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Travelling to Italy This Spring: Vaccination, Testing & Other Entry Rules Explained

Just like some countries in the European Union and the European Economic Area, Italy has also decided to abandon its color-coded system and apply less stringent rules to all incoming travelers.

Italy’s health ministry clarified earlier this month that the country would no longer discriminate between travelers arriving in Italy from an EU country and those traveling from a non-EU country.

This means that Italy now applies the same rules to all travelers, regardless of what country they are traveling from, reports.

The Ministry of Health explained that “the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza has signed a new decree establishing, from 1 March, the same rules for arrivals to Italy from all non-European countries as those already in force in European countries.”

According to this statement, all travelers, regardless of whether they are traveling from an EU member state or outside the EU, can enter Italy for travel purposes without having to go through additional rules as long as they present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or testing.

“To enter the national territory, one of the conditions of the green corridor will be sufficient: a certificate of vaccination, a certificate of recovery or a negative test result,” the ministry statement read.

Although entry into Italy is permitted by presenting one of these permits, the authorities have emphasized that everyone must meet the period of validity that currently applies to recovery and vaccination certificates as well as to negative test results.

Italy currently only accepts vaccination certificates that prove that the holder has completed the initial vaccination with one of the approved doses of the vaccine within the past nine months. Permits indicating vaccination with a booster injection are also accepted.

On the other hand, recovery certificates are only accepted for entry if the holder has recovered from the virus in the past six months.

For negative COVID-19 test results, Italian authorities have clarified that the country accepts both PCR and rapid entry antigen tests. The PCR test should be performed 72 hours in advance.

On the other hand, stricter rules apply to unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers as well as to those who have not been tested before arriving in Italy.

The Ministry of Health stressed that anyone who fails to present one of the above-mentioned certificates – a certificate of vaccination, recovery or examination – needs to self-isolate upon arrival.

“Those who travel or return from a European country to Italy and do not have a valid green permit for vaccination, recovery or tampons must undergo a five-day credit isolation,” the ministry stated.

All travelers, even those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, must fill out a self-declaration form before entering Italy.

Italy’s current domestic restrictions on COVID-19

Despite the improvement in the COVID-19 situation, Italy continues to keep its domestic measures in place. The state requires travelers, as well as state citizens, to present a vaccination or refund certificate issued within the past six months or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be allowed to enter bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, theaters, and other events.

Those who were vaccinated or recovered from the virus more than six months ago need to be tested to allow access to the majority of public places and events.

“For those who come from a foreign country and have a certificate of recovery or vaccination with a vaccine authorized or recognized as equivalent in Italy, in the event that more than six months have passed since the end of the vaccination course or after recovery, access to services and activities that require the Enhanced Green Pass is allowed after the procedure Rapid antigen test (shelf life 48 hours) or molecular (shelf life 72 hours),” the authorities added.

In addition, Italy continues to maintain mask requirements as well. All people are required to wear an FFP2 mask when arriving on buses, metros and other modes of transportation.

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