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COVID. New regulations on entering Italy

Date:

10/08/2020


COVID. New regulations on entering Italy

From 8 October anyone entering Italy after being in the UK at any time in the previous 14 days must:

1) Take a covid-19 test;

2) Notify the local health authority of their arrival;

3) Fill in a self-certification form.

These new rules will apply at least until 13 November for travellers arriving from the UK (including the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar), Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Travellers can comply with the requirements in any of the following three ways:

1. By taking a molecular or antigen swab test in the UK no more than 72 hours before entering Italy and showing airport officials proof of a negative result;

2. By taking a molecular or antigen swab test at the airport upon arriving in Italy, if this service is available (airports offering the test include Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa);

3. By taking a molecular or antigen swab test within 48 hours of entering Italy at the local health authority. In this case the traveller must self-isolate at their address in Italy once they enter the country until they receive a negative test result.

If you test positive for covid-19 before travelling, the journey must be cancelled. If you receive a positive test result upon after entering Italy, the health authority will explain the procedure to follow.

Travellers are exempt from the requirement to undergo a test, notify the local health authority of their arrival and self-isolate if they have not been in any of the countries on lists C and F at the bottom of this page in the 14 days before entering Italy and they meet one of the following criteria, which must be declared on their self-certification form:

1. Irrespective of nationality, they are entering Italy for no more than 120 hours, for demonstrable reasons relating to work, health or emergency. When this period expires, the traveller must leave Italy immediately or notify the local health authority and begin 14 days of self-isolation;

2. Irrespective of nationality, they are passing through Italy for no more than 36 hours and are travelling in a private vehicle. When this period expires, the traveller must leave Italy immediately or notify the local health authority and begin 14 days of self-isolation;

3. They are citizens or residents of the UK and other countries on lists A, B, C and D who are entering Italy for demonstrable work-related reasons;

4. They are medical staff entering Italy to carry out professional activities;

5. They are cross-border workers entering or leaving Italy to go to work or return home;

6. They are staff of companies and organisations with legal or secondary headquarters in Italy who will be spending no more than 120 hours in the country for demonstrable work-related reasons;

7. They are officials or agents of the European Union or international organisations, diplomats, administrative and technical personnel of diplomatic missions, officials and employees of consulates, military personnel or state police personnel entering Italy for work-related reasons;

8. They are students who cross the border regularly (at least once a week) to attend a course;

9. They are crew on international means of transport; travelling staff; entering Italy for work-related reasons regulated by special security protocols approved by the health authority; or entering for non-deferrable purposes, including participation in international sporting events or trade fairs, provided specific authorisation has been granted by the Italian Ministry of Health;

These exemptions apply even if the traveller has been in any of the countries on lists C and F in the previous 14 days.

Before travelling you are advised to check if there are any additional rules specific to the region that you are visiting

A questionnaire is available to help travellers identify the rules to follow when entering Italy. The questionnaire is for informational purposes only.

The requirements for health monitoring and self-isolation do not extend to family members who are already in Italy, and travellers can choose to spend the self-isolation period somewhere that is not their home.

If covid-19 symptoms appear, the health authority should be notified promptly.

Travellers should ensure that they have a suitable mask or face covering before travelling.


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