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Last updated: 12 October 2021, 13:01 (GMT +4)

Travel to and from Italy

Travel to and from Italy is restricted to specific categories.

COVID tested flights

All Emirates flights to Italy are treated as β€œCOVID tested.” 

Passengers on COVID-19 tested flights from the below lists are allowed to enter Italy for any reason, therefore also for tourism purposes from any point of origin.

A: The Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State

B: The states and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C.

C: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco and Israel. 

D: Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldavia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom and northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Man Island, Channel Islands, British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not in the European continent), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Regions.

Travel to/from the rest of the world (i.e. all the states and territories not mentioned in lists C and D) is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study, or absolute urgency, returning to one s home, domicile, or dwelling (this includes passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence without leaving the airport, who must remain in the transit area). Travel for tourism is not allowed. Arrival/return to Italy from this group of countries is always allowed only for Italian, EU, Schengen, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland citizens and their family members, as well as holders of residence permits and their family members.

Only selected categories of passengers arriving from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Brazil are allowed to enter (see below):

All passengers travelling from Dubai (UAE) to Rome, Milan, Venice and Bologna will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Before departure, passengers must present, at check-in, a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) report for a test done a maximum of 48 hours before departure from Dubai. 
  • Passengers must fill in a location form in digital format, known as the Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF). Once the form has been completed and submitted, passengers will receive the dPLF in pdf format with a QR code on their email address. The QR code obtained from the website registration must be presented at check-in before departure.
  • A rapid swab test is mandatory on arrival.
COVID tested flights to Milan/MXP
Passengers travelling to Milan will proceed to the swab test area upon arrival, before passport formalities. The cost of the test is EUR 20.

COVID tested flights to Rome/FCO
Passengers travelling to Rome should pre-register for the swab test on the Aeroporti di Roma website at a cost of EUR 20 payable only by credit card on arrival.

COVID tested flights to Venice/VCE
Passengers travelling to Venice should pre-register for the swab test on the Venezia Airport website at a cost of EUR 20.
 
COVID tested flights to Bologna/BLQ
All passengers arriving in Bologna must pre-register for the swab test online and pay EUR 20 for the test. First step: select EK93 from the "agreements" dropdown list.

The cost of the service will be charged to the customer. Payment for the tests can be made at the airport by credit card, debit card or directly by smartphone, using contactless payment apps.

Swab test on arrival does not apply to:

  • Passengers arriving with a COVID-19 recovery certificate that confirms that an infection has been overcome in the last 180 days or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. EMA approved vaccines accepted are: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna) Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca), COVID-19 vaccine Jannsen (Johnson&Johnson)
  • Arriving passengers who have an extra Schengen onward flight and do not leave the transit lounge
  • Operating crew members
  • Children below 6 years old

Required forms

All passengers travelling to Italy are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form via the EUDPLF application before arrival. Upon completion of the form, a QR code is generated which should be displayed at the time of check-in prior to issuance of boarding passes at point of original embarkation either on paper or on the device used.

Travel update for passengers travelling to and from the USA on COVID 19 tested flight EK206 JFK-MXP-DXB and EK205 DXB-MXP-JFK

Effective 1 June, the following are required of passengers travelling to and from the USA (JFK) on a COVID 19 tested flight:

On departure from New York (JFK) passengers must:

  • Present an official document issued by CDC health authority and/or the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Green Pass) at check in, stating either:
  • a negative COVID 19 PCR or rapid antigen swab test result for a test performed 48 hours before departure, or
  • that they were vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departure, or
  • that they fully recovered from COVID 19 and completed the quarantine period (the recovery certificate has a validity of 180 days from the first positive molecular swab)
  • Present at check in the QR code (printed or digital version) obtained after completing the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form
  • Upon arrival in MILAN (MXP) ALL passengers are exempt from performing swab test and can proceed directly to passport control and customs formalities.

For 10 days following arrival in Milan, passengers must keep a copy of:

  • The result of the test taken in the USA
  • The boarding pass showing that they travelled on a flight requiring pre departure testing
  • A digital/paper copy of the PLF

Note: Children below 6 years old are exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements

On departure from Milan (MXP) passengers must:

  • Present a negative COVID 19 PCR or rapid antigen swab test result for a test performed 48 hours before departure
  • All passengers 2 years of age and older are required to get a COVID-19 viral test.
  • Complete the US PAX Attestation

Suspension of entry into the United States

Non US residents (non immigrants) are not permitted to transit via the EU to the US, unless they have National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver approval or if they fall under exceptions stated here.

Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further information.

Travel update for passengers travelling from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

At present, travellers are not allowed to enter/return to Italy from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or after a stay/transit in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the previous 14 days, with few exceptions. Such provisions are in force from 31 August 2021 until 25 October 2021.

Provided that they do not show any symptoms of COVID-19, the following categories of travellers may enter Italy from or after a stay/transit in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the previous 14 days:

  • Any person regardless of nationality and residence intending to enter Italy for study reasons
  • Any person who has been a legal resident of Italy since before 28 August 2021
  • Any person seeking to reach the residence, domicile or home of their underage child or children, spouse or registered partner
  • Any person who has received authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Health, for non-deferrable reasons

In order to enter Italy, these categories of passengers must:

  • Fill out a digital Passenger Locator Form
  • Take a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab and with negative result. The test must be taken in the 48 hours before departure.
  • Take a second molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab upon arriving to the airport (Information of pre-registration for arrival test available on the Travel update for passengers travelling to Italy on COVID-19 tested flights)
  • Must self-isolate for 10 days once in Italy, the 10 days self-isolation must be completed in the address mentioned in the digital Passenger Locator Form
  • Take a molecular or antigenic test upon completing the 10-day self-isolation.

Provided that there are no COVID-19 symptoms, restrictions do not apply to any transportation and travel personnel but they are still required to take a molecular or antigenic test upon arrival at the airport, port or other point of entry

Travel update for passengers travelling from Brazil

Passengers who have been in or transited through Brazil in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit.

This does not apply to:

  • Passengers residing in Italy since before 13 February 2021
  • To those who have to reach the domicile, home or residence of minor children, spouse or part of a civil union.
  • Passengers whose entry is authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health, for imperative reasons of necessity, regardless of their registered residence.
  • Any person regardless of their nationality and residence who are travelling to Italy to study
To enter Italy, the above mentioned passenger categories must comply with the following requirements:
  • Passengers must complete the digital Passenger Locator Form.
  • Take a swab molecular or antigenic test with a negative result; the test must be taken within 72 hours before arrival in Italy.
  • Take a second swab molecular or antigenic test on arrival at the airport
  • Must self-isolate for 10 days once in Italy; the 10-day self-isolation must be completed in the address mentioned in the digital Passenger Locator Form.
  • Take a molecular or antigenic test upon completing the 10-day self-isolation period.

Entry to Italy from any country for sports competitions

For the purpose of participating in sports events and competitions of national interest, entry to Italy is allowed to athletes, coaches, judges and match commissioners, foreign press members and accompanying personnel, provided that they:

  • Declare the countries they visited or transited through in the last 14 days before entering Italy All passengers must complete the following declaration forms before arrival. The EU Digital Passenger Locator Form must be filled to enter the Italian territory. Passengers must be able to present the form as a print out or in digital format on their device;
  • Present to the carrier on boarding, and to any other control authority, a negative molecular or antigen swab test result carried out within the last 48 hours before entering the country;
  • Perform all sports and other activities in accordance with the ad hoc protocol adopted by the organizer of the event

Travel from Italy

As per Italian Ministry of Health Department Ordinance effective 1 September, if you’re travelling from Italy, in order to enter in airside area you must present an official document at check-in, stating either:

  • Molecular or antigenic swab test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure; or
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival only with EMA approved vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna) Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca), Covid-19 vaccine Jannsen (Johnson&Johnson); or
  • A COVID-19 recovery certificate that confirms that an infection has been overcome in the last 180 days

If you are travelling to Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius as a tourist, you will need to comply with your destinations requirements as well as take a molecular or antigenic swab test not more than 48 hours before departure.

Other information:

Passengers travelling on non-COVID tested flights must comply with the general regulations set by the current Italian legislation which has a different level of restrictions based on the country of origin.

For more COVID-19 related information please refer to the: Ministry of Foreign Affairs website 

For the latest ordinance, click here

For country COVID rules, click here

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.