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COVID-19 requirements to travel to Italy

March 01, 20227 min read.

We present you the requirements, restrictions and regulations that apply to travel to Italy in times of COVID-19

What type of documentation should I present?

1. Complete obligatory the European Passenger Locator Form - dPLF. Register using your email to fill the form.

2. Present the EU Digital COVID Certificate or COVID-19 Green Certificate upon arrival.

Nationalities that can enter Italy:

As of March 1, 2022, travelers of all nationalities can enter Italy. Citizens and residents in the countries of the European Union, in the countries associated with the Schengen Area, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco must:

1. Before entering Italy, fill out the Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)

2. Present the EU Digital COVID certificate upon arrival. Citizens of countries not belonging to the European Union can present a COVID-19 Green Certificate, on paper or digital, issued by the health authorities of their country, which certifies that they have carried out a diagnostic test whose result has been negative, recovered from COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital accreditation that a person:

  • Has been fully vaccinated with one of the EMA-approved vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson, or Novavax. (2nd dose within the previous 6 months or Booster dose in which case there is no specific validity limit)

  • You have a NEGATIVE TEST RESULT (carried out 72 hours before your arrival in Italy in case of PCR or 24 hours before in case of antigenic).

  • Has RECOVERED from COVID-19 (within the previous 6 months) The EU Digital COVID Certificate is valid in all EU and Schengen countries.

IMPORTANT: For all travelers, if upon entering Italy, you do not present the Green Certificate and a negative result of a swab, you can still enter, but you will have to undergo fiduciary isolation for 5 days and notify your arrival to the Prevention Department the competent health authority for the territory. At the end of the 5-day period of isolation, you will have to undergo a new molecular or antigenic test. Travelers from some countries that do not belong to the Member States of the European Union can enter Italy without undergoing fiduciary isolation and health surveillance using “COVID tested” flights.

Children under 6 years of age are not required to have a negative molecular or antigenic test result upon entry into Italy but will have to comply with the isolation obligation when provided. Children under 18 years of age are exempt from the isolation requirement (when applicable) only if they accompany vaccinated adults (father or mother or another companion) with a COVID Green Certificate.

As of March 1, 2022, if you travel to Italy from a non-EU country, you must:

1. Provide an official Covid Certificate that demonstrates one of the following conditions:

  • Has been fully vaccinated with one of the EMA-approved vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson, or Novavax. (2nd dose within the previous 6 months or Booster dose in which case there is no specific validity limit); or

  • You have fully recovered from Covid (no more than 180 days after the first positive test) or;

  • You have a NEGATIVE TEST RESULT (carried out 72 hours before your arrival in Italy in case of PCR or 24 hours before in case of antigenic). But if you travel alone with the negative test, you will not be able to do much once in Italy, since you need a Vaccination or Recovery Certificate to do almost everything (hotels, restaurants, museums…).

2. Fill out the Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)

If you have received a vaccine not approved by the EMA, you can still travel to Italy by taking a swab test before you travel. Once in Italy, you will need to take a swab test at any local pharmacy every 48 hours in order to access hotels, restaurants, museums, public transport, shops.

If you have received your second dose of an EMA-approved vaccine more than 6 months earlier but within 9 months, you can still travel to Italy. Once in Italy, you will need to take a swab test at any local pharmacy every 48 hours in order to access hotels, restaurants, museums, public transport, shops.

Requirements to move within Italy:

To ensure the safety of residents and tourists, the Italian Government has introduced a classification of regions based on the colors white (minimum risk), yellow, orange and red (maximum risk). Each color corresponds to different prevention measures that regulate the possibility of moving within a region, moving between regions and opening shops, restaurants and cultural spaces Movement between regions of the white and yellow zones is still allowed Movement between different regions of the orange and red zones They are only allowed upon presentation of a COVID-19 Green Certification. Make sure to present your COVID-19 green pass certificate to use medium and long-distance means of transport such as:

  • Aircraft (domestic flights) 
  • Ships and ferries that connect different regions
  • Intercity trains
  • Buses connecting different regions or used for rental service with driver.

Unrestricted driving is possible together with spouses, partners and regular contacts. You can travel by car with a maximum of 3 non-partners including the driver, taking into consideration the following aspects:

  • All car occupants must wear a mask.
  • The passenger seat next to the driver must remain free.
  • Passengers must sit on opposite sides of the rear seat, clearing the center seat.
  • If the car has more than one rear row, a maximum of two passengers can go per row, seated on opposite sides of the seat and leaving the middle seat free.

Requirements to enter places of interest in Italy:

In the national territory, the COVID-19 Green Certificate facilitates participation in certain public events (such as fairs, concerts, sports competitions, celebrations during religious or civil ceremonies), access to health residences (RSA). In addition, the Certificate is required to enter and leave territories that can be classified as "red zone" or "orange zone", in the absence of work, health or emergency reasons demonstrated. Those over 12 years of age will have to show their Certificate COVID-19 digital green to access certain services and activities:

Travel by plane, train, boat, and ferry within the national territory

  • Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, patisseries, for consumption at the table indoors
  • Shows open to the public, sporting events in the open air and in closed spaces
  • Museums and cultural spaces, exhibitions
  • Pools and gyms
  • Private parties, such as weddings
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Conferences and Congresses Spas and wellness centers
  • Amusement arcades, betting houses, bingo halls and casinos

Access to these services and activities is allowed by showing the EU COVID Digital Certificate or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, United Kingdom, United States.

How much does a COVID test cost in Italy?

PCRIn the laboratory: Eur. 60.00 per test average price.RapidIn the laboratory: Eur. 20,00 per test average price.Self TestThe test where you do the test yourself, is available in most pharmacies and has an average cost of Eur. 5.00 per test.

Greca tip: If when you return to your country an additional test is necessary, we can also make an appointment for you. Enjoy your vacation that we take care of!

Sources: http://www.italia.it/es/informacion-util/actualizaciones-covid-19-informacion-util-para-los-turistas.html, https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/travelling-to-italy-this-summer-amid-covid-what-you-need-to-know-before-booking-a-trip/

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