Last Updated: October 9, 2020
Despite its major strike of COVID-19 cases, Italy is now recovering well from the pandemic. Therefore, Italy has reopened its borders for tourism as of June 3, 2020, starting with 26 European nations to visit without restrictions. By July 1st, Italy continued to welcome select third-party nations outside the EU with different entry requirements.
In addition, The Prime Minister also announced that Italy will be reopening its borders for cruise ships starting on August 15, 2020.
Who Is Allowed To Enter Italy?
Here we divided countries into two lists. Firstly, EU countries can visit Italy with no restrictions. Secondly, third-party countries outside the EU with different entry requirements.
EU/Schengen nations that can currently visit Italy:
Meanwhile, as of July 28, Bulgaria and Romania have been removed from the list above. Travelers who have been to both countries in the last 14-days can still enter Italy. However, they are now subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Third-country nations that can enter Italy (with quarantine) are:
Consequently, on entry to Italy is based on residency AND location for the past 14 days.
Furthermore, here is the list of countries currently BANNED from entering Italy:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- North Macedonia
- Dominican Republic
All flights have also been suspended from these nations. As of now, the EU has a current travel ban in place for the USA.
Is There A Mandatory Test/Quarantine On Arrival?
For approved countries listed above, there will be no mandatory testing upon arrival. However, mandatory quarantine is required for the list of third-party countries. To clarify, there will be no restrictions for the list of EU/Schengen nations.
However, passengers should expect a health screening from a border officer, as well as agree to temperature scans.
October 9 update: Authorities in Italy have added the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Belgium to its list of high-risk countries. Travelers coming from these countries will now be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival.
Other Entry Rules Into Italy:
- Certainly, all foreign travelers should print, fill out, and carry a self-declaration form to show airline carriers and/or border police if stopped.
- All third-party nations that are required to quarantine, as a rule, must do so immediately after entering the country.
Once approved enter, all tourists can move freely within the country. Except for four regions that registration on arrival is still required:
- Sardinia: you need to fill in an online form 48 hours before arriving.
- Sicily: you need to register on the Sicilia Si Cura website and/or through the app Sicilia SiCura (Play Store – Apple Store)
- Apulia: you need to fill in a self-report that you can download on the region’s website.
- Calabria: you need to fill an online form on the region’s website on COVID-19 emergency.
All travelers should wear facemasks throughout Italy. It is not mandatory outdoors except in the event that you cannot keep a safe distance and the only exception is in Lombardy.
What’s Open In Italy?
- All hotels and accommodations
- Museums and other places of culture
- All restaurants, pubs, and bars
- All beaches (with social distancing protocols)
- Parks, villas, playgrounds, and public gardens
- Gyms, swimming pools, sports centers, and clubs
- Places of worships (with social distancing protocols)
- Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas
- And a maximum number of 1000 spectators for outdoor shows and 200 people for performances in closed places.
Reopening For Cruise Ships
Here’s another good news! Another move to boost Italy’s tourism industry is the reopening for cruise ships on August 15, 2020. And this is to clarify that only passengers from the approved country list (see above) will be able to board and disembark the cruise ship at Italian ports.
See Italy‘s detailed restriction information on our live map.