Italy welcomes Travellers from UE, USA, Canada and Japan, lifting the quarantine ban

New quarantine measures have been introduced for UK and Northern Ireland

A new ordinance has been signed by the Italian Ministry of Health Roberto Speranza to allow countries coming from the USA, Canada and Japan, in addition to EU and the Schengen Area, to travel to Italy with no more quarantine obligation, thanks to the Green Certification Pass.

With the same ordinance the Ministry has introduced a 5-day quarantine with mandatory swab testing for travellers coming from UK and Northern Ireland.

The ordinance n° 145, June 19th, 2021 is already in force and will be valid until July 30th, 2021.

Here below you can find all the details about how the new regulations apply according to the country of origin.

Travelling to Italy from the United States, Canada and Japan

Under Italian law, travel to and from these countries is permitted without the need for a specific reason.

The legislation provides that those who have stayed or transited in the fourteen days preceding entry into Italy in the USA, Canada and Japan are required to:

  • Present the COVID-19 Green Certificate issued by your local health authorities in the USA, Canada and Japan, showing proof that you have either:
  1. been vaccinated against COVID-19 with an EMA authorised vaccine and you have completed the prescribed vaccination cycle since at least fourteen (14) days;
  2. received a negative result of a molecular or antigenic test carried out in the 48 hours before your arrival;
  3. recovered from COVID-19 and you are no longer under prescription of self-isolation.

The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson). 

Kindly note that a Covid Certificate compliant with Italian (and EU) rules will allow travellers from the USA, Canada and Japan to enter Italy without having to self-isolate and get tested after self-isolating.

If you are travelling from Canada, Japan or the United States but you cannot obtain a Covid Certificate compliant with Italian and EU rules, you may enter Italy but you will have to follow the following steps:

  • You must fill out a Digital Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy.  The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator. 
  • You must prove that you have undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, with negative result, in the 72 hours before you arrive.
  • As soon as you enter the national territory, you must inform your Local Health Authority of reference.
  • Bear in mind that you can only use a private means of transportation to reach your final destination in Italy (airport transit is allowed, provided that you do not exit designated areas)
  • Self-isolate for 10 days
  • Undergo another molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, at the end of the 10-day self-isolation. Exceptions are indicated below.

Travelling to Italy from the UE and Schengen Area Countries (LIST C only)

At the moment the Countries included in the LIST C are the following ones:

Austria,  Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.

Under Italian law, travel to/from these countries is permitted without the need for a specific reason.

Restrictions apply in case of transit or stay in countries from List D and/or List E during the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.

The legislation provides that, upon re-entry into Italy, those who have stayed or transited in the fourteen days preceding entry into Italy in one or more of the countries and territories referred to in List C are required to:

  • Present the COVID-19 Green Certificate issued in accordance with Decree-Law No. 52 of 22 April 2021 and EU Regulations 2021/953 and 2021/954 (EU Digital Covid Certificate Regulations) showing:
  1. that you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago or
  2. that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab) or
  3. that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.

The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson). 

Specific rules have been adopted for those who have stayed or transited in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Please refer to the specific section here below.

Travelling to Italy from the UK and Northern Ireland

Under Italian law, travel to/from these countries is permitted without the need for a specific reason.

Restrictions apply in case of transit or stay in List D and/or List E countries during the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.

Those who have stayed in or transited through the UK and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus) in the 14 days prior to entering Italy are required to:

  • Produce a green certificate proving that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test;
  • Fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form  before entering Italy. The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator;
  • Notify the prevention department of the local health authority of your entry;
  • Undergo self-isolation and health surveillance for 5 days;
  • Undergo an additional molecular or antigen swab test at the end of the 5-day isolation period.


All the above provisions remain in force until 30 July 2021.

Conclusions

The new Ordinance has arrived as a great relief for the travel industry and we really hope this will be just the first step to a prompt return to the normality.

Is Italy in your plan for this summer? If the answer is yes do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than glad to assist you during all the duration of your cruise.

We look forward to welcome you to Italy!