Traveling to Italy This Spring: Vaccination, Testing & Other Entry Rules Explained

Just like some other European Union and European Economic Area countries, Italy has also decided to drop its color-coded system and apply less stringent rules to all incoming travelers.

The Italian Ministry of Health has explained earlier this month that the country will no longer make a differentiation between travelers reaching Italy from an EU country and those traveling from a non-EU country.

This means that Italy now applies the same rules for all travelers, regardless of the country they are traveling from, reports.

“Health Minister Roberto Speranza has signed a new ordinance establishing, with effect from 1 March, the same rules for arrivals to Italy from all non-European countries as those already in force for European countries,” the Ministry of Health explains.

According to this statement, all travelers, regardless of whether they are traveling from an EU or non-EU country, can enter Italy for travel purposes without having to undergo additional rules as long as they present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

“For entry to the national territory, one of the conditions of the Green Pass will be sufficient: certificate of vaccination, certificate of recovery or negative test result,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

Even though entry to Italy is permitted by presenting one of these passes, the authorities have highlighted that everyone must meet the validity period that currently applies to recovery and vaccination certificates as well as to negative test results.

Italy currently accepts only vaccination certificates proving that the holder has completed primary vaccination with one of the approved vaccine doses within the last nine months. Passes indicating vaccination with a booster shot are also accepted.

On the other hand, recovery certificates are accepted for entry only if the holder recovered from the virus in the last six months.

As for negative COVID-19 test results, the Italian authorities have explained that the country accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests for entry. The PCR test must be taken 72 hours before.

On the other hand, stricter rules apply to unvaccinated and unrecovered travelers as well as to those who have not experienced testing before reaching Italy.

The Ministry of Health has highlighted that all those who fail to present one of the certificates mentioned above – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – need to undergo self-isolation upon their arrival.

“Those who travel or return from a European country to Italy and do not have a valid green pass for vaccination or recovery or tampon are required to undergo five-day fiduciary isolation,” the Ministry stated.

All travelers, even those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, must also fill in a self-declaration form before entering Italy.

Italy’s Current Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions

Despite the improved COVID-19 situation, Italy continues to keep its domestic measures in place. The country requires travelers, as well as citizens of the country, to present a vaccination or recovery certificate issued within the last six months or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be permitted entry to bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, theaters , and other events.

Those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus more than six months ago need to undergo testing to be permitted access to the majority of public and events.

“To those who come from a foreign country and are in possession of a certificate of healing or vaccination with a vaccine authorized or recognized as equivalent in Italy, in the event that more than six months have passed since the completion of the vaccination cycle or after recovery, access is allowed to services and activities for which the Enhanced Green Pass is required after carrying out a rapid (48-hour validity) or molecular (72-hour validity) antigen test,” the authorities added.

In addition, Italy continues to keep in place the mask requirements too. All persons must wear an FFP2 mask when accessing busses, metros, and other transportation means.

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