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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

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 (new temporary rules for the UK apply)

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 September 4, 2021)

  • 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 September 4, 2021)

  • Austria,  Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.

Current “D” List Countries

  • Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada*, United Arab Emirates, Japan*, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the European continent), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America*, Israel*, Ukraine , Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao

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, quarantine for 5 days upon arrival, and take another antigen test on Day 5 of which the negative result will release from isolation.

*Special rules for USA, Israel, Canada, and Japan: Any traveler from these 4 nations must have the 72-hour negative test, regardless of vaccination status, but are free from quarantine IF fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated passengers will require the test, a 5-day quarantine, and another test to be released from quarantine.

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

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.

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 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 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. Some exceptions exist for D-list countries.

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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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.


Monday 6th of September 2021

I am a Canadian double vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine. I have a flight booked from Toronto to Catania, transiting through Istanbul (Turkish Airlines). Will I be required to quarantine because of transiting through Istanbul?