Written by Christopher Nye, Senior Content Editor, Property Guides
Last Modified: 10th June 2021

Italy is looking forward to welcoming foreign visitors again this summer. In fact, since the 16 May countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area, as well as from Great Britain and Israel, have been able to visit Italy without quarantine.

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Travel guidance

When travelling from one country to another it’s important to check the travel guidance from both countries, plus any others you may be travelling through. In the first instance, seek travel advice from the government website of your country of residence, but always check Italy’s government websites too. You need to know if your country will let you out, if Italy will let you in, and whether testing and quarantining will be necessary.

Can UK citizens travel to Italy?

Currently UK citizens can enter Italy for holidays and are not required to quarantine on arrival. You just need a negative covid test and to fill out a locator form. However, as of 10 June, Italy is still on the UK Government’s Amber list, which means that official UK Foreign Office advice is “against all but essential travel to the whole of Italy”.

While it is legal to travel to Italy, the conditions of entry back into England are: A negative covid test, a booked and paid for day 2 and day 8 covid test to be taken on your return, and a completed passenger locater form.

On arrival in England, you must also quarantine in your home for 10 days and take the day 2 and day 8 tests. However, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

 

Italy is currently on the UK’s amber list

Where you are travelling from may determine if you can enter Italy

When looking at the Italian government websites, different entry requirements apply depending what country you are travelling from. Countries are put into “lettered” groups based on their current Covid risk. The group your country is in could change at any time, as could the travel guidance. It is recommended to always consult ViaggiareSicuri, to check which group your country is in and any changes to restrictions on entry.

On the 9 June the groups included the following countries:

Group A – San Marino and Vatican City. No restrictions apply.

Group B – Currently no countries in this group.

Group C – United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Malta, Poland etc.

Group D – United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

Group E – All states not indicated in the other lists (including Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka)

To check what group your country is in and the current conditions of entry, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have provided a simple online questionnaire. Available in English the questionnaire offers information for your specific country of departure.

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Entry requirements in Italy

To check which group your country is in and the current conditions of entry, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have provided a simple online questionnaire . Available in English, it offers information for your specific country of departure.

For example, information given on the 9 June reads as follows:

You are allowed to enter Italy from the United Kingdom (Group C) under the following conditions:

  1. You must fill out a digital Passenger Locator form.
  2. You must prove that you have undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, with negative result. Once the Italian Ministry of Health have issued guidelines for the so called “green pass”, you will have to obtain a green pass and show it to the carrier or any other person entitled to check your documents.
  3. You can only take the test in the 48 hours before you arrive.
  4. Once in Italy, you must inform Local Health Authorities of your arrival on a regional phone number.

You are allowed to enter Italy from the United States of America (Group D) up to 30 July under the following conditions:

  1. You must fill out a digital Passenger locator form.
  2. Prove that you have undergone a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, with negative result, in the 72 hours before you arrive.
  3. As soon as you enter the national territory, you must inform your Local Health Authority of reference.
  4. Use a private means of transportation to reach your final destination in Italy.
  5. Self-isolate for ten (10) days (Unless you arrived on one of the special “Covid tested” flights)
  6. Take another molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, at the end of the 10-day self-isolation.

When looking at the Italian government websites, different entry requirements apply depending what country you are travelling from.

Travel advice being given to Italian Citizens

Given the epidemiological situation in Europe and in the world, the Foreign Ministry advises all Italian citizens to use caution in planning any travel abroad. Furthermore, due to difficulties in foreseeing the trend of the pandemics, we cannot rule out further travel restrictions in the future. Updates can be found on the Ministry of Foreign affairs website.

Covid Cases in Italy

The number of daily new cases in Italy has dropped significantly over the past two months. On the 9 June there were 2,199 new cases, which is less than the UK (7,540), France (5,557) Spain (4,447) and Germany (3,275).

Italy’s vaccine programme

The Italian vaccination programme is rolling out at great speed, with almost 40 million doses administered so far and some over 12 year olds starting to be offered the vaccine. With the Italy’s risk rating lowering, travellers are hoping the UK will consider lifting the quarantine rule for those arriving from Italy by the summer.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

On 9 June the European Parliament gave the green light for an EU Covid digital certificate. It should come into force by the 1 July. Italy have already begun issuing green certificates for use within Italy, and are keen to connect to the EU Digital Green certificate scheme as soon as possible.

The certificate is issued free of charge by the national authorities and will be available in digital or paper format with a QR code. The document will certify that a person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, or had a recent test with negative results, or that they have recovered from the infection.

It’s unclear at the moment which non- EU countries may be included in the scheme. However,  individual EU countries may decide to accept travellers with proof of one of the three criteria anyway. The use of a QR code will make going through boarder checks quicker and easier.

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Restrictions within Italy

Restrictive measures are divided according to each regions risk level, differentiated by the colours white, yellow, orange and red – the lowest risk zone being white. All regions are currently in the lower risk classifications of yellow or white. Therefore, restrictions are being gradually lifted and you’ll find restaurants, bars etc. are open. Check the colour zone and what’s open at your destination region on the government website.

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Flying to Italy

Many Italian regions have an international airport, so it is not always necessary to travel via Rome’s ‘Leonardo da Vinci airport (Rome Fiumicino) or even Malpensa airport in Milan. A wide range of flights are usually available from both traditional and low-cost airlines, covering a vast array of destinations. Where will you choose? Here are “10 best places to buy a holiday home in Italy” 

The websites of the main airlines provide further information on routes, flight times, prices and availability. But you should be aware that just because there are flights on sale, it doesn’t guarantee there wont be cancellations or quarantining at either end.

Most Italian airports are serviced by taxis, buses, trains and car hire companies. As most regions have an airport, it is also possible to catch internal flights between the main cities. Remember to wear your mask in airports and on the plane, respect social distancing and sanitize your hands regularly. Note that it is currently compulsory to wear a mask in public places, both inside and outside across Italy.

Italy’s track and trace app.

The Immuni, app is available to download in English. When health facilities or local health authorities register a new positive case, following the consent of the individuals, the health operators insert a code into the system. At that point, the system sends a notification to the users who have been in close contact with the positive case. They can then isolate themselves to avoid infecting other people.

Can I view and purchase a property?

When in Italy you will have to follow the rules in place in each region. As regions are now in either white or yellow zone, most places are back to business as usual. Estate agents, property lawyers and notaries are contactable and ready to assist you every step of the way. Finding a good estate agent to guide you through the process is invaluable.

Property Guides can help by putting you in touch with a trusted lawyer for advice about purchasing property.

Travelling abroad to view property is allowed in the UK. In Italy, you will have to follow the rules in place in each region.

More information on travel to Italy can be found on Italy’s official tourism website, called Italia.it  It also details the standards tourist facilities, restaurants, hotels etc. must adhere to for the safety of its customers. Where ever you go this summer have a safe an enjoyable trip.

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