From now on there are new measures that travellers to Italy should take into consideration.

The Italian health minister, Roberto Speranza, has signed a new decree in February stating that all the people arriving in Italy from non-European countries will have to follow the same rules as the people coming from European countries from March 1st on. 

So whether you come from a country within or outside the EU you need to fulfill only ONE of the following conditions, without the need for any additional negative Covid test or quarantine:

  • a vaccination certificate for an EMA- recognized vaccine (The date of the last dose of the primary vaccination series must be at least 14 days prior to travel and no more than 270 days before arrival unless a booster shot was administered)
  • a recovery certificate (valid for six months from recovery) 
  • a negative PCR or antigen Covid test.

You can present one of the above certificates in digital or paper format. 

Everyone coming from abroad must also still fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

The new rules will last till March 31st, on which the COVID-19 state of emergency ends, according to the prime minister Draghi.

What can you have to do once you are in Italy?

  • Face masks are no longer required outside, but you need to have one with you in case of crowds;
  • FFP2 masks are required for public transport (flights included) and face masks are mandatory indoors;
  • Almost anywhere you will be asked to show your ‘green pass’, so keep it always at hand.
  • ‘Super green pass’ is required to eat both indoors and outdoors in restaurants and bars, to access hotels, museums, cultural centres and stadiums. It means that no more than six months must have elapsed since the completion of the vaccination cycle or recovery. However, from February 2nd on, if you are a tourist and don’t have a Super Green Pass, you can access all facilities just with a rapid test (valid for 48 hours) or PCR test (valid for 72 hours). This also applies to those who have been vaccinated with vaccines that are not authorized or recognised as equivalent in Italy.

The end of the state of emergency doesn’t mean that all restrictions will automatically be gone for good, but they will be gradually removed. So previsions says that from April 1st:

  • The classification of the regions with different colours according to infection rates and hospital capacity will no longer apply;
  • If you have a certificate of the vaccination or of the covid recovery or a negative test you can eat outside in restaurants and cafes.