Traveling to Italy during Covid-19: what you need to know before you go

Editor’s note – Cases of the coronavirus are spreading all over the world. Health officials warn that staying at home is the best way to prevent transmission until you get vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you’re still planning to travel, last updated on October 6.

(CNN) – If you’re planning a trip to Italy, here’s what to know and expect if you’re planning to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

Italy has had some of the toughest restrictions on the planet during the pandemic, and is still one of the most cautious countries in Europe, despite relaxing most of the rules.

As of June 1, all entry rules for Covid-19 have been lifted. This means you no longer need to show proof of vaccination for entry, and arrival without vaccination also voids the previous quarantine requirement. On October 1, it removed the mask mandate in almost all settings.

However, there are strict quarantine rules for those who test positive.

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It is one of Europe’s top travel destinations, known for its historic art cities such as Florence, Venice, and the Vatican City, home of the Catholic Church, due to its location in Italy’s capital city of Rome.

Incredible food, wonderful wine, unspoilt countryside and a range of beach resorts always beckon.

Who can go

From June 1, the entry regulations for Covid-19 have been removed. Everyone can enter Italy now, and those arriving no longer have to show vaccination status, meaning the quarantine requirement for the unvaccinated no longer exists.

What are the restrictions?

The requirement to provide proof of vaccination or recovery was removed on June 1.

Irish people no longer even need to fill out a passenger search form. The mask mandate has been removed from flights, although it is still in place on other public transport (see below). However, airlines may enforce their own mask requirement; check yours before uploading.

What is the status of Covid-19?

As the first successful country in Europe, Italy has been through a lot. Austerity has steadily brought things under control, with Italy outlasting its European neighbors in each subsequent wave. However, the winter waves of 2020-21 and 2021-22 have had a significant impact.

Italy has the second highest death toll in Europe (after the UK), passing the 100,000 death toll mark on 8 March 2021. More than 22.6 million people have been infected to date, and the death toll as of October 6, 2022 is 177,300.

With the advent of the Omicron variant, the number of cases increased. Cases reached a record in the week of January 10, with 1,269,976 cases registered. Before Omicron, the record infection rate of the pandemic was 248,000 infections in one week, recorded in November 2020.

The numbers saw another big jump in June and July with the newest variants. Almost 1.4 million new infections were registered in the month to August 19. Now it has calmed down again. A total of 252,781 new infections were registered in the week to October 6.

About 90% of the adult population is currently vaccinated.

App Immuni uses Bluetooth to track contact with potential infection.

What can visitors expect?

The restrictions on color-coded traffic lights by region (from white to red zones) were abolished on 1 April. The rules are now the same across the country.

The nationwide outer mask mandate ended on February 11, and the inner mask mandate ended on May 1. On June 15, restrictions were eased again, and on October 1, the mask mandate on public transport was lifted.

However, masks are still required in hospitals, medical settings and care homes. Masks must have a high level of FFP2, except in hospitals.

Although no longer mandatory, the government recommends wearing masks indoors, and many — if not most — Italians continue to wear them. Additionally, individual venues, including galleries and museums, can set their own mask mandates. If you are caught not wearing a mask where required, you can be fined up to $450.

If you catch Covid in Italy, you will be quarantined for at least five days. You can only quit after the quarantine is negative and you have been symptom-free for two days. If you still test positive after 14 days, you can leave quarantine.

Green passes and super green passes:

On May 1st, the government removed the requirement for a tourist to show a green pass everywhere they wanted to go. This means you no longer need to show proof of vaccination to eat out, visit galleries or take public transport.

However, if you are going to a hospital or care home, you will need a “super green pass” or “certificazione verde rafforzata” showing that you have been vaccinated (including a booster) or that you have recovered from the virus in the last six months. . A routine pass can also be obtained with a negative test within 48 hours.

Those vaccinated in other countries are not entitled to an Italian passport, but EU vaccination cards are recognized and scanned as domestic ones. Holders of a certificate with a QR code — including UK NHS certificates — can usually read their passes as Italian. Check if yours is valid by downloading the VerificaC19 app.

If the app does not recognize your QR code or you do not have it, you must show a paper copy of your home country certificate.

Foreign vaccination certificates do not have a time limit for Italian green passes. For now, the entire cycle including the booster is valid indefinitely. The entire initial cycle without boosters is valid for six months.

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CNN’s Julia Buckley contributed to this report