Italy travel rules: What are the latest restrictions for holidaymakers?

Italy has everything that attracts travelers: dreamy islands, rolling countryside, cities teeming with art and ruins, and idyllic beach towns. And of course exquisite cuisine at every turn.

For a time it was wary of letting tourists in, requiring proof of vaccination to enter the country as well as venues once there. However, it has now joined a number of European nations in lifting Covid travel restrictions.

Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

Do I need proof of vaccination or a test to visit Italy?

Italy has ended all border and entry regulations related to Covid as of June 1st – this means that regardless of vaccination status, you no longer need to show proof of vaccination or test results upon entry.

Do I need to fill out an Italy passenger locator form?

No; The passenger locator form was dropped a month before all other travel restrictions were lifted on May 1.

Do I have to wear a mask on holiday in Italy?

Masks are no longer compulsory on flights in, to or from Italy; However, all passengers entering Italy by ferry, train or bus must wear an FFP2 mask.

The use of FFP2 masks is also mandatory until at least September 30th:

  • in public transport within the country, including boats, ferries, interregional trains, buses, subways, cars and taxis with a driver
  • when visiting healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes

It is still recommended to wear masks in all indoor public spaces. Children under the age of five are exempt from the mask requirement.

Has Brexit changed the rules for visiting Italy?

The rule changes that could trip you up if you visit Italy in 2022 have more to do with Brexit than with Covid. Since the United Kingdom left the European Union, there have been new rules regarding the duration and frequency of visits to Schengen area countries (including Italy), as well as rules regarding passport stamps and validity.

To visit an EU country after Brexit, your passport must:

  • issued less than 10 years before your entry (check the “date of issue”)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day of your planned departure (check the “expiration date”)

There is also now a time limit on how long and how many times you can visit Italy without a visa. The Federal Foreign Office advises: “You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without a visa.

“To stay longer, work or study, for business or for any other reason, you must comply with the Italian government’s entry requirements.”

You must also have your passport stamped upon entry and exit. Make sure this takes place at passport control to avoid confusion about how long you were there.

You may also be required to show a return or onward ticket to show when you are leaving Italy and you may be asked to prove that you have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your stay.

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