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If you are travelling from European Countries

From June 3, people will be allowed to travel freely from and to 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.

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.

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: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
  • 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

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.

(Order of the Minister of Health of 30 June 2020)

When entry into Italy is not allowed

Entry in our country will not be allowed  for the following reasons:

  • arrivals from 13 at-risk countries (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020) 
  • 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;
    • 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;
    • Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

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: 10 July 2020



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