Italy to Introduce Ban on Non-Essential Travel from Singapore
The Italian government imposes a ban on non-essential travel from Singapore after adding Singapore to the list including countries that have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic (the List E). The new restrictions for passengers from Singapore are planned to remain in place until the end of January 2022. Nevertheless, the tightened rules may be extended even further depending on the developing COVID-19 situation.
Entry rules and travel ban exemptions for arrivals from Singapore
Travelers from all the countries included on List E, including Singapore, are allowed to enter Italy only for education or employment purposes, or some other essential reasons. Those passengers who will travel to Italy from Singapore for an essential purpose, however, still are obliged to meet certain entry requirements:
- to fill out a Passenger Locator Form
- to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test made within 72 hours prior to arrival time or a rapid antigentest to be performed 24 hours of arrival time in Italy
- to notify the Italian health authorities upon entry to the country and get to the final destination using private transportation mode
- to undergo a 10-day quarantine (address must be specified by the Italian officials and entered when filling a digital PLF)
- to take another PCR or rapid antigen test after ending the quarantine period to make sure that the result is negative
Entry rules for European Union countries
Nationals of EU countries traveling to Italy will need to test for coronavirus before their trip and submit negative COVID-19 test results on arrival in Italy, no matter their vaccination or recovery status.
This requirement was established on Dec. 14th, during the meeting of the Italian Council Ministers, who also decided that EU and Schengen Area countries should be obliged to quarantine if not vaccinated or not recovered from coronavirus. The ministers also extended the State of Emergency in Italy until the end of March 2022.
The Italian Green Pass remains obligatory in the white zone until March 2021 (it was originally planned to remain effective until 15th Jan.). It affects mainly those travelers who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and cannot access some public places, e.g., restaurants and cinemas.
Tightening of entry restrictions and reinforcing the green pass coincided with the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Italy and the spread of the Omicron variant over Europe.