For more detailed information and links to the regulatory measures visit www.esteri.it.

Since 26 October, an order by the Ministry of Health has abolished the special restrictions previously applying to arrivals from Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which have since been included in list E and are therefore subject to the rules applying to those countries. The countries included in lists C and D have also been updated.

As of 28 September, the Ministry of Health Order has established Covid-free travel corridors for Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic and Egypt (limitedly to the tourist zones of Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam), returning from which it will NOT be necessary to quarantine. To benefit from this exception, passengers must:
– Upon boarding, show their Green Pass and a negative test taken within the last 48 hours;
– Take an additional test at the place of their destination, if they are staying abroad for more than seven days;
– Present a negative test taken within 48 hours before boarding, when returning to Italy;
– Take a further final test, with a negative result, at the airport, upon arrival to Italy;

Effective from 23 September, the Ministry of Health – through this Circular – has recognised the equivalence of several vaccines administered by foreign health authorities to those carried out under the National Vaccine Plan for the Prevention of SARS-CoV-2. Namely:
– Vaccines recognised by EMA – European Medicines Agency (see Annex 1 to the Circular);
– Covishield (Serum Institute of India), manufactured under license from AstraZeneca;
– R-CoVI (R-Pharm), manufactured under licence from AstraZeneca;
– Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant (Fiocruz), manufactured under licence from AstraZeneca.

As a result of this recognition:

Italian citizens (including those residing abroad) and their cohabiting family members, regardless of whether they are registered with the National Health Service or the SASN (health services for seafarers), and all persons registered for any reason with the National Health Service who have been vaccinated abroad with the above vaccines or who have recovered abroad from COVID-19, may apply for a Green Pass, if they find themselves in Italy, from their competent local health authorities.

All other foreign citizens vaccinated abroad with the above-mentioned vaccines are entitled to access all venues and services for which a Green Pass is mandatorily required in Italy (see box below). In order to be recognised as equivalent to a Green Pass, the foreign vaccination certificate must contain the following information: the personal details of the holder, the details of the vaccine, the date(s) of administration of the vaccine, the identity of the certificate issuer; and the above information must also be written in Italian, English, French, Spanish or German or, if issued in a different language, must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

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.

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

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, 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, Liechtenstein, Norway, 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 Covid-19 vaccine passport providing proof that the person has either been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 at least fourteen days prior to the travel date, has recovered from Covid-19 and is no longer subject to the required quarantine period, or received a negative swab test (molecular within the last 72 hours or antigen within 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 – Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories outside mainland Europe), Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, 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 prior 14 days 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 present the Covid-19 vaccine passport providing proof that the person has been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 at least fourteen days prior to the travel date. Travellers who lack a Covid-19 vaccination certificate shall nevertheless be required to comply with the mandatory swab test obligation and must also self-isolate under medical supervision for a period of 5 days, after which they must take a new (molecular or antigen) swab test.
Limitedly to Canada, Japan and the United States of America: persons travelling to Italy after having transited through or stayed in any of these Countries in the prior 14 days may also present a certificate proving that they have recovered from Covid-19 instead of the vaccine passport.

E – All the Countries not specified in the other lists (including Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic and the tourist zones of Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam in Egypt 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 or to the home of a person with whom they are in a proven stable emotional relationship.
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 partners in a proven stable emotional 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 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 do not need to take a molecular or antigen swab test in order to enter the country.
Minors (i.e. persons below 18 years of age) travelling with a parent who is not required to quarantine (because he/she holds proof of vaccination or of recovery from Covid-19) shall also be exempted from quarantine (although, if aged between 6 and 17 years they must provide proof of having taken a swab test with a negative result prior to 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) persons travelling on «Covid-tested» flights, in accordance with the Ordinance issued by the Minister of Health on 23 November 2020, as amended;
h) 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) HGV drivers;
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).

SPECIFIC RULES APPLYING TO THE TRAVEL CORRIDORS TO ARUBA, MALDIVES, MAURITIUS, SEYCHELLES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EGYPT (LIMITEDLY TO THE TOURIST ZONES OF SHARM EL SHEIKH AND MARSA ALAM)

Covid-free travel corridors are considered to be all routes departing from and arriving in Italy for tourist travel to Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Egypt (limitedly to the tourist zones of Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam), organised according to the specific health safety measures as identified in the order issued by the Minister of Health on 28 September 2021 and in the attached document entitled “Guidance for prevention and protection against the risk of infection by COVID-19 in Covid-free tourist corridors”.
Only persons holding one of the COVID-19 green certificates (within the meaning of article 9, paragraph 2, letters a) and b) of Decree-Law no. 52 of 22 April 2021) or equivalent certification, according to the applicable regulations, are authorised to travel to these locations.
Persons departing from Italy are also required to present to the carrier onboarding, and to the competent control authorities, proof of having taken a molecular or antigenic swab test, within forty- eight hours prior to departure, with a negative result, and to take a further molecular or antigenic test in the foreign country of destination, if they will be staying there for longer than seven days.

On returning to Italy, the same persons shall be exempt from the obligation to quarantine under medical supervision if, at the time of boarding, they present to the carrier, and to the other competent control authorities, proof of a negative molecular or antigenic swab test taken within forty-eight hours prior to boarding and then take another molecular or antigenic test at the airport upon arrival in Italy.