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

Measures to counteract and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, contained in the ministerial decree DPCM of August 7, 2020, have been extended until 7 October, with the decree DPCM of September 7, 2020

The previous lists contained in Annex 20 of the Ministerial Decree of August 7 have been transferred and clarified in Annex C which identifies six groups of countries, for which there are different limitations.


Travelling to/from European Countries

San Marino and Vatican City:
(List A, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

  • no limitations

EU Countries (except Romania, which is part of List C, and with specific provisions for Croatia, France - limited to the regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - Greece, Malta and Spain), Schengen, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco
(List B, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

Movements to/from EU countries (except for Romania) are allowed without the need of justification, therefore also for tourism, and without the obligation of isolation on return provided that you have not transited or stayed in the territories belonging  to lists C, D, E, or F in the 14 days prior to entering Italy. The requirement to fill in a self-declaration remain.(Except for the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State)

Croatia, France (limited to the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitane, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) Greece, Malta, and Spain. The Minister of Health, with the new ordinance issued on  September 21, 2020, in addition to what is already envisaged for EU countries, has established that those who enter/return to Italy from these countries (after staying there or even only transit) from September 22 and until further notice, 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

Annex C of the DPCM of September 7, 2020, clarifies that all French, British and Dutch territories, however named, located outside the European continent are included in the E list. The following countries are included in the B list: The Far Oer Islands, Greenland, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Gibraltar, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British bases on the island of Cyprus, the Azores and Madeira, Spanish territories on the African continent.


Romania
(List C, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

Movements from/to these countries are allowed for any reason (provided that you have not transited or stayed in the territories belonging to lists E or F, in the 14 days prior to entering Italy) but upon return to Italy, there is the obligation of fiduciary isolation and health surveillance; it is necessary to fill in a self-declaration, and it is possible to reach the final destination in Italy only by private means (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal). The easing of restrictions on travel from Italy to certain countries does not exclude that these countries may still set entry limits.


Travelling to/from non-European Countries without a specific motivation

Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
(List D, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

Movements from/to these countries are allowed without a specific motivation, therefore, also for tourism (provided that you have not transited or stayed in the territories belonging to lists E or F, in the 14 days prior to entering Italy). 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 (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal). The easing of restrictions on travel from Italy to certain countries does not exclude that these countries may still set entry limits.

Travelling to/from non-European Countries only for precise reasons

Rest of the world
(List E, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

Travel to/from the rest of the world is allowed only for precise reasons, such as work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to home, home, or residence. Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed. The return to Italy from this group of countries is always permitted to Italian/EU/Schengen citizens and their family members, as well as holders of residence permits and their family members. 

The DPCM of 7 September 2020 also envisages the possibility for travellers from the Countries in list E to enter Italy if they have a proven and stable affective relationship (regardless of whether or not they cohabit) with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with persons who are legally resident in Italy (on a long-term basis) and if they are travelling to their partners' home/domicile/dwelling (in Italy).

Upon return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and to fill in a self-declaration where it is compulsory to indicate the reason for the return. It is possible to reach the final destination in Italy only by private means (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the airport)


Entry into Italy is not permitted

Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic
(List F, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

From these countries a ban on entry into Italy is still in force, with the exception of EU citizens (including Italian citizens) and their family members who have been resident in Italy since before 9 July 2020. Crews, onboard personnel and diplomatic and military officers and agents in the exercise of their functions are excluded from the prohibition of entry.

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. When returning to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and fill in a self-declaration in which it is compulsory to indicate the reason for the return (possession of EU/Schengen citizenship or condition of a family member of EU citizen and residence in Italy); it is possible to reach the final destination in Italy only by private means (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the airport).

Kosovo, Montenegro

(List F, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

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. Also excluded from the entry ban are crews, onboard personnel, diplomatic and military officers and agents in the exercise of their functions.

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, residence, or residence. Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed. When returning to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, to fill in a self-declaration in which it is compulsory to indicate the reason for the return (possession of EU/Schengen citizenship or condition of a family member of EU citizen and residence in Italy). It is possible to reach the final destination in Italy only by private means (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the airport).

Colombia
(List F, Annex C DPCM 7 September, 2020)

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 before 13 August 2020. The same restrictions apply as for the countries of the two previous paragraphs.


There are some limited exceptions

Also, provided that no symptoms of COVID-19 occur. There have been no stays or transits in one or more countries on lists C and F during the fourteen (14) days before entering to Italy, without prejudice to the obligations set out in Article 5 of the Decree of the President of the Council do Ministers (compilation of an appropriate declaration), the provisions relating to the obligation of fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and the use of private means of transport to reach the final destination (and swab for Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain) 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;
  • citizens and residents of the States and territories listed in Lists A, B, C and D who enter Italy for proven employment reasons;
  • 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 other servants, however, they may be called, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, and military staff and Italian Country Police personnel in the performance of 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.

The requirement of fiduciary isolation and health surveillance (and swab for Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain) does not apply:

  • to the crew and onboarding staff;
  • 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.

Authorisation from 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.

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: m.dionisio@sanita.itcoordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.itdgprev@postacert.sanita


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

  • 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;

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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. Starting August 17, it is also mandatory  to wear a face mask even outdoors, from 6pm to 6am,  in all areas where there is a risk of gatherings and assembly.
    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.
  • Dancing activities taking place in discotheques shall be suspended, either outdoors or indoors, including in dance halls and similar premises intended for entertainment, as well as on beach fronts, bathing facilities, equipped beaches, free public beaches, communal areas in accommodation facilities, or in any other places that are open to the public.
  • 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. Starting August 17, it is also mandatory  to wear a face mask even outdoors, from 6pm to 6am,  in all areas where there is a risk of gatherings and assembly.
  • dancing activities taking place in discotheques shall be suspended, either outdoors or indoors, including in dance halls and similar premises intended for entertainment, as well as on beach fronts, bathing facilities, equipped beaches, free public beaches, communal areas in accommodation facilities, or in any other places that are open to the public.
  • 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.


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Data di pubblicazione: 17 giugno 2020, ultimo aggiornamento 22 settembre 2020

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