Italy travel restrictions: everything you need to know about testing and the Super Green Pass
In December, Italy tightened its restrictions for all travelers in response to the growing threat from the Omicron variant.
Arrivals from other European Union countries must now take a COVID test before arriving in the country. You can show a negative PCR result performed within 48 hours or a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours of your arrival.
This is in addition to presenting your EU Digital Covid (EUDCC) certificate – often referred to as a ‘green pass‘, which proves that you are either fully vaccinated or cured of COVID-19.
Read on for the rules for travelers from non-EU countries.
The Italian Council of Ministers has announced that all unvaccinated travelers will “incur the obligation of quarantine” for five days at the address indicated on their passenger locator form. They can then test the release.
These testing rules will remain in place until at least January 31, 2022.
What are the testing requirements for Italy?
The new rules mean that all travelers who are fully vaccinated against the virus will have to show a negative COVID test before leaving for Italy.
But unvaccinated travelers must take a test before departure and self-quarantine for 5 days upon arrival.
Children under 12 are not subject to the five-day quarantine rules if traveling with adults who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid
The prolonged state of emergency in Italy
Italy’s COVID infection rate is lower than other Western European countries, including the UK, France and Germany. But with around 20,000 new cases a day and rising, it is also bolstering national measures to bring the highly transmissible variant of omicron under control.
In December, Italian ministers voted to extend the state of emergency until March 31, 2022.
This means that the national government and regional authorities will retain their power to impose new laws at short notice if the health situation requires stricter measures.
The ‘Super Green Pass’ explained
Under this decree, Italian residents and visitors must have a “Super Green Pass” to access most covered places.
This new type of green pass was launched on January 10 and shows proof of vaccination (currently estimated at two doses) or recovery from the virus within the last six months.
Already required in cinemas, theaters and stadiums, the Super Green Pass cannot be obtained with a negative covid test result, meaning it excludes unvaccinated people.
You also need it to be able to dine in restaurants, indoors and outdoors, as well as to be allowed in hotels, ski lifts, museums, archaeological sites, gyms and swimming pools, as well as a range of other activities from wedding receptions and bingo halls to festivals and theme parks.
It is also required on all forms of public transport – local, regional and national – including planes, trains, boats, buses, trams and subways.
How to get a Super Green Pass?
You can get a Green Pass by testing negative on a rapid COVID-19 test available at pharmacies and local testing centers – but remember this won’t get you to most places anymore.
The test provider will print your test results and email you a unique code. You must then access the government website (in Italian) and enter your details. Select the option ‘Utente senza tessera sanitaria’ (‘User without health card’).
You will need to enter the type and number of the ID you presented during your test, as well as the code found on your certificate. Click on ‘Ricupera certificazione’ (‘Get a certificate’) to upload your digital test result.
Can I use proof of vaccination instead of a Green Pass?
For Brits, Italy will accept British proof of recovery or vaccination against COVID-19 as equivalent to a Super Green Pass – as long as it is in the form of a QR code.
As a Briton, your NHS vaccination center appointment card is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status. Instead, you need to download the NHS app and get a QR code through that.
For those in the EU, you can use your EU Digital Covid certificate issued by your home country instead of a Super Green Pass.
From February 1, 2022, Italy will adopt a six-month validity period. This means that your EUDCC will only be valid in Italy for six months after the date of your last vaccine dose.
**What is the easiest way to find out the travel rules for Italy?
Italian rules may change at short notice.
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