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Updated: Italy entry rules for testing, vaccinations and mask wearing

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By Nichola Daunton

Italy has abolished most of its entry rules for international travellers this month.

As per a reopening decree announced in March - when the country also ended its ‘state of emergency’ - Green Passes and Super Green Passes are no longer needed to enter venues.

But Italy is not among the countries lifting all travel restrictions, as unvaccinated tourists still need to take a test before visiting, and a mask mandate is set to remain in force until at least 15 June.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza reviewed the COVID rules at the end of April, and decided to remove the requirement for Passenger Locator Forms too.

So until the start of summer at least, here are the rules you still need to know for an Italian trip.

What are Italy's travel rules?

Fully vaccinated travellers (those who have received one or two doses within the past nine months or those who have received a booster shot) from any country are no longer required to supply a negative COVID test to enter Italy.

That means if you're fully jabbed, you can present either proof of vaccination status or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months.

Unvaccinated visitors can also enter Italy and are no longer required to quarantine (previously they had to quarantine for five days). But they will need to produce proof of recovery from COVID within the last 180 days or a negative COVID test. 

The test can be either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to entry, or a rapid antigen (lateral flow) test taken within 48 hours before arrival. 

Travellers are no longer required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form, regardless of vaccination status.

Passengers flying to or from Italy must also wear an FFP2 mask at all times while on board.

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Do I still need a Green Pass or Super Green Pass in Italy?

From 1 May, Italy plans to drop 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. This includes restaurants, bars and long-distance public transport. 

You'll also no longer need it to enter cinemas, theatres, concerts, cultural centres, parties or discos. 

The Super Green Pass will still remain in place, however, for those visiting hospitals and nursing homes. 

Do I still have to wear a mask in Italy?

Despite plans to drop the mask mandate from 1 May, Italy has now extended its requirement to wear masks on public transport and in some indoor settings until 15 June. 

Everyone over the age of five must wear a high-grade FFP2 mask on all forms of public transport, in cinemas, at indoor sporting events theatres, concerts, hospitals, schools and universities. 

No other setting, including shops and workplaces, is included in the most recent announcement though it does still "strongly recommend" masks continue to be worn in all indoor public spaces. 

Children under the age of six are exempt from all mask-wearing rules.

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The Italian government has made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory to police starting from December 15.Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo

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

Italy's rules can change at short notice.

For the most up-to-date and reliable information, fill in this questionnaire from the Italian Foreign Ministry. It is in English and will give you the travel requirements based on your individual situation.

You can also check the Italian Health Ministry’s travel information page (in English).

Or you can call the Italian coronavirus information line.

From Italy: 1500 (toll-free number)

From abroad: +39 0232008345 or +39 0283905385