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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 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

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.

Dec 21 to Jan 6 update: For 3 weeks between Dec 21 and Jan 6, a BLANKET 14-day quarantine will be applied for ALL passengers entering Italy, including Italian citizens. The 48-hour test mentioned above will not circumvent this quarantine during this time. 

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 (POVR) will be mandatory for entry in the near future.

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. 

Read more on our “How Americans Can Travel To Italy” guide

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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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

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Originally published August 27, 2020 with updates



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