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Italy relaxes COVID requirements for international travelers

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By Shella Artillero - - 5 Mins Read

Beginning June 1, Italy will no longer require foreign visitors to take a COVID test before visiting the country.

Italy, a top holiday destination, is apparently removing vaccine restrictions for all foreign visitors, regardless of their country of origin.

On Monday (May 30), the Press Office of the Ministry of Health declared that the country's Green Pass program would not be extended beyond May 31.

“From June 1st stop green pass for entry into Italy. The ordinance of the Minister of Health which provides for the Green Certification Covid-19 (green pass) to enter Italy expires on May 31. The measure will not be extended,” the statement from the Ministry reads.

Like many other European nations, the country has been steadily opening up over the past few months, dropping the requirement for arrivals to complete an EU digital passenger locator form (dPLF) on May 1st.

Do I still have to wear a mask in Italy?

The mask mandate will be in effect until at least June 15. Despite the fact that the EU-wide mask requirement for flights was repealed in May, airports and airlines traveling to and from Italy may demand passengers to wear masks until then.

On all kinds of public transportation, in cinemas, during indoor sporting events, theatres, concerts, hospitals, schools, and universities, everyone above the age of five must wear a high-grade FFP2 mask.

The most recent declaration excludes all other settings, including stores and workplaces, while it still "highly recommends" that masks be worn in all indoor public venues.

All mask-wearing requirements are waived for children under the age of six.

What are the travel regulations in Italy?

Travelers will be able to enter Italy without being tested, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Previously, non-vaccinated travellers had to produce proof of recovery from COVID within the last 180 days or a negative COVID test. Until May, they had to quarantine for five days. 

Regardless of immunization status, passengers are no longer required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

Passengers flying to or from Italy must always wear an FFP2 mask.

For the first time since the pandemic, travel to Italy will be free of restrictions.

Is a Green or Super Green Pass still required in Italy?

From 1 May, Italy dropped both the 'basic' and 'super' versions of its Green Pass - a digital certificate proving a person had been vaccinated or recovered from COVID - in almost all settings.  Restaurants, bars, and long-distance public transportation are all included.

You won't need it to get into movies, theaters, concerts, cultural centers, parties, or discos.

For individuals visiting hospitals and nursing homes, the Super Green Pass will remain in effect.

What's the easiest way to find out travel rules for Italy?

Fill out this questionnaire from the Italian Foreign Ministry for the most up-to-date and reliable information. It is written in English and will inform you of your travel requirements.

You can also check the Italian Health Ministry’s travel information page.
For a full list of requirements for Italy visa and entry requirements, visit this site.