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Covid-19 Information for travellers


Travelling rules vary, depending on the country of origin or destination and the reasons for travelling.

The Prime Minister's Decree issued on January 14, 2021 has been followed by several ordinances issued by the Minister of Health, amending, and supplementing the regulations on travel to/from abroad, particularly from the following countries:

  • Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    The Ordinance of January 9, 2021 provided for entry restrictions for those who stayed in or transited through the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the 14 days preceding their entry into Italy
  • Brazil
    The Ordinance of January 16, 2021 has imposed, until 31 January 2021, a ban on air traffic and on entry into Italy for anyone travelling from Brazil or who has stayed in/transited through Brazil in the 14 days preceding entry into Italy. There are currently no exceptions

Travelling to and from abroad 

The Ministerial Decree January 14, 2021 continues to be based on lists of countries for which different measures are envisaged. Annex 20 identifies groups of countries for which different restrictions apply.

Browse lists of information for travelling to and from abroad:

  • List A - Vatican City and Republic of San Marino 
  • List B - The States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2
  • List C - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.
  • List D - Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List E, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2
  • List E - Rest of the world - (all States and Territories not specifically referred to in any other list)
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  
    Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Limitations on the national territory 

The Decree Law n. 2 of January 14, 2021 and the decree Dpcm of January 14, 2021, in force from 16 January to 5 March 2021, provide for further measures to contain and manage the epidemiological emergency caused by COVID-19. The two decrees confirm some of the measures already provided for in the previous decrees and introduce new ones.

Please refer to the page Covid-19, situation in Italy, and to the FAQ published on the Government website, for a summary of the different restrictions applied in the yellow, orange, and red areas.


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List B

The States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, paragraph 2.

Movements to and from these countries are allowed without any certification of motivation for travelling.

There are certain restrictions on entry into Italy in the case of transit or residence in List C countries during the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.

There is not the obligation of fiduciary isolation, neither the obligation to undergo molecular or antigenic testing upon entry into the Italian national territory, unless in the 14 days prior to entry into Italy one has transited or stayed in countries of List D and List E. The obligation to complete a self-declaration form remains.


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List C

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.

In accordance with Italian regulations, travel to/from these countries is permitted without the need for any certification of motivations for travelling.

In case of stay or transit in one or more of the States and territories referred to in List C of Annex 20 during the fourteen days preceding entry in Italy, it is mandatory to present to the carrier and to whoever is in charge of carrying out the controls, at the time of boarding, a certificate stating that travellers have undergone, in the forty-eight hours preceding entry into the national territory, a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, with a negative result.  Failure to produce proof of the prescribed molecular or antigenic test shall result in the person concerned being placed in temporary isolation and undergoing health surveillance.

The obligation to communicate to the Department of Prevention of the relevant health authority for the territory of entry remains, as well as the obligation to complete a self-declaration form. Please refer to the page: Covid-19 Toll free numbers and regional information

There are limitations in case of transit or stay in List D and/or List E countries during the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.


Exemptions

There are exemptions to the quarantine requirement and to the requirement to undergo a molecular or antigenic testing. Exemptions are listed in the section: Exemptions.


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List D

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand as well as additional states and other territories with low epidemiological risk, which will be identified, among those in List E, with an order adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2.

Under Italian law, travel to and from these countries is permitted without the need for a reason (subject to the limitations set out in Italy at regional level). The removal of restrictions on travel from Italy to certain countries does not exclude that these countries may still impose limits on entry.

Upon return to Italy, if you have stayed in/transited through these countries during the previous 14 days, you must undergo a 14-day fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, fill in a self-declaration form, and you can only reach your final destination in Italy by private means of transport.

Moreover, it is mandatory to immediately communicate your entry into Italy to the Department of Prevention of the local health authority. Please refer to the page: COVID-19 Free Toll Numbers and Regional information  

There are certain restrictions on entry into Italy in the case of transit or residence in List E countries, during the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.


Exemptions

There are exceptions to the isolation requirement for those coming from List D countries. Please refer to the section: Exemptions


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List E

Specific rules have been adopted for the following countries: 

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (see dedicated session)
  • Brazil. The Ordinance of January 16, 2021 has imposed, until 31 January 2021, a ban on air trafficand entry into Italy for all those travelling from Brazil or who have stayed/transited there in the 14 days preceding the attempt to enter Italy. At this time, there are no exceptions. Travellers who are on Italian national territory and who have stayed in or transited through Brazil during the 14 days preceding the 16 January Ordinance, even if they are asymptomatic, must  immediately report their entry into the national territory to the prevention department of the local health authority and undergo molecular or antigenic testing, to be carried out by means of a swab.


All States and territories not specifically mentioned in other lists.

Travel to/from the rest of the world is only allowed for specific reasons, such as:

  • work
  • health reasons
  • study reasons
  • absolute urgency
  • return to one's domicile, home, or residence. 

Travelling for tourism is therefore not permitted. 

The re-entry/entry into Italy, in case of stay/transit in the previous 14 days from this group of countries, is always allowed to Italian/EU/Schengen citizens and their family members, as well as to holders of long-term resident status and their family members (Directive 2004/38/EC). 

The decree DPCM of January 14, 2021 also confirms the possibility of entry into Italy, from List E countries, for persons who have a proven and stable emotional relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or natural persons who are legally resident in Italy (long-term residents), who need to reach their partner's home/domicile/residence (in Italy).

When entering/returning to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to fill in a self-declaration indicating the reason for entry/return. You may only reach your final destination in Italy by private means of transport. 

It is also necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 14 days.

Moreover, it is compulsory to immediately communicate one's entry into Italy to the Department of Prevention of the local health authority responsible for the area. Please refer to the page: COVID-19 Free toll numbers and regional information

 

Exemptions 

There are some exemptions to the obligation of isolation when returning from List E countries. See section: Exemptions 


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Great Britain and Northern Ireland

For those who have stayed or transited in the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to entry into Italy they are only allowed to enter Italy if they have been registered  as residents in Italy since before December 23, 2020 or if they have a reason of absolute necessity (it is necessary to specify the reason for returning to one's own residence or the reason of absolute necessity in a self-declaration).

In these specific cases, entry into the national territory is allowed according to the following rules:

  • a) the obligation to present to the carrier, and to whoever oversees carrying out controls, at the time of boarding, a certification stating that they have undergone, within the 72 hours preceding entry into the national territory, a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab, with a negative result;
  • b) the obligation to undergo a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab, upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entry into national territory at the relevant local health authority. In case of entry into national territory by flight from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the swab must be taken upon arrival at the airport;
  • c) the obligation to undergo, regardless of the result of the test referred to in point b), health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for a period of fourteen days at home or at the temporary place of residence, following notification of entry into the Italian national territory to the Prevention Department of the local health authority.

Provided that they do not show any symptoms of COVID-19, crew and travelling personnel of means of transport for persons and goods are not required to undergo fiduciary isolation, but must nevertheless undergo a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by swab, upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entry into the national territory at the relevant local health authority.


Travelling to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

As of  December 23, 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, as well as British bases on the island of Cyprus and territories outside the European mainland, for which the Kingdom holds responsibility for international relations) is included into List E, until  January 15, 2021, with the possibility of extending such period. As a result, one may travel to the United Kingdom only for the reasons stated in art. 6 paragraph.


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Exemptions

Provided that there are no symptoms of COVID-19 without prejudice to the obligations of self-declaration and presentation of a negative result of a molecular or antigenic test (where applicable), as well as communication of entry from abroad into the national territory, the provisions relating to the obligation of fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, the use of private means of transport to reach the final destination and the obligation of swab testing do NOT apply to:

  • transport crew 
  • travelling personnel   
  • movements to and from the States and territories mentioned in List A of Annex 20    
  • entry for work purposes regulated by special security protocols, approved by the relevant health authority.    
  • entry for reasons that cannot be postponed, including participation in international sports events, subject to authorisation by the Ministry of Health and with the obligation to present to the carrier, and to whoever is appointed to carry out controls, at the time of boarding, a certificate of having undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and which has proved negative, in the forty-eight hours prior to entry into Italian territory, 
  • anyone who enters Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven work, health or absolute urgency needs, with the obligation, at the end of this period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing this, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation in accordance with paragraphs 1 to 5.  
  • anyone transiting through Italian territory by private means for a period which does not exceed 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and isolation in accordance with subparagraphs 1 to 5.   
  • to citizens and residents of a member State of the European Union and of the other States and territories indicated in lists A, B, C and D of annex 20, who enter Italy for proven reasons of work, unless in the 14 days prior to their entry into Italy they have stayed or transited in one or more of the States and territories included in list C.   
  • to health personnel entering Italy for the exercise of their health professional qualifications, including the temporary exercise of qualifications pursuant to art. 13 of decree-law no. 18 of 17 March 2020, converted, with amendments, by law no. 27 of 24 April 2020.   
  • to cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven reasons of work and for the subsequent return to their residence, home, or abode   
  • to staff of companies and entities with registered or secondary offices in Italy travelling abroad for proven work requirements, for no more than 120 hours.     
  • officials and agents, however they are called, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, military personnel, including those returning from international missions, and police force personnel, personnel of the Information System for the Security of the Republic and fire brigades in the performance of their duties.
  • pupils and students for the purpose of attending a course of study in a country other than that of their residence, home, or abode, to which they return daily, or at least once a week.    
  • admissions by means of Covid-tested flights, in accordance with the Order of the Minister for Health of  November 23, 2020, as amended.
  • entry of athletes, coaches, judges, competition officials and accompanying persons, representatives of the foreign press for participation in sports competitions referred to in  art.  1,  paragraph 10, letter  e)  who, in the 48 hours preceding entry into the national territory, have undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by swab, and tested negative. 


Special exemptions to quarantine authorised by the Ministry of Health  

Upon request of the Traveller/Entity/Organising Company requiring exemption from quarantine for reasons that cannot be deferred, including participation in international sports events or trade fairs, Office 3 of the General Directorate of Health Prevention (USMAF-SASN Coordination) will examine the request and, if necessary, communicate the guidelines which must be observed by international travellers, in order to be exempted from the measures mentioned above.

To submit your request:

  • submit the request at least 7 days before the start date of the event
  • requests for participants to trade fairs and/or sports events must be sent by the organisers stating the following: name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, nationality, and passport number
  • a letter of invitation from the event organiser or document stating the reason why the invitation cannot be postponed must be attached
  • travel Itinerary and identity documents/passports of all travellers must be attached.
  • the exemption is to be considered valid for the participation to the specific event
  • do not submit requests for scheduled events beyond the expected effective date of the applicable ministerial decree;
  • if the participants from abroad are already on the national territory, prior to the granting of the exemption, the competence of the possible exemption to fiduciary isolation lies with the Local Health Authority.

Travellers will take care to bring with them the notice from the office communicating the protocol, a signed self-certification, as proof of the application of the guidelines with the result of the negative swab test (the swab test must be done maximum 72 hours before entry in Italy) to be shown to the Border Authority or to the Health Authority.

Any request should be sent to the following mail addresses: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.itdgprev@postacert.sanita

This exemption applies only to travellers who are allowed to enter Italy in accordance with the regulations in force.

The main public health recommendations and prevention measures for those entering Italy

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


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.

  • Use respiratory protection (face masks)
    It is mandatory to carry a face mask with you at all times. These must be worn, not only in closed spaces accessible to the public, as in the past, but also in indoor spaces in general, other than private homes, and also in all outdoor spaces. Exceptions are made in cases where, due to the characteristics of the place or the actual circumstances, the condition of isolation from non-residents is continuously guaranteed. Children under six years of age, people with pathologies or disabilities incompatible with the use of a face mask and those who interact with the latter, are excluded from the obligation to wear a face mask. Furthermore, the use of a face will not be mandatory during any sports activity.
  • The use of a face mask is also strongly recommended in private homes, if there are non-residents visiting.
  • Any form of assembly is forbidden
  • On some occasions body temperature can be measured (e.g. in some shops, hotels, public offices, restaurants, etc.).
  • It may be useful to keep a travel diary in which to note down the places visited, the companies visited and the relevant dates.
  • It is possible to download the IMMUNI App on your mobile phone, which, if correctly used, sends a report in case of a possible contact with a positive person, and offers further information. For assistance and clarifications on the use of the App call the toll-free number 800 91 24 91.
  • It is strongly recommended to refrain from travelling by public or private means of transport, with the exception of work, study and health related reasons, any urgent matters, or when carrying out activities or using services that are still available.


Data ultimo aggiornamento: 22 gennaio 2021



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