Travel between Italy and the UK and USA is unrestricted, despite discovering the new Covid-19’s Omicron variant. However, testing requirements and vaccination reports make it important to prepare well before traveling.
For the rest of the world – EU countries and not – restrictions apply, and more paperwork is needed from travelers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Italy is presently considered a Level 4 health risk. Because the CDC has designated Italy as a “very high” risk of travel, people should avoid visiting there in case of non-essential travel.
But what restrictions are in place to enter the country? What about the Passenger Locator Form and the Green Pass? Let’s clarify all the needed documents to get into Italy.
Do You Need to be Vaccinated to Enter Italy?
The short answer is no; there is no need to be fully vaccinated to get into Italy and travel. However, as an unvaccinated individual, the entry requirements are much stricter than inoculated passengers.
While several requirements depend on where passengers are traveling from, the vaccination record is one of the essential documents to have, and it will save you a lot of hassle.
What Vaccines are Approved in Italy?
As of now, four vaccines are approved to travel to Italy, and these are:
- Spikevax, previously Moderna
- Johnson & Johnson by Janssen
- Vaxzvria, previously AstraZeneca
In order to get into the country without the need to quarantine, the last jab must have been injected a minimum of 14 full days before arrival.
How to Get a Green Pass to Travel to Italy?
Getting a Green Pass is relatively easy, and it will allow you to eat at restaurants, join nightlife events, take long-distance public transportation, and more.
You can register your information on the Immuni mobile application and store the QR code.
The platform records your medical history and personal details and is a must-have for any trip to Italy in 2021.
What is the Passenger Locator Form and How Does it Work?
In addition to providing a vaccine certificate, travelers coming to Italy need to complete the new European digital Passenger Locator Form (known as PLF). In essence, the PLF is a document where each traveler records his medical status in regards to Covid-19 as well as contact information.
Getting a PLF europe is not complicated – fill in the form and submit your information on our website with all your details.
Here below is the information that is needed:
- The passenger’s departure point and final destination
- The transportation method used – aircraft, boat, flight
- Personal details and travel information
- Accommodation address in Italy
- Emergency contact data
After the signup process, we will send you a QR code associated with the digital PLF to your email address.
It’s important to note that the Passenger Locator Form is only needed when traveling to France, Italy, Malta, and Slovenia. The remaining countries in the Schengen zone do not currently require it, but it may change in the near future.
Which Countries are Allowed to Enter in Italy?
Since the new Omicron variant, only a few countries are banned from traveling to Italy, and these are:
- South Africa
All countries are allowed to get into the country for the rest of the world, but different restrictions are in place.
List C Countries
First and foremost, the state members of the European Union belong to list C, and minimal restrictions apply. The countries in this group are Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Suppose you stayed or are a national of one of these countries. If that’s the case, you need to sign up and fill a digital PLF and get a Green Pass from the Italian government website to live a relatively decent life in Italy.
Apart from that, everyone from Europe needs to show a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival.
If you cannot provide the documentation above, you will be required to self-isolate for 5 days before taking a test.
List D Countries
You may be part of list D nations if you’re traveling from outside Europe. The countries included in this group are:
- New Zealand,
- Saudi Arabia,
- Hong Kong
The rules for passengers coming from these nations are similar to the list C ones. Proof of complete vaccination is needed as well as a negative PCR or antigen Covid-19 test. This test needs to be done 72 hours within arrival in Italy and 48 hours for those coming from the United Kingdom.
For travelers flying from either Japan, the United States, or Canada, proof of recovery is an accepted document instead of a vaccination certificate.
Just like the countries in list C, you will be required to quarantine for 5 days if you cannot provide the above paperwork.
List E Countries
The rest of the world is part of list E countries, and a mandatory quarantine is in place for those coming from these countries.
They will, in fact, need to isolate for ten days before getting a Covid-19 test and eventually be released if it’s negative.
What Passengers Should Expect from a Trip to Italy in 2021
While the newly-discovered Omicron variant may quickly change the situation in the country soon, traveling to Italy is currently not that limited in terms of daily life.
The country is divided into 4 color regions – While, Yellow, Orange, and Red, although no cities are part of the orange and red zones at the moment.
White zones are currently back to normal with no restrictions, and all shops are open. On the other hand, when staying in yellow ones, a face mask must be worn at all times, even outside, and restaurants are allowed to open until 11.00 in the evening.
Before traveling to Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic, these were all the details worth knowing. Compared to other travel destinations, the regulations in the country are reasonable, and, as far as you are vaccinated and getting a Passenger Locator Form, you can still travel peacefully.