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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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:
- Check if your country is permitted to visit Italy for tourism.
- Follow COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures outlined above.
- Check if your country requires a visa to visit Italy
- 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