Italy has opened its borders to international tourists

Written by on May 18, 2021 in Italy Stories, Practical Stuff

Rome at night - Italy has opened its borders to international tourists

Italy has opened its borders to international tourists from the EU, UK, Israel and USA, UAE, Canada and Japan

Italy is ready to open its borders! Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the Health Minister Roberto Speranza have been working on a step by step plan to reopen the country both for national and international tourism.

“Our mountains, our beaches, our cities are reopening, some sectors are set to shrink, others to grow, and I do not doubt that tourism will re-emerge stronger than before…The time has come to book your holidays in Italy; we can’t wait to welcome you back.” – said Prime Minister Draghi.

It is now possible to travel to Italy with one of the following requirements:

  •  the certificate of vaccination, with both doses and only with vaccines authorised by Ema (2 doses in the case of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, one in the case of Johnson&Johnson)
  • a certificate of recovery (six months validity)
  • a negative swab carried out within the previous 48 hour

At the moment fulfilling one of the above mentioned requirements will provide you with a “National Green Pass” that allows you to travel within Italy. It is in a paper format, however from June it will be replaced by the European digital certificate.

The “National Green Pass” removes the quarantine requirement for those coming from the European Union, UK and Israel, where vaccinations are well ahead of other countries. Restrictions will remain in forse until 30th May 2021 for countries on the “blacklist”, such as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Milano in spring time

To summaries it, traveling to Italy from EU countries, the Schengen Area, Israel and the United Kingdom is free with a negative swab without quarantine requirements. From the United States, Canada, UAE and Japan, travel to Italy for tourism is possible now with “Covid tested” flights. The authorised airports are now Rome, Milan Malpensa, Venice and Naples.

Covid-tested flight means:

  • the negative result of a molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out through a swab no later than 48 hours before boarding.
  •  a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) upon boarding
  •  a new swab upon arrival at the destination airport

At the moment, the following flights are Covid-tested with the authorised routes: Atlanta – Rome Fiumicino; New York – Rome Fiumicino; Atlanta – Milan Malpensa; New York – Milan Malpensa. In a short time, there will be added other routes and flights to Naples and Venice.

Passengers who comply with the above mentioned can enter and transit in the national territory of Italy without the obligation to undergo quarantine and fiduciary isolation.

So, Italy’s piazza, beaches, lakes, mountains, National Parks, forest trails, historic centers and the wonderful Italian gastronomy are waiting to welcome you back! Along with restaurants, bars, shops, also the beaches and outdoor swimming pools are open in Italy now! Some areas are already covid-free and several regions are entering into “white zone”!

After a long wait, come and spend you dream holiday in one of the most beautiful countries, ITALIA!

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Find more information and updated information for travelling to Italy on the official website of Health Minister of Italy.


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