Italy Travel Alerts and Warnings

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How are COVID-19 restrictions affecting travel to Italy? Find out how your plans may be affected in 2021.

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Who is allowed to travel to Italy? – updated 2 September 2021

As of 31 August, 2021, unvaccinated American travelers must self-isolate for five days upon arrival in Italy before getting tested again for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated US travelers arriving in Italy will have to show proof of their vaccination. Instead of the "green pass" being issued in Italy, US travelers instead can use equivalent documents issued in the US, such as their CDC vaccination card. All US travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. (Children under 6 are exempt.) These new rules will be in place until at least October 25.

All travelers must complete an online digital Passenger Locator form that will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device. All arrivals in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are traveling to within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.

Free movement is allowed to and from the countries on List C (which includes most EU countries) for any reason, as long as you have not stayed in or passed through one of the countries on List D and/or E in the 14 days prior to entering Italy. If you have stayed / transited from these countries in the previous 14 days, you must:

  • present the EU Digital COVID Certificate or COVID-19 Green Certificate which shows:
    • that the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination course has been completed for at least 14 days;
    • that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the validity of the certificate of recovery is 180 days from the date of the first positive swab);
    • that you have undergone a molecular or antigenic swab carried out in the 48 hours before entering Italy with negative results. Minors under the age of 6 are exempted from taking the pre-departure swab.
  • fill in the Passenger Locator Form - Digital localization form - before entering Italy. The form replaces the self-declaration made to the carrier.

Rules for travelers on List D (which includes the UK and Canada) are in the process of being updated. However, according to gov.uk, from 31 August travelers from the UK can enter Italy without being required to quarantine if they have proof of vaccination and a negative test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.

What to expect in Italy

Starting on 6 August, people in Italy will be required to show proof of having received at least one dose of the vaccine, having taken a recent negative swab, or having recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months in order to sit at indoor tables in bars and restaurants; access museums, swimming pools, gyms and theme parks; and attend sports competitions and other events.

Regions and autonomous provinces are classified into four areas - red, orange, yellow and white. Movement between regions and restrictions within regions is dependent on the color category.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Previous travel alerts for Italy

Italy under lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19 – March 2020

On Monday 9 March 2020, the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced all of Italy will be placed under lockdown conditions to contain the virus. Contact your travel provider to find out what this means for your travel plans and if this affects you.

Exercise increased levels of health and safety precautions to avoid being contaminated by the virus, and if you begin to feel the symptoms, call your doctor as soon as possible and limit your contact with others until coronavirus has been ruled out.

Flooding in Venice – November 2019

Venice has recorded 6.1ft (1.87m) of water following days of heavy rain. These are the highest recorded water levels since 1966 when a whopping 6.3ft (1.94m) was recorded. The floods have caused millions of euros worth of damage, specifically to St Marks Basilica which has only been flooded six times in 900 years.

If you are traveling to Venice soon, stay up to date with local news and be aware bad weather is forecast for the coming days.

How to survive a flood

Do your research to know where to go if an emergency hits – take a quick look at the geography surrounding where you are staying. Where is high ground? Where will the water come in to create a bottleneck? 

Keep up to date with news regarding the area you are staying in. Check websites, talk to locals, and pay attention to radio or TV. Staying aware of what is going on is important, even if it is for a few minutes a day.

If a flood hits and you are inside:

Firstly, it is vital that you keep aware of, and pay heed to, any evacuation notices delivered by emergency services. If you are told to leave, leave.

While there may be some situations that require evacuation, not everyone needs to leave their spot in the event of a flood, especially two-story hotels or apartments that end up simply water-logged downstairs. Although in apartment blocks, a word of caution – if the bottom levels become filled you could be marooned for days if your elevator system malfunctions.

If water creeps inside your accommodation, be very careful with electrical appliances. The safest idea is to switch off as many as you can – and obviously, don’t use your devices if you are standing in water.

If you are stuck inside and need to raise an alarm, hang a white sheet outside your window or on your roof so emergency services can spot you.

If you need to leave your accommodation

If circumstances reach a point where it is essential to leave where you are staying, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Wear study clothes, and strong shoes - the more water-resistant the better
  • Take enough supplies that will last you for a few days, but leave behind any large pieces of luggage. If you get caught in a wave, you don’t want to have cumbersome gear weighing you down. Clothes can be replaced. You can’t
  • Under no circumstances should you EVER drive through floodwaters. Engineering experts say that a human body in a stream of water is far safer, physics wise, than a car. Cars are filled with air, which makes them a bouncing, bobbing death machine
  • Don’t swim or wade through floodwaters, even a slow-moving current is enough to knock you over, and the currents of floodwaters are extremely unpredictable. Floodwaters also contain debris traps – branches, pieces of metal, sewage, animals.

The best idea is to find the highest and most visible ground you possibly can, and stay put. You might get bored in the same place and want to move elsewhere, but if you have found the highest ground you possibly can, it’s the best you can do in a devastating flood.

Forest fires in Pisa - September 2018

A major wildfire burning in the forest area in central Tuscany region currently remains out of control, with authorities evacuating affected towns and surrounding areas.

Italian authorities have advised that for safety reasons, travel to the affected areas is to be avoided. Pisa's Galileo Galilei Airport (one of Italy's busiest) is currently closed, affecting thousands of passengers.

Check with your airline for further information regarding flights.

If you are traveling in the area, it's important that you listen to and follow all instructions from local authorities such as Italian Police and emergency services personnel. Failure to do so can result in you not being covered by travel insurance.

Tuscany Floods - September 2017

A storm that brought heavy rain to Tuscany and Rome has claimed several lives.

The Tuscan city of Livorno was worst hit, with 4 people killed and many homes and buildings inundated with water and mud. The rain was so intense in Rome that several subway stations were forced to close.

Visitors to the areas are advised that clean-up operations are continuing and disruption to transport and other services may last several days.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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  • Dr. Linda Comin said

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    • Rodrigo Garcia said

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  • yvonne nyirenda said

    my partner is coming from Cape verde . Is he allowed to enter italy he holds a cape verdoan passport but has a schengen visa. .

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  • sara said

    Great info thanks.

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  • Pamela said

    I am a U.S. citizen with dual Italian citizenship. I own a home in Italy where I do not live full time. Can I fly into Italy from the U.S. with a stopover in another EU country?

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  • Kim Gulino said

    My daughter and her husband (EU citizen) are in Salerno, IT. I have an airline credit I must use. Am I permitted to fly from the US to Naples, IT? I want to go April 9-16, 2021.
    Thank you in advance :)
    Kim

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