Skip to Content

Italy: COVID-19 Entry Requirements All Travelers Need To Know

This post may have affiliate links, which means we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you!) if you choose to purchase through them. Here's our Disclosure & Privacy Policy for more info.

Share The Article

Last Updated


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 COVID-19 entry requirements 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 will once again be under lockdown until at least April 6, 2021
  • Flights and passengers from Brazil and UK are temporarily banned until at least April 6, 2021

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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore.

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

Starting Dec 10 2020, ALL EU/EU+ countries will  REQUIRE COVID-19 testing in order to enter Italy.

Proof of results from a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 48-hours before arrival, will be needed to enter. Without this requirement, passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers arriving from the approved third-party countries of: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore must self-quarantine for 14 days.

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. They have also not made any testing/entry exceptions for travelers who are vaccinated.

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?

The EU has issued a travel ban on residents of the USA entering at this time. 

However, during the summer, a ‘loophole’ existed that allowed an American resident that had been in one of the above ‘approved’ countries for at least 14 days, to enter Italy.

Now in December, some say this loophole has effectively been closed, but other travelers are still reporting it as working. 

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.
    <p><strong>Read More:</strong> 

COVID-19 Entry Requirements By Country: Travelers Guide

Countries Reopening In Eur

Countries In Europe Open For Tourism

All Countries Reopening For Tourism

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19

For Breaking Travel Reopening News & Questions, Join Our: Facebook Community

Travel-off-Path-group


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


Dominican Republic Will Offer Free Insurance And COVID Breath Test
Previous
Dominican Republic Will Offer Free Insurance And COVID Breath Test
Panama Reopening for International Tourism on October 12
Next
Panama Reopening for International Tourism on October 12

Tia

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Hi,

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

Jen

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Hi! Thank you so much for your response...and no, I won’t be working as a first responder in Italy, it’s something I do in the US. I will, though, be looking at med schools there as a prospective student. I don’t think that qualifies as an essential reason to be there though? I should probably contact the Consulate.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Yes, that is the best next step to take. good luck!

Jen

Friday 12th of February 2021

Hi- I have a little bit of a complicated question. I have dual American-Italian citizenship. I live in the US and only recently (1.5 years ago) was granted Italian citizenship (through descent). I also have been fully vaccinated, as I am a first responder. Would I be able to travel to Italy, and if so, would quarantine be necessary?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Hi Jen, if you have Italian citizenship, then you can enter at any time, but yes- at this moment I am not certain if you will require a quarantine. If your job is to be a first responder in Italy, perhaps not. You will be subject to testing on arrival, but for the quarantine, I'm not sure in this moment.

Sean Fitzjohn

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I have a UK passport, but I have not lived in the UK for a long time. I am in Croatia.. Can I go to Italy with a UK passport even though I havent been in the UK for many months?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 4th of January 2021

Current rules and logic tell me this would work fine. If you have doubts, you can contact the Italian border police.

Ville Vallaton

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Can a Canadian enter Italy in january 2021?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

As of today's rules = no. However, we have no way of knowing what the rules might be next month, but it doesn't look good