Are you ready to come back to Italy? Effective May 16, entry into the bel paese is possibile also without the need for a specific reason and from certain countries without quarantine. Also domestic COVID-19 restrictions are gradually easing. Let’s look more in-depth to this.

Who can travel to Italy right now?

Travellers from ‘C List’ countries

On May 14, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has signed an order allowing entry to Italy from May 16 from EU, Schengen area, UK and Israel with a negative swab with a negative molecular or antigenic swab that you have to show on arrival and no compulsory quarantine. The swab must be carried out within 48 hours prior to your arrival in Italy.

The same order extended the restrictive measures against India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka until 21 June and Brazil until 30 July 2021.

Travellers from ‘D List’ countries

From US, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Republic of Singapore, Australia and Rwanda, if entry to Italy occurs via ‘Covid-tested flights‘, you are exempt from the need to self-isolate on arrival for 10 days. You only must show certification attesting to the negative result of the molecular or antigenic test, carried out no later than 48 hours prior to boarding. You must also hand in thedeclaration referred to in Article 50 of the Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021, and fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Upon arrival at the destination airport in Italy, you are required to carry out another swab test.

Upon booking, it is important to verify that the selected flight is a Covid-tested one, as well as to check the airline’s specific testing and documentation requirements. On the contrary, the obligation to undergo fiduciary isolation remains valid.

In any case, we recommend checking the Italian Embassy and your airport’s specific Internet pages with the necessary information on testing and required documentation needed for your case. 

Also note that this is valid on Italy’s side only. So also check what your country allows you to do, if you can fly and leave your country for tourists reasons and reach Italy or not.

What if I’m already vaccinated?

Whether vaccinated or not, this doesn’t change what we’ve wrote above. So to avoid quarantine you have to take a Covid-tested flight if you come from a D List country and in any case take a swab-test.

Italy’s new timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions

With health data improving in recent weeks this is what should happen next month.

  • From June 1 – You will be allowed to eat or drink inside bars, restaurants and cafés. Sports stadiums can reopen to the public at 25% of their maximum capacity but in any case the number of spectators must not exceed 1,000 in open-air venues and 500 in indoor venues.
  • From June 7 – Italy’s national curfew will be pushed to midnight and it is in place until 5 am.
  • From June 15 – Thematic parks will reopen. Large trade fairs open to the public, conferences and congresses can go ahead. Also wedding receptions can go ahead for both civil and religious ceremonies and both indoors and outdoors, but all those attending will have to provide a certificate showing that they’ve been vaccinated, have had Covid-19 and recovered or show a negative test result within 48 hours before the celebrations.
  • From June 21 – There will be no time limits regarding mobility.
  • From July 1 – Indoor swimming pools, spas, games rooms, bingo halls, casinos, and recreational and social centres will reopen.

Some Italian health experts say masks should not be a requirement outdoors this summer – perhaps from mid-July or August, depending on the progress of Italy’s vaccination campaign. But for the moment it is still important and mandatory to follow such basic precautions.

Have you already planned your trip to Italy for this summer? Let us know in comments below.