Italy: Summer holidays 2022 and Covid-19. What restrictions and rules to enter Italy?

Italy has been one of Poland’s most visited destinations for years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are certain restrictions on travel to this country. What are the entry rules and restrictions in Italy? What should you remember before you travel? We advise.

Are you planning a holiday in Italy? We present the most important information about traveling to this country – entry rules, on-site restrictions and mandatory forms to be completed before departure.

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Italy. The rules of entry into the country for tourists

All travelers from Poland to Italy are required to present a covid certificate certifying:

  • completing the full vaccination course at least 14 days before entering Italy (with an EU approved vaccine); an automatic booster dose, from the next day, extends the validity of the certificate indefinitely;
  • COVID-19 disease (up to 6 months in advance);
  • or negative test result (antigenic test performed within 48 hours of crossing the Italian border) or PCR (not older than 72 hours).

The test does not need to be performed by children under 6 years of age and persons passing through Italy in transit.

It is worth emphasizing that in Italy a person is considered vaccinated if their vaccination certificate is less than 6 months old† If the validity of such a passport has expired, it is necessary to test for the presence of Covid-19 (antigen or PCR).

Before leaving for Italy, it is also necessary to register on the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form platform.

Coronavirus in Italy. Restrictions and recommendations for tourists

When choosing a holiday to Italy, keep in mind the restrictions in force in the country. The Italian authorities recommend avoiding public places as much as possible, especially avoiding larger groups of people, paying special attention to hand hygiene/disinfection and following all recommendations from local authorities and medical services.

In Italy, the FFP2 class face mask must be used in public transport, ski lifts, concert halls, cinemas, theaters and sporting events.

Tourists planning a trip to Sardinia must register on the websites of the region or through a special application “Safe Sardinia”.

The possibility of introducing additional restrictions by the authorities of individual Italian regions should be taken into account.

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Italy. Where is a covid passport required?

In Italy, as early as August, the obligation to use the so-called Covid-19 green pass at the entrance of indoor eateries, sports facilities and cultural institutions. The Green Pass is issued on the basis of a vaccination certificate, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test result for the corona virus in the past 48 hours.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website, a covid pass in Italy is required for:

  • long-distance collective transport;
  • consumption in eateries;
  • artistic, cultural and entertainment shows – if they are held outdoors (in closed areas, a certificate of inoculation/cure is required);
  • participation as a viewer in sporting events and competitions – as long as they are held outdoors;
  • workplace by persons born before June 16, 1972.

A green pass is mandatory in Italy for all persons older than 12 years. However, there are exceptions. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the requirement to present a certificate does not apply to people who are not covered by the national vaccination program against COVID-19 in accordance with Italian regulations, ie children under 12 years of age, and for people in possession of a medical certificate confirming the existence of contraindications to vaccination”.

From April 1, 2022, the mandatory covid passes will be abolished when using:

  • local and intra-regional public transport;
  • accommodation in hotels;
  • consumption in restaurant gardens;
  • fairs and exhibition events; offices and public institutions,
  • postal, banking and financial services; service and commercial outlets;
  • spas, theme parks and entertainment;
  • playing outside and partying.

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