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If you are planning your summer in Italy, what are the rules in response to COVID 19?
We talk about rules and regular entry requirements....
Entry to Italy from the UK
Since 7 April 2021, the UK has been on List C of the country lists. Travellers who have been in the countries on List C in the preceding 14 days may enter Italy without having a specific reason.
If you wish to fly, you must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 48 hours before travel.
From 15 May to 30 July 2021, quarantine is not required for anyone entering Italy from the UK (or from other countries on List C) with a negative molecular or antigen test (a so-called “green certificate”) in the 48 hours before entry into Italy.
Travellers arriving without a negative test will need to self-isolate for ten days and undertake a test at the end of the isolation period.
Before traveling, you must complete an online digital form. It will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. If you do not have an electronic device, you can fill in a paper.
Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling to within 48 hours to inform them of your visit.
Travellers transiting Italy in a private vehicle for less than 36 hours are exempt from self-isolation. Those travelling for work, health or absolute necessity for less than 120 hours are also exempt from self-isolation.
You can read more about the requirement to get a COVID-19 test (including when you might be exempt) on the Italian Embassy in London’s COVID-19 update page.
If you are a UK national resident in Italy, we advise carrying proof of your residence when entering Italy.
In addition to the above measures, all travellers to Italy should consult the Italian link https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html for more advice on entry requirements and travel to Italy.
Many airlines and airports serving Italy are operating a reduced service and may be subject to change.
Regular entry requirements
The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 days without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, visit family or friends, attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or short-term studies or training.
If you are travelling to Italy and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days
To stay longer, work or study, for business travel or other reasons, you will need to meet the Italian government’s entry requirements. Check which type of visa and work permit you may need with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before booking an appointment through the Italian consulates in London or Edinburgh.
if you stay in Italy with a visa or permit, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit
British Citizens who cannot return to the UK before the expiry of their visa/permit or the end of their visa-free limit due to COVID-19 restrictions should contact their local immigration office (questura).
Any time you spend in Italy or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
At Italian border control, put a stamp on your passport on entry and exit. You also need:
There are different requirements for those who are resident in Italy. If you are resident in Italy, you should carry proof of residence, such as the new ‘Carta di soggiorno elettronica’ or your current EU residency document, as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Italy guide.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.
You must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any additional months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.