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Travel to Italy: Current COVID-19 entry requirements and other restrictions

Italy continues to maintain COVID-19 entry regulations for all travelers despite the upcoming summer travel season.

In a regulation published on April 28, the Italian Ministry of Health announced that the country had decided to extend the current entry requirements until May 31. Thus, travelers from all countries must still comply with COVID rules when entering Italy, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the Italian Ministry of Health, all travelers, whether traveling from an EU or non-EU country, must present a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate to avoid additional restrictions.

“From May 1, regardless of the country of entry into Italy, the traveler must present the green COVID-19 certificate or other equivalent certificate to the carrier and to anyone in charge of verification.” the ministry said in a statement.

In addition to presenting these documents, the ministry emphasizes that everyone must respect the validity period of vaccination, recovery and test certificates.

Upon arrival in Italy, a vaccination card will be recognized if it can be shown that the holder has completed a basic vaccination course or received an additional vaccination dose in the last nine months.

As for that Recovery Certificate, the ministry explains that the document will be accepted as long as it proves that the holder has contracted and recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days. The test, which confirms that the person has previously been infected with the virus, must be performed by a professional.

Travelers who have not recovered or have been vaccinated against the virus can also enter Italy for travel purposes provided they present: negative COVID-19 test result upon their arrival. Italy accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests. The PCR test must be carried out within 72 hours before arrival and the rapid antigen test within 48 hours before arrival in Italy.

Travelers who do not hold any of the three certificates must self-quarantine for a period of five days upon arrival in Italy. After this period, they must undergo an examination.

While Italy continues to comply with entry requirements for travelers, the country has already eased some other regulations.

Italy has already removed the Passenger Locator Form requirement. Such a requirement was dropped on May 1st.

In addition, the country has also dropped the mask and Green Health Pass requirement.

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