass.

People show their green passes outside a museum in Rome. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Venue capacity

Italy had lowered the maximum capacity of theatres, nightclubs, sports stadiums and other venues throughout the pandemic, but these rules ended on April 1st, meaning capacity has now been restored to 100 percent.

Travel to and within Italy

Travel to Italy for any reason, including tourism, is currently allowed from all countries as restrictions were eased as of March 1st and the latest rules will remain in place until at least May 31st.

All arrivals are currently required to show valid proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result, which must be shown before boarding flights or ferries, and possibly during border checks if travelling by road or rail.

The following certifications are valid for entry into the country, according to Italy’s latest travel guidance:

  • Full vaccination with a recognised vaccine carried out less than nine months ago;
  • Full vaccination with a recognised vaccine plus a booster dose;
  • An official Covid-19 recovery certificate less than six months old;
  • Negative result of molecular (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy or rapid antigen test within forty-eight 48 hours prior to entry into Italy.

As of May 1st, travellers no longer need to fill out a passenger locator form, or ‘dPLF’, to enter Italy.

See all the updated details about the rules on travel to Italy from your country on the government’s ‘Viaggiare Sicuri’ (travel safe) website.

READ ALSO: ‘Fit to fly’: Are Covid lateral flow tests valid for travel to Italy?

Within Italy, there are no restrictions on travel and movement between regions under current rules set by the national government, though local authorities can impose their own measures at any time.

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.

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  1. Italy’s slow, play it safe attitude during this pandemic is representative of why they’ll be at the cutting edge of nothing for the next 100 years. So backward.

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Reader question: What are Italy’s Covid quarantine rules for travellers?

Italy's quarantine rules have changed so many times over the past couple of years, it can be hard to keep track. Here's the latest information on when and how visitors need to self-isolate.

Reader question: What are Italy's Covid quarantine rules for travellers?

Question: “One of your recent articles says you can exit quarantine by testing negative for the coronavirus. But you can also exit quarantine by obtaining a certificate of recovery from Covid-19… true?”

Unfortunately, official proof of having recovered from Covid-19 won’t get you out of the requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid while visiting Italy – though it can shorten your quarantine period.

The health ministry’s current rules state that anyone who tests positive while in Italy is required to immediately self-isolate for a minimum of seven days: that’s if the person in question is fully vaccinated and boosted, or has completed their primary vaccination cycle, or was certified as being recovered from Covid less than 120 days ago.

That period is extended to 10 days for those who aren’t fully vaccinated and boosted, or those who recovered from Covid or completed their primary vaccination cycle more than 120 days ago.

In either case, the infected person must have been symptomless for at least three days in order to exit quarantine (with the exception of symptoms relating to a lost sense of taste or smell, which can persist for some time after the infection is over).

READ ALSO: Travel in Italy and Covid rules this summer: what to expect

The patient must also test negative for the virus via either a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test on the final day of the quarantine in order to be allowed out.

Read more about getting tested while in Italy in a separate article here.

Quarantined people who keep testing positive for the virus can be kept in self-isolation for a maximum of 21 days, at which point they will be automatically released.

Italy does not currently require visitors from any country to test negative in order to enter its borders, as long as they are fully boosted or were recently vaccinated/ have recently recovered from Covid.

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

Some countries (including the US), however, do require people travelling from Italy to test negative before their departure – which means visitors at the tail end of their journey could be hit with the unpleasant surprise of finding out they need to quarantine for another week in Italy instead of heading home as planned.

It’s because of this rule that a number of The Local’s readers told us they wouldn’t be coming on holiday to Italy this summer, and intend to postpone for another year.

If you are planning on visiting Italy from a country that requires you to test negative for Covid prior to re-entry, it’s a good idea to consider what you would do and where you would go in the unlikely event you unexpectedly test positive.

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 updates via our homepage or Italian travel news section.

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