Italy

Limitations
28.10.2021 - 11.11.2021

Prior to travel

Special caution is advised when travelling.

Entry requirements

EU citizens are allowed to enter Italy, but entry from third countries is still limited. Health checks and temperature controls are to be expected at Italian airports and ports, as well as in intercity traffic. A mask must be worn on flights to Italy. Further entry information is available from the Italian embassy, among others, and a portal of the Italian authorities with the exact entry regulations (in Italian or English) can be found at Unità di Crisi.

EU citizens must fill in an online form. Only in case of technical problems a printed self-declaration form can be presented as well. If the PLF is not cpmpleted, entry must also be reported to the relevant Italian health authority at the place of stay in Italy (Dipartimento di prevenzione del'azienda sanitaria locale).

There are no known restrictions.

Transit through Italy (by private car) from EU/Schengen states is possible for up to 36 hours without further restrictions. However, the registration obligation applies to transit travellers on bus and train.

Information on quarantine regulations, testing requirements and possible exceptions for transit travellers that have already been vaccinated can be found in the respective categories (if available).

Test to be presented upon entry: PCR-test or Rapid test. PCR-/LAMP-/TMA-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 48 hours. Rapid-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 48 hours.
Persons up to and including the age of 5 years are exempt from mandatory testing.

For travellers from EU countries and the Schengen area, the presentation of a negative test certificate (PCR or antigen tests; not older than 48 hours) or the EU's digital COVID certificate is required upon entry.

Professional border crossers or persons making a day trip are exempt from the testing obligation (this only applies to persons living no further than 60 kilometres from the Italian border). Various airlines require a negative test on boarding.

If provided by the test centre or pharmacy, the COVID test certificate should contain the passport/ID number of the passenger(s), as this is required by some airlines for transportation.

Travellers who have the EU Digital COVID-Certificate can travel to Italy without quarantine.

Border crossers for professional reasons, commuters, pupils, students and travellers for urgent health reasons for stays of up to 120 hours are exempt from this requirement. The Ministry of Health and the Italian Embassy provide information on other exceptions.

Travellers entering from other countries than the EU may find detailed information in the questionnaire of the Italian government.

There are no known restrictions.

There is no compulsory testing for entering the country for fully vaccinated persons. The vaccination must have been completed 14 days before entry.

Many countries only accept vaccines from certain manufacturers. The following website provides an overview of the regulations. However, only the embassies, consulates and national authorities of the individual countries can provide definitive information.

There are no known restrictions.

There are no eased entry regulations for those who have been partially vaccinated.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.

Certificates must be presented in Italian, English, French or Spanish language or as a digital COVID-certificate of the EU.

Local regulations

There are facilities on site for those who have tested negative, those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated.

Travellers with a "EU Digital COVID Certificate" (tested, vaccinated, recovered) can move freely between all zones regardless of the region's classification.

The so-called 'Green Pass', a health certificate providing proof of a negative test result, of having received at least one vaccination dose or of having recently recovered from COVID-19, is required to enter hospitality indoor areas, cultural and entertainment establishments and other crowded venues. It is now also compulsory when using long-distance public transport, including domestic flights, ferries and long-distance trains. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from presenting a 'Green Pass' for domestic events and activities.

Since 15 October, the "Green Pass" is compulsory for employees in both the public and private sector. Anyone failing to produce such a certificate faces suspension from work and may have their pay stopped. The requirement also applies to the self-employed.

Current value: 42. Previous week: 29

Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

The state of emergency in Italy has been extended until 31 December 2021.

Depending on the number of infections, the regions of Italy are divided into four zones (red, orange, yellow, white). The current zones are provided in English by the Italian Ministry of Health. At the moment, all of Italy is classified as white (as of 26 October).

People with a "Green Pass" (available for persons from the age of 12) are allowed to move between all zones. The document confirms either a complete vaccination (valid for 6 months), a recovery from COVID-19 (valid for 6 months) or the negative result of a PCR or antigen test (valid for max. 48 hours). Certificates from other EU countries or certificates from third countries confirming a vaccination recognized in the EU are also valid for a "Green Pass".

There are no known restrictions.

There is no longer a general obligation to wear masks outdoors; masks are only compulsory in enclosed public spaces. A mask must be carried and worn if no distance can be kept. Stricter regulations may apply at local authority level. Children under the age of 6 years are exempted from the requirement to wear a mask in public.

All shops and retailers are allowed to open, in white zones (currently all of Italy) there are no more shop closures.

In red zones, there are store closures of non-essential stores. In addition to the mask requirement, in some regions customers must wear disposable gloves (sometimes provided by stores). Services lacking minimum distance (hairdressers, cosmetics) are allowed after approval by the region and compliance with safety protocols. In zone orange, shopping centres must close on weekends.

The whole of Italy is currently classified as a white zone, restaurants are open (indoors and outdoors). As of 6 August, however, a "Green Pass" is required to enter indoor areas of restaurants.

As of 30 August, no more than 4 persons may be seated at one table.

Until further notice, special conditions apply to accommodations. Only business travellers may be accommodated in red zones.

Conferences (1 July) as well as fairs and private celebrations (weddings, baptisms; since 15 June) have been permitted again for some time. Since 6 August, the presentation of a "Green Pass" has been required for participation in outdoor cultural events.

In regions classified as yellow, indoor events may be held with a max. of 500 participants, outdoor events with a max. of 1000 participants.

In white zones (currently all of Italy) all sports, cultural and leisure facilities are open. In principle, sports may be played in public with a safe distance. Beaches are open subject to hygiene and distance rules.

Since 6 August, the "Green Pass" has been required for visits to museums, swimming pools, spas, fitness studios and outdoor cultural or sporting events.

Face masks are compulsory; restrictions may apply to public transport operations. Restrictions apply to travel by car (masks are compulsory; max. 2 passengers per row of seats and the passenger seat may not be occupied) if the occupants do not live in the same household or are in an otherwise close relationship. Up to 5 persons from the same household can be in the vehicle - without mask requirement. Cruise ship operations are possible under conditions. Various bus companies have announced a reduction of their services.

There is a general obligation to wear masks at airports and on planes. In addition, masks must be changed every 4 hours. Before each flight, passengers must fill out a self-disclosure form to assure that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Many airlines require a negative test result upon boarding. Information about the individual airports can be obtained from the respective sub-regions of Italy.

An overview of all Italian testing laboratories can be found on the following website. The Italian government also provides region-specific contact details and information.

The tracing app "Immuni" is designed to help contain further spread of COVID-19 infection and a national COVID-19 hotline +39 1500 has been established.

If travellers develop symptoms, they are required to isolate themselves for 10 days and contact the numbers listed to arrange a PCR test. If the virus strain is a beta mutation, travellers can test themselves free after 10 days of self-isolation with a negative PCR test, should they be asymptomatic. Otherwise, a further 14 days of self-isolation is mandatory. If the virus is a different mutation, a negative antigen test is also sufficient to test free after day 10.

Departure

There are no known restrictions.

Entry to Germany

Travellers who enter Germany by land-, air- or sea and who within the preceding 10 days have been to a region designated as an high risk area or an area of variants of concern by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) at the time of entry, are generally required to register online. The confirmation (PDF) must be shown to the carrier/the authorities. The information provided is automatically forwarded to the local health authorities at the final point of destination. For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register on return to Germany. The exact regulations as well as exemptions (e.g. for transit travellers) are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

Overall classification as a risk-free area according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Italy is no longer considered a risk area since 6 June.

There is a test obligation for entry into Germany by air, land and sea. The test must have been carried out 48 hours before entry.

Since 1 August, all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany must provide proof of complete vaccination, recovery or a negative test, regardless of the means of transport. This applies regardless of whether the country of departure is classified as a risk or risk-free area. The proof can be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority during the control of cross-border traffic to Germany and must already be presented to airlines prior to carriage.

The test, which is subject to a charge, must have been carried out at most 48 hours (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR, LAMP, TMA test) before arrival. Antibody tests are not permitted. Children under twelve years of age are exempt from the testing requirement.

For air travel, the proof of testing should always include the passport/ID number of the traveller(s) as this is required by some airlines for carriage.

There may be exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people.

Different regulation for virus variant areas: For antigen tests, the period before entry is reduced to 24 hours.

Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government's website and at the Federal Ministry of Health.

Information about Covid 19 testing in Italy (test centers & costs) can be found here.

There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after the return journey or entry into Germany.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons on entry/return. The vaccination must have been completed 14 days before entry.

Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. However, this does not apply to travellers entering from virus variant areas. Vaccinated persons must present proof of complete vaccination protection. At least 14 days must have passed since the last required vaccination. (Caution: In Germany, only four vaccines - BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson - have been approved so far. Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of those will be considered fully vaccinated.) Vaccinated persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.

There is no quarantine on entry/return for partially vaccinated persons.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after the return journey or entry into Germany.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for those who have recovered.

Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than six months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.

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