Updated November 30, 2021

Planning travel to Italy right now can feel overwhelming because although tourism is permitted from specific countries, there are several requirements, including the Italy Green Pass, that travelers must observe.

Here at ItaliaPass, we’ve gathered information for you on the questions our community members are asking most frequently right now about the Italy green pass and other restrictions. We work hard to keep this information up to date as the situation changes and evolves; however, we advise you to double check with local government authorities regarding your specific itinerary prior to booking and travel.

Here’s what you’ll find in this article:

  • Can I travel to Italy now?
  • What is required to enter Italy?
  • What is the color-coded zone system in Italy?
  • What is the current health situation in Italy?
  • What is the EU and Italian green pass?
  • Where can I find the most up-to-date information in English from the Italian government?

Can I travel to Italy now?

Italy is accepting incoming citizens and residents of the US, Canada, the UK, EU countries, the Schengen area and others. 

Entry requirements vary based on where you’re coming from. You can find the specific entry requirements from your country by clicking here

What is required for tourists to enter Italy?

Here are the requirements for entering Italy for the countries that the majority of our ItaliaPass community members travel from:

United States and Canada

No quarantine necessary upon arrival if the following requirements are met:

  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy.
  • Present a paper or digital certificate from US or Canadian health authorities (can be in English, French or Spanish), considered a “green pass,” that certifies one of the following:
    • complete vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to entry with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson);
      -OR-
    • recovery from COVID-19 (valid for 180 days from date of first positive test) and completion of medical isolation, with certificate accompanied by a sworn translation.
  • Present proof of a negative result from a molecular or antigen test performed within 72 hours prior to entry in Italy (children under age 6 exempt).

United Kingdom

No quarantine necessary upon arrival if the following requirements are met:

  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy.
  • Present a paper or digital certificate from UK health authorities (can be in English, French or Spanish), considered a “green pass,” that certifies complete vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to entry with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson).
  • Present proof of a negative result from a molecular or antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to entering Italy (children under age 6 exempt).

Travelers from the UK who do not arrive with both the vaccination certificate AND the negative test result will be required to undergo a five-day quarantine.

What is the color-coded zone system for travel in Italy?

Italy developed a system of four colored zones—red, orange, yellow and white—to manage restrictions based on the rate of COVID infections. The zones are applied by region, and restrictions change based on the color of each region. 

What is the current health situation in Italy?

Currently, all of Italy except the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) is classified as a white zone, the lowest risk level. FVG is currently classified as a yellow zone.

In white zone regions, you are required to:

  • maintain social distancing
  • wear face masks indoors
  • for everyone age 12 and over, show a COVID-19 green pass (for US and Canadian travelers, this is the same as the certification required for entry into the country) for access to the following activities: indoor dining at bars and restaurants; entry to museums, cultural sites, theaters, cinemas, concerts, stadiums, sporting events, pools, gyms, wellness centers/spas, festivals, conventions, theme parks, cultural centers and betting parlors.

A green pass is not required for access to local public transport or regional trains (with the exception of the period from December 6, 2021 to January 15, 2022 – see below), malls, shops and grocery stores.

A green pass is required as of September 1 on inter-regional trains (high-speed “Freccia”, intercity, night), planes, ships, ferries and interregional buses.

A “super green pass” will be required during the holiday period from December 6, 2021 to January 15, 2022. The super green pass prevents unvaccinated people from accessing indoor dining, cinema, theatres and sporting events. A basic green pass will be also be required during this period for access to local public transport and regional trains.

In yellow zones, the above restrictions are in place, and face masks are also required outdoors.

Travel to Italy requires a green pass for many tourist sites

What is the EU Digital COVID Certificate? What is Italy’s green pass?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is issued to EU citizens and residents as digital proof of one of the following criteria:

  • vaccinated against COVID-19 -OR-
  • received a negative test result within the last 48 hours -OR-
  • recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days (recovery certificate not in Italian must be accompanied by a sworn translation).

Health authorities in each EU country are responsible for issuing their own equivalent of the EU Digital COVID Certificate to their citizens and residents. 

Italy does not issue EU Digital COVID Certificates, aka green passes, to citizens or residents of other countries.

However, it does accept as a green pass equivalent proof of one of the above criteria issued from a country’s health authorities. For vaccinated travelers, these include:

  • United States—CDC paper vaccination card, or digital QR code or PDF file provided by some states’ health departments
  • Canada—proof-of-immunization card from provincial health authority (also commonly referred to as “vaccine passport”)
  • Britain—NHS vaccination certificate (“COVID Pass”)

The “COVID Pass” on Britain’s NHS app, or similar proof of vaccination issued by the Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish authorities, does not offer exemption from testing and quarantine requirements for travelers entering Italy from the UK.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information in English about traveling in Italy?

The best sources to check for current information about travel in Italy are your country’s embassy in Italy and the Italian authorities’ websites in English regarding travel. 

Here are some of those resources in brief:

United States

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? 

Yes. U.S. citizens may travel to Italy for any reason, including tourism.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? 

Yes. Exceptions regarding the self-isolation and testing requirements include if you flew on a “COVID tested” flight

Passengers on COVID-tested flights to Italy must complete the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) before boarding.

Canada

Travelers arriving from Canada are presently allowed entry to Italy, if certain specific criteria are met. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans. To learn more about entry criteria and to verify if you can enter Italy, contact the Embassy of Italy in Canada to ask if you may be allowed entry, based on your individual circumstances and your itinerary.

Britain

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Italy based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Italian authorities

Italian National Tourism Board COVID-19 Updates: Information for Tourists

Italian Foreign Ministry COVID-19 Information for Foreigners in Italy

Italian Health Ministry COVID-19 Information for Travelers to Italy

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