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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:

  • On June 21, 2021 Italy opened up for Canadian and American tourists without the need for ‘covid-flights' or testing, providing they are vaccinated.
  • In July 2021, Italy starting using the Digital Green Certificate for entry from EU nations, with some exceptions clarified for third-party passengers from USA, Canada, Japan, etc. Italy has stated that passengers from the USA and Canada can use their paper cards as proof for the time being.
  • In September 2021, Italy re-instated some entry requirements for American and Canadian tourists due to a rise in cases
  • As of November 2021, travelers from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini are banned from entering Italy.
  • Starting January 10, 2022, full vaccination will be required for entry to most venues in Italy.

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: Argentina, Australia, Bahrein, Canada, Cile, Colombia, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Perù, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. 

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 January 7, 2022)

  • Vatican City
  • San Marino

C List Countries = 48-hour PCR or antigen test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery. (Eu digital green pass)

Current C List Countries (last updated January 7, 2022)

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco

Current “D” List Countries (last updated January 7, 2022)

  • Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Korea, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao

Current “E” List Countries (last updated January 7, 2022)

  • Nations not mentioned in the other lists

Vaccinated passengers from the above third-party countries can enter Italy for tourism by showing a negative covid test taken at most 72-hours before arrival. They must also show a valid COVID Vaccination Certificate in English, French, or Italian. Travelers from Canada, Japan and the United States of America can also show a certificate of recovery.

Unvaccinated travelers from the above third-party countries need to show a negative 72-hour test, quarantine for 5 days upon arrival, and take another antigen test on Day 5 of which the negative result will release from isolation. They must also travel to their final destination in Italy via private transport.

*Special rules for UK: Test time is 48 hours instead of 72 hours

*Entry from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Eswatini is banned.

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 ‘D' list countries are obliged to undergo a 5-day quarantine.

*Travelers arriving from ‘E' list countries are obliged to undergo a 10-day quarantine.

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 July 2021, Italy has ordered mask-wearing in all public indoor spaces and public transport.
Until January 31, 2022, it is mandatory to wear masks in open spaces.
FFP2-class masks should be used in public transport, concerts, cinemas, and during sporting events.
Children under 6 are exempt. 

Starting January 10, 2022, it will be mandatory to show a covid certificate to enter hotels, catering venues, collective transport, ski pulls, spa, theme parks, amusement parks, swimming pools, museums, cinemas, concert halls theaters, concerts, events, sports competitions, fairs, festivals, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, cultural centers, social spaces, and recreational centers.
Children under 12 years old and those who have a medical certification concerning immunizations are exempt.

Follow all social distancing markers. The specific interpersonal safety distance rule is: at least 2 meters during sports activities and at least 1 meter in all other circumstances.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate / The Green Pass

The EU Digital Covid Certificate, also known as the Green Pass, certifies one of the following conditions:

  • vaccination against COVID-19
  • a negative result of an antigen or molecular test
  • recovery from COVID-19

This can be obtained through different channels, such as testing centers, national health authorities, or an eHealth portal. It will be required for entry into public spaces and transportation.

The Green Pass will be valid for:

  • maximum 6 months from recovery
  • maximum 9 months since vaccination
  • maximum 6 months from vaccination starting February 1, 2022.
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 proof of vaccination record will be mandatory for entry in the near future.

Exceptions are being made to tests/quarantines for entry if fully vaccinated and coming from A, B, or C list nations.

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

Luc Victory M

Saturday 11th of December 2021

Luc I am citizen of the USA. I have both vaccinations of Moderna and the Booster of Moderna. I will do the 72 hour Negative Covid test prior to my flight to the Ukraine to meet with my fiancé then we want to fly to Italy to be married. I have my USA Passport, and she has a Ukrainian Passport She has had both Pfizer Vaccine injections. and will have the 72 hour Negative Covid Test result. Do we need to quarantine upon arrival in Italy? Do we need Visas? If Quarantine is required, where do we have to quarantine? Summation; 1. Is USA Passport and Ukrainian Passport all that is required? 2. With both of us fully vaccinated do we need to quarantine 3. Both of us will have the 72 hours negative Covid test prior to arrival. 4. Do we need to Quarantine and if so where?

We will be flying in from Kyiv, Ukraine to Rome.

Please reply to all questions. Thanks, Luc

Maureen Sanders

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

If you have had COVID within 3 months of travel, are fully vaccinated and have a document of recovery do you still need a negative COVID test? Thank you


Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I am a Canadian citizen (fully vaccinated) and will be entering Italy by car from Austria. Will I need anything other than my vaccination records? Such as pre-test and/or quarantine? Thanks so much!


Sunday 12th of September 2021

I just returned from the Liguria region of Italy. I had been in Ukraine for a month prior so that put me on the D list. 5 day quarantine, registering with the local authorites, have a negative test within 72 hours etc. Well much to my suprise the following is exactly what happenned. My flight on Lot Polish went from Odessa Ukraine, transfer in Warsaw then to Nice France. Nice is the closest int. airport to my final destination.So in Odessa the Lot check in agent asked for my passport and nothing more. No proof of insurance,Passenger Locator Form, negative test nothing ! Although I had everything inckluding my CDC card from the USA. Next: got to Warsaw went through the international transfers section, and on to the departure gate to Nice. I did stop at the Star Alliance lounge for a bit and they ask for a vaccine card..SO no problem..Upon check in at the gate the young lady asked me for my vaccine card, and nothing more ! SO no problem. Upon arrival in France I was ready to be interrogated with this PLF, Vaccine Cards, Negative test's, address of my destination etc etc etc..Ladies and Gentleman, I DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS !!! From the plane in Nice to my driver's car and not even stopped !! About resgistering with the local authorities my landlord/friend who lives there said I dont have to do anything and if he were me he would not. SO I didnt !! ahahahaha. Stayed 10 beautiful days and will return Oct 3 for 60 more days !! Yes we had to wear a mask while shopping of any type, and wear a mask upon entry to restaurants but nothing else !!Of course its better to be safe than sorry so I was in compliance. I am only sharing my story to the paranoid people ! Wearing a mask on some airlines is required and on others it's 50/50. Bon Voyage !

Donna McIntyre

Monday 6th of September 2021

We are going to Italy Sept 16, 2021 for 19 days. We are Canadian, fully vaccinated with Moderna. Since the changes Sept 4 do we need an antigen test or PCR test 72 hours prior to flight to enter Italy. One is much less expensive than the other.