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UPDATE: What are the latest rules for travel to Italy from the US and Canada?

If you're planning a trip to Italy soon, here's a look at the latest Covid-19 rules for arrivals from the US and Canada.

Travellers wait at Rome's Fiumicino airport.
Here are the latest travel rules between Italy and the US and Canada. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

The rules on travel to (and through) Italy from the US and Canada have changed frequently over the past few months in response to the changing Covid-19 situation.

On May 1st, Italy removed nearly all of its Covid-related social restrictions, including its so-called ‘green pass’ to enter most venues across the country.

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But, while visitors no longer need a valid vaccination or recovery certificate to access public transport or enter indoor venues, they may still need one to enter the country.

Here’s a closer look at the current rules.

Entering Italy from the US or Canada

As of May 1st and until June 15th, travellers from the United States and Canada may enter Italy if they are asymptomatic and present one of the following:

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Presently, EMA recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria Johnson and Johnson, Astrazeneca and Novavax. Please keep in mind that the minimum requirement is that you have fully completed the primary vaccination cycle (in this case, your pass will be valid for 9 months). For those who have already received a booster shot, the certificate is valid indefinitely.
  • A valid medical certificate confirming recovery from Covid (this is valid for 6 months from the positive swab test)
  • A negative molecular (PCR) test carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Italy or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours of arrival
Passengers who just landed from New York on an Alitalia flight wait in line. Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

Once in Italy, there is no quarantine requirement, unless you failed to provide the above-mentioned paperwork. In such a case, you’d be obliged to undergo a five-day quarantine at the address indicated to the competent local health authorities (ASL). This would then be followed by a molecular (PCR) or antigenic swab at the end of the isolation period.

Certificates of recovery, vaccination or testing are accepted both in digital or paper format. The approved languages for such certificates are Italian, English, Spanish and French. For additional information, see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website or the Italian US Embassy’s website.

Lastly, Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs), which all travellers were previously required to complete ahead of their journey, are no longer required for entry into Italy.

After arriving in Italy

A valid vaccination or recovery certificate is no longer required to access almost all indoor venues and transport services in Italy. All travellers are free to travel throughout Italy and enter restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres and other indoor locations without having to provide a valid health pass.

The only exception is for 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.

The only remaining Covid restriction – which will be in place until at least June 15th – is the obligation to wear a face mask in some indoor venues (cinemas, theatres and indoor sport venues, though not in restaurants, bars or public offices) and on all means of public transportation.

READ ALSO: Where do you still need to wear a mask in Italy from May 1st?

Keep in mind that only FFP2/KN95 face masks are accepted on public transport.

Please note that The Local is unable to advise on individual situations. Please find more information about Italy’s current health measures on the Italian health ministry’s website (available in English).

Member comments

  1. Americans, Brits and Canadians need to think twice before coming to Italy on holiday. Many restaurants and shops will not accept the American, UK or Canadian proof of vaccination – instead they demand the super green pass in order to enter. Although the Italian government has mandated the acceptance of proof of vaccination overseas for tourists, it does not matter to the individual restaurant or shop owner. Until Italy can simplify its rules for proof of vaccination and ensure that overseas vaccinations are accepted countrywide, I would suggest tourists go somewhere else in Europe if they want a hassle free vacation.

    1. we own an Italy travel company and this has been a non issue. We ask our customers weekly if there were any places that they were turned back because of their documentation. This is both for vaccine cards and recovery documents. They have not been turned down once at any of the restaurants, musuems or public transportation. It has been a non issue to all of them.

  2. Mcnev7: I’m not sure where you are referring to where shops/ restaurants are not accepting the foreign vax documents, but I work in tourism in Rome, Florence and Milan and in those 3 cities all forms of proof of vaccination are understood and accepted. Including US and UK.

  3. My husband and I spent 10 days in Rome in October and had no problems when we showed our CDC vaccination cards to enter restaurants, museums, and coffee bars, with just one exception: our favorite coffee bar wouldn’t accept the cards because there was no QR code for their machine to read, so we sat outdoors to drink our coffee. That was a bit frustrating, but hardly a reason not to go to Italy!

  4. we are Canadians in Puglia and we have green passes, but my father in law is visiting and has a Canadian vaccine certificate triple boosted. Every restaurant has asked for the green pass exclusively. They are suspicious and afraid of foreign vaccine certificates and we have not been allowed to enter several restaurants. In one case it was only because we knew the owner of another did they allow us to enter. IT IS NOT HASSLE FREE, SORRY TOUR COMPANIES!

  5. sorry folks, but here in Puglia, my father in law who just arrived last week from Canada, has been refused in several restaurants despite having a valid (three dose!) Canadian vaccine passport. Restaurants are hesitant, confused, fearful of fines and have no clear direction. This is making travel here very difficult. I know tour operators want their clients back, but perhaps you should therefore support and lobby the regional health associations. Because traveling as a tourist in Italy is not working at the moment.

  6. We were in Venice for 3 weeks in October and our Canadian proof of vaccination forms were accepted everywhere. Perhaps it’s a problem in more rural parts of the country, though.

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Masks to remain mandatory on Italian flights after May 16th

It will still be obligatory for passengers to wear masks on flights to Italy until mid-June, despite the end of the EU-wide requirement on Monday, May 16th, the Italian government has confirmed.

Masks to remain mandatory on Italian flights after May 16th

The Italian government reiterated on Friday that its current mask-wearing rules remain in place until June 15th, reports newspaper Corriere della Sera.

This means the mask mandate will still apply to all air passengers travelling to or from Italy, despite the end of an EU-wide requirement to wear masks on flights and at airports across the bloc from Monday.

READ ALSO: Reader question: What type of mask will I need for travel to Italy?

National regulations take precedence, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed when announcing the end of the EU rules.

“Wearing face masks at airports and inflight should be aligned with national measures on wearing masks in public transport and transport hubs,” they said in a joint statement published on May 11th.

READ ALSO: Why are so many Italians still wearing face masks in shops?

“If either the departure or destination States require the wearing of face masks on public transport, aircraft operators should require passengers and crew to comply with those requirements inflight, beyond 16 May 2022.

“Further, as of 16 May 2022, aircraft operators, during their pre-flight communications as well as during the flight, should continue to encourage their passengers and crew members to wear face masks during the flight as well as in the airport, even when wearing a face mask is not required”.

The Spanish government also said on Thursday that air passengers would have to continue wearing face masks on planes.

Italy’s current rules specify that higher-grade FFP2 masks should be worn on all forms of public transport, including buses, trams, regional and high-speed trains, ferries, and planes.

Though rules were eased in some settings from May 1st, masks also remain a requirement until June 15th at Italy’s cinemas and theatres, hospitals and care homes, indoor sporting event and concert venues, schools and universities.