The rules on travelling to Italy have changed several times in the past month, and they’re different from the rest of the EU.
Some tourism is allowed; some travel to and from outside Europe is allowed; some journeys are allowed with a quarantine; and some places you just can’t go.
Think of Italy’s travel rules as a traffic light system: some countries have the green light for unrestricted travel, some are on amber with a quarantine requirement, and some are stuck on red with no tourism allowed.
Here are the rules, explained.
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No restrictions, no quarantine
Most travellers within Europe can travel freely to and from Italy without having to justify their reasons for travel or quarantining upon arrival.
Most other European countries have also now dropped their own restrictions on Italy, meaning that travellers won’t have to quarantine when they return home either: check with your government for its latest travel advice.
Exception: people who have travelled outside any of these countries in the 14 days before arriving in Italy, who will have to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
For example, someone travelling to Italy from France on July 15th would be required to self-isolate if they had travelled to France from the US on July 10th; but would not be required to self-isolate if they travelled from the US to France before July 1st.
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Free to visit, but subject to 14-day quarantine
In line with advice from the EU, since July 1st Italy has re-allowed travel from approved countries with a low infection rate.
Travellers from these countries are free to visit Italy for any reason, including tourism, but they must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
You are expected to make your own arrangements for self-isolation before your arrive, including planning where you will quarantine and how you’ll get there from the airport: you must not use public transport. You should inform the authorities of your plans via this form (available in English), which you will expected to show to border officers on arrival.
The ‘safe list’ currently includes 14 countries:
China has also been approved, but the EU is waiting for confirmation that the arrangement will be reciprocal before adding it to the list.
The list will be reviewed and updated every two weeks.
The exemption only applies to residents of these countries, not people who may be nationals but live elsewhere. For example, an Australian residing in the US still could not visit Italy as a tourist.