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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: June 10th, 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
- June 7th – The US State Department and CDC upgraded their travel advice to L3: Reconsider travel to Italy due to Covid:19 official advice
- New covid-tested flight routes to/from the United States, Canada, Japan and United Arab Emirates to Rome, Milan, Naples and Venice were also announced beginning May 16th. Testing before departure and on arrival in Italy is required, as well as on departure from Italy. Airlines offering this service from the United States are American Airlines and Delta.
- May 14th – From Sunday 16th quarantine is no longer required for residents of the European Union, Britain and Israel who test negative for covid-19. There are no further details on how this will work in practice.
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 a quarantine periods apply to many arrivals.
The latest advice for international travel from the Italian government was given on 15th May. It is expected to be updated in mid June 2021. You can read the official advice here. 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?
Yes. At this time there are no exceptions or changes to travel rules for people who have been vaccinated. These rules may change with the introduction of a “green pass” however there are no concrete details about the pass available at this time.
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 based on vaccination status. More details available in June.
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.
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 4 Do not travel to Italy due to COVID-19 – The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of 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 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 – some trans-Atlantic flights
- Delta – some trans-Atlantic flights including covid-tested flights
- American Airlines – some trans-Atlantic flights including covid-tested flights
- United – some trans-Atlantic flights including covid-tested flights
- Air France – some trans-Atlantic flights
- KLM – some trans-Atlantic flights
- Aer Lingus – some trans-Atlantic flights with a change in Dublin
- Qatar – connections via Doha (United Arab Emirates)
- Etihad – connections via
- Virgin Atlantic – some trans-Atlantic routes
- 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 July 31st, 2021. Italy has extended a national curfew that is in place from midnight to 5am. 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.
Are many people still ill with Covid-19? Are cases increasing?
Cases are falling in Italy. Restrictions are in place and there is a state of emergency in place until July 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 over 126,000 people have died due to covid-19 in Italy where there have been more than 4 million infections. To date 35 million people have been vaccinated with their first dose in Italy (population of 60 million). Over 12.3 million people have received their second dose.
There are currently around 200,000 active infections in Italy.
What is the plan for reopening
The next step for reopening occurs on June 21st when the curfew is set be removed.
Regions need to meet health criteria to move into the white zone where restrictions are most relaxed in terms of movement and activities (see below for latest). A region can also move back into orange or red if the health situation worsens according to government criteria.
What restrictions and social distancing rules apply?
The situation in June is stabilizing. The country is currently divided into red, orange or yellow zones with a review to take place weekly.
White zone – fewer restrictions apply
- Restrictions – social distancing and mask wearing required
- Curfew may be removed and opening hours extended
- In practice, the regional authority decides what measures they will take
- Applies to – Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Molise, Sardinia, Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto
National rules / yellow zone:
- Curfew from 11pm to 5am.
- 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
- Museums and galleries are open
- Public transport is operating
- Sanitizing hands frequently is recommended in all settings
- Applies to – all regions except white zone regions
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 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 at all times, including in restaurants (except when you are sitting down). Some regions, including Lombardy, require wearing masks in all settings where you come into contact with people outside your household. Check with your accommodation what is required prior to your arrival.
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 only in yellow zones outdoors until 10pm. Home delivery and takeaways are allowed in yellow zone regions and may be permitted depending on rules in place in the other zones.
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?
A green pass for incoming passengers who have been vaccinated is expected to be available in mid May. There is no information from the Italian government regarding how this will work at this time. Recent announcements from the European Union suggest this will be a requirement when travel for non essential purposes resumes.
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)