This information is updated as of 28 July 2021. As the pandemic situation is constantly evolving, the reader is invited to check for updates on www.esteri.it

As of January 2020, the health emergency caused by COVID-19 persists worldwide. All persons intending to travel abroad, regardless of destination or reason for travel, should consider that any journey during this period may involve a health risk.
In particular, if molecular or antigenic testing is required for entry into Italy or returning to Italy from a foreign destination, travellers should consider the possibility of a positive test result.
In this case, it is not possible to travel by commercial means, and you will be subject to the quarantine and containment procedures provided by the hosting country.
With some possible differences due to different local regulations, such procedures also affect those known as ‘contacts’. ‘Contacts’ are those who came in contact with the positive person and are also subject to quarantine/self-isolation imposed by the local authorities of the hosting country and who, to protect public health, may return to Italy only at the end of the self-isolation period. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends planning every aspect of the travel carefully, including the possibility of spending an additional period abroad. The Ministry also suggests signing a health insurance policy that also covers the risks associated with COVID-19.
The mandatory swab testing and 5-day self-isolation requirements have been extended to new Countries (List D).
The certificates issued by the competent Canadian, Japanese, Israeli, UK, and US authorities are considered equivalent to the European green pass.
Until 30 August, entry to Italy from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka is allowed only for Italian citizens resident in Italy since before 29 April 2021, to persons registered with A.I.R.E. and to the persons expressly authorized by the Ministry of Health.
Different travel restrictions apply to the following lists of countries. Heightened travel restrictions shall apply to travellers transiting through or staying in countries included in two or more different lists. The certificates issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are considered equivalent to the green pass issued by the EU and its member countries.

A – Vatican City and San Marino: no restrictions apply.

B – Countries and territories with a low epidemiological profile, which will be identified by the Ministry of Health. Currently, there are no Countries on this list.

C – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other overseas territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (excluding other overseas territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the territories in Africa), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco: persons travelling to Italy after having transited through or stayed in any of these Countries in the prior 14 days shall be required to compile the digital passenger locator form (PLF) and present the EU Digital Covid Certificate (Green Pass) providing proof that the person has either been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 in the previous fourteen days, has recovered from Covid-19 and is no longer subject to required isolation or received a negative rapid antigen or molecular swab test result taken with the last 48 hours before entering Italy. Failure to do so shall require a period of self-isolation under medical supervision for a period of 5 days, after which it shall be necessary to take a (molecular or antigen) swab test.

D – Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories outside mainland Europe), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine; Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions: persons travelling to Italy after having transited through or stayed in any of these Countries in the last 14 days before entering Italy shall be required to compile the digital passenger locator form (PLF), present a negative (molecular or antigen) swab test result taken within the last 72 hours before entering Italy (48 hours in the case of travellers arriving from the UK) and to self-isolate under medical supervision for a period of 5 days, after which it shall be necessary to take a new (molecular or antigen) swab test.
Canada, Japan and the United States: persons travelling to Italy after having transited through or stayed in these Countries in the prior 14 days shall be required to compile the digital passenger locator form (PLF) and present a green Covid-19 pass issued by the respective local health authorities and considered equivalent (vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine; recovery from Covid-19 and completion of the isolation period; negative fast antigen or molecular swab test taken within the last 48 hours before entering Italy). Travellers without a green pass shall be subject to the same general restrictions provided in list D.

E – All other Countries not included in the above lists (including Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to which the special guidance below applies): travel to these Countries is allowed exclusively for work, study, health or other absolutely essential reasons or to return to one’s home or place of residence.
Travellers who transited through or stayed in these Countries in the prior 14 days will be allowed entry into Italy exclusively for work, study, health or other absolutely essential reasons and to Italian/EU/Schengen citizens and family members, as well as holders of long-term resident status and family members (Directive 2004/38/EC), and unmarried partners in a proven stable relationship (regardless of whether or not they cohabit) with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or long-term residents, if travelling to their partner’s home or place of residence in Italy and to athletes participating in sports competitions of national interest and accompanying personnel.
Persons not belonging to any of the groups mentioned above may enter Italy from group E Countries only for specific reasons, such as, work, study, health, or other absolutely essential reasons, or to return to their home or place of residence.
Persons travelling to Italy from any of these Countries shall be required to compile the digital passenger locator form (PLF), present a negative (molecular or antigen) swab test taken within the last 72 hours before entering Italy and self-isolate under medical supervision for 10 days, after which they shall be required to repeat the molecular or antigen test.
Persons who show the symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to immediately notify the health authority and self-isolate while awaiting the competent authorities’ decisions.

ENTRY OF MINORS

Children aged below six years are exempt from the obligation to take a molecular or antigenic swab test before entering Italy.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE SELF-ISOLATION REQUIREMENT

Provided that the persons travelling to Italy do not show any COVID-19 symptoms, and subject – in any case – to the presentation of a passenger locator form (PLF) and, where required, of a molecular or antigen swab test, the self-isolation under medical supervision requirement shall not apply to:
a) persons entering Italy for work reasons regulated by specific security protocols approved by the competent health authorities;
b) persons entering Italy for reasons that cannot be postponed, subject to a prior authorisation given by the Ministry of Health;
c) citizens and residents of a Member State of the European Union and of the other Countries and territories listed in lists A, B, C and D entering Italy for proven work reasons;
d) health personnel entering Italy to practice a healthcare profession;
e) employees of corporations or entities with headquarters or branch offices in Italy and travelling abroad for proven work reasons for no longer than one hundred and twenty hours;
f) officials and other servants, however designated, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and personnel, military personnel, including any personnel returning from international missions, and members of law enforcement agencies, personnel of Italian State intelligence and security agencies and fire-fighting personnel on active duty;
g) students attending a study programme in a Country other than the Country of residence or home Country, to which they return on a daily basis or at least once a week;
h) persons travelling on «Covid-tested» flights, in accordance with the Ordinance issued by the Minister of Health on 23 November 2020, as amended;
i) persons entering Italy to take part in sports competitions of national interest, in accordance with 49, paragraph 5, of DPCM of 2 March 2021.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE SWAB TESTING AND SELF-ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS

Provided that the persons travelling to Italy do not show any COVID-19 symptoms, and subject – in any case – to the presentation of a passenger locator form (PLF), unless otherwise indicated, the molecular or antigen swab testing prior to entry to Italy and self-isolation under medical supervision requirements shall not apply to:
a) transport crew members;
b) haulage workers;
c) persons travelling to and from the Countries and territories included in list A;
d) cross-border workers entering and leaving the Country for proven work reasons and returning to their home or place of residence;
e) students attending a study programme in a Country other than the Country of residence or home Country, to which they return on a daily basis or at least once a week.
f) persons travelling through Italy, by private transport, for a period of no more than thirty-six hours, subject to the obligation to immediately leave the Country at the end of the said period, or, if unable to do so, to start a period of supervised self-isolation at the address specified in the PLF, for a period of five days, after which they shall be required to take a molecular or antigen swab test;
g) persons entering Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours for proven work, health, or absolutely essential reasons, subject to the obligation to immediately leave the Country at the end of the said period, or, if unable to do so, to start a period of supervised self-isolation at the address specified in the PLF, for a period of five days, after which they shall be required to take a molecular or antigen swab test;
h) persons entering Italy after a stay of no more than forty-eight hours in a foreign destination at a distance of no more than 60 km from the place of residence, domicile or dwelling, provided that they are travelling by private vehicle. In this case, it shall not be necessary to compile a digital passenger locator form (PLF);
i) persons staying for no more than forty-eight hours in a location in Italy at a distance of no more than 60 km from the place of residence, domicile or dwelling, provided that they are travelling by private vehicle. In this case, it shall not be necessary to compile a digital passenger locator form (PLF).

GUIDANCE FOR TRAVEL FROM BRAZIL

I. Entry to Italy of travellers who visited or transited through Brazil in the last 14 days before entering Italy is allowed only in the following cases (provided that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19):
• persons who have been resident in Italy since before 13 February 2021;
• persons travelling to the home or place of residence of their children, if minors, or spouse or civil union partner;
• persons travelling for essential reasons and specifically authorised by the Ministry of Health to enter Italy.
In which case, persons travelling from Brazil are allowed entry to Italy provided that they:
a) compile a digital passenger locator form (PLF);
b) present to the carrier on boarding, and to any other control authority, a negative molecular or antigen swab test result taken in the last 72 hours before entering the Country;
c) take a molecular or antigen swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the Country at their local health authority. Travellers entering Italy with a flight from Brazil must take a swab test on arrival at the airport;
d) undertake, regardless of the swab test result under point c) above, to self-isolate under medical supervision for a period of ten days, at their home or other places of residence, subject to communication of their arrival to the Prevention Department of the competent local health authority;
e) take an additional molecular or antigen swab test at the end of the 10-day period of self-isolation.

II. Subject to the authorization of the Ministry of Health or inclusion in validated protocols, entry to Italy is allowed to the following categories of persons, who shall not be required to self-isolate and then take a swab test after the period of self-isolation:
a) persons entering Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours for proven work, health, or absolutely essential reasons, subject to the obligation to immediately leave the Country at the end of the said period, or, if unable to do so, to self-isolate under medical supervision;
b) employees of corporations or entities with headquarters or branch offices in Italy and travelling abroad for proven work reasons for no longer than one hundred and twenty hours;
c) officials and other servants, however designated, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and personnel, military personnel, including any personnel returning from international missions, and members of law enforcement agencies, personnel of Italian State intelligence and security agencies and fire-fighting personnel on active duty.

III. Transport and haulage personnel engaged in transporting passengers and freight shall not be required to self-isolate in Italy (unless they show symptoms of COVID-19) but shall nevertheless be required to take a molecular or antigen swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the Country at their local health authority.

GUIDANCE FOR TRAVEL FROM INDIA, BANGLADESH AND SRI LANKA

I. Persons who visited or transited through India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days before entering Italy are allowed to enter the country, provided that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19, only in the following cases:
• Italian citizens resident in Italy since before 29 April 2021;
• Italian citizens registered with the Registry of Italians Resident Abroad (A.I.R.E.);
• officials and other servants, however designated, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and personnel, military personnel, including any personnel returning from international missions, and members of law enforcement agencies, personnel of Italian State intelligence and security agencies and fire-fighting personnel on active duty, subject to authorisation by the Ministry of Health or in accordance with validated health protocols.
In which case, persons travelling from India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka are allowed entry to Italy provided that they:
a) compile a digital passenger locator form (PLF);
b) present to the carrier on boarding, and to any other control authority, a negative molecular or antigen swab test result taken in the last 72 hours before entering the Country;
c) take a molecular or antigen swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing; in the case of a molecular swab test, the person shall self-isolate until the test result is available;
d) observe a 10-day self-isolation period in a “Covid Hotel” or other location indicated by the competent health authorities or the Civil Protection Department, regardless of the outcome of the test referred to in point c) above;
e) take an additional molecular or antigen swab test at the end of the 10-day self-isolation period.
The same health prevention measures on entering Italy shall apply also to:
• persons expressly authorised by the Ministry of Health for humanitarian or urgent health reasons.

II. Transport and haulage personnel engaged in transporting passengers and freight are allowed entry to Italy, provided that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19 and that they:
a) compile a digital passenger locator form (PLF);
b) take a molecular or antigen swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the Country at their local health authority;
c) observe a self-isolation period on entering Italy and until they return to their base, at the location indicated by the competent health authorities or the Civil Protection Department.