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COVID-19 - Travelling to Italy

Date:

09/20/2021


COVID-19 - Travelling to Italy

You can enter Italy only if you possess certain requirements. For specific information related to your case, please continue reading.

Since you are leaving from a Country included in List E, or you have visited (or transited in) a Country of List E in the 14 days prior to your trip to Italy, you must fill out a digital Passenger Locator Form (or, in case of lack of necessary technology, a self-declaration) indicating that you fall into one or more of the following categories:

a. proven work reasons;

b. absolute urgency;

c. health reasons;

d. study;

e. return to one’s home, domicile or residence;

f. citizens of the European Union (Italy included), of Schengen Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City;

g. family members of persons listed under letter f), as defined in Articles 2 and 3 of Directive 2004/38/EC dated April 29 2004;

h. non-European Union citizens (third-country nationals) holding long-term residence status in a European Union country, in accordance with Council Directive 2003/109/EC;

i. family members of the persons holding long-term residence status (letter h);

j. entry into the national territory to reach the domicile / home / residence of a person referred to in letters f) and h) of this list, even if not cohabiting, with whom there is a proven and stable affective relationship.

Persons entitled to check your self-declaration may ask you to provide them with evidence related to your statement (such as an employment letter, a medical certificate, a letter from an Italian school or University).

Furthermore, you are required to:

1. take a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab, in the 72 hours before you arrive, with negative result.

2. inform your local Health Authority

3. self-isolate for ten (10) days

4. take another molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, at the end of the 10-day self-isolation. Exceptions are indicated below.

5. Bear in mind that you can use only a private means of transportation to reach your final destination in Italy (airport transit is allowed, provided that you do not exit designated areas within the airport).

Children under the age of six (6) are always exempt from the requirement of a molecular or antigenic test but must still self-isolate. Travellers under the age of eighteen (18) are exempt from the requirement of self-isolation only if they are accompanied by an adult who has a Digital Covid Certificate.

Border Officers in Italy may always request that you fill out a paper-based self-statement upon arrival.

Further restrictions to movements may be adopted at national and/or regional level depending on the risk assessment carried out on a regular basis by the Ministry of Health. You can find useful information on local restrictions on the website of the Ministry of Health, by clicking here: Containment Measures in Italy.

There are exceptions to the provision of self-isolation and molecular test for certain categories of people entering Italy from Countries listed in group E.

Certain categories of travelers may be exempt from the aforesaid requirements, provided that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19.

 

EXEMPTIONS FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF TESTING AND SELF-ISOLATION

As per Order of June 18, 2021, the following categories of travelers may be fully exempt from the requirements of a testing and self-isolation.

  • anyone entering Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours due to proven needs of work, health or absolute urgency, with the obligation, on expiry of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation;
  • crew and travel personnel/hauliers;
  • people travelling to/from Countries in List A;
  • any person transiting, by private means, through Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and trustee isolation in accordance with paragraphs 1 to 5 of Prime Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021;
  • cross-border workers;
  • the personnel of companies and institutions with registered or secondary offices in Italy for travel abroad for proven work requirements of no more than 120 hours;
  • pupils and students to attend a course of study in a country other than their country of residence, dwelling or abode, to which they return every day or at least once a week;
  • officials and other servants, however, they may be called, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, personnel of the Security Information System of the Republic and fire brigade workers, military and police staff in the performance of their duties.

 

EXEMPTION FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF SELF-ISOLATION AND SUBSEQUENT TESTING

Order of June 18, 2021 sets forth a mandatory requirement of an EU Covid Certificate or a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab in the 48 hours before they arrive, for the following categories of travelers:

  • health personnel entering Italy for the exercise of professional health qualifications, including the temporary exercise referred to in Article 13 of Decree-Law no. 18 of 17 March 2020;

These travelers are generally exempt from the requirements of self-isolation and subsequent test only, but if they have visited the United Kingdom in the previous 14 days, they must self-isolate for 5 days and get tested right after.

 

EXEMPTION FOR CITIZENS OR RESIDENTS OF COUNTRIES IN LIST A, B, C or D, TRAVELLING FOR PROVEN WORK REASONS: Nationals and residents of the States and territories listed in Lists A, B, C* and D in Annex 20 of Prime Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021, entering Italy for proven employment reasons, are exempt from the requirements of self-isolation and subsequent testing, but they must have an EU Digital Covid Certificate or undergo a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, in the 48 or 72 hours before they arrive (depending on where they travel from). After a stay/transit in the United Kingdom in the previous 14 days, they must still self-isolate for 5 days and get tested right after.

Examples:

An Italian national has to undergo surgery in Italy, for an overall stay of 3 days. The Italian national is resident in Tunisia and travels from there. In this case, the person is not required to take a test or stay in self-isolation. After 3 days, and in any case after 120 hours, he/she must leave national territory or self-isolate.

A Mexican national residing in the United States and travelling from the latter has to enter Italy for an important business meeting, for an overall stay of 4 days. He/she has a connecting flight in Bruxelles from where he/she will reach Italy. The Mexican national is not required to self-isolate or to take a molecular test. After 4 days or after a maximum of 120 hours, he/she must leave national territory or self-isolate.

An Australian national currently residing in South Africa seeks entry into Italy as he/she has been hired by a local company. The Australian national must take a molecular or antigenic test 72 hours before entering Italy but he/she is not required to self-isolate, regardless of the duration of his/her stay in Italy for work-related reasons.

Any employee (regardless of their nationality) of a company registered in Italy has to travel to Ethiopia in order to oversee a purchase of a client, for no longer than 5 days. Upon his/her return, he/she is not required to take a test or self-isolate.

 

OTHER EXEMPTIONS or HEALTH PROTOCOLS AUTHORISED BY THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH

The Ministry of Health has set forth specific protocols for certain travelers (indicated below). Click here for further information.

  • Passengers of “Covid-tested” flights, as defined by the Minister of Health with Order of November 23 2020. For further information on “Covid-tested” flights, kindly contact your airline.
  • Entry into the national territory for work reasons regulated by special security protocols, approved by the relevant health authority;
  • Entry for non-deferrable reasons, authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health, with a certificate of a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab in the 48 hour before entering Italy, with negative result.
  • In order to participate in sporting events such as those mentioned under article 18, paragraph 1 of PMD of March 2 2021, entry is always permitted to athletes, commissioners, referees, foreign press and alike, irrespective of their travel history, if the following mandatory requirements are met: They must fill out a self-declaration; they must carry with them a certificate proving that they have taken a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab, in the 48 hours before entering Italy, with negative result. Sporting events must take place in accordance with relevant health and safety protocols adopted by the organization responsible for the event.

 

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

During your stay in Italy, even if you fall into one of the categories above, should any flu-like symptoms compatible with COVID-19 arise, you must report it immediately to the local Health Authority, by calling dedicated local numbers. While waiting for further Health Authority decisions, you must put yourself in self-isolation.

Here you can find useful information and contact numbers provided by the Italian Ministry of Health.

Here you can find relevant articles of Italian Decrees and Orders translated into English.

Before embarking on a trip to Italy, make sure that your Region of destination has no further measures in place. Here you can find their websites. Useful contacts are available here.

For health related queries, kindly contact local Health Authorities in your region.

For queries related to borders and border crossing, kindly contact Border Police of the designated point of entry/exit or local “Prefettura”.

The result of the questionnaire does not guarantee entry into the Country, which is always subject to the assessment of Italian Border Officers (Ministry of Interior). The questionnaire has no legal value.


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