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Italy: COVID-19 Entry Requirements for 2021

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Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world bursting with rich history, culture, gorgeous beaches and stunning architecture. 

With over 60 million annual tourists, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. 

Here are all the latest 2021 COVID-19 entry requirements for Italy all travelers need to know before booking their trip. 

View of Vernazza at sunset in Cinque Terre, Italy
View of Vernazza at sunset in Cinque Terre, Italy

Temporary Restrictions and Updated News for Italy 2021:

  • Italy’s lockdown ended at the end of April, 2021
  • Passengers from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are temporarily banned
  • Until July 31, 2021 a curfew from 10:00pm until 5:00am is in place
  • On June 21, 2021 Italy opened up for Canadian and American tourists without the need for ‘covid-flights’ or testing, providing they are vaccinated.

Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit Italy For Tourism

The following countries are permitted to enter Italy for tourism

  • All EU Countries 
  • All Schengen Countries
  • Micro-nations: Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino
  • Approved third-party countries of: Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Israel and the UK

Countries not listed on any of the above lists are NOT permitted to visit Italy for tourism.

The Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute church in Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute church in Venice, Italy

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Italy requires different testing depending on the country the passenger is coming from, categorized as A, B, C, etc.

A & B List Countries = No testing, no restrictions

Current A & B List Countries (last updated June 21, 2021)

  • Vatican City
  • San Marino

C List Countries = 48-hour PCR or antigen test

Current C List Countries (last updated June 21, 2021)

  • ALL EU/EEA Nations

Third-Party Nations = Proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or 48-hour test

Current Third-Party Nations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • USA

Passengers from the above third-party countries can enter Italy for tourism as of June 21, 2021, by either showing proof of being fully vaccinated, proof of recent recovery within 180 days from the virus, or a 48-hour negative PCR or antigen test. No quarantines or special flights are required.

Digital Passenger Locator Form

Starting May 24, 2021, every passenger entering Italy must complete a Digital Passenger Locator Form prior to boarding.

Passengers into Sicily, Puglia and Calabria also have a secondary form to complete.

Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

No quarantine for EU and approved third-party nations who comply with the above testing requirements.

Travelers arriving from the UK are subject to a 5-day quarantine because of the Delta variant.

Young woman sitting on wall near the colosseum enjoying the late afternoon view.
Young woman sitting on wall near the colosseum enjoying the late afternoon view.

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Italy 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Italy

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Italy:

From October 8th, Italy has ordered mask-wearing in all public spaces (both indoor and outdoor) mandatory, 24 hours a day. Children under 6 are exempt. 

Follow all social distancing markers

A group of tourists with face masks near the St. Peter's Square, Rome, Italy
A group of tourists with face masks near the St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Italy has not announced if a proof of vaccination record will be mandatory for entry in the near future.

Starting June 21, 2021, they are allowing fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and the USA to enter by just showing proof of vaccination (no tests or quarantines) Such exemptions for EU nations are expected right away.

Visa Entry Requirements For Italy During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Italy will still need to follow Italian visa requirements. 

Use this government tool to find out if you need a visa to enter Italy.

Travelers that require a visa must submit an application, together with all necessary documents, in person at the Italian embassy/consulate in their home country.

Positano, Amalfi coast, Italy
Positano, Amalfi coast, Italy

Can Americans Enter Italy?

Yes. As of June 21, 2021, U.S. travelers can enter with a negative test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.

Italy Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check if your country is permitted to visit Italy for tourism.
  2. Follow COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures outlined above.
  3. Check if your country requires a visa to visit Italy
  4. Follow all Italian COVID-19 health protocols.

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Sources: Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Disclaimer: Current Italy travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally published August 27, 2020 with updates

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Wednesday 14th of July 2021

I am Canadian and double-vaccinated, but with a 'mix-and-match' (one dose of Pfizer + one dose of Moderna). This is considered fully vaccinated in Canada.

But will it be considered as fully vaccinated in Italy in order for me not to quarantine?

I'm travelling to Italy in Aug 2021.

Thank you, Daniel

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 15th of July 2021

I don't see why not, but I don't have a clear 100% answer on this


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Has anyone had success flying through Italy as a transit passenger? I have a flight from Egypt (E list country) to Bulgaria but there is a long layover in Rome with a self transfer (I will need to enter Italy for my connecting flight). Does Italy allow transit passengers from E countries? Canadian passport holder.

Ann Holden

Thursday 8th of July 2021

My grand daughter is coming in from Italy will she have to quarantine She is 14


Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Hello! thank you for information. My flight to Italy is with british airways stopping in Heathrow for connection. Does that mean i need to quarantine when arriving in Italy? i'll change my flight in that case!

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Yes it seems that way


Tuesday 23rd of March 2021


I’m supposed to fly from Miami to Albania with a 2 hour layover in Rome. Will they let me transit through their airport?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

It would be best to talk to your airlines and the airport directly for this question