Italy drops latest COVID entry rules, drops vaccination testing and restrictions

Italy will abolish all entry rules for international travelers from June 1.

At present, unvaccinated tourists must take a test before visiting the country – but this rule will expire on May 31.

Italy’s health ministry said it “will not be extended”, marking the end of all entry restrictions for travellers.

As many other European nationsthe country has gradually opened up over the past few months, removing the requirement for arrivals to complete an EU Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) on May 1.

In line with a reopening decree announced in March – when the country also ended its “state of emergency” – Green Passes and Super Green Passes are no longer required to access venues.

A mask mandate is expected to remain in effect until at least June 15. Although the EU-wide mask requirement on flights was lifted in May, airports and airlines to and from Italy may require passengers to wear masks until this date.

What are the travel rules in Italy?

Travelers will now be able to enter Italy without testing, whether or not they have been vaccinated.

Previously, unvaccinated travelers had to produce proof of recovery from COVID within the past 180 days or a negative COVID test. Until May, they had to self-quarantine for five days.

Travelers are no longer required to complete a passenger locator form, regardless of their vaccination status.

Passengers traveling to or from Italy must also wear an FFP2 mask at all times on board.

Do I still need a Green Pass or Super Green Pass in Italy?

From May 1, Italy dropped the “basic” and “super” versions of its Green Pass – a digital certificate proving that a person had been vaccinated or cured of COVID – in almost all settings. This includes restaurants, bars and long-distance public transport.

You will also no longer need it to enter cinemas, theaters, concerts, cultural centers, parties or discos.

The Super Green Pass will, however, remain in place for those visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

Do I still have to wear a mask in Italy?

Despite plans to drop the mask mandate from May 1, Italy has now extended its obligation to wear masks on public transport and in some indoor settings until June 15.

Everyone over the age of five must wear a high-quality FFP2 mask on all modes of public transport, in cinemas, indoor sports venues, concerts, hospitals, schools and universities.

No other settings, including shops and workplaces, are included in the most recent announcement, although it “still strongly recommends” that masks continue to be worn in all indoor public spaces.

Children under the age of six are exempt from all mask-wearing rules.

What’s the easiest way to find out the travel rules for Italy?

For the latest and most reliable information, complete this quiz of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is in English and will tell you the travel conditions depending on your individual situation.

You can also consult information from the Italian Ministry of Health travel information page (In English).

Or you can call Italian coronavirus information line.

From Italy: 1500 (toll free)

From abroad: +39 0232008345 or +39 0283905385

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