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UPDATE: What are the rules on travel to Italy right now?

If you're wondering what exactly the rules are when travelling from your country to Italy right now, here's an easy way to find out.

UPDATE: What are the rules on travel to Italy right now?
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This article was last updated on July 19th.

Italy has relaxed the rules on tourism from some countries, with a focus on those with higher vaccination rates. 

However there are still various requirements and restrictions to be aware of which depend on the country you are travelling from, as well as your personal circumstances.

Wherever you’re coming from, there are many details of the rules which you’ll want to check before setting off – particularly as the Foreign Ministry warns that rules can change at short notice.

Right now, the fastest and most reliable way to check what the rules are in your case is to use the Italian Foreign Ministry’s interactive questionnaire.

This official website is available in English, and is kept up-to-date with full details of the changing Italian government travel rules for travel from each country.

READ ALSO: Can I access Italy’s Covid ‘green pass’ if I was vaccinated in the US?

Photo: ANDREA PATTARO/AFP

What about vaccinated travellers from outside the EU?

Italy’s own green pass allowing quarantine-free travel within Europe has been in use since June 17th, but at present it is only available to people who were vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid-19 in Italy

People from EU and Schengen zone countries, as well as the US, Canada and Japan, can enter Italy and access venues under the terms of the Italian ‘green pass’ but they would need to show equivalent health documents issued in their own country.

For more information on the requirements for travel to Italy (in English):

Italian Foreign Ministry’s information page for Italian citizens returning from abroad and foreign citizens in Italy

Italian Foreign Ministry’s ‘safe travels’ website www.viaggiaresicuri.it

Italian Health Ministry’s travel information page.

You can also call the Italian coronavirus information line:

From Italy: 1500 (toll-free number)

From abroad: +39 0232008345 , +39 0283905385

Stay up to date with Italy’s travel rules by following The Local’s travel section and checking the Italian Health Ministry’s website (in English).

Please note The Local is unable to give advice on individual cases.

Member comments

  1. What about travel for people from outside the EU who have had Covid and are now tested free of the virus? Will they be allowed to travel without a vaccine or do they still need to have one?

  2. Can I get into Venice on June 8th from Greece with USA passport, vaccine certificate, PCR test within 48 hours and locator form, if I arrived in Greece from USA on May 30th? Are there strict quarantine rules?
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    +13105282912

  3. Hello!
    I am a fully vaccinated US citizen going to Italy this summer (June 28). I am departing from Chicago and have a layover in London. Then I will fly into Rome. I know that a negative nasal swab result (72 hours before flight) is necessary to bring with. What else do I need? A passenger Locator form? Do I need a passenger Locator form for just Italy or London as well because I have my layover there? I’m not sure about guidelines.
    Any/all help is appreciated.

    Thank you!

  4. The United States has you sign a form promising to quarantine. That’s it. It’s not enforced. I’ve been back and forth 3 times between Italy and the United States during this pandemic. US airports and domestic planes are filthy. Mask wearing is not enforced in the terminals, only on the airplanes. The TSA has everyone taking off their shoes to put in plastic trays with other carry on items. Schifo!!!

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UK border control strikes threaten Christmas travel chaos to and from Italy

Planned industrial action by British border force staff is threatening to complicate or even ruin Christmas travel plans for thousands of people going between Italy and the UK over the festive period.

UK border control strikes threaten Christmas travel chaos to and from Italy

Travellers arriving at the UK’s biggest airports over the Christmas period could face severe delays entering the country and even risk having their flights cancelled as a result of strike action by British border force staff.

The planned strike action would take place from December 23rd until December 26th and then from December 28th to New Year’s Eve.

The UK’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman warned travellers heading to and from the UK over Christmas and New Year to expect severe disruption and to rethink travel plans if strike action goes ahead.

“If they go ahead with those strikes there will be undeniable serious disruption caused to many thousands of people who have holiday plans,” the minister said. “I really want to urge people who have got plans to travel abroad to think carefully about their plans because they may well be impacted.”

A senior UK Border Force official told Britain’s i newspaper that “travellers can expect long queues at the airports affected by the strikes. We’re looking at similar waits as when we had all the Covid protocol issues in summer 2021 when queues of 10 to 12 hours were not unusual.”

“Passengers should also expect flight cancellations due to staff shortages,” they added, “so should keep in touch with their airlines before travel.”

The government has been preparing for the strike by training 600 soldiers to check passports. Reports have claimed up to 30 percent of flights could be affected if strike action goes ahead.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has voted for strike action over pay and conditions from December 23rd until the end of the year, with the exception of December 27th, that will affect all major UK airports.

The walkouts threaten to ruin Christmas travel plans for thousands of people coming from around the world, including Britons who live in Italy hoping to return home for the festive period, perhaps for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those wanting to enjoy a warmer Christmas break in Italy.

British media outlets estimate that as many as two million passengers have booked to fly in and out of Britain over the Christmas period on at least 10,000 flights scheduled to arrive at the affected airports.

Where are the walkouts?

Around 1000 Border Force staff are set to walk out from all of the UK’s busiest airports, including Heathrow (Terminals 2,3,4 and 5), Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, and also the port of Newhaven.

The strikes will fundamentally affect passport checks for arrivals into Britain, as 75 percent of passport control staff are PCS union members.

Christmas is already one of the busiest travel times of the year, and walkouts from border staff are likely to cause severe delays and cancellations. Some British media outlets are even reporting that passengers could be left to wait on their planes on the runway, something that would then have a knock-on effect on other incoming flights.

Though passports aren’t usually checked on outbound flights, arriving aircraft often turn around and set off on their next outbound journey within an hour or two. If queues for arrivals become so bad that passengers are kept on the runway, outbound flights will be delayed and departures could be cancelled.

A Home Office spokesperson said in a statement that “passengers should be prepared for potential disruption.”

Various affected airports have made preemptive statements expecting major delays and cancellations.

“We expect it will be necessary for airlines to cancel some services on the days impacted by strike action to ensure the number of arriving passengers aligns with lower UK Border Force resources,” a spokesman from Manchester airport said in a statement. “Arriving passengers should also be prepared for much longer immigration queues on strike days, owing to reduced Border Force staffing levels.”

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “The Home Office advises that immigration and customs checks may take longer during peak times on strike days… Passengers are advised to check their flight status with their airline before travelling.” they added.

The British Transport Minister, Baroness Vere, has said that “the government does have mitigations in place,” which is thought to include army personnel and volunteers filling in for the striking staff.


What if I have flights booked?

As the strike action has just been announced, normal cancellation rules still apply (for now) so don’t cancel your flight just yet. If your flight is cancelled by the airline, however, as is expected for many carriers in the coming weeks, your regular rights will apply, including the possibility of being flown via another route, even on another airline if necessary, and hotels should be provided if you are kept overnight.

However, it is worth noting that as Christmas is a peak travel period anyway, finding extra seats as flights are cancelled to soften the impact of the strikes may be difficult.

It remains to be seen if, when, and how many flights will be cancelled. Cancellations are expected by all major airports, who have advised that passengers check the status of their flights before travelling.

For those who are set on travelling, expect severe delays at passport control, and keep an eye on the status of your flight in the coming weeks. 

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