Italy Ends Mini-Quarantine for UK Visitors

Italy Ends Mini-Quarantine for UK Visitors

Italy had re-imposed a 5-day quarantine for travellers arriving from Britain back in June when the Delta variant was spreading rapidly in the United Kingdom. 

On 28 August, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza tweeted that he had signed a decree that would end “the mini-quarantine” for visitors from the UK, starting on the 31st of August.

The Italian travel rules are based on which country you travel from, and not which passport you hold.

There was some confusion about when the rule change would come into place with the Italian embassy in the UK initially tweeting that the relaxed rule of vaccinated travellers would start on September 1st, before making the correction to August 31st.

Italy is on the UK's amber list for all four nations in the UK. This means that travellers from Italy will not need to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated Travellers to Italy from the UK

Fully-vaccinated travellers arriving from the UK will therefore no longer have to undergo the 5-day quarantine upon arrival to Italy. However, they will still have to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to departure and show proof of vaccination.

Italy recognises proof of vaccination issued by the UK’s NHS and allows it to be used in place of the ‘green pass’ to access museums, concerts and other venues within Italy.

Travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must also present a negative molecular (PCR) or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. Children under the age of 6 do not need to take a test.

Before travel, you must also complete an online digital passenger locator form that will generate a QR code, which you may have to present to the travel provider and Border Police if requested.

Non-vaccinated travellers to Italy from the UK

For non-vaccinated travellers, the rules stay the same as before. Those coming to Italy from the UK will have to show a negative test and then quarantine for 5 days upon arrival. They must take another test at the end of the quarantine period.

Those that travel without proof of vaccination or a negative test could be refused entry.

Travellers to Italy from Outside the EU and UK

The Italian Health Minister said that existing restrictions for visitors from other countries will remain in place.

Travellers who have been in Japan, Canada, United States and Israel the 14 days prior to entering Italy are allowed to come to Italy for non-essential purposes. However, they need to provide proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.

Travellers from Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Italy unless they are Italian citizens or legal residents or are exempted from the travel rules. To get the updated information, check out the official Italian Coronavirus website.

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