Travel Rules for Italy

Last updated: Tuesday 25th January at 1PM

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I hear you! That’s why I’ve pulled together every test, form and quarantine you need to do abide by all the Covid travel rules and to visit Italy.

⚠︎ Remember, details can change quickly so always check the FCDO site to double check the following information. I recommend signing up for email updates!

Italy Travel Rules

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Keep up to date with the latest information on the Government website 

Vaccinated UK travellers

Vaccinated UK travellers can visit Italy without quarantine provided they can show proof of vaccination and evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test

Before you travel to Italy

• Fill in passenger locator form before you enter Italy

• Show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before entering Italy

• Other regional requirements may apply (see the FCDO for additional information on Regional Restrictions)

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

Whilst in Italy

• Please check for more information on the rules around coronavirus whilst in Italy here.

Overview

Children aged 17 and under do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent and (for those over the age of 6) have a negative PCR or lateral flow test.

Children aged 5 and under are exempt from testing.

Before travelling to Italy

• Fill in passenger locator form before you enter Italy
• Children under 6 years old do not need to do a test
• Those aged 6-17 years old and travelling with a fully vaccinated parent need to show evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test. The timings are not stated but I assume it will be the same timeframes as vaccinated passengers.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

Overview

Unvaccinated travellers can still visit Italy with a negative test, but they will have to quarantine and do additional testing.

Before travelling to Italy

• Fill in passenger locator form before you enter Italy
• Show evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken within 48 hours or of entering Italy

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

• Notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy.
• Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only
• Remain in self-isolation for 5 days
• Take another PCR or lateral flow test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation

Read up on the full details for Italy on the FCDO website

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Travelling back to England

At present, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also have the same rules but you can find more information on the nation’s rules here

BEFORE FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

Adults entering the UK from a non-red list country need to do a Day 2 test.

This is for passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme, or an approved vaccination programme. 

Before you travel to England 

• Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

• Book and pay for a ‘Day 2‘ test – this can be a rapid antigen or a PCR test.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately.

After you arrive in England

• Do your ‘Day 2’ test on Day 2 or before – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0 and you can take your test on the day you arrive

• You do not need to isolate whilst waiting for your result

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.

This means that they have to take a COVID-19 test after they arrive in England – before the end of day 2 at the latest.

Please see above for what tests are allowed.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

Read the full details here.

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to do several tests and self isolate when travelling home from a “Rest of World’ country.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 2 days before your travel to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. You do not need to do these tests until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 or before and on Day 8 – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
  • If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You still need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

Read the full details here.

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

Travelling back to England

At present, Scotland has so far confirmed that it will follow suit – you can find more information on all the nation’s rules here

AFTER FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

Adults entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test or quarantine but they do still need to fill in a passenger locator form.

This is for passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme, or an approved vaccination programme. 

Before you travel to England 

• Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

Children aged 17 and under can follow the same rules as fully vaccinated travellers.

Please see the information above.

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to test twice and fill in a passenger locator form. You will no longer have to isolate.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 2 days before your travel to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 PCR tests. You do not need to do this test until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 or before
  • You no longer need to self isolate whilst waiting for your test results

Read the full details here.

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

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Overview

Children under 18 do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent.

Children under the age of 6 are exempt from testing also.

Before travelling to Italy

• Fill in passenger locator form before you enter Italy
• Children under 6 years old do not need to do a test
• Those aged 6-17 years old and travelling with a fully vaccinated parent need to show evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken within 48 hours of entering Italy

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to do several tests and self isolate when travelling home from a “Rest of World’ country.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 72 hour window before your flight to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. You do not need to do these tests until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 and on Day 8 – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0
  • You do not need to isolate whilst waiting for the result, though if you test positive, you will then need to follow the UK’s guidance on isolating
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
  • If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You still need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

Read the full details here.

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