Are there travel restrictions to Italy?

Are there travel restrictions to Italy?

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Are there travel restrictions to Italy?

Yes, following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Italy has imposed new travel restrictions which were given on 15th December 2021. These restrictions are expected to be updated in late January 2022. 
 
Entry to Italy is limited to the European Union and some non-EU countries like the United States, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The entry regulations differ from country to country and traveler’s vaccination. 

Travel Restrictions Italy from other countries:

Countries currently allowed in Italy are divided into two lists – 

For Europe countries (List C):  Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, France, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Monaco, Poland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 
 
List D updated on December 14, 2021: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, UK, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Colombia, UAE, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Peru, Chile, USA, Uruguay, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Kuwait. 
 
List E: The rest of the world. Only essential travel is allowed from the countries which are not under List C and List D. 
 
Italy banned travel from southern African countries: Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe until further notice. The ban started functioning on December 14, 2021 and will run till at least January 31, 2022. 

roman anphitheatre in lecce

 

Vaccination Requirements: 

Italian Ministry of Health, released to press that the country accepts proof of vaccination only if the administered jab has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. The vaccination certificate is the commonly accepted form that guarantees the successful completion of the vaccination cycle. 
In the amid of COVID-19 pandemic, if you’re planning to travel to Italy then you’ve to download a tool developed by VisaGuide.The world will verify whether the destination recognise as valid proof of vaccination the vaccine you have been immunized with.

Vaccines Accepted In Italy: 

  • Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
  • Spikevax, formerly Moderna by Moderna Biotech Spain, SL
  • Vaxzvria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Ab
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen – Cilag International N.

Italy Accept The UK and USA Passengers: 

Italy accepts passengers from the UK with proof of Covid -19 vaccination. This is equivalent to the green pass. If you have printed PDF proof of vaccination status, then it must be from the date of 1 November 2021 to ensure successful scanning. NHS appointment card is not designed as proof of vaccination. Until 31 January every passenger arriving in Italy by air, land, or by sea may be subject to random COVID testing on arrival.

Cinque Terre
Photo:  pixabay.com

 

If you are fully vaccinated – 

If you’re fully vaccinated then you can enter Italy without needing to self–isolate. But you have to follow the following points –
 

  • Fill up the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to receive a QR code. This code is important and you have to show it to the travel provider and Border Police. 
  • Carry negative PCR report test within 48 hours of entering Italy. You can also use a negative antigen report within 24 hours of entering Italy. 

If you are not vaccinated – 

  • Fill up the passenger locator form(EU PLF) before entering Italy to receive a QR code. This code is important and you have to show it to the travel provider and Border Police. 
  • Carry negative PCR report test within 48 hours of entering Italy. You can also use a negative antigen report within 24 hours of entering Italy. 
  • Notify your entry about the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy. 
  • Reach the final destination by private transport only.
  • Self-isolate for 5 days
  • Second PCR or antigen at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation

Foreign tourists if diagnosed with Covid while in Italy will have to quarantine for 10 days at a government-sponsored facility. 

Travel Restrictions Italy For Children

With fully vaccinated parents children under 18 don’t have to quarantine but have to show negative PCR or antigen test. If they don’t follow the Italian rules and regulations then they will be subject to self-isolation, regardless of the vaccination status. 
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from molecular or antigenic testing.

Auronzo di Cadore, Italy

 

Travel Restrictions Italy: Italy Green Pass Requirements

Green Pass or certificazione verde is required to participate in activities held in Italy.
 
The “Super” Green Pass is required to get access to restaurants, bars, clubs, and social places like museums, cinemas, theatres, concerts, sporting clubs, gyms, parks, and spas.
 
From January 10 to March 2022 this card will be an entry pass for hotels, public transportation means like local buses, trains, and, airplanes metros, and high-speed trains. This is available to Italian people who are fully vaccinated. 
 
The “Basic” Green Pass is required to access hotels and accommodations, all public transportation including intercity and high-speed trains, buses, and metros, and any region which are classified as “red zone” or “orange zone”. It also notifies that the person has recovered from Covid-19 within the past 6 months.  
 

  • In Italy, for the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, and UK passengers (Non –EU citizens) the health authorities issue official paper documents which are valid in place of digital green certification.  
  • For Americans, Italian health authorities issued the white US vaccination card with the CDC logo or a medical certificate which validates as Green Pass. 
  • Fully vaccinated people for more than 9 months (or more than 6 months starting February 1) have to get a booster shot for their vaccination card to be valid Green Pass. 
  • Travelers can also present a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result not older than 48 hours for the Basic Green Pass.
  • Travelers can also get the digital Italian pass by undergoing a test in Italy. Rapid self-tests and saliva tests are currently not accepted. 

 
Travel Restrictions Italy: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK residents, And Transit Passengers - 

  • Passport with 6 months validity
  • Proof of vaccination
  • EU Digital Locator form
  • Passenger declaration form
  • Extra documentation is required for Sicily, Sardinia, Puglia

Note: On arrival, you have to inform your quarantine and self-isolation plan including place of accommodation and transfer from the airport. 
 
Travel Restrictions Italy: Schengen Zone, Israel, EU

  • Proof of Antigen or Molecular test with negative test report not less than 48 hours before the flight. 
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate
  • EU Digital Passenger Locator Form
  • Passenger declaration form
  • Extra documentation is required for Sicily, Sardina, and Puglia.  

Those how are from the EU, the Schengen zone will be asked to present a report of molecular swab takes not more than 48 hrs or a rapid antigen test that was taken not more than 24 hours before. This along with vaccination certification or recovery certification will be mandatory. The passenger locator form will also be required to be completed and presented.
 
Those traveling from Israel can now enter Italy by providing approved vaccination or recovery certificates. If vaccines certificates are not available you will have to show the report of molecular or antigenic Covid test and then be in isolation for 5 days. At the end of 5 days of isolation there will be a Covid test repeated and then if a report is negative further travel will be allowed.

Guidelines while visiting Italy

Ideally, it is best to wait till the end of January 2022 to see how the situation changes but if you still have a necessity to travel here are some guidelines to follow:
 
Make sure you use face masks at all times while traveling in Italy. The face mask rule has been made stringent in recent months.
 
If you are using local and public transport such as buses or metros you would need to show a Super Green Pass if you are above the age of 12 years. This applies to flights within Italy as well as on ships too.
Make sure that you have FFP2 masks rather than a cloth mask as public transport will not be allowed without the right mask.
 
If you are traveling to or from an orange or red zone, make sure you have certification even if you a using a private transport vehicle.
 
Make sure you maintain social distancing at all places and get the latest updates on the rule from the Government website.

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