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Italy Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements – [Updated]

Italy extended travel regulations until October 15 and updated country entry restrictions, green list and EU countries exceptions that require COVID testing.

The Italian government has recently decided to extend its regulations for traveling to/from foreign countries until October 15. The new decree includes several amendments and changes on restrictions. As of now, foreign nationals from most E.U countries and some non-EU countries are allowed entry with little to no restrictions. New countries and territories have also been added to the banned list. 

Wondering when and how your significant other can meet you up in Italy, or if their country is now banned? Keep reading and we will help you figure out your travel plan. 

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Italy travel restrictions – Green list updated on OCT 7?

  • EU COUNTRIES + Andorra, Monaco, Vatican, San Marino are allowed without test or quarantine.
  • EU Exceptions: Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain + BULGARIA (non-EU) need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival or take the test on arrival to Italy. (Check for latest updates on travel restrictions)
  • If you are coming from any of these countries you are allowed for tourism but only after mandatory self-isolation time, supervised by health authorities – Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
  • Rest of the world – if you are not a national from any of the countries above you are allowed only for work, health, study, or absolute urgency.

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

Unmarried couples can be reunited!

Italy has joined the  “Love is not Tourism” movement and it will soon allow unmarried non-European partners to reunite with their Italian significant others. The specific requirements to travel have not been announced.

Is Italy experiencing a second COVID-19 as its neighboring countries?

OCTOBER 13 Update:

As of OCT 13, Italy is seeing a spike in COVID cases and daily cases are around 4-6k in the last 7 days. Therefore the country is imposing more travel restrictions and entry requirement for visitors (Source: Worldmeters)

Source: World Health Organization 

Fortunately for the Italians, the country is NOT experiencing a second COVID-19 wave even if most of its neighboring countries have had to strengthen their health restrictions due to a spike on contagion. Dr. Nino Cartabellotta, a leading Italian public health expert, states that there is no evidence Italians are following the rules more strictly than their EU peers but that the timely, severe and long lockdown worked better than in other countries where the reopening might have happened too soon. 

However, this great news may not last long. A new outbreak is expected since just a few days before reopening schools, 13,000 teachers and staff were already infected. The country has reported a total of 299,506 cases since the pandemic struck. 

As of today, Italy registered another 1,350 positive cases, with the number of patients requiring intensive care growing slightly across the country. According to the Health Ministry, 15 people lost their lives over the last 24 hours, bringing Italy’s official death toll to 35,724.

What are the current restriction in Italy for tourist activities during a pandemic?

  • 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 you 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
  • Museums open to the public
  • Cinemas and theatres 
  • Thermal Baths and wellness centers
  • Discos

To access indoor spaces your temperature will be taken, you will also have to wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.

Don’t miss this opportunity! 

Sicily is planning to help you pay for your 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.