Travel to Italy from the USA: What you need to know
Ready to plan your trip to Italy? Learn about the updated entry requirements to visit Italy from the USA.
After a challenging year, Italy re-opened its doors to U.S. travelers in July 2021. Since then, U.S. travelers have enjoyed exploring the country with fewer crowds. With museums, historic monuments, restaurants, and other points of interest fully open, now is the time to start planning a long-awaited vacation to Italy. Continue reading below to learn about the current entry
requirements to visit Italy from the United States.
How to prepare for your trip
COVID-19 measures in Italy have been updated in accordance with the Prime Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021 and the Order of October 22, 2021 of the Minister of Health.
For all the people who, in the 14 days before entering Italy, have stayed in or passed through Canada, Japan, the United States and Israel, the legislation provides that, upon returning to Italy, the following is mandatory:
1. Fill out a digital Passenger Locator Form (only in case of lack of necessary tools to fill out the dPLF, you can use a paper-based self-declaration) and present it to the carrier or any other authorized person, either printed or on one's mobile device.
2. Present to the carrier, or any other authorized person, a certificate of vaccination stating that the cycle of vaccination has been completed with an EMA-authorized vaccine or EU Green Pass proving the same.
3. Take a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and with negative result, in the 72 hours before they arrive.
In case of lack of the certifications under points 2 and 3 (which are not alternative), travelers may still enter Italy but they must:
• Undergo a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and with negative result, in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy.
• Self-isolate for five (5) days, activating local health surveillance procedures by informing Local Health Authorities.
• Get tested again, upon completing the prescribed self-isolation.
The discipline described above applies to travelers coming from Canada, Japan or the United States as well. These travelers may enter/return to Italy with a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery in the form of a Digital Covid Certificate, or equivalent certificate, issued by local Health Authorities. They must take also a molecular or antigenic test in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy, carried out by means of a swab, and with negative result. Otherwise, travelers from Canada, Japan or the United States may still enter Italy following general provisions for Countries in List D, as described above (test, self-isolation, and subsequent testing).
ENTRY OF MINORS
1. Molecular or antigenic test
• Children from 0 to 5 years of age do not have to undergo a molecular or antigenic test.
• Children from 6 up to 17 years of age: the test is mandatory, if requested according to the relevant rules depending on the history of travel in the 14 days prior to entering Italy.
• From 0 to 5 years of age, minors are always exempt from the requirement of self-isolation if they are accompanied by a parent who is also exempt from such requirement because of the possession of a certificate of vaccination (or a certificate of recovery, if applicable based, on the history of travel in the previous 14 days).
• From 6 to 17 years of age, at the same conditions named above, they are also exempt from the requirement of self-isolation. Nonetheless, they must undergo a molecular or antigenic test to enter Italy, depending on their history of travel. If they do not take the test when required as per Italian regulations, they will be subject to self-isolation, regardless of the vaccination or recovery status of their accompanying parent.
The provisions described above are in force until December 15, 2021.
Border Officers in Italy may always request that you fill out a paper-based self-statement upon arrival.
Further restrictions to movements may be adopted at national and/or regional level depending on the risk assessment carried out on a regular basis by the Ministry of Health. You can find useful information on local restrictions on the website of the Ministry of Health, by clicking: Containment Measures in Italy.
COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry
Effective January 26, 2021 the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents, vaccinated or not) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.
For additional information visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
WHAT TO EXPECT ONCE IN ITALY
Containment Measures Effective from August, 6, 2021
By order of decree-law N.105 signed on July 22, beginning August 6, it will be mandatory in Italy to present a COVID-19 green certification (green pass) to access certain essential and non-essential services such as inter-regional means of transport such as in airplanes, high-speed and intercity trains, buses, boats, ships, and ferries, indoor dining, museums and sites of cultural interest, theaters and cinemas, public events, festivals and fairs, wellness centers and spas, thermal spas, swimming pools, gyms, sporting events, theme and amusement parks, game rooms, and social and recreational centers limited to indoor activities.
The Green Pass shall certify that you have had at least one dose of vaccine or have tested negative for a molecular or rapid swab in the last 48 hours or have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous six months with the intent to deal with the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19 and for the safe exercise of social and economic activities.
It is expected that non-European travelers will be permitted access by showing a counterpart certificate from their countries of origin.
The COVID-19 green certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (up to 12 years) and for subjects exempt on the basis of suitable medical certification, for which a dedicated digital certification will be created. Until this is available, those issued in paper format can be used.
Please note that the information herein provided to you is up-to-date as of the day this article was published. Conditions might change once the emergency declaration expires at the end of 2021.
Due to fast-changing government mandates and restrictions, this information is subject to change anytime and without notice. Please refer to government authorities for specific details and the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 Green Certificate and international travel, which can also be viewed at the following official websites:
Ministero della Salute (Italian Health Ministry)
Travel State Gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)