Travel Rules for Italy

Last updated: Tuesday 17th May at 9PM

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Italy Travel Rules

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

Vaccinated and unvaccinated UK travellers

Fully vaccinated UK travellers can visit Italy without quarantine or needing to do a test. It’s possible for unvaccinated travellers too – see below for requirements for children and those who are unvaccinated.

Italy travel rules for vaccinated travellers from UK

Before you travel to Italy

• You no longer need to fill in a EU Digital Passenger Locator Form

• Show proof of vaccination – Italy accepts the NHS Covid Pass

To be recognised as fully vaccinated, you must have have had a full course of a recognised vaccine (e.g. 2 doses of a 2 dose vaccine) at least 14 days before you arrive. If your final dose was more than 270 days ago, you must also have had a booster. There is no ‘expiry’ date on a booster at present.

You will also be considered fully vaccinated if you have a recovery certificate showing that you’ve had Covid-19 in the last 180 days, dated from the date of the first positive test.

On arrival in Italy

• You may be asked to show your proof of vaccination and health form

Whilst in Italy

• Italy has slightly different rules on what counts as fully vaccinated when using their Covid passport that allows you to access restaurants and other public spaces so please do check for more information on the rules around coronavirus whilst in Italy here.

• You no longer need to fill in a EU Digital Passenger Locator Form

• Children aged 5 and under do not need to take a test to enter Italy.

Children aged 6 and over must follow the rules for adult travellers. If they are unvaccinated, then they must follow those rules.

Overview

Unvaccinated travellers can visit Italy and if they have a negative test or proof of recovery, they will not need to quarantine.

Before travelling to Italy

• You no longer need to fill in a EU Digital Passenger Locator Form

• Show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours before entering Italy
OR
• show a COVID-19 recovery certificate, certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months

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

If you cannot present evidence of vaccination OR a negative test OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate, you will need to:

  • travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport
  • remain in self-isolation for 5 days

  • take another PCR or rapid lateral flow test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation

On arrival in Italy

• You may be asked to show your proof of negative test and health form

Whilst in Italy

• Italy has slightly different rules on what counts as fully vaccinated when using their Covid passport that allows you to access restaurants and other public spaces so please do check for more information on the rules around coronavirus whilst in Italy here.

If you don’t have a negative test or a proof of recovery

If you cannot present evidence of vaccination OR a negative test OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate, you will need to:

• travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport
• remain in self-isolation for 5 days
• call the COVID-19 – Regional telephone information hotline to notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy as you will be under medical supervision
• take another PCR or rapid lateral flow test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation

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

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Travelling back to the UK

At present, all of the nations have aligned on these travel rules but please keep across the information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Italy is on the “Rest of World” list

All travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test, quarantine or fill in a passenger locator form. This includes children and unvaccinated travellers.

Before you travel to England 

• You no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form

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.

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