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Italy is open to tourism but 18 of 21 Italian regions are classified as “medium-risk”

Italy is officially open to multiple countries. Travelers from the United States must self-isolate in their accommodation for five days if they do not possess the “Green Pass.”

Flights to and from Brazil have been suspended and travelers from the U.K. must now agree to a 5-day quarantine. 

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Tourists in Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy
Tourists in Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy

August 18 – Eighteen of 21 Italian regions were classified as “medium-risk”, says government

Italy has classified eighteen of its 21 regions as medium-risk according to data collected by the National Health Institute (ISS).

Only the central Lazio region and northeast autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano made it to the low-risk list.

“The bed occupancy in normal wards and in intensive care is around 5.2 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively (…) it means we are still well below the critical threshold at national level,” said Giovanni Rezza, Director of Infectious Diseases Department at the National Health Institute in a video message Friday.

Source: The Local

August 4 – Italy to request “Green pass” to access non-essential services from August 5

Effective August 5, visitors and locals will be required to show their EU Digital COVID Certificate locally known as “Green Pass” to access events, pools, theaters, museums, cinemas and indoor restaurants.

Additionally, the government is set to extend the requirement on all transport – including trains, buses, planes and ships. 

The green pass must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Loads of residents took to the streets on Saturday to oppose the new policy but the government will go ahead with it anyway. 

Source: SCMP News 

Countries allowed to enter Italy

air italy at the airport

Italy has made a reclassification of countries and restrictions for each of them. Click on the list to see what restrictions apply. (Current at August 18)

  • List A – Vatican City and Republic of San Marino 
  • List B – The States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C, by the Ordinance. At present, no state is included on this list.
  • List C – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco. Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • List D – Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada and United States and the States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List E, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2. Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in: Japan, Canada and United States of America
  • List E – Rest of the world – (all States and Territories not specifically referred to in any other list). Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in:  



Mandatory Travel Documentation

All travelers, regardless of their nationality, must fill in this self-declaration form. Several of the countries listed above have additional restrictions.

COVID-19 situation in Italy

Italy has overcome the third wave of COVID-19 cases, as of today, the country has reported 4,449,606 cases and 128,510 deaths. Additionally, the country has registered cases of new more contagious strains.

What activities are currently allowed in Italy?

Consult the local government for changes on the information below

tourists visiting rome
  • Beaches and beach resorts (group sports are still banned)
  • Nature Parks and Amusement Parks (2 meters distance for playing sports)
  • Festival and Trade shows
  • Touristic Guides and Alpine Guides 

Outdoor activities require visitors to maintain a distance of 1 meter from strangers and wear a mask when that is not possible (like interacting with employees).

  • Hotels and lodging facilities
  • Shops and businesses
  • Mountain Huts
  • Bars and restaurants (reservation is recommended)
  • Gyms and pools
  • Thermal Baths and wellness centers
  • Discos

Sicily is planning to help visitors pay for their trip! In an attempt to boost tourism the island is planning to partially cover your hotel and attractions bills. Click here to see the latest updates about this program.

According to the CDC organization, traveling to Italy, Holy See and Vatican City should be avoided at the moment. Alert is at level 3 – High – (Source:

Italy Opening for Tourism: Updates Archives

July 21 – Five Italian cities could lose “white-zone” status on July 26 as coronavirus caseload rise

Campania (Naples), Lazio (Rome), Sardinia, Sicily and Veneto (Venice) risk to lose their “white-zone” status that allows them total freedom of movement and the possibility of enjoying places such as casinos, amusement parks and nightclubs due to a sharp increase in the infection rate.

According to local media, Italian government will issue a decree to extend its state of emergency and enforce new measures this week.

Back in June, all regions of Italy were ranked low-risk “white zone” – the least restrictive of the country’s four tiers or zones, but that is expected to change over the coming days when at least 5 cities are moved to “yellow risk.”


July 1- Italy continues to ease domestic restrictions but imposes quarantine on U.K. travelers as of June 28

In response to a positive downward trend in new COVID-19 cases, Italy has decided to ease domestic COVID-19 restrictions as of June 28.

Visitors and locals no longer need to wear a face mask in low-risk (white) regions. These areas are determined by Italy’s four-tiered, color-coded COVID-19 tracking system consisting of red, orange, yellow, and white levels of risk. 

On the other hand, due Delta-variant concerns Italy has decided not to welcome visitors from the U.K. to the Rome Stadium for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final match with Ukraine on Saturday. (Source: SkySports)

Additionally, anyone arriving from the U.K. will need to agree to a 5-day mandatory quarantine and multiple COVID-19 tests at their own expense.

(Source: Fortune)

June 23 – Italy reopened for the U.S., Canada and Japan and tightened restrictions for U.K travelers from June 21

Italian authorities modified entry requirements for a number of visitors.

Effective June 21, travelers from the U.S. Canada and Japan will be able to visit the country with a “Green Pass.” This certificate allows authorities to confirm the visitor has received 2 doses of an European-approved COVID-19 vaccine, tested negative for COVID or has recovered from the virus in the previous six months. 

On the other hand, visitors with travel history to the U.K. will need to undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. 

As of now, Italy is open for tourism to some EU and non-EU countries and territories. For further information check our section: Countries allowed to enter Italy.

(Source: Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc.)

June 9 – Locals and foreigners will need Italy’s green-pass to enter bars and night clubs in summer

Italian officials are reportedly working with the nightlife industry aiming to reopen business in summer with a “green pass.”

Italy’s certificazione verde or “green pass” was first used by Italians to travel internationally and interstate without having to quarantine. 

Now, the pass will soon be extended to foreign visitors attending concerts, discos, and other large events.

“We are ready to cooperate to reopen discos and dance clubs in complete safety,” “We will ask for the reopening with the green pass… In short, we are ready to create ‘safety bubbles’ in dance clubs,” (Sic) said Maurizio Pasca, the national president of Silb. 

(Source: The Local)

May 28 – Italy, another country that reopened to American tourists in May.

Italy is officially open to American travelers. As one of the world’s worst hit countries at the beginning of the pandemic, Italy expects to recover between 70 to 75 percent of the American tourists they used to receive before it had to shut-down back in February 2020.  

“Tourism is a key part of Italy getting back to normal [the government aims] to reopen to visitors from foreign countries which have reached a high rate of vaccination,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio on May 8.

To be granted entry, American tourists must come on a “COVID-free flight”. This means, visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test, take a rapid test at the airport before boarding, wear a mask during the whole flight and take another test upon arrival. Authorities have not mentioned vaccine certificates as a mandatory requirement. 

As of now, Delta will resume flights from New York (JFK) to Venice on July 2 and Atlanta to Venice and Boston to Rome on August 5.

(Source: BBC News)