Italy Relaxes Travel Rules for EU Travelers

Italy eases COVID-19 restrictions for all travelers coming from EU countries. Starting from February 1, all international visitors from the European Union can enter Italy simply showing a Green Pass.

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Following the EU's recommendations to introduce an individual-based travel approach, the Italian authorities decided to remove the pre-arrival testing requirement amid the widespread of the Omicron variant within the entire EU.

In mid-January, Italy also lifted the ban on travelers coming from southern African countries. Arrivals from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland can again enter Italy, but still, need to meet strict entry rules.

Green Pass

The Green Pass is a document proving that a person has received the full COVID-19 vaccination dose, recovered from the coronavirus, or been tested negative. All EU citizens who now are able to provide one of the above-mentioned certificates can enter into the territory of Italy without any additional entry requirements.

Previously, all EU citizens have been also required to provide a negative test to enter Italy, regardless of their country of origin, or vaccination status. 

All EU/Schengen Area countries are currently included on Italy's List C (excluding San Marino and Vatican City State, which are on List A).

For the time being,  Italy has been keeping a two-tiered system, which requires Green Passes to enter almost all venues and services within the country.

Starting from Feb. 1st, Green Passes will become obligatory to access most shops. Moreover, the validity of domestic passes will be shortened from nine to six months.  

Passenger Locator Form

Additionally to the Green Pass, all arrivals to Italy are still obliged to complete a Digital Passenger Locator Form before visiting the country. The form was introduced in July 2021 by the Italian authorities to help them to control and trace new coronavirus cases.

Thanks to the contact details included in the dPLF, it is possible to take appropriate preventive measures and notify passengers about possible coronavirus danger. 

Only countries from Italy's list A and B are exempt from the obligation to present a PLF upon entry to Italy.

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