On 1 April the decree law of 24 March 2022 entered into force, ending the state of emergency that was declared on 31 January 2020.
The rules for entry into Italy have been updated and simplified. The ordinance dated 22 February 2022, unified the regulation of entry from both European Union countries and non-EU countries. The Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has signed a new order (Ordinance 28 April 2022) extending the provisions for arrivals from foreign countries to 31 May. The only change concerns the Passenger Locator Form, which since 1 May is no longer required.
Travellers entering Italy can still be asked to present a green pass (see “Types of green pass” below). Travellers without a green pass are still permitted to enter Italy but they must quarantine for five days at the address indicated on the Passenger Locator form and take a rapid or PCR test at the end of the quarantine.
As of 1 April a green pass is no longer required for local public transport; outdoor areas of restaurants; museums; public offices such as banks and post offices; and hotels.
Until 31 May a green pass is still required to access workplaces (including for over-50s), trains, boats, aeroplanes, indoor theatres, closed areas of restaurants and cafes, concert halls, cinemas and stadiums.
A super green pass (see below) is still required to access certain indoor venues, such as gyms, swimming pools, spas, conference centres and nightclubs, and to visit care homes, hospices and hospitals.
As of 1 April, only those who test positive for covid have to self-isolate until they get a negative test. Anyone who comes into contact with someone who has tested positive is no longer required to quarantine, but only to self-monitor for 10 days, wear an FFP2 mask, and test five days after the contact or as soon as symptoms appear.
ENTERING ITALY FROM THE UK
Provided no covid-19 symptoms are observed, entry into Italy is permitted subject to the following conditions:
Travellers must present a “basic green pass” or “super green pass” (see below) or alternative proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a negative rapid or PCR test recognised by the Ministry of Health. The NHS app is recognised for this purpose. Note that tests must be done through a private laboratory – NHS tests are not valid.
- The vaccine is considered valid for 180 days after full vaccination and indefinitely after the booster.
- Proof of recovery is considered valid for 180 days if the person is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, and indefinitely if the person is fully vaccinated.
- PCR tests are valid for 72 hours.
- Rapid tests are valid for 48 hours.
Travellers who do not present one of the certifications described above must quarantine for five days at the address given on the digital Passenger Locator Form. At the end of this period they must take a rapid or PCR test.
TYPES OF GREEN PASS
There are two types of green pass:
– The super green pass (“green pass rafforzato”), certifying full vaccination or recovery;
– The basic green pass (“green pass base”), certifying full vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR or rapid test taken in the last 48 hours.
The NHS app is recognised in Italy as a green pass.
Children aged 11 and under are not required to have a green pass.
Children aged five and under are not required to take tests.
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