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Covid-19 Information for travellers


Entry from the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area, Japan, Canada and the United States of America

By ordinance of 18 June 2021, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has provided for the use of the Covid-19 Green Certificate for entry into Italy from countries of the European Union and from Japan, Canada and the United States of America. See the relevant sections for the procedure: List C and Japan, Canada and the United States of America.


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

For those arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a 5-day quarantine with mandatory swab testing was introduced by ordinance of 18 June 2021. Go to the relevant section: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

The new ordinance extended to 30 July 2021 the measures in force for entry to Italy for people coming from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, or who have been in the countries in the preceding fourteen days. Go to the section on India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka).


The Ordinance of  April 2, 2021 provided for some reclassifications on the lists of countries in Annex 20 of the Dpcm of  March 2, 2021.

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. At present, no state is included on this list.
  • 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, Israel, 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. Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • List D - Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada and United States 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. Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in: Japan, Canada and United States of America
  • List E - Rest of the world - (all States and Territories not specifically referred to in any other list). Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in:  


"Covid-tested" Flights - Passenger Locator Form 

Covid-tested flights are flights that have been authorised by the Ministry of Health by means of a special ordinance.

To learn more about the requirements and the compulsory procedure go to the dedicated section: Covid-tested flights


Useful numbers from the Ministry of Health


For further information please refer to:

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.

At present, no State is included on this list.

 

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, Israel, 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.

Specific rules have been adopted for those who have stayed or transited in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. See the section on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

Entry Restrictions

Under Italian law, travel to/from these countries is permitted without the need for a specific reason.

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

Compliance

The legislation provides that, upon re-entry into Italy, those who have stayed or transited in the fourteen days preceding entry into Italy in one or more of the countries and territories referred to in List C of Annex 20 (excluding the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), are required to:

  • present the COVID-19 Green Certificate issued in accordance with Decree-Law No. 52 of 22 April 2021 and EU Regulations 2021/953 and 2021/954 (EU Digital Covid Certificate Regulations) showing:
    • that you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago
    • that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)
    • that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy.  The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator. 

The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson). 

Certificates must be submitted in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French or Spanish.


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until July 30, 2021.


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms occur, specific exemptions are foreseen:

  • The obligation to swab 48 hours prior to departure does not apply in the cases provided for in Art. 51 para. 7) letters a), b), c), f), g), l), n), m), o), which can be found in the section Exemptions

List D

Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada and the United States of America, as well as additional countries and territories at low epidemiological risk, to be identified by order, from among those on List E.

Specific rules have been adopted for entry from Japan, Canada and the United States of America. See the section on Japan, Canada and the United States of America.

Entry Restrictions

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

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.

Compliance

The legislation provides that, upon re-entry into Italy, those who have stayed or transited in the fourteen days preceding entry into Italy in one or more of the countries and territories referred to in List D of Annex 20 are required to:

  • present the COVID-19 Green Certificate issued in accordance with Decree-Law No. 52 of 22 April 2021 and EU Regulations 2021/953 and 2021/954 (EU Digital Covid Certificate Regulations) showing:
    • that you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago
    • that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)
    • that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy.  The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator. 

The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson). 

Certificates must be submitted in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French or Spanish.


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until July 30, 2021.


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms occur, specific exemptions are foreseen:

  • The obligation to swab 48 hours prior to departure does not apply in the cases provided for in Art. 51 para. 7) letters a), b), c), f), g), l), m), n) o), which can be found in the section Exemptions
  • the obligations of fiduciary isolation, health surveillance and swab test on day 5 do not apply in the cases provided for in Article 51, paragraph 7, of the Decree-Dpcm of 2 March 2021, which can be consulted in the Exemptions section.

List E

All States and territories not specifically mentioned in other lists.

Specific rules have been adopted for some countries. See dedicated sessions: 


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). It is also confirmed 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).


Compliance

When returning to Italy, if you have stayed in/transited through these countries in the previous 14 days, you must:

  • undergo a molecular or antigenic swab carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy and the result of which is negative
  • complete the digital Passenger Locator Form, which replaces the previous self-declaration
  • undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days. This provision applies only to entries into Italy after the entry into force of the Ordinance of  April 16, 2021. 
  • undergo an additional molecular or antigenic swab at the end of the 10-day isolation period. Those who entered Italy before  April 18, 2021 must complete the 14-day isolation period and do not need to undergo any further testing.
  • reach their final destination in Italy only by private transport
  • notify the prevention department of the health authority responsible for the area of your entry (See page: COVID-19 Freephone numbers and regional information


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until July 30, 2021.


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms occur, specific exemptions are foreseen:

  • The obligation to swab 48 hours prior to departure does not apply in the cases provided for in Art. 51 para. 7) letters a), b), c), f), g), l), m), n), o), which can be found in the section Exemptions
  • the obligations of fiduciary isolation, health surveillance and swab test on day 5 do not apply in the cases provided for in Article 51, paragraph 7, of the Decree-Dpcm of 2 March 2021, which can be consulted in the Exemptions section.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Entry Restrictions

Under Italian law, travel to/from these countries is permitted without the need for a specific reason.

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

Compliance

Those who have stayed in or transited through the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus) in the 14 days prior to entering Italy are required to:

  • produce a green certificate proving that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy.  The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator. 
  • notify the prevention department of the local health authority of your entry (See page: COVID-19 Regional toll-free numbers and information
  • undergo self-isolation and health surveillance for 5 days
  • undergo an additional molecular or antigen swab test at the end of the 5-day isolation period


The provisions remain in force until 30 July 2021.


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms occur, specific exemptions are foreseen:

  • The obligation to swab 48 hours prior to departure does not apply in the cases provided for in Art. 51 para. 7) letters a), b), c), f), g), l), n), m), o), which can be found in the section Exemptions

Japan, Canada and the United States of America

Under Italian law, travel to and from these countries is permitted without the need for a specific reason (subject to the limitations set out in Italy at regional level).

Compliance

The legislation provides that, upon re-entry into Italy, those who have stayed or transited in the fourteen days preceding entry into Italy in Canada, Japan and the United States of America, are required to:

  • present the COVID-19 Green Certificate issued in accordance with Decree-Law No. 52 of 22 April 2021 and EU Regulations 2021/953 and 2021/954 (EU Digital Covid Certificate Regulations) showing:
    • that you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago
    • that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)
    • that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy.  The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator. 

The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson)

Certificates must be submitted in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French or Spanish.


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until July 30, 2021.


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms occur, specific exemptions are foreseen:

  • The obligation to swab 48 hours prior to departure does not apply in the cases provided for in Art. 51 para. 7) letters a), b), c), f), g), l), m), n) o), which can be found in the section Exemptions

Brazil

Travellers who have stayed in or transited through Brazil during the previous fourteen days are banned from entering and transiting in the Italian national territory.

Entry into and transit through Brazil are permitted, on condition that no Covid-19 symptoms occur, only to the following categories

  • those who have been registered in Italy since before 13 February 2021 (with self-declaration, without authorisation from the Ministry)
  • those who must reach the domicile, home or residence of their minor children, spouse, or party to a civil partnership (with self-declaration, without authorisation from the Ministry);
  • persons in a state of absolute necessity authorised by the Ministry of Health

In the cases described above, entry into the national territory and air traffic from Brazil shall be allowed according to the following rules:

  • the obligation to present to the carrier at the time of embarkation and to any person in charge of carrying out the controls, the certification of having undergone, in the 72 hours preceding entry into the national territory, a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab and with a negative result;
  • complete the digital Passenger Locator Form, which replaces the previous self-declaration
  • the obligation to undergo a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab, at the time of arrival at the airport, port, or border post, where possible, or within 48 hours of entry into national territory at the local health authority of reference. In case of entry into the national territory by flight from Brazil, the swab referred to in this point shall be carried out at the moment of arrival at the airport;
  • the obligation to undergo, regardless of the result of the test referred to in subparagraph b), health surveillance and trustworthy isolation for a period of 10 days at home or at the dwelling, after notifying the Department of Prevention of the local health authority of their entry into the national territory. See page: COVID-19 Freephone numbers and regional information
  • d) obligation to carry out an additional molecular or antigenic test at the end of the 10 days quarantine period

The crew and travelling personnel of means of transport for persons and goods are not required to undergo fiduciary isolation (unless symptoms of COVID-19 appear), but they must nevertheless 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 entering the national territory at the local health authority of reference.

Exemption from quarantine after approval by the Ministry of Health

Entry into Italy is permitted, provided that no symptoms of Covid-19 are present and subject to authorisation by the Ministry of Health, subject to:

  • the obligation to  produce a self-declaration
  • a negative molecular or antigenic swab must be taken within 72 hours beforehand
  • the obligation to take a negative molecular or antigenic swab upon arrival at the airport, or in the case of arrival at a port or along the border also within 48 hours at the local health authority of reference,

exclusively for the following categories of subjects:

  • entry into Italy for less than 120 hours for proven work, health or absolute urgency needs;
  • to staff of companies and bodies with registered or secondary offices in Italy for travel abroad for proven work requirements of no more than 120 hours;
  • officials and agents 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, and personnel of the Information System for the Security of the Republic and the Fire Brigade in the performance of their duties.

These measures are valid until July 30, 2021.


How to apply for authorisation from the Ministry of Health

  • Due to the large number of requests received, it is necessary, in order to be able to grant authorisation within the established timeframe, to forward the request at least 7 working days before the date of entry in Italy to the following email address: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it

In addition, please attach the following documents in a single pdf document:

  • travel itinerary (copy of your flight ticket or tickets for other means of transport used)
  • identity documents

Please attach any additional documents proving the reason for your need to travel.

Please also note that:

  • the exemption is only valid for the stated reason of necessity
  • lease do not submit requests for entry into Italy after the date on which the current Ordinance is due to take effect
  • further documentation may be requested in order to assess the issue of the authorisation. If entry is authorised, travellers must take care to bring with them notification of the office that issued the authorisation.

All documents must be submitted in pdf format only and sent in a single file (any documents submitted in other formats will make requests not valid).


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India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Entry to Italy is prohibited for people coming from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka or who have stayed in the countries in the preceding fourteen days, with the exception:

  • of Italian citizens registered as residents in Italy since before April 29, 2021 and who do not display any symptoms of COVID-19
  • of Italian citizens registered on the Registry of Italians Resident Abroad (AIRE)

People may also enter/re-enter Italy from these countries subject to express authorization from the Ministry of Health and in compliance with a specific procedure:

  • for humanitarian or health reasons that cannot be deferred
  • and the persons referred to in Art. 51, paragraph, 7 letter n) of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021

Entry by the categories described above must be undertaken in compliance with the following procedure:

  • compulsory presentation of a certificate of negative molecular or antigen test performed in the 72 hours prior to entry;
  • compulsory molecular or antigen test upon arrival at the airport;
  • compulsory isolation, regardless of the test result, at a COVID Hotel or other place indicated by the health authority or civil protection for a period of ten days;
  • compulsory molecular or antigen test at the end of the quarantine period;
  • compulsory completion of the digital Passenger Locator Form at https://app.euplf.eu/ before entering Italy.

These measures remain in force until 30 July 2021. (Ordinace 29 April 2021Ordinance 6 May 2021, Ordinance 30 May, 2021, Ordinance 18 June, 2021)


Crew and travelling personnel

The above procedure does not apply to crew who must, however, in any case, provided that they have no symptoms of COVID-19:

  • have a swab test upon arrival at the airport, port or border location, or, where this is not possible, within forty-eight hours of entering Italian territory at their local health clinic.
  • self-isolate until returning to base in the places indicated by the health authority or civil protection.

For seafarers, the provisions of Annex 28 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021 also remain in force, containing the “Protocol for reaching a ship for embarkation, for going off duty and for leaving a ship for repatriation.”


How to apply for authorisation from the Ministry of Health

  • Due to the large number of requests received, it is necessary, in order to be able to grant authorisation within the established timeframe, to forward the request at least 7 working days before the date of entry in Italy to the following email address: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it

In addition, please attach the following documents in a single pdf document:

  • travel itinerary (copy of your flight ticket or tickets for other means of transport used)
  • identity documents

Please attach any additional documents proving the reason for your need to travel.

Please also note that:

  • the exemption is only valid for the stated reason of necessity
  • lease do not submit requests for entry into Italy after the date on which the current Ordinance is due to take effect
  • further documentation may be requested in order to assess the issue of the authorisation. If entry is authorised, travellers must take care to bring with them notification of the office that issued the authorisation.

All documents must be submitted in pdf format only and sent in a single file (any documents submitted in other formats will make requests not valid).


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Exemptions

 

 

Covid-19 measures in Italy have changed. We are updating information. See the Ordinance of 18 June 2021


Exemptions by self-declaration without request for authorisation from the Ministry of Health.


General conditions

For people entering Italy from the countries on Lists D and E, specific exemptions are envisaged, in particular:

  • 1) exemption from the swab test taken in the 72 hours prior to entry to Italy, from self-isolation and the swab test at the end of self-isolation;
  • 2) exemption from self-isolation and the swab test at the end of self-isolation;

Requests for exemptions are only admissible under the following conditions:


1) Exemption from the swab test taken in the 72 hours prior to entry to Italy, from self-isolation and the swab test at the end of self-isolation

Without prejudice to the general conditions above, this exemption applies to the following categories:

  • transport crew members
  • onboard transport staff   
  • travel to and from the States and territories referred to in List A of Annex 20    
  • anyone who enters Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (5 days) for proven reasons of work, health or emergency, with the obligation, at the end of this time period, to leave Italian territory immediately or, failing this, to begin the period of surveillance and self-isolation in compliance with paragraphs 1 to 5. 
  • anyone who transits, by private vehicle, in Italian territory for a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, at the end of this period of time, to leave Italian territory immediately or, failing this, to begin the period of surveillance and self-isolation in compliance with paragraphs 1 to 5   
  • cross-border workers entering and leaving Italy for proven reasons of work and for the subsequent return journey home of to their place of residence  
  • the staff of businesses and entities with registered or secondary offices in Italy for travel abroad for proven reasons of work and for trips lasting no more than one hundred and twenty hours     
  • officials and agents, in whatever capacity, 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, members of the police forces, Italian national security personnel and firefighters in the exercise of their functions
  • pupils and students in order to attend school or university in a State other than that in which they live or are resident, to which they return every day or at least once a week   


2) Exemption from the obligation of self-isolation and swab test at the end of self-isolation

Without prejudice to the general conditions referred to in the introduction and to the obligation of a swab test prior to entry, this exemption applies to the following categories:

  • 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 they have stayed or travelled in one or more of the States and territories indicated in List C in the fourteen days prior to entering Italy   
  • health personnel entering Italy to practise professional health professions, including the temporary practice referred to in Art. 13 of Decree-Law no 18 of 17 March 2020, converted with amendments by Law no 27 of 24 April 2020   
  • the staff of businesses and entities with registered or secondary offices in Italy for travel abroad for proven reasons of work and for trips lasting no more than one hundred and twenty hours     
  • people entering Italy via ‘Covid-tested’ flights, in accordance with the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 23 November 2020 and subsequent amendments

For the categories referred to in points 1 and 2, the reasons for exemption are proven by the self-declaration, which must be shown to anyone in charge of checking the truthfulness of written declarations.


Exemptions for entries for national sporting competitions

Also in this case, the exemption is obtained through a self-declaration, meaning there is no need to apply to the Ministry of Health.It applies as per current legislation to the following categories

  • to the entry of athletes, coaches, judges, competition commissioners and accompanying persons, representatives of the foreign press for participation in the sporting competitions referred to in Art. 18, paragraph 1 who, in the 48 hours prior to entering the national territory, have undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and found to be negative.
  • it is also allowed to enter from countries from which entry into Italy is otherwise prohibited as per Art. 49, paragraph 5, of the Italian Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021

The reference organisations for this exemption are CONI and CIP (Article 18(1)). Participants are required to comply with the protocols issued by their national sports federations, associated sports disciplines, and sports promotion bodies.


Exemptions issued by the Ministry of Health

To whom enters Italy from the countries listed D and E.

It is possible to request exemptions from the obligation of fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, provided that entry into Italy takes place:

  • for work reasons regulated by special security protocols, approved by the competent health authority   
  • for reasons that cannot be postponed, subject to authorisation by the Ministry of Health and with the obligation to present to the carrier at the time of embarkation and to whoever is appointed to carry out the controls, a certificate of having undergone, in the forty-eight hours prior to entry into Italian territory, a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and which has proved negative.


Procedure for requesting an exemption issued by the Ministry of Health

The Office 3 of the General Directorate of Health Prevention (USMAF-SASN Coordination) will examine the request and possibly convey the guidelines that the international traveller must follow in order to be exempt from the above measures.

In order to send the request, it is necessary:

  • Due to the high number of request received, in order for documention to be assessed, it is necessary to send requests to the following e-mail address at least 7 working days before entering Italy: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it 
  • it is preferable that you send your request via standard e-mail. Requests received via certified e-mail may take longer to be processed
  • it is necessary to forward the travel information: in case of arrival by plane/ship indicate flight number, date of arrival in Italy, place of arrival in Italy; in case of arrival by private vehicle/land entrance, please state registration number of the private vehicle, date and point of access to the national territory.

In addition, please attach the following documents in a single pdf document:​

  • attach travel itinerary and identity documents/passports of travellers (in case of several files, please insert them in one pdf document)
  • attach identity documents (in case of several files, please insert them in one pdf document);
  • In case of entry for work reasons, it is necessary to attach the letter of invitation from the event organiser and the letter from the company, signed by the latter's legal representative, certifying, and confirming the need to work in Italy. In the case of business trips of employees working in Italy at foreign sites, the exemption from quarantine will be granted to those who need to resume their work physically in the company once they return to Italy. The following information must also be summarised in these documents:
    • name and surname of the beneficiary of the derogation;
    • travel information: in case of arrival by plane/ship indicate flight number, date of arrival in Italy, place of arrival in Italy; in case of arrival by private vehicle/land entrance, please state registration number of the private vehicle, date and point of access to the national territory.
  • In case of entry for reasons that cannot be postponed, it is necessary to send all the documentation proving that the event cannot be postponed, as well as a letter signed by the person concerned containing the following information:
    • first and last name of the beneficiary of the exemption;
    • travel information: in case of arrival by plane/ship indicate flight number, date of arrival in Italy, place of arrival in Italy; in case of arrival by private vehicle/land entrance, indicate registration number of the private vehicle, date and point of access to the national territory.

All documents must be submitted in pdf format only (any documents submitted in other formats will make requests not valid).

Furthermore, please remember:

  • that the derogation is to be considered valid only for the reason indicated
  • not to submit requests for events scheduled to take place after the effective date of the current Prime Ministerial Decree
  • that further documentation may be required
  • if documentation is not sent in compliance with the above procedure, it will not be possible to process the request due to the considerable workload

The traveller must take care to bring with him the communication from the office that transmitted the protocol, the signed self-declaration testifying to the application of the guidelines with the result of the negative test to be shown, if necessary, to the Border Authority or the Health Authority.

The addresses to which the request should be sent are: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.itdgprev@postacert.sanita.

This exemption applies exclusively to travellers who are allowed to enter Italy in accordance with current legislation.

Covid-tested flights

What are "Covid-tested" flights?

Covid-tested flights are flights that have been authorised by the Ministry of Health by means of a special ordinance.

Requirements

Passengers on "Covid-tested" flights are required to:

  • hand in to the carrier and to whoever is in charge of carrying out the controls, upon boarding, a certification attesting to the negative result of the molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 48 hours prior to boarding 
  • complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) - digital dPLF to be shown before boarding. See the dedicated section How to fill out the Passenger Locator Form
  • take another molecular (RT PCR) or antigen swab test upon arrival at the destination airport.

Passengers on these flights, following the above-mentioned protocol, are authorised to enter and transit into the Italian national territory, without having to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

Failure to comply with only one of the above-mentioned requirements will result in the lapse of the exemption from the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

Authorised Flight Routes

After an initial experimental phase the Prime Minister's Decree of March 2, 2021, art. 54 paragraph 3, allowed the extension of the flights subject to "Covid-tested" experimentation.

Therefore, as of today, it is possible for airlines to operate "Covid-tested" flights on the following routes:

  • Atlanta - Rome Fiumicino 
  • New York - Rome Fiumicino 
  • Atlanta - Milan Malpensa 
  • New York - Milan Malpensa 

By order of 14 May 2021, at Fiumicino and Malpensa Airports, ‘Covid-tested’ flights are also operational from:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • United Arab Emirates

The same ordinance also allowed trials of ‘Covid-tested’ flights to Naples ‘Capodichino’ Airport and Venice ‘Marco Polo’ Airport.

Special passenger requirements.

Passengers on flights arriving from international airports from the following countries:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • United States of America (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York - John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty, Philadelphia, Washington DC)
  •  United Arab Emirates

must also take a molecular (RT PCR) or antigen swab test upon arrival at the following Italian international airports:

  • Fiumicino
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Naples Capodichino
  • Venice Marco Polo

The trials of ‘Covid-tested’ flights established by the Ordinances of 23 November 2020,  9 March 2021 and 14 May,2021have been extended to 30 October 2021, without prejudice to possible further extensions.

For further information on the actual operation of "Covid-tested" flights on the routes for which the trial is underway, please contact the airlines directly.

In the event of denied boarding on a "Covid-tested" flight, due to a positive result to COVID-19, the air carrier will refund the ticket or issue a voucher of equal amount at the passenger's request, within fourteen days from the date of withdrawal. The ticket will be valid for eighteen months from issue.


How to fill out the Passenger Locator Form - dPLF

As of March 23, 2021, all passengers wishing to enter Italy via "Covid-tested" flights will be required to complete the PLF, prior to entering the country, following the instructions below:

  • connect to the website https://app.euplf.eu/ 
  • follow the guided procedure to access the dPLF
  • select Italy as destination country
  • register on the website by creating a personal account with username and password (it is necessary to do this only the first time)
  • fill out and send the dPLF following the guided procedure

Once the form has been sent, the passenger will receive at the e-mail address provided during registration, the dPLF in pdf and QRcode format that he/she will have to show directly from his/her smartphone during boarding. Alternatively, the passenger can print a copy of the dPLF to show at boarding.

The dPLF must be sent before boarding. However, the field relating to the seat number assigned on the flight can always be modified.

Only one dPLF needs to be completed per household.

Read more on the Eu dPLF web site


What is the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)?

The Passenger Locator Form (also known as the Passenger Locator Card) is a form used to collect information on the travel itinerary to allow the relevant Health Authority to promptly contact the passenger if he or she is exposed to a contagious diffusive disease during air travel.

The PLF is an important public health tool useful for contact tracing on board of all means of transport that follow international routes and allows for the rapid implementation of the health measures necessary to protect the individual and the community.


Compliance by the carrier

  • It is the responsibility of the carrier to check that the dPLF has been completed before allowing the passenger to board.
  • It is the carrier's responsibility to inform the passenger of the need to complete the dPLF before boarding, by sending the link by email a few days before boarding.

Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)

Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)

The Ordinance of 16 April 2021 introduces the compulsory completion of a digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) for all people arriving in Italy, using any means of transport.

Before entering Italy, passengers are required to complete a specific digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).

Passenger requirements

All passengers wishing to enter Italy will be required to complete a dPLF before entering national territory, following the instructions below:

  • go to the website https://app.euplf.eu/#/ 
  • follow the wizard to access the dPLF
  • select ‘Italy’ as the destination country
  • register on the website by creating a personal account with username and password (required only the first time you use the website)
  • confirm the account via the link sent to the email address provided (required only the first time you use the website)
  • complete and send the dPLF following the wizard.

Once the form has been sent, passengers receive the dPLF in PDF and as a QR Code at the email address entered during registration, which must be shown directly from a smartphone (in digital format) when boarding. Alternatively, passengers can print a copy of the dPLF to show when boarding.

The dPLF must be sent before boarding. The seat number assigned on the flight can however be edited at any time.

One form must be completed for each adult passenger; accompanied minors can be registered on the form of the accompanying adult.

In the case of unaccompanied minors, the dPLF must be completed by the parent or legal guardian before departure.

The digital Passenger Locator Form replaces the declaration referred to in Art. 50, paragraph 1 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021. In exceptional cases, namely exclusively the lack of the required technology, passengers may complete a paper-based form.

For more information, go to  https://euplf.eu/it/eudplf-it/index.html

Please note that the self-declaration to be presented to the Border Police must always be paper-based.


What is the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)?

The Passenger Locator Form (also known as Passenger Locator Card) is a form with which travel information, telephone numbers and temporary addresses in the destination country are collected by the public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case travellers are exposed to an infectious disease while travelling by plane.

Who has to complete a dPFL?

Anyone who enters Italy from abroad for any length of stay, via any means of transport.

Requirements for transport companies

Transport companies must:

  • ensure maximum circulation of news of this new passenger requirement, where possible also by sending emails to passengers before they travel;
  • cooperate to ensure full compliance of passengers with the new requirement;
  • check that the dPLF has been completed - to be shown in digital format (smartphone) or in paper-based format - before allowing the passenger to embark;
  • not allow embarkation for passengers who fail to complete the dPLF, on the grounds that it is a legal requirement;

Requirements for crews

Crew members are exempt from completing the Passenger Locator Form.

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.


Data ultimo aggiornamento: 22 June 2021



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