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Many people are asking can you travel to Italy in 2021. In this article we outline the conditions for travel to Italy. We will continue to update this page as the situation changes. We do not speculate on the prospects for changes in legislation or on any health related matter.
Last updated: August 31st, 2021
Please note that as information can change quickly particularly with respect to different country advisories please check your own government travel advisories and call the Italian embassy in your country for specific information relating to your unique circumstances. We have provided links to these sources below.
Top news items
- August 31st – United States, Canada and Japan residents must show proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 PLUS negative test within 72 hours of departure and digital Passenger Locator Form to avoid 5 day quarantine on arrival in Italy. These measures in place until 31st October 2021
- August 28th – UK residents and those transiting through the UK may travel to Italy without quarantine – a negative test within 48 hours and digital Passenger Locator Form is also required to avoid 5 day quarantine on arrival in Italy
- August 27th – “Green Pass” extended to include long-distance public transport including interregional trains and domestic flights.
- July 22nd – From August 6th the Italian government mandated green health pass (or equivalent documents) to access indoor dining, museums, theaters, stadiums and some other services (more info below)
This page is to assist travelers who have planned leisure or tourist trips to Italy. Different rules and regulations may apply if your travel relates to other purposes such as business, family reasons etc. While every effort is made to keep this page up to date, please check advice from your airline and local authorities for the latest information that applies to your situation.
If you wish to discuss your unique circumstances with fellow travelers please join our online community for people whose travels have been disrupted by Covid19.
FAQ about travel to Italy in 2021
Is Italy allowing international visitors to enter the country?
Yes, however this is dependent on country of residence and quarantine periods apply to many arrivals.
The latest advice for international travel from the Italian government was given on 30th August. It is expected to be updated in mid September 2021. To check what the situation is for your country of residence and nationality, please go to this Italian government website that aims to clarify the situation for you. This page from the Italian Health Ministry usually has the most up to date general information.
Does the advice apply if i have had a covid vaccine?
With the introduction of the EU wide Green Pass, there are exceptions if you can prove you are fully vaccinated – meaning you have had your last vaccination 14 days before departure with an EU approved vaccine. Different advice applies depending on your country of residence and those you transit through.
For the latest information please check the Re-open EU website
What is the “green pass” ?
The EU and Italian government are creating a pass for quarantine free travel and access to certain services when in Italy based on vaccination, recovery and testing status. This is currently for EU citizens only however you can show proof of vaccination or recovery from covid plus tests taken in your country if you are a resident of the United States, Canada or Japan
Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Italy?
This depends on your country of residence and whether you have spent time in certain countries prior to arriving in Italy. Please review the above tables to determine your situation.
What tests are accepted in Italy?
Italian officials accept molecular (PCR) and rapid antigen tests for the purposes of entering Italy. Test results may be in English.
How do I prove my vaccination status?
With official documentation from your country of residence eg the vaccination ‘white card’ bearing a CDC logo for US residents
Do I need a visa to enter Italy?
Citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand may enter Italy and stay up to 90 days without a visa within an 180 day period. You must have 6 months validity on your passport.
All other nationalities should check this Italian government site that walks you through whether a visa is required for your visit.
European Union citizens can travel with photo identification.
Note – this information is subject to change and it is always best to check with your local foreign office for the latest advice on travel to Italy.
Am I allowed to leave the United States / Australia / United Kingdom / Canada / my country?
Currently the following advisories are in place. While every effort is made to keep this information current it is best to check with your country travel advisory in the “read more” links below.
- United States – Level 3 Reconsider travel to Italy due to COVID-19 – read more
- United Kingdom – The FCDO advises against all but essential travel – government restrictions and travel info. From 17th May, Italy falls into the “Amber” country list which requires testing prior to departure and on arrival with 10 days quarantine – more info
- Australia – There’s a ban on overseas travel from Australia. This ban is administered by the Department of Home Affairs. You can’t leave Australia unless you seek an exemption from Home Affairs – read more
- Canada – Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice – read more
- New Zealand – Do not travel overseas at this time – read more
Citizens of countries not on this list should refer to their country foreign affairs department.
Can I buy travel insurance to cover my trip?
Travel insurance is strongly recommended for all international travel however many travel insurance companies will not cover your trip for cancelations or health problems related to covid19. Check all policy inclusions carefully before purchasing insurance. Note – many companies will not sell or honor policies at all where a travel ban exists for your country of residence.
There are many reasons to take out travel insurance for Italy – you can read about them in this article.
No matter what decision you make, ensure you understand the risks associated with not having insurance and read the terms and conditions carefully should you decide to purchase a policy.
Are flights departing to Italy?
There are increasing numbers of flights to and from Italy, mainly from within European destinations. Here are the main airlines currently flying to airports in Italy however we suggest using Skyscanner or Google Flights for the most up to date information including smaller airlines
- Alitalia – trans-Atlantic flights now operating. Note Alitalia will cease trading on 15th October. Please check your flight status regularly.
- Delta – trans-Atlantic flights now operating. Delta has code share flights with Alitalia which may be impacted due to the changes at Alitalia. Please check your flight status regularly.
- American Airlines – trans-Atlantic flights now operating
- United – trans-Atlantic flights now operating
- Air France – trans-Atlantic flights now operating
- KLM – trans-Atlantic flights now operating
- Aer Lingus – trans-Atlantic flights now operating
- Qatar – connections via Doha (United Arab Emirates)
- Etihad – connections via Dubai
- Virgin Atlantic – trans-Atlantic flights now operating
- British Airways
- Turkish Airlines
Do I need to register with authorities when I arrive?
Several documents are required:
- EU digital Passenger Locator Form – complete on line
- Passenger declaration form – example here
- Extra documentation required for Sicily, Sardinia and Puglia
- If arriving by plane – World Health Organisation form
If you need to quarantine you will be required to complete this form on arrival
What is the situation in Italy now?
Is there a state of emergency?
Yes. The Italian parliament extended the current state of emergency until December 31st, 2021. Travel between regions is allowed in white and yellow zones. You must be able to prove you have been fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid and can provide a negative test taken in the past 48 hours to travel to and within the orange or red zones. Currently all regions are classified as white zones.
Are many people still ill with Covid-19? Are cases increasing?
Cases are rising in Italy. Restrictions are in place and there is a state of emergency in place until December 31st, 2021. To check the latest figures and updates by region visit the Italian Ministry of Health (use Google translate to see English language).
Sadly almost 128,000 people have died due to covid-19 in Italy where there have been more than 4.7 million infections. To date over 65 vaccines have been administered (population of 60 million). Over 29 million people are fully vaccinated.
There are currently around 68,000 active infections in Italy.
What restrictions and social distancing rules apply?
The situation in Italy is changing with new regulations due to be introduced on August 6th.
Green Pass rules from August 6th
From this date you will need to show a “green pass” (proof of vaccination for covid OR proof of recovery from covid or a negative test within 48 hours) or equivalent documentation from the EU, United States (eg CDC vaccination card), Canada or Japan to be served at a restaurant indoors and to access museums, theatres, stadiums, cinemas, exhibition centres, swimming pools and gyms will only be allowed upon presentation of a “green pass”.
Businesses will be asked to enforce these rules and fines will apply to customers and businesses who do not comply.
Restrictions by region in Italy
Currently all regions of the country are considered white zones however they can be moved into red, orange or yellow zones with more restrictions depending on hospitalization rates and other factors. Reviews take place weekly.
For specific rules relevant to the areas you are visiting, please visit the following pages.
Abruzzo – Basilicata – Calabria – Campania (Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples) – Emilia-Romagna (Bologna) – Friuli Venezia Giulia – Lazio (Rome) – Liguria (Cinque Terre) – Lombardy (Milan, Lake Como) – Marche – Molise – Piedmont – Puglia – Sardinia – Sicily – South Tyrol (Dolomites) – Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena) – Trentino – Umbria – Valle d’Aosta – Veneto (Venice)
White zone – fewer restrictions apply
- Restrictions – social distancing and mask wearing required indoors and outdoors
- Green Pass – required to access indoor dining, museums, long distance transport
- In practice, the regional authority decides what measures they will take
- Applies to – All regions except Sicily
National rules / yellow zone:
- Travel between different regions is allowed in yellow zones
- Wearing a mask is mandatory in public at all times. Fines of up to €1,000 apply for non compliance.
- Restaurants can open for lunch and dinner – until 11pm – density rules apply
- Museums and galleries are open
- Public transport is operating
- Sanitizing hands frequently is recommended in all settings
- Applies to – Sicily
Orange zone – restrictions of yellow zone plus
- travel only for reasons of work, study, health or emergency
- bars, cafes, restaurants closed. Take away only
- shops including hairdressers open
- Applies to – no regions
Red zone – restrictions of yellow and orange zones plus
- travel only for reasons of work, study, health or emergency
- all shops closed
- Applies to – no regions
Please note that these requirements differ from region to region. Check with your accommodation provider – hotel, Airbnb, etc – for the latest information. See the Italian Tourism Board for more info
Are the main attractions open?
Museums and galleries can open in the yellow and white zones. Most of the other main attractions have restricted hours and capacity. Check the main websites regularly for latest updates.
Limited tickets and new restrictions apply to visits to museums and attractions when open. You must book your tickets online in advance and attend at your scheduled time. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in these setting as is following a set route through the attraction. Expect temperature checks as well as the usual security measures. Access may be denied if your temperature is over 37.5°C
Do I need to wear a mask?
You are required to wear a face mask in public (indoors and outdoors) at all times, including in restaurants (except when you are sitting down). Fines of €1,000 apply for non compliance.
Can I travel by train?
Yes but there are some limitations between regions. You must be able to prove you have been fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid and can provide a negative test taken in the past 48 hours to travel to and within the orange or red zones. Special measures are in place to ensure safety when traveling by train. You are required to wear a face mask at all times and can be removed if you do not.
Can I eat out at restaurants?
Yes restaurants and bars are open for both indoor and outdoor dining in white and yellow zones. You will need to show Green Pass or equivalent to access indoor dining.
What happens if I fall ill with covid when in Italy?
If you have symptoms you should contact the regional health authority where you are staying immediately. They will arrange a test and determine next steps which will likely mean isolating for at least 10 days and potentially up to 21 days at your own expense if you test positive. You must be symptom free for 3 days before you able to take a test to show that you are negative and can be released from isolation. Make sure you have adequate health insurance to cover you if such a situation occurs and be aware that your insurance company may not honor claims if you are in Italy when a do not travel order there exists.
FAQ about planned vacations
Sadly many people have had trips to Italy canceled in 2020 and 2021 and many more may be forced to do so while we face this pandemic. If you have travel plans in 2021 here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about reorganizing travel. While we do our best to keep this as accurate as possible, please refer to your own country consumer law and advice for the latest information.
Unfortunately we cannot assist with individual requests for assistance rebooking or canceling trips.
Will I need to prove I have received a Covid vaccine to enter Italy?
Please see the rules applicable to your country of residence above.
Is my flight / cruise / tour still departing?
Flights, tours and cruises may be canceled in 2021. Check with your travel agent or if you booked directly with relevant airlines and cruise companies for the latest information.
What should I do if my flights have been canceled?
If your airline cancels your flights you should be entitled to a full refund under most consumer jurisdictions. Once your flight cancelation is confirmed, the airline should advise when you will receive your refund. Make sure to also cancel accommodation, activity and tour bookings. You can also try to move your travel insurance coverage to new dates.
Refunds apply when the airline cancels your flight. If you choose not to fly then you will be subject to the change and cancelation rules of your fare and any special measures put in place by your airline to respond to the covid-19 situation.
Am I entitled to a refund on my flights / hotels and accommodation / tours?
This depends on the terms and conditions that you booked under and the consumer laws of your country and / or the country where the business is based. While many businesses are trying to refund customers who purchased non-refundable services, others are unable to or have chosen to offer vouchers for future use instead.
The Italian government issued this decree allowing travel companies to offer vouchers for future use instead of refunds. Many companies are applying this ruling to their businesses including the Colosseum and Vatican Museums.
If you are not happy with the compensation offered by the service provider you can file a dispute with your credit card company if you used one to book your travel.
What happens if I am offered a voucher and I would prefer a refund?
First, try and negotiate with the company. There are often very serious and legitimate reasons why people will not be able to travel in the future. You should state these clearly and most companies provide an exception in extenuating circumstances. If this does not produce an acceptable outcome, pursue a dispute with your credit card company as the next step.
Steps to take to reorganize or cancel your trip
- Review all your bookings and understand the terms and conditions under which you booked
- Contact the providers to understand their position on refunds and / or rebooking
- Decide what you want to do with respect to rebooking. You may be offered dates in a different time of year than you originally planned to travel. If you want to know what it is like in Italy at different times throughout the year check this article
- Contact your insurance provider to understand if you can recover any funds owing for services you do not wish to rebook
- You may choose to pursue fund recovery with your credit card for services you are not happy with the recourse offered
Recommended official websites for up to date information
- European Union ‘Reopen EU‘ – useful site with latest information on reopening in Italy – includes travel and health information plus details of differences by region
- IATA Travel Center – the International Air Travel Association’s site for up to date travel information used by airlines
- Italian Ministry of Health – tracks cases and issues related to coronavirus in Italy
- Italian Tourism Board – latest information for tourists on visiting Italy at this time (site in English)