Italy reopening borders to tourists

Is Italy Open for Tourists? – Latest Italy Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 4/11/2021

Italy reopened to travel from some countries in June 2020. At the moment, travelers from most countries cannot enter Italy for tourist purposes. Countries are classified as List A, B, C, D, or E countries and each type of country has its own restrictions.

Travelers from List A countries can enter Italy without restrictions. There are currently no countries on List B. Travelers from List C countries must complete a self-declaration form and present a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy.

Travelers from List D countries must submit a self-declaration form and self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival. Travelers from List E countries may only enter Italy for specific reasons, such as for work or study, or essential reasons. They must fill in a self-declaration form and self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

Travelers from Austria, Brazil, and the United Kingdom are subject to their own specific entry requirements.

Can I travel to Italy right now?

You can travel to Italy from many countries right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Italy at the moment.

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List A Countries
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City
List B Countries

There are currently no countries on this list.

List C Countries
  • Andorra
  • Austria (subject to their own individual restrictions)
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland)
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, and Mayotte)
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands (excluding overseas territories outside the European mainland)
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (including territories in Africa)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Travelers from List C countries must inform the Prevention Department of their local health authority that they have arrived in Italy. They must also complete a self-declaration form and present a negative molecular or antigen swab test result from within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. If they do not have a valid negative test result, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

Travelers from Austria must complete a self-declaration form and present proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. They must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy. They must also self-isolate under medical supervision at their home/residence for 14 days from their arrival and take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of their 14-day self-isolation period.

List D Countries
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

Travelers from List D countries must complete a self-declaration form and inform the Prevention Department of their local health authority that they have arrived in Italy. They must also self-isolate under medical supervision at their final destination in Italy for 14 days from their arrival. They may only travel to their final destination by private transport.

List E Countries
  • All other countries, including Brazil and the United Kingdom, which have their own individual rules

Travelers from List E countries may only enter Italy for specific reasons, such as for work, study, or health, for essential reasons, or to return to their home or place of residence. If they are able to enter Italy, they must complete a self-declaration form and inform the Prevention Department of their local health authority that they have arrived in Italy. They must also self-isolate under medical supervision at their final destination in Italy for 14 days from their arrival. They may only travel to their final destination by private transport.

Travelers from the UK

Travelers from the UK are only allowed to enter Italy if they were a resident of Italy before December 23, 2020, or if they are traveling for essential reasons. If they are able to enter Italy, travelers must present proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result from within 72 hours of entering Italy, inform the Prevention Department of their local health authority that they have arrived in Italy, and complete a self-declaration form, where they must include their reason for traveling to Italy.

They must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy; travelers entering Italy on direct flights from the UK must get tested on arrival. They must also self-isolate under medical supervision at their home/residence for 14 days from their arrival.

Travelers from Brazil

Travelers from Brazil may only enter Italy if they were Italian residents before February 13, 2021, are EU staff or diplomats, have essential reasons for traveling, or are traveling to the home or residence of their children who are minors.

If they are allowed to enter Italy, travelers must complete a self-declaration form, where they must state all of the countries they have visited or transited through in the last 14 days and their reason for traveling, and have proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result from within 72 hours of entering Italy.

They must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy; travelers arriving on direct flights from Brazil must get tested on arrival in Italy.

They must also inform the Prevention Department of their local health authority that they have arrived in Italy and self-isolate under medical supervision at their home/residence for 14 days from their arrival. Travelers must then take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of their 14-day self-isolation period.

 

Italy COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Italy’s entry requirements depend entirely on countries’ classifications.

Travel restrictions for travelers from A Countries

If you’re traveling from a List A country, you can enter Italy without restrictions.

Travel restrictions for travelers from C Countries

If you’re traveling from a List C country, you must inform the Prevention Department of your local health authority that you have arrived in Italy.

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Travel restrictions for travelers from C Countries

You must also complete a self-declaration form and present a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. If you do not have a valid negative test result, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days from your arrival.

If you’re traveling from Austria, you must submit a self-declaration form and present proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. You must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy.

You must also self-isolate under medical supervision at your home/residence for 14 days from your arrival and take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of your self-isolation.

Travel restrictions for travelers from D Countries

If you’re traveling from a List D country, you must inform the Prevention Department of your local health authority that you have arrived in Italy and fill in a self-declaration form. You must also self-isolate under medical supervision at your final destination in Italy for 14 days from your arrival. You may only travel to your final destination by private transport.

Travel restrictions for travelers from E Countries

If you’re traveling from a List E country, you may only enter Italy for specific reasons, such as for work, study, or health, for essential reasons, or to return to your home or place of residence. If you are allowed to enter Italy, you must complete a self-declaration form and inform the Prevention Department of your local health authority that you have arrived in Italy. You must also self-isolate under medical supervision at your final destination in Italy for 14 days from your arrival. You may only travel to your final destination by private transport.

Travel restrictions for travelers from the UK

If you’re traveling from the UK, you can only enter Italy if you were a resident of Italy before December 23, 2020, or you are traveling for essential reasons. If you can enter Italy, you must present proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 72 hours of entering Italy. You must also inform the Prevention Department of your local health authority that you have arrived in Italy and complete a self-declaration form, where you must include your reason for traveling to Italy.

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Travel restrictions for travelers from the UK

You must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy; anyone entering Italy on direct flights from the UK must get tested on arrival. You must also self-isolate under medical supervision at your home/residence for 14 days from your arrival.

 Travel restrictions for travelers from Brazil

You may only enter Italy from Brazil if you were an Italian resident before February 13, 2021, are EU staff or a diplomat, have essential reasons for traveling, or are traveling to the home or residence of your children who are minors. If you are allowed to enter Italy, you must complete a self-declaration form, where you must state all of the countries you have visited or transited through in the last 14 days and your reason for traveling.

You must also have proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 72 hours of entering Italy. You must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy; anyone arriving on direct flights from Brazil must get tested on arrival in Italy.

Additionally, you must also inform the Prevention Department of your local health authority that you have arrived in Italy and self-isolate under medical supervision at your home/residence for 14 days from your arrival. You must then take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of your 14-day self-isolation period.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Italy?

All travelers from List C countries and Austria must be tested for COVID-19.

Can I travel to Italy right now

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Italy?

Travelers from List C countries must have a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. If they do not have a valid negative test result, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

Travelers from Austria must present proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. They will then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy and take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of their 14-day self-isolation period.

Travelers from the UK allowed to travel to Italy must provide a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 72 hours of entering the country They must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy. If they are entering Italy on direct flights from the UK, they must get their second test on arrival in Italy.

Travelers from Brazil allowed to travel to Italy must have proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 72 hours of entering Italy. They must then take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy. If they are arriving on direct flights from Brazil, they must get tested on arrival in Italy. Travelers will take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of their 14-day self-isolation period.

Children age 2 and younger are exempt from any testing requirements. Certain types of travelers are also exempt from testing requirements. You can find more information on testing requirements and exceptions here.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Italy?

There is a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Italy for travelers from List D countries, List E countries, Austria, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

Travelers from List D and List E countries must self-isolate under medical supervision for 14 days from their arrival in Italy. They must self-isolate at their final destination in Italy, which they must reach by private transport or connecting flight (without leaving the airport transit area).

Travelers from Austria, the UK, and Brazil must self-isolate under medical supervision for 14 days at their home or residence. Travelers from Austria and Brazil will have to take a molecular or antigen swab test at the end of their quarantine period.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Italy

It is not an entry requirement to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Italy, but it is always a good idea to have some kind of coverage whenever you travel.

We’ve compared many different types of travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage and discovered that Heymondo offers the most extensive coverage for the best price. Their policies include COVID-19 testing and treatment abroad, so they’re perfect if you plan on doing any traveling right now.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Italy

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries worldwide, Italy’s government has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Italy.

Can I travel to Italy right now?

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Italy

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Italy, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Italy changes its travel restrictions.

Other travel restrictions for Italy during COVID-19

Italy has a few other travel restrictions in place:

  • Travelers from List C countries, List D countries, List E countries, Austria, the UK, and Brazil must inform the Prevention Department of their local health authority that they have arrived in Italy.
  • All travelers will undergo health screenings upon arrival in Italy.
  • Face masks are required in all public areas.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit Italy. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in Italy

Italy’s regions have different color classifications that determine what can open and what restrictions there are for businesses and attractions. The four color classifications are: red, orange, yellow, and white. Red areas have the most restrictions, orange and yellow areas have some restrictions, and white areas have no restrictions.

You can find information on regions’ color classifications here.

Hotels that are open in Italy

Hotels in Italy are open in all areas. If you need a great place to stay, we highly recommend:

Guests must wear face masks in all public areas and keep a distance of at least one meter away from others. They should also wash and/or sanitize their hands frequently.

Attractions that are open in Italy

Attractions, such as museums, are open in white and yellow areas of Italy. In orange and red areas, they are currently closed.

There are no restrictions in white areas. In yellow areas, museums can open on weekdays. They must have reduced capacities and social distancing of at least one meter. From March 27, museums in yellow areas can be open on Saturdays and public holidays as long as visitors make advanced bookings.

You can find more information on attraction regulations here.

Restaurants that are open in Italy

Restaurants are open in white and yellow areas of Italy. In orange and red areas, restaurants are only open for takeout and delivery.

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Restaurants that are open in Italy

There are no restrictions in white areas. In yellow areas, restaurants can be open from 5 AM to 6 PM. In orange and red areas, takeout and delivery are available until 10 PM.

More information on restaurant regulations is available here.

Airports that are open in Italy

Italy’s busiest airports, Rome Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Milan Bergamo/Orio Al Serio, and Venice Marco Polo, are all currently open and international flights are operating.

All travelers must wear face masks and abide by social distancing rules. They should expect to be screened upon arrival in Italy.

Curfew in Italy

There is a nationwide curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM. This curfew will be in place until at least April 6, 2021.

COVID-19 testing in Italy

Your country may require you to take a PCR test to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Italy, you can find information on getting tested here.

Italy reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to Italy reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to Italy from many countries right now, but entry restrictions vary. You can find more information on entry restrictions here.

There are currently 530,000+ active cases and 100,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Italy as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Italy as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Italy. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider travel to Italy.

Yes, travelers from certain countries can only enter Italy for specific reasons.

Yes, if you are traveling from a List D country, a List E country, Austria, Brazil, or the UK, you must self-isolate for 14 days from your arrival in Italy.

Yes, all travelers from List C countries, Austria, the UK, and Brazil must get tested for COVID-19 in order to enter Italy.

Travelers from List C countries and Austria must have a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. Travelers from the UK and Brazil must provide a negative molecular or antigen swab test result within 72 hours of entering Italy.

Travelers from Austria, Brazil, and the UK will also take a second molecular or antigen swab test on arrival in Italy or within 48 hours of entering Italy. Travelers from Austria and Brazil will then take a third molecular or antigen swab test at the end of their 14-day self-isolation period.

Yes, until at least April 6, 2021, there is a curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM.

Yes, until March 27, 2021, you cannot travel between regions, except for work, health, or necessity. You can also travel between regions to return to your home or residence.

Yes, hotels in Italy are open.

Yes, Italy’s busiest airports, Rome Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Milan Bergamo/Orio Al Serio, and Venice Marco Polo, are all open.

Yes, restaurants in white and yellow areas of Italy are open. Restaurants in orange and red areas are only open for takeout and delivery.

Yes, attractions, such as museums, are open in white and yellow areas. They are closed in orange and red areas.

No, Americans cannot currently travel to Italy for tourism purposes.

No, Canadians are not allowed to enter Italy as tourists right now.

Sources

We will update this guide on Italy reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Italy, you can check these official sources:

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