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Italy Drops All Restrictions For Vaccinated U.S. And Canadian Travelers

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Italy has decided to remove quarantine restrictions on US and Canadian travelers in a bid to bring North American travelers back to Italy this summer. 

In the Facebook post, Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza stated that Italy would allow entry from EU member countries, the U.S, Canada, and Japan if they meet the Green Certificate requirements. 

However, in a blow to the British travel industry, Italy has placed a mandatory 5-day quarantine on all UK arrivals due to rising cases of the Delta variant. In addition, a complete travel ban on arrivals from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India will remain. 

The Restrictions Up Until Now 

Up until June 19th, Americans and Canadians were only able to enter Italy on COVID-tested flights. For example, Air Canada has been offering these flights to Rome from Toronto and Montreal for the past month. But, unfortunately, these flights were few and far between. 

In May 2021, Italy also approved these COVID-tested flights on Delta Airlines from Atlanta and New York, flying directly to Rome and Milan. If travelers came on these flights, they didn’t have to quarantine in Italy. 

Instead, they would enable travelers to fill out a passenger locator form, present a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival, and take a rapid test before boarding the flight. Finally, the travelers would take a final test on arrival in Italy. If all the results on the three tests are negative, then travelers don’t need to self-isolate. 

If any US or Canadian travelers come on non-COVID-tested flights – regardless of being fully vaccinated – they would have to undergo mandatory self-isolation.

Italy COVID-19

The Entry Requirements From June 19th

However, today’s news means that US and Canadian travelers can now enter Italy from June 19th on any flights and they won’t have to quarantine on arrival. 

With that said, travelers from the US and Canada will still need to bring a certificate showing vaccination proof or a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arriving in Italy.  

italy during the pandemic

The COVID-19 Situation In Italy 

As Italy prepares to open up to the world, COVID-19 numbers have dramatically decreased since the third wave in March. Although the country has recorded over 4.25 million cases and 127,253 deaths since February 2020, the country has COVID-19 rates down to an average of just over 1306 cases per day.

Therefore, Italy is among one of the safest places to visit this summer due to low COVID-19 rates and high vaccination levels. Italy has given over 43 million vaccine doses, and if you assume that everyone needs two doses – they have fully vaccinated 37.3% of their entire population so far. 

trevi fountain italy covid mask

The Current Restrictions In Italy 

Italy is still in a state of emergency due to the prevalence – albeit decreasing prevalence – of the COVID-19 virus. The country has just emerged from a two-month lockdown after the third wave in March, but the nation was one of the first European nations to reopen its borders in early June. 

Florence Italy

The Italian government removed the ban on non-essential travel around the nation on April 26th, meaning travelers are free to move around and explore this wonderful nation.

However, all travelers must wear masks at all times, including all outside areas. Furthermore, if the area is in a red, yellow, or orange zone, there is a curfew between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am. 

Venice italy

If you visit a yellow zone, bars and restaurants remain open throughout the day, but you can only eat outside (it’s the summer, so that’s all good!) However, in orange zones and red zones restaurants and shops are closed and people can only leave the house for essential things. Travelers will want to avoid these areas at all costs. 

However, reports suggest that by next week the vast majority of Italy will have dropped its COVID-19 restrictions and will have moved most of the country into the low restriction white zone. That means that travelers will have a feeling of normality, with standard mask-wearing and social distancing measures in place for the time being.

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Paul Glennon

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Does anybody have any experience with Air Canada flying to Italy since they permitted quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated travelers from Canada? We're fully vaccinated for more than 14 days, but we booked on a "COVID Tested" flight out of Toronto. I'm trying to confirm that Air Canada won't ask for a negative COVID test in addition to our proof of vaccination.

Rachel Maus

Sunday 25th of July 2021

We are set to fly to Italy on Sept 1 and are now a bit concerned about the new restrictions. I assume surely they will make accommodations for Canadians who are vaccinated since we are welcome there, however nothing is certain these days :( Any news on that front or is it perhaps too soon for the government to have thought of that accommodation yet? Thanks!

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

We just left Italy yesterday and were trying to research how the new rules will work with Canadian/US tourists. At this very moment, there is not any clear direction, but I am sure like everything else during the pandemic, time will provide clarity. We'll just have to sit back and wait for them to make a statement, amendment, etc.

D

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Any idea how Americans will be able to comply with Italy’s new requirement for the Green Pass to enter hotels, restaurants, museums, etc? Same issue that France currently has. It leaves non-EU nationals in a really tough bind.

I’m currently doing Slovakia - Austria - Slovenia and was supposed to go to Italy, but not sure I really want to go to Italy if Americans won’t be able to access this new requirement.

It would be helpful to have a post on this for people visiting France and Italy.

Thank you!!

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 23rd of July 2021

We are unable to make a post on this yet, as the info isn't available, but we will once it is. The Green Pass is not available for third-party travelers at this time, so we are unsure of how this will all work

Ace

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Hello, what counts as certification of COVID-19 vaccination? Would a receipt from the local health authority be acceptable? I see on the Italian website that they require a COVID Certificate or Green Pass that usually has a compatible QR code, and is recognized by the Italian rules, but only Italian citizens can sign up for this.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

We used our CDC cards to enter Italy. Until the green pass is available for third-party, most countries are accepting NHS, CDC, Canadian cards

Rahul

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Hi, do you know if I can do a transfer in london heathrow and go to Italy? Will there be a problem if the second flight is coming from UK?

Stephen White

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

@Rahul, I'm in the same boat as you. Italy considers a stopover in the UK to be the same as being a UK resident, which means a 5-day isolation period in Italy upon arrival. We are likely going to have to cancel our cruise vacation in Italy due to this.