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If you are travelling from European Countries

Travel is freely permitted for any reason, including tourism, to and from the following states:

  • Member States of the European Union (EU): besides Italy Member States of EU are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Hungary;
  • non EU States of the Schengen Agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland;
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  • Andorra, Principality of Monaco;
  • Republic of San Marino and State of the Vatican City.

On July 24, the Minister of Health signed an order that provides for quarantine for citizens who stayed in Romania and Bulgaria for the past 14 days.

Citizens who have stayed in Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain in the 14 days prior to arrival in Italy must either:

  • submit to a certificate to the competent authorities, stating that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours prior to entering the Italian national territory, with negative results,

or

  • undergo a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab, upon arrival at the airport, port or border location, whenever possible, or at the relevant local health authority, within 48 hours after entry in the Italian national territory. While waiting to undergo the test at their local health authority of reference, a period of fiduciary isolation at home must be respected.  

Citizens are also required to:

  • even if asymptomatic, immediately notify the prevention department of the competent health authority of their entry into the Italian national territory
  • in case of onset of COVID-19 symptoms, promptly report the situation to their Health Authority through the dedicated telephone numbers and undergo self-isolation, pending further measures by the Health Authority.

If you are travelling from non-European Countries

Entry into Italy from countries outside the EU and/or the Schengen Agreement continues to be allowed only for:

  • proven work requirements
  • absolute urgency
  • health reasons
  • proven study requirements.

Starting July 1st 2020, entry into the national territory of Italy is also allowed, in any case (without having to justify a specific reason):

  • for nationals of third States residing in the following States and territories: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay (Montenegro and Serbia from 16 July have been added to the list of those considered at risk due to the virus; starting July 30, those who come from Algeria have the obligation to provide their reasons for entering Italy)
  • for nationals of third States who are long-term residents within the meaning of Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003, as well as nationals of third States who derive their right of residence from other European provisions or national legislation, and their family members.

(Subject to restrictions for travellers arriving or in transit from countries at risk. See: When entry in Italy is not allowed)

However, there is still an obligation of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for all natural persons who enter Italy from States or foreign countries other than those belonging to the European Union, States party to the Schengen Agreement, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State or who have stayed there during the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.

Quarantine is in any case provided for citizens who have stayed in Romania and Bulgaria in the last 14 days (following the ordinances issued on July 24 and July 30, 2020).

It is envisaged that only the journey home, or to a different dwelling identified as a place of isolation will be allowed, taking as little time as possible. Travelling on this route by public transport is not allowed, but people may use car rental, taxis or chauffeur-driven hire. However, those who enter or return to Italy from abroad for reasons of work, health or absolute urgency may postpone the start of the fiduciary isolation for up to 120 hours.

There are also exceptions, i.e. categories of citizens who, although arriving from countries that would require it, do not have the obligation of quarantine when entering our country. These include health personnel, transport personnel and EU officials (please refer to the complete list on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website). (Order of the Minister of Health of 30 July 2020DPCM 14 July, 2020)


When entry into Italy is not allowed

Arrivals from countries at risk

From 9 July it is forbidden to enter Italy to anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic.
The ban does not apply to Italian citizens, EU citizens, citizens of countries included in the Schengen Agreement, citizens of the United Kingdom, citizens of Andorra, citizens of the Principality of Monaco, citizens of the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State and their close family members (descendants and relatives in the ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, stable partner), provided that they have been resident in Italy since before 9 July 2020. 

A further waiver is provided for officials and other civil servants, however they may be called, of the European Union or of international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, officials and consular staff, military personnel performing their duties; even categories exempted from the ban on entry must in any case undergo the period of quarantine.

Starting August 13, entry in Italy is also forbidden for people who, in the previous 14 days, have stayed or transited in Colombia.

Exceptions to the no-access policy and the obligation of quarantine: crew working on means of transport and travelling personnel of means of transport entering Italy exclusively for work reasons, for a maximum of 120 h, or for a maximum transit of 36 hours for anyone coming from:

  • Serbia
  • Kosovo
  • North Macedonia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro

Other cases in which entry into our country is not allowed:

  • positive diagnosis for COVID-19 in the 14 days before travelling;
  • showing even a single symptom of COVID-19 in the 8 days before travelling:
    • Fever ≥ 37,5°C and chills
    • Dry cough
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nasal congestion
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea (mostly in children)
  • close contact (e.g. less than 2 meters for more than 15 minutes) with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the 14 days before travelling;
  • visiting, in the 14 days before arriving in Italy, States or territories other than: 
    • Member States of the European Union (EU): besides Italy Member States of EU are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria (*), Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania (*), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Hungary (*) On July 24, the Minister of Health signed an order that provides for quarantine for citizens who stayed in Romania and Bulgaria for the past 14 days
    • non EU States of the Schengen Agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland;
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
    • Andorra, Principality of Monaco;
    • Republic of San Marino and State of the Vatican City;
    • Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

Entry in Italy is in any case allowed to EU/ITALIAN/Schengen citizens even though they have resided in third countries, with quarantine obligation and without the obligation to provide any reasons;

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All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide the carrier, or law enforcement officers if they are stopped for checks, a self-declaration form that can be downloaded here


Protect yourself and others

Here are the main public health recommendations and measures for those entering Italy.

  • Maintain at least 1 meter security distance between yourself and others both in open and closed places.
  • Implement preventive hygienic measures:
    • regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    • avoid direct contact with other people such as hugging and shaking hands;
    • follow good respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze;
    • avoid sharing bottles and glasses;
    • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
    • avoid taking antiviral drugs and antibiotics without medical prescription.
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask.
    Masks must be used in the community setting in closed places that can be accessed by public, including public transport, and all the time when it is not possible to guarantee social distancing.
    The use of masks is not required in:
  • children less than 6 years of age;
  • disabled people that cannot wear a mask for a long period and their caregivers.
  • Avoid crowded places and ban of gathering.
  • In some circumstances the measurement of body temperature could be implemented (e.g. in some shops, hotels, public offices, etc.).
  • It is possible to download the IMMUNI app on your mobile phone. If used correctly, the app sends an alert in case of a possible contact with a positive person, and further information.
  • We recommend you to keep a travel diary with visited places, people met and relative dates.

What to do if symptoms compatible with COVID-19 appear while you are in Italy

  • Seek medical help. Immediately inform the Department of Prevention of the Local Health Agency:
    • ask the staff of the hotel/accommodation facility to help you to contact the health services;
    • call the regional hot line. You can find the number on the website of the Ministry of Health at the following link: Covid-19 - Regional telephone information hotlines
  • If you develop severe symptoms, call the national emergency number 112
  • Avoid visiting the Hospital Emergency Room
  • Wear immediately a medical mask
  • Inform the reception of your health condition, so that they can take all prevention measures to protect the staff and other guests
  • If possible, move to a single room with dedicated bathroom
  • Self-isolate and remain in your room with the door closed but ensuring adequate natural ventilation
  • Respect the ban to go around, following the instructions of the health staff
  • Avoid contact with other tourists and with the staff of the hotel/accommodation facility
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and implement the other hygienic measures 
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene and dispose tissues properly putting them after use in double bags
  • Be available at the daily calls of the health staff in charge of monitoring your health conditions during the health surveillance
  • Avoid taking drugs without medical prescription.

Remember: public healthcare is free in Italy. More information are available on the website of the Ministry of Health: www.salute.gov.it/nuovocoronavirus

How to use public transport correctly

  • Buy your ticket on-line whenever possible;
  • When travelling, maintain 1 meter security distance from other people;
  • Sit only in the places allowed and indicated by appropriate signs;
  • Wear a mask to cover nose and mouth.

How to participate safely in sports, recreational and cultural activities

  • Wear a mask to cover nose and mouth in crowded and close paces;
  • Visit parks, villas and public gardens is allowed avoiding gathering of people;
  • Access to places of worship is allowed following organizational measures that avoid gatherings of people;
  • Museums and other cultural sites can be visited respecting social distancing measures;
  • Theatres, cinema, concerts will re-start on 15 of June;
  • Activities of spas, thermal baths, cultural and social centres are suspended;
  • Practice sports in open spaces, including public parks and equipped areas, is allowed keeping at least 2 meter distances for sport activities and at least 1 meter distance for other activities. Children less than 18 years of age and disabled people can be accompanied by one person.

Travelling  and movement within Italy

As of June 3, it is possible to travel within our country, without self-certification. Some regions require further measures (notification of arrival, registration, temperature check).


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Data ultimo aggiornamento: 13 August 2020



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