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

On  October 13, 2020, a new Decree issued by the President of the Council of Ministers was passed, extending the minimum precautionary measures to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 to November 13, 2020. The new decree partly incorporates and partly modifies travel rules from/to abroad, which were already included in the previous ministerial decrees and ordinances adopted by the Minister of Health.

Even the decree DPCM of October 13, 2020 included in Annex 20 identifies six groups of countries, for which different limitations are envisaged.



Exemptions from quarantine
Exemptions from fiduciary isolation and health surveillance regulated by the Ministerial Decree of October 13, 2020

Special exemptions to quarantine authorised by the Ministry of Health 
How to apply for authorisation from the Ministry of Health for exemption from quarantine on non-deferrable reasons.

When entry into Italy is NOT allowed
Positives cases, symptoms and close contacts

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 and how to protect yourself and others


Useful numbers from the Ministry of Health


For further information please refer to:

List A - San Marino and Vatican City

  • No limitations

List B - EU Countries, Schengen, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco

Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway (including the Svalbard Islands and Jan Mayen), Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco

It is possible to travel to/from the countries listed above without the need for motivation, therefore also for TOURISM, and without the obligation of isolation upon return. The obligation to fill in a self-declaration remains.


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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.

List C - Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Belgium, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), the Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), the Czech Republic, Spain (including territories on the African continent), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories outside the European continent): there are no restrictions on travel to these countries.

Those who instead enter/return to Italy from these countries (after stay or even only transit in the 14 days prior to entering Italy), in addition to filling in a self-declaration, must also:

a) present a statement that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab and a negative result within 72 hours before entering the national territory;

alternatively

b) undergo a molecular or antigenic test; to be swabbed upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location (where possible) or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at the reference local health unit.

Persons who have stayed or transited in these four countries shall also communicate their entry into the Italian territory to the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority.  See: Covid-19 Regional telephone information hotlines


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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.

List D - Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

Movements from/to these countries are allowed without a specific motivation, therefore, also for tourism. However, upon return to Italy, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, to fill in a self-declaration and reach the final destination in Italy only by private vehicle. 


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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.

Liste E - Rest of the world

The return/entry into Italy 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 ministerial decree of  October 13, 2020 also confirms the possibility of entry into Italy, from List E countries, for persons who have a proven and stable relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with natural persons who are legally resident in Italy (long-term residents), who must reach their partner's residence/domicile/residence (in Italy).

Upon entry/return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to fill in a self-declaration, stating the reason for entry/return. You can reach your final destination in Italy only by private vehicle. It is also necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 14 days.


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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.

List F - Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro, Colombia

Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic: for those who come from List F countries or who have stayed there in the previous 14 days there is still a ban on entry into Italy, with a few exceptions. The exception to the ban on entry is only for:

  • EU citizens (including Italian citizens), Schengen, United Kingdom, Andorra, San Marino, Principality of Monaco, Vatican City and their family members who have been resident in Italy since before July 9 2020, with the obligation to show at the time of boarding a certificate that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test (carried out by means of a swab), in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy, with a negative result, to the carrier and to whoever is responsible for carrying out the controls
  • Third country nationals who are long-term residents in Italy (in accordance with Directive 2004/38/EC) and their family members, who have been registered residents in Italy since before July 9 2020, with the obligation to show at the time of boarding a certificate that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test (carried out by means of a swab), in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy, with a negative result, to the carrier and to whoever is responsible for carrying out the controls
  • Transport crews and travelling personnel
  • Officials and agents, however named, belonging to the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military and police staff, both Italian and foreign, and firefighters performing their duties.

Upon return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and fill in a self-declaration stating the reason for returning. The  final destination in Italy can only be reached by private vehicle.

Movements from Italy to these countries are allowed only in the presence of precise reasons:

  • work
  • health or study reasons
  • absolute urgency
  • return to your home, dwelling or place of residence

Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed. 

Kosovo, Montenegro: 

A ban on entry from these countries is still in force, except for EU citizens (including Italian citizens) and their family members who have been resident in Italy since before 16 July 2020.  The same rules apply as for the countries in List F already mentioned. 
The ban excludes: transport crews and travelling personnel, officials and agents, however named, belonging to the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military and police staff, either Italian or foreign nationals, and firefighters performing their duties.

Upon return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and fill in a self-declaration stating the reason for returning. The final destination in Italy can only be reached by private vehicle.

Movements from Italy to these countries are allowed only in the presence of specific reasons:

  • work
  • health or study reasons
  • absolute urgency
  • return to home, dwelling or place of residence

Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed

Colombia

An entry ban is in force from this country except for EU citizens (including Italian citizens) and their family members who have been resident in Italy since before 13 August 2020. The same rules apply as for the countries in List F already mentioned. 
The ban on entry exclude transport crews and travelling personnel, officials and agents, however named, belonging to the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military and police staff, either Italian or foreign nationals, and firefighters performing their duties.

Upon return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and fill in a self-declaration stating the reason for returning. The final destination in Italy can only be reached by private vehicle.

Movements from Italy to these countries are allowed only in the presence of specific reasons:

  • work
  • health or study reasons
  • absolute urgency
  • return to home, dwelling or place of residence

Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed. 


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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.

Exemptions from quarantine

Provided that there are no symptoms of COVID-19 and that there have not been stays or transits in one or more countries on list F in the fourteen days prior to entry into Italy, 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:

  • to anyone (regardless of nationality) who enters Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven needs of work, health or absolute urgency, 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 fiduciary isolation;
  • anyone (regardless of nationality) transiting, by private means, through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 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 fiduciary isolation;
  • to citizens and residents of the States and territories listed in lists A, B, C and D who enter Italy for proven reasons of work; however, in case of return, stay or transit in the previous 14 days from one of the countries in list C, it is always mandatory to undergo a molecular or antigenic test.
  • health personnel entering Italy for the exercise of professional health qualifications, including the temporary exercise referred to in Article 13 of Decree-Law no. 18 of 17 March 2020;
  • cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven reasons of work and the consequent return to their residence, dwelling or stay;
  • to the personnel of companies and institutions with registered or secondary offices in Italy for travel abroad for proven work requirements of no more than 120 hours;
  • officials and agents, however named, belonging to the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military and police staff, either Italian or foreign nationals, and firefighters performing their duties;
  • to pupils and students to attend a course of study in a country other than their country of residence, dwelling or abode, to which they return every day or at least once a week.

Provided that there are no symptoms of COVID-19 and 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:

  • to the crew and onboarding staff;
  • movements to and from the states and territories in List A
  • to entrances for work purposes regulated by special security protocols, approved by the competent health authority
  • entry in Italy for reasons which cannot be postponed, including participation in international sports events and trade fair exhibitions is subject to the authorisation by the Ministry of Health, with the obligation to show the carrier, at the time of boarding, and to whoever is in charge of carrying out the controls, a certificate stating that the passenger has undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of swab, with a negative result, in the 72 hours prior to entering the Italian national territory.
    See more: Special exemptions to quarantine authorised by the Ministry of Health 


Exemption for sport events organised on the Italian territory 

In order to allow the regular holding of national and international sports competitions organised on the Italian territory by national and international sports federations, associated sports disciplines or sports promotion bodies recognised by CONI or CIP, which provide for the participation of athletes, technicians, judges, and competition officials, and accompanying persons from countries for which entry into Italy is forbidden or for which quarantine is provided for, the latter, before entering Italy, must have carried out a molecular or antigenic test to assess their state of health, the result of which must be indicated in the declaration referred to in Article 5, paragraph 1, and verified by the carrier in accordance with Article 7.

This test must not be carried out prior to 72 hours from entering Italy. Travellers concerned must show a certificate with a negative result, stating their personal data for any further controls.

In the event of a negative swab test, the parties concerned are authorised to take part in the international sports competition on the Italian territory, in accordance with the specific protocol adopted by the sports authorities organising the event.

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.

It should be noted that paragraph 2, Article 4 of the  Ministerial Decree/DPCM of August 7, 2020 does not allow entry into Italy to travellers who have transited or stayed in one of the countries on list F of Annex 20 of the Ministerial Decree of  August 7, 2020, over the last 14 days.

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

When entry into Italy is not allowed

Entry into Italy is not allowed in case of positives cases, symptoms and close contacts:

  • positive diagnosis for COVID-19 
  • showing symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Fever ≥ 37,5°C and chills
    • Dry cough
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nasal congestion
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea or nausea/vomit (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

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.
  • Activities that take place in dance halls and discotheques and similar premises, outdoor or indoor, are suspended.
  • Indoor and outdoor parties are forbidden. Celebrations for civil or religious ceremonies are allowed with a maximum participation of 30 people, in due respect of the protocols and guidelines in force.
  • It is recommended to avoid celebration in private homes and to avoid receiving more than six non-cohabiting guests.
  • 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.


Data ultimo aggiornamento: 21 ottobre 2020



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