There’s a lot of information out there for travelers about Italy’s green pass and what is required for travel to Italy in terms of Covid restrictions, but not much space is given to helping people understand returning to the US from Italy.
As of December 6, 2021, all air passengers age two years and up entering the US must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. The requirement is based on a CDC order.
This article will highlight the requirements for Covid tests to enter the US. For information about showing proof of recovery, visit the CDC website.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about returning to the US from Italy, so you can prepare in advance of your return flight to the US.
How many days before returning from Italy to the US should I get the Covid test?
The negative result needs to be dated no more than one day before travel. Make sure your test results will be available to you before departure.
The CDC says: If your itinerary has you arriving to the US via one or more connecting flights, your test can be taken within one day before the departure of the first flight.
The CDC provides answers to frequently asked questions about test and documentation requirements.
What Covid tests are valid for air passengers entering the US?
A viral test, either an antigen test or a molecular test (RT-PCR), will meet the requirements for returning to the US from Italy. For more specific information on the tests that are accepted, visit the CDC website.
Are kids required to take a Covid test for returning to the US from Italy?
Yes, unless your child is younger than two. This requirement applies to all air passengers ages two and up.
Do vaccinated people have to get a Covid test to return to the United States from Italy?
Yes. Even if you are fully vaccinated against Covid, to board your flight for returning to the US from Italy you still need to show a negative test result within the last three days .
What information needs to be on the document showing proof of a negative result?
There are five things required on the document showing proof of a negative test result for US citizens, nationals and permanent residents:
1. Type of test
2. Where the test was run (name and contact information for laboratory and/or health personnel)
3. Timing showing a date three days or less before departure date
4. Identification including the passenger’s name and at least one other verifiable ID detail such as birthdate, passport number or age
5. Negative result
Who will check my proof of negative result for returning to the US from Italy?
The airline is responsible for checking that your documentation meets the requirement for entry to the US. The airline will check the document showing proof of a negative result.
Where can I get a Covid test in Italy?
Many pharmacies offer rapid antigen tests valid for the Italy green pass.
Many of the major private laboratory chains in large Italian cities offer a variety of Covid tests valid for the green pass.
The Italian Red Cross is offering free antigen tests in many of the major Italian train stations, including Termini station in Rome, Santa Maria Novella station in Florence, and Milano Centrale station in Milan.
Covid tests are available at Rome’s Fiumicino airport at Terminal 3 Arrivals from midnight to 4 pm each day for arriving and departing passengers at a cost of €20 for rapid antigen tests (results within 20 to 30 mins) and €69.88 for molecular tests (results in 36 hours, pick up in-person at airport). Travelers can pre-register for a Covid test at Fiumicino airport online.
In Rome, you can book a Covid test online that is valid for the green pass at the following private laboratories at a cost of €22 max for an antigen test and €60 max for a molecular test: