Italy will cut quarantine for vaccinated travellers from US, Canada and Japan, Draghi promises

Italy will cut quarantine for vaccinated travellers from US, Canada and Japan, Draghi promises
Tourists take picture in Rome in summer 2020. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
Italy wants to allow tourists from the United States, Canada and Japan to visit without quarantine if they have been vaccinated, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said.

“Our goal is to reopen Italy for tourism, domestic and international,” Draghi said as he answered questions from parliament on Wednesday evening.

“The pandemic has had vast economic effects on the tourism industry and we’re working to get it going again as soon as possible and in maximum safety.”

While the first step is to vaccinate as many residents of Italy as possible before the summer, Draghi said, he also indicated that Italy would revise its strict rules on entering from overseas. 

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The government will support quarantine-free travel for vaccinated visitors from “in particular the United States, Japan and Canada”, he promised, without giving details of when Italy would change its entry requirements.

Last weekend Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio suggested that tourists from the US would be allowed to return from June, the month that the European Union has pledged to reopen to vaccinated or tested travellers from outside the bloc.

In recent days government ministers have repeatedly indicated that a change in Italy’s travel rules is imminent without giving a firm date, to the confusion and frustration of people trying to finalise holiday plans. 

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Leaders of the G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and the EU – are due to meet from June 11-13th, with travel sure to be on the agenda. An agreement on resuming tourism could follow soon after.

Draghi also pledged to expand “Covid-tested” flights, which allow passengers to skip quarantine if they test negative for coronavirus before departure and on arrival, to “more airlines, more routes and more airports”. 

Currently such flights are only in operation between New York or Atlanta in the US to Rome or Milan.

“We will however maintain all precautions necessary for countries in which Covid and its most dangerous variants are known to be widespread,” Draghi said.

Italy has banned travel from India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka until at least the end of May in response to the highly infectious new variant spreading rapidly in India and neighbouring countries.

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Travellers from EU or Schengen countries, as well as the UK or Israel, are allowed to visit Italy but are subject to testing and a five-day quarantine.

Tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea or Thailand are also admitted, but must quarantine for ten days.

Meanwhile travellers from the US, Canada, Japan or any other country outside the EU are only allowed to enter Italy for essential reasons, not including tourism. Those permitted to enter must quarantine for ten days, unless they take a Covid-tested flight.

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).


Member comments

  1. This would normally be considered good news, but for those who made plans based on the prime ministers and tourist ministers recent past statements it is of much consequence. The possibility of going to Italy in late June rather than any day now will cause many people to to change and cancel yet again.

  2. Probably cancelling all of our reservations in Italy tomorrow and going to Spain instead since they put out dates now and an actual plan. As much as I hate to miss Italy again this year, I also hate it for all of the people in Italy who depend on tourism. Just cancelling our reservations is thousands of dollars that will be spent elsewhere.

  3. If being vaccinated I can still catch and transmit the virus, what’s the point. Shouldn’t a negative test be the gold standard? Additionally, the vaccines have zero efficacy on the variants, so proof of vaccination does not protect Italy from people infected with a variant.

    1. The Vaccines are very effective against the variants specially if your end-point is severe illness and death, less so if your end-point is symptomatic spread

    2. I dont disagree about testing however. I was making the rules, I would require vaccination proof PLUS negative test, not either / or

      1. well put msamsonond…….hoping to get to our property on Lake Garda…..from England in three weeks time……fully vaccinated with hopefully negative test…..why self isolate…not travelling by plane so in our own bubble. Italy is going to lose out unless the government sorts this out.

  4. Following on from my earlier comment……why only U.S.A Canada and Japan stated for relaxation of quarantine rules?
    Data or money?

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