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List A

Vatican City and Republic of San Marino 

For these countries there is no limitation nor dPLF declaration requirement.

The certificates of:

  • vaccination
  • recovery

issued by the respective competent health authorities are in all respects equivalent to the Italian ones and therefore can be used, if necessary, on the Italian territory.

These certificates can be shown in paper or digital format.

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.


Limitations on entry

Free movement is allowed to and from these countries for any reason, therefore also for tourism, as long as you have not stayed in or passed through one of the countries on List D and/or E in the 14 days prior to entering Italy.

In fact, there are limitations in case of transit or stay in List D and/or List E countries in the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.

Example: Andreas is a German national; he has returned on 1 August to his home in Düsseldorf after a trip to Argentina (List E); he knows that if he came to Italy now, the same measures as in list E would apply to him, so he decides to stay in Germany for 14 days and visit Italy on August 15, in this way, when entering Italy, only the preventive measures established for the countries in list C (Germany) will be applied

Requirements for entry into Italy

For all those who, during the fourteen days prior to entry into Italy, have stayed in or passed through one or more States and territories referred to in List C, the legislation provides that, upon entry into Italy, the following will be mandatory:

  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy.  The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator. 
  • providing the EU Digital Covid Certificate in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French or Spanish, showing one of the following conditions:

  • having completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle 

or

  • that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)

or

  • 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.

NB: travellers who do not have an EU Digital Covid certificate and who have stayed for at least 14 days in a C country, can provide a paper or digital copy of the report of the molecular or antigen swab test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy.

Failure to submit even just one of these documents entails self-quarantine for 5 days, at the end of which an antigen or molecular swab test will be carried out.

It should also be noted that the certificate of completion of the vaccination cycle must include one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency:

  • Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech
  • Moderna
  • Vaxzevria
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms arise, and without prejudice to the obligation to fill out the Passenger Locator Form, it is possible not to submit the EU Digital Covid certificate:

  • in the cases referred to in Art. 51 paragraph 7) letters a), b), c), l), o), of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021 listed below:
    • transport crew members
    • onboard transport staff   
    • travel to and from the States and territories referred to in List A of Annex 20    
    • 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  
    • 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   

   The following is also exempted:

  • anyone entering Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (five days) for proven necessity due to work, health or absolute emergency, with the obligation, upon expiry of said term, either to immediately leave the country or to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and, at the end of said period, to take a molecular or antigen swab test;
  • anyone using private means to transit through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, on expiry of said term, either to immediately leave the country or to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and, at the end of said period, to take a molecular or antigen swab test
  • anyone returning to the country following a stay of no more than 48 hours in foreign locations no more than 60 km away from one’s place of residence, domicile or home, as long as it takes place by means of a private vehicle.

See the dedicated section Exemptions


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until October 25, 2021.

List D

Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the European continent), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.

As well as the other states and territories low epidemiological risk, which will be identified by order, including those referred to in List E.

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


Entry into Italy without self-isolation 

Anyone who has stayed or passed through one of the countries on List D in the 14 days prior to entering Italy without self-isolation (5 days) must comply with the following regulations:

  • fill out the Passenger Locator Form prior to entering Italy. This form replaces the self-declaration made to the travel company and can be shown in both digital and paper format
  • take a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy; in the case of arrivals from the UK and Northern Ireland and British Isles, the swab test must be taken in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy
  • show a Digital COVID-19 Certificate or equivalent that certifies the person is vaccinated. (certificate of recovery not accepted)


Entry into Italy with self-isolation requirement (5 days)

This prevention measure shall be applied only to people entering Italy without showing either a negative swab test or a vaccination certificate. Travellers who do not present the vaccination certificate must:

  • fill out the Passenger Locator Form prior to entering Italy. This form replaces the self-declaration made to the travel company and can be shown in both digital and paper format
  • take a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy; in the case of arrivals from the UK and Northern Ireland and British Isles, the swab test must be taken in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy
  • notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of their entry to Italy. See COVID-19 Numeri verdi regionali for the contact details of local Italian health authorities
  • travel to their final destination in Italy by private transport only
  • remain in self-isolation for a total of 5 days
  • take another molecular or antigen swab test at the end of the 5 days in self-isolation


Vaccination certificates

The certificate may be shown in paper or digital format and must be in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French or Spanish.

Certificates are valid only if they meet the following conditions:

  • it must be issued by the national health authority of the country the person is travelling from
  • the vaccine used for vaccination must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA):
    • Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech
    • Moderna
    • Vaxzevria
    • Jansen (Johnson & Johnson)


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms arise, and without prejudice to the obligation to fill out the PLF (Passenger locator form), the following exemptions are foreseen from the self-isolation described above:

  • in the cases referred to in Art. 51 paragraph 7) letters a), b), c), l), o), of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021 listed below:
    • transport crew members
    • onboard transport staff   
    • travel to and from the States and territories referred to in List A of Annex 20    
    • 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  
    • 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   

   The following is also exempted:

  • anyone entering Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (five days) for proven necessity due to work, health or absolute emergency, with the obligation, upon expiry of said term, either to immediately leave the country or to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and, at the end of said period, to take a molecular or antigen swab test;
  • anyone using private means to transit through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, on expiry of said term, either to immediately leave the country or to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and, at the end of said period, to take a molecular or antigen swab test

See the Exemptions section for more information.


COVID-19 Green Certificate

Certificates issued by the health authorities of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar and the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus) are equivalent to those of the European Union for access to activities and services on the Italian territory such as indoor restaurants, museums and cinemas. They can be presented in paper or digital format, in compliance with the requirements established by the circular of 30 June 2021 on the equivalence of vaccination and recovery certificates.


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until October 25,  2021.

List E

All States and territories not specifically mentioned in other lists.

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

For these countries it is not possible to apply the same conditions as for the countries in List E


Limitations on entry

Entry into Italy from these countries does not require any authorization from the Ministry of Health but is allowed only for specific reasons:

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

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).
  • athletes, technicians, competition judges and officials, foreign press representatives and accompanying persons participating in competitive sports competitions, recognized to be of pre-eminent national interest with a provision of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) and regulated by a specific safety protocol adopted by the sports organization responsible for the event.

From these countries it is not possible to enter Italy for tourism reasons


Restrictions on travel to the Territories in List E

Travel from Italy to the countries on this list is also subject to limitations and can only take place for the following reasons:

  • work
  • health 
  • study
  • absolute emergency
  • returning to one’s home, home or place of residence or that of a partner, even non-cohabiting, with whom there is a proven and stable emotional relationship


Fulfilments for entry into Italy

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
  • notify the prevention department of the health authority responsible for the area of your entry (See page: COVID-19 Freephone numbers and regional information
  • reach the final destination in Italy only by private transport
  • undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days. 
  • undergo an additional molecular or antigenic swab at the end of the 10-day isolation period


Exemptions

The obligations established and described in the paragraph “Fulfilments for entry into Italy” may be partially or totally waived depending on the case.
See the Exemptions section for more information.


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until October 25, 2021.

Japan, Canada, United States


Limitations on entry 

According to Italian law, travellers who have been in these countries in the 14 days prior to entering Italy are allowed to come to Italy without the need for a motivation.


Requirements for entry into Italy

Travellers from Japan, Canada and the United States are allowed to enter Italy without the need to undergo a 5-day self-isolation, upon presentation of the Passenger Locator Form and certification of molecular or antigenic testing carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into the national territory to the competent authorities, as long as they possess:

  • the EU Digital COVID Certificate issued at the end of the prescribed cycle following successful vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 or a certification issued by the local health authorities following a vaccination validated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    or
  • the EU Digital COVID Certificate issued following recovery from COVID-19 or similar certification issued by local health authorities.

Otherwise, those who only have certification of a molecular or antigenic test are obliged to undergo self-isolation for 5 days at the address indicated on the Passenger Locator Form along with a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by swab, at the end of the isolation period.

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.
Consult the circular " Equivalence of vaccination and recovery certifications issued by Third Countries"


Exemptions

Provided that no COVID-19 symptoms arise, and without prejudice to the obligation to fill out the PLF, there are specific exceptions to the above requirements:

  • in the cases referred to in Art. 51 paragraph 7) letters a), b), c), l), o), of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021 listed below:
    • transport crew members
    • onboard transport staff   
    • travel to and from the States and territories referred to in List A of Annex 20    
    • 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  
    • 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   

   The following is also exempted:

  • those entering Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (five days) for proven needs of work, health or extreme emergency, with the obligation, on expiry of said term, to immediately leave the country, or otherwise to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and take a molecular or antigen swab test at the end of said 5-day period
  • those transiting through Italy with a private vehicle or a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, on expiry of said term, to immediately leave the country, or otherwise to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and take a molecular or antigen swab test at the end of said 5-day period.

See the dedicated section Exemption


Validity of regulations

The provisions remain in force until October 25, 2021.

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 the need for 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 the need for authorisation from the Ministry)
  • those entering Italy for study purposes (with a self-declaration, without the need for authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Health)
  • persons in a state of  imperative need 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
  • reach the final destination in Italy only by private transport
  • d) obligation to carry out an additional molecular or antigenic test at the end of the 10 days quarantine period

Crew and travelling personnel
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. 
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.”

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, at the end of which the person must leave the country or self-isolate for 10 days;
  • to staff of companies and bodies with registered or secondary offices in Italy for travel in Brazil 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 October 25, 2021.


How to apply for authorisation from the Ministry of Health

The authorisation is issued only after an analysis of the documentation by the Ministry of Health.

Sending the documentation does not guarantee that the authorisation will be issued.

In order to allow for a correct analysis of the request, it is necessary to produce the documentation completed in all its parts, as per the procedure below, and to make sure you send the request at least 7 working days before your expected date of entry into Italy to the following email address: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it.

The procedure to be followed for sending the documentation is shown below:

  • in the subject line, indicate your expected date of arrival in Italy
  • in the body of the email, provide the following:
    • name and surname of the applicant(s);
    • travel itinerary: in case of arrival by plane/ship indicate flight number, date of arrival in Italy, and place of arrival in Italy; in case of arrival by private vehicle/entry by land, indicate licence plate number of the private vehicle, and date and point of access in the national territory;
    • briefly state your reason for requesting the authorisation

  • fill out the Form to request authorisation to enter Italy from Brazil in its entirety, making sure that everything is sent in a single pdf document, together with the following documentation:
    • valid identification documents.
    • travel itinerary (booking of airline tickets or any other means of transport used is sufficient)
    • any other document proving the reasons for the mandatory need based on which the request for authorisation is being sent
      Specifically
      health reasons:
      health reasons are strictly personal, that is, they must concern the person applying for authorisation. It is necessary to send the entry Form to Italy for health reasons completed in its entirety by the doctor who is treating you in Italy. We cannot accept requests without this form. Requests made for this reason without the completed form shall not be accepted.
      work reasons (self-employed):
      Chamber of Commerce company registration
      Document on letterhead signed and initialled and proving the need of carrying out work in Italy exclusively in person (employment contract, invitation from customer). Email screenshots are not considered valid for this purpose.
      work reasons (employee): 
      letter of the company for which the employee works (employment letter), signed by the legal representative, certifying and confirming the employee’s necessity to be in Italy for work. 

Please note the following:

  • it is not possible to submit requests to enter Italy for arrivals scheduled past the expected date of effectiveness of the Regulation in force
  • additional documentation may be required to evaluate the issuance of the authorisation
  • in case of documentation sent in a way that does not comply with the procedure described, the request cannot be processed due to the huge amount of work involvedIn case of incomplete documentation, it will not be possible to analyse the request.

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).

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:

  • Italian citizens enrolled in the Register of Italian Resident Abroad (AIRE) (by means of self-declaration, without the need for authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Health)
  • persons entering Italy to reach their place of residence established before August 28, 2021 (with self-declaration, without the need for authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Health)
  • persons who, irrespective of their nationality or residence, enter Italy for study purposes (with self-declaration, without the need for authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Health)
  • persons wishing to reach the domicile, dwelling or registered residence of their: minor children, spouse, civil partner (with self-declaration, without the need for authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Health).

In addition, it is possible to enter/return to Italy with express authorisation by the Ministry of Health in the following cases:

  • for imperative reasons of need;
  • in the situations foreseen under Article 51, par. 7, letter n):
    “for officials and agents, however designated, of the European Union or of international organisations, for diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, military personnel, including those returning from international missions, and members of the Police Force, personnel of the Information System for the Security of the Republic and of the National Fire Corps in the exercise of their functions”;

In all cases, travellers must comply with the following procedure:

  • compulsory completion of the digital Passenger Locator Form at https://app.euplf.eu/ before entering Italy
  • 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
  • obligation to undergo, irrespective of the negative result of the test, isolation at the place indicated on the Passenger Locator Form for a period of 10 days
  • compulsory molecular or antigen test at the end of the quarantine period

These measures remain in force until October 25, 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

The authorisation is issued only after an analysis of the documentation by the Ministry of Health.

Sending the documentation does not guarantee that the authorisation will be issued.

In order to allow for a correct analysis of the request, it is necessary to produce the documentation completed in all its parts, as per the procedure below, and to make sure you send the request at least 7 working days before your expected date of entry into Italy to the following email address: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it.

The procedure to be followed for sending the documentation is shown below:

  • in the subject line, indicate your expected date of arrival in Italy
  • in the body of the email, provide the following:
    • name and surname of the applicant(s);
    • travel itinerary: in case of arrival by plane/ship indicate flight number, date of arrival in Italy, and place of arrival in Italy; in case of arrival by private vehicle/entry by land, indicate licence plate number of the private vehicle, and date and point of access in the national territory;
    • briefly state your reason for requesting the authorisation
  • thoroughly fill out the Request form for authorization of entry in Italy from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in its entirety, making sure that everything is sent in a single pdf document, together with the following documentation:
    • valid identification documents
    • travel itinerary (booking of airline tickets or any other means of transport used is sufficient)
    • any other document proving the humanitarian or health reason for which authorisation is requested  . 
      NB In the case of health reasons, it is necessary to send the form for entering Italy due to health reasons, completed in its entirety by the doctor who is treating the person in Italy. Requests made for this reason without the completed form shall not be accepted.

Please note the following:

  • it is not possible to submit requests to enter Italy for arrivals scheduled past the expected date of effectiveness of the Regulation in force
  • additional documentation may be required to evaluate the issuance of the authorisation
  • in case of documentation sent in a way that does not comply with the procedure described, the request cannot be processed due to the huge amount of work involved. In case of incomplete documentation, it will not be possible to analyse the request.

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).

Exemptions

Exemptions by self-declaration without the need for authorization from the Ministry of Health.

Without prejudice to the following general requirement:

  • no symptoms of COVID-19 should arise
  • filling out the Passenger Locator Form – Digital localisation form - before entering Italy

For those entering Italy from the countries listed in D and E, there are specific exceptions to the following preventive measures:

  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;

To activate the specific exceptions to the preventive measures described in points 1 and 2, just fill out a self-declaration form; it is not necessary to send any request to the Ministry of Health.

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 which is obtained by self-declaration 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    
  • 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  
  • 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   

 The following is also exempted:

  • anyone entering Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (five days) for proven necessity due to work, health or absolute emergency, with the obligation, upon expiry of said term, either to immediately leave the country or to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and, at the end of said period, to take a molecular or antigen swab test;
  • anyone using private means to transit through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, on expiry of said term, either to immediately leave the country or to start a 5-day period of monitoring and self-quarantine and, at the end of said period, to take a molecular or antigen swab test
  • anyone returning to the country following a stay of no more than 48 hours in foreign locations no more than 60 km away from one’s place of residence, domicile or home, as long as it takes place by means of a private vehicle;  


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

The following requirements remain in place:

  • filling out the Passenger Locator Form – Digital localisation form - before entering Italy
  • taking the pre-entry swab test

This derogation, which is obtained through self-declaration, is provided exclusively for 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 (5 days) 
  • officials and agents of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military personnel, including those returning from international missions, and of law enforcement, IT staff for the safety of the Republic and fire brigade members engaged in active duty
  • pupils and students attending a course of study in a different country from the one of residence, or dwelling to which they return every day or at least once a week;
  • people entering Italy via ‘Covid-tested’ flights, in accordance with the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 23 November 2020 and subsequent amendments
  • those entering due to sporting competitions of national interest in compliance with the provisions of Art. 49, paragraph 5.


Exemptions for entries for national sporting competitions

Participants in competitions taking place exclusively on Italian territory and meeting specific conditions identified in Article 18 of Italian Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021 may benefit from this exemption.

Each beneficiary must fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy, so it is not necessary to request this exemption from the Italian 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

Exclusively for those who enter Italy from the countries listed in D and E, for exemption from the self-quarantine and health monitoring requirements 

A specific request must be made to the Ministry of Health by those eligible, or in the event that:

  • entry into the country occurs due to reasons of work, for a period of time greater than 120 hours and regulated by special safety protocols approved by the competent health authority    
  • entry into the country occurs due to non-deferrable reasons, subject to authorisation by the Ministry of Health and with the obligation to submit a certificate, at the time of boarding, to the transport officer or whoever is authorised to check, stating that you have taken a molecular or antigen swab test and obtained a negative result in the forty-eight hours prior to entering the country.

Procedure for requesting an exemption issued by the Ministry of Health

1.entering Italy for work related reasons for a period of time exceeding 120 hours

2.entering Italy for non-deferrable reasons.

Office 3 of the General Directorate of Health Prevention (USMAF-SASN Coordination) will examine the request and, in the event of a positive response and in line with current legislation, it will transmit the guidelines with which the traveller must comply in order to be exempted from the self-quarantine requirement.

In order to allow the correct analysis of the request, it is necessary to produce the documentation as indicated below.

In order to allow the correct analysis of the request, it is necessary to produce the documentation as indicated below.

Send the request at least 7 working days before the date of entry into Italy to the following email address: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it

In the body of the email, please provide the following:

  • full name of the beneficiary of the exemption;
  • travel itinerary: in case you arrive by plane/ship, indicate your flight number, date of arrival in Italy, and place of arrival in Italy;
    in case of arrival by private vehicle/entry by land, indicate the licence plate number of the private vehicle, and date and point of access in the country.

Fill out every part of the Form for the request for exemptionfollow the instructions found inside the form to send the documentation correctly.

All documentation must be produced exclusively in pdf format and in a single document for all the beneficiaries of the request (any document sent in a different format will invalidate the request)

Please remember:

  • the exemption is considered valid only for the purposes indicated and only if it complies with the legal requirements in force
  • do not to submit requests for arrivals scheduled past the expected date of effectiveness of the DPCM in force 
  • additional documentation may be required.

In the case of documentation sent in a way that does not comply with the procedure described or does not meet the deadline indicated, the request cannot be processed.

Travellers make sure to bring the following:

  • communication from the office that sent the protocol
  • dPLF self-declaration
  • the negative test result to be shown to the Border Authority or the Health Authority if necessary

The addresse to which the request should be sent is: coordinamento.usmafsasn@sanita.it

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 Digital 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. 

Ordinance 11 August, 2021 also allowed trials of ‘Covid-tested’ flights to international airport "Gugliemo Marconi" of Bologna for the flights departing from United Arab Emirates airports.


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
  • Bologna Gugliemo Marconi 

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.

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.

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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.


Data ultimo aggiornamento: 10 settembre 2021



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