Published January 24, 2022
Are you wondering, “can you travel to Rome?”
As restrictions begin to change, with Italy and other EU countries being open for tourism, you may be wondering whether this means you can come to Italy and if so, how.
I've had so many people asking me "Can you travel to Rome now?" that I decided to make this page to answer this and the many questions related to this topic.
On this page you will find answers to:
Can you travel to Rome and feel safe?
Aside from your own government’s advice, the decision will be based on your personal feelings about being safe visiting Italy right now.
Vaccinations are being administered on an constant basis. You can follow Italy's vaccination progress here - just over 124,100,000 vaccinations have been administered to date, with over 87% of all eligible Italians being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at the time of writing. In addition, over 30,200,000 booster vaccinations have been administered, with a recent boom in people receiving both their booster and first doses.
New case numbers have started to rise again in recent weeks - you can follow the data here. Most of Italy is classed as a yellow zone, with a few in orange and a few in white, with widespread restrictions in place as a result.
For more about how safe a city Rome is to visit in general, and how to stay safe in Rome, visit my page about this here.
Everyone in Italy now needs to show a 'Green Pass' to gain access to the following locations:
The Green Pass is a way of proving that you have either been vaccinated, recently recovered from Covid-19 or have taken a negative test within the previous 48 hours (rapid antigen) or 72 hours (PCR). Limited activities can be accessed with just a negative test result, the vast majority requires proof of vaccination or recovery.
If you take a test while in Italy, you will receive a code that will allow the results of that test to be validated, either in the app or printed out, regardless of whether you're an EU resident or not.
You can only use the Green Pass if you have been vaccinated in the EU, have proof of recovery from an EU doctor or have taken a test in the EU. It has also been confirmed that proof of vaccination from the USA, UK, Canada and Japan, e.g. a US CDC vaccination card, or proof of recovery from within the last 6 months, will be accepted.
Note that there is no time restriction for when you were vaccinated, the 6 month window only applies to the certificate of recovery.
As of December, the Green Pass system has been heavily amended - make sure to check out all the details on my dedicated page about the Italy Green Pass.
Properly worn face masks are still required everywhere indoors except in the privacy of one's home/hotel room/Airbnb.
You will need to wear a mask in the following places:
You are also now required to wear a mask outdoors, regardless of what region or color zone you are in.
Some places, such as public transport or museums, require you to wear an FFP2 mask, so cloth or surgical masks will not be acceptable.
Your vaccination status is not a factor.
The same rules apply to everyone regardless of whether you have been fully vaccinated or not.
Please visit my page all about the Coronavirus situation in Rome for more details about current restrictions, which I also update every week.
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First, there are several factors that determine if you can legally travel to Rome right now:
In addition, there are factors you may want to consider before deciding if you really want to travel to Rome, Italy, and/or the rest of the EU right now. These include:
The Italian government has been closely monitoring the worldwide situation and setting rules by which non-Italians may enter Italy for leisure purposes.
Because these rules can and have changed quickly, with little notice, you may want to keep checking this page and the official links provided here.
I will be updating this page every week with the latest updates.
Right now, citizens of some countries may enter Italy for any reason, including:
There are different entry requirements and rules for visitors from these countries, see more below.
On August 30 the EU announced a change to the countries on their Covid-19 'safe' list, removing a number of countries including Israel and the USA.
This means that they have recommended that EU member states should be restricting access to visitors from those countries in some circumstances. They have advised that fully vaccinated visitors and people traveling for necessity do not need to be restricted, so this seems to be more about reducing the number of unvaccinated people coming to the EU.
The Italian government has amended their requirements for travelers from the USA to make a distinction between vaccinated and non-vaccinated people in line with this advice, as well as clarifying the requirements for travelers from some other countries, which I have set out below.
While Italy is allowing visitors to arrive from these countries, one factor you also need to consider is what your own government says about travel to Italy.
As an example, the US State Department travel advisory for Italy has been updated from Level 3 to Level 4, Do Not Travel. This does not mean you are forbidden to leave the US to visit Italy, only that they strongly advise you to reconsider doing so at this time, so it is up to you to make that decision based on your individual circumstances.
As of right now, there are no countries with a travel ban in place.
Please visit the Italian Health Ministry’s website to see the latest news about which citizens may/may not enter Italy.
There is no mandatory quarantine for UK arrivals.
If you have a certificate of full vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine, completed at least 14 days before traveling to Italy, you will not need to quarantine on arrival, as long as you ALSO have proof of a negative test result from a molecular or antigenic test.
If you have done a PCR test, that has to have been taken in the 48 hours before arriving in Italy, if you have done an antigen test, this has to be from the 24 hours before arriving - be sure to have taken the test in the right time frame!
Certificates of recovery from Covid-19 dated no more than 6 months prior to traveling to Italy will NOT be accepted in place of full vaccination for UK visitors or visitors from any of the other countries on the Italian Health Ministry's 'List D' categorization.
If you cannot provide proof of full vaccination, or do not have proof of a negative test, you will have to quarantine for 5 days and take a test at the end of this period before leaving quarantine.
If you have proof of vaccination but are traveling with anyone under the age of 18 who does not, they do not have to quarantine. Children between the age of 6 and 18 still need to have proof of a negative test however, while any child under 6 is exempt from the test requirement.
Please visit the Italian Health Ministry’s website to find out more.
People visiting Italy from the countries of the European Union and Schengen Area do not have to quarantine on arrival, as long as they meet one of the following conditions:
AND proof of a negative test result from a molecular or antigenic test taken before traveling to Italy. Antigen tests must have been taken within 24 hours of entering Italy, and PCR tests within 48 hours.
People visiting Italy from Canada, Japan and the United States can avoid quarantine if they provide:
AND proof of a negative test result from a molecular or antigenic test taken before traveling to Italy. Antigen tests must have been taken within 24 hours of entering Italy, and PCR tests within 72 hours.
If you do not have the negative test proof, you will need to quarantine for 5 days even if you are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Coronavirus, and take a test at the end of the 5-day period which must come back negative before you can leave quarantine.
If you are not fully vaccinated or don't have a recovery certificate, only a negative test result, you will have to quarantine for 5 days on arrival.
The certificates and test results need to be in English, Italian, Spanish or French, and can be in either digital or printed format.
If you are vaccinated but are traveling with minors who are not, they will need to have proof of a negative test result, unless they are under 6 years old. They will not need to quarantine if traveling with a parent/companion who has proof of vaccination or recovery.
People visiting from other countries on Italy's 'List D' classification, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates, must quarantine for 5 days on arrival unless they are fully vaccinated and have proof of a negative test.
People visiting Italy from any other country are only allowed to travel for essential reasons such as work or an emergency and must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
See the full details and lists of countries on the Italian Ministry of Health website here.
Many airlines are operating flights between Italy and other countries around the world, but the Italian government agreed on a specific procedure with certain countries and airlines for Covid-tested flights. (Note, they are not called “Covid-free” flights.)
With the options for travel to Italy becoming more flexible, the Covid-tested flights are no longer necessary. The flights themselves are still running as scheduled, but the multiple-test process is no longer in place.
If you had booked on to a Covid-tested flight and are unsure of what you will need to do now, check with your flight provider to see what their advice is.
As more countries go on to Italy's 'safe' list for travel, it's possible other Covid-tested flight routes may be put into place, so always check before booking flights from any country to ensure you are clear on what you need to do.
According to WHO, a PCR test (also sometimes called a molecular test) looks for genetic material of the virus. It is a test in which the specimen goes to a lab for analysis to determine if any COVID RNA is present.
An antigen test (also sometimes called a rapid test) is when they try to identify one of the outer proteins of the viral shell. A rapid antigen test is considered slightly less accurate than a PCR test.
In both cases, the specimen is collected with a nasal swab, although on occasion an oral swab may also be taken. This will depend on where you have the test done.
Neither the PCR test nor the antigen test require a blood sample.
Currently there are no situations in which a blood test is required for you to travel to Rome.
The costs of these tests vary, depending on where you have them done.
A PCR test in Italy costs around 50-60€. In some cases, you may request the results in English for an additional small fee (around 10€.) If you are flying directly out of Rome to your home country and not through another EU country, you likely only need the PCR test results in Italian.
In the US, I have had free PCR tests at Walgreens (Florida) and CVS (Georgia), while I’ve seen comments online from others taking these tests at CVS and other labs with costs ranging from $100-200.
Yes. If traveling from any country. Vaccination status does not exclude the need for a negative test result for travel from any country, including other EU countries.
At most pharmacies around Rome, you will see outdoor tents where you can get Covid tests done. In most cases, the tests performed here are rapid antigen tests or blood tests.
PCR tests are done at specific labs. There are many around Rome. You will need to book in advance. Sometimes you can book online and sometimes you have to call. Labs include Synlab, Artemisia, and Bios but there are others too.
If you need to get a PCR test elsewhere in Italy, here is a link to the Ministero della Salute (Italy Health Ministry) website with their list.
Most PCR test results are available “within 48-72 hours”, but in reality, you should receive them within 24 hours.
I do not know of any lab in Italy or elsewhere that can get results faster than that.
The EU created a system called the “EU Digital COVID certificate" (although the general term "Green Pass" is also used) to allow for EU residents to easily move between the member states.
Italy has its own national version of this pass, find out more on the Italian government's dedicated website here.
It's a way of proving you have been fully vaccinated, have recently made a full recovery from Covid, or have had a recent negative test result. For more information, click here.
Italy has been assigning color codes to the various regions, based on infection rates.
Right now, most regions of Italy are in the yellow zone, except for a few in orange and white, which means pretty much the same restrictions are in place all over the country.
As long as the regions are in either a white or yellow zone, you may move freely between them with no barriers to travel.
If a region of Italy goes to orange or red zone, then travel to/from that region would be restricted to essential purposes only if you do not have a Green Pass. You can still travel in, out and around orange zone regions if you have a valid Green Pass.
Right now, EU countries have varying rules and restrictions depending on their individual rates of infections and hospitalizations.
Check with this website to see if you can freely travel from Rome, Italy to the country of your choice.
When you fly back home, you may have to take a PCR or antigen test prior to leaving Italy.
This will depend on the airline, your home country's requirements, and whether or not your flight stops first in another European city.
Different airlines and different airports have different rules so no matter what, you should stay up to date with the regulations as outlined by your airline and home country. Keep checking up until the dates close to your travel date.
For now, FFP2 mask wearing is strictly enforced.
You no longer need to have a rapid antigen test on arrival at the airport in Italy, so once you disembark, you can proceed to Passport Control and after that, to Baggage Claim.
However the Italian Government has introduced random spot testing for all arrivals, so you may be asked to do a quick swab test in the airport.
Your luggage may arrive before you do and if so, you will find it either going around on the carousel or off to the side of the carousel with other luggage.
The Italian government’s stance on travel abroad is currently that caution should be used when planning any trip. They have not restricted their citizen’s ability to travel however, where there are restrictions, they come from the foreign government’s rules.
Italy to the US:
As of November 8 2021, the US government has confirmed that fully vaccinated visitors only from a number of countries including the EU and UK, may enter the United States for any reason. Proof of a negative test (PCR or antigen) will also be required, for both visitors and fully vaccinated US citizens returning home. As of December 6 2021, this test must be taken no more than 1 day before traveling to the US and you must complete a Passenger Attestation form.
Children under the age of 18 do not need to be fully vaccinated, but proof of a negative test result will be needed for all children from 2-17 years old.
Proof of recovery or partial vaccination is not an accepted substitution for full vaccination, with very few exceptions in place. For US citizens returning home who are NOT fully vaccinated, they are required to show proof of a negative test taken within one day of departure. Check out all the details of this new policy here.
Italy to the UK:
The UK's entry requirements have changed more than once recently, but the situation right now is as follows:
The pre-departure test requirement has been removed for people who are vaccinated, so you now do NOT need to take a test before traveling to the UK if you are fully vaccinated.
If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, with a vaccine administered in the UK, USA, EU or a number of other specific countries, you must pre-book a test (antigen or PCR, both are acceptable) to be taken on or before day 2 after your arrival into the UK. You no longer need to quarantine while waiting for your results.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a test within 2 days of traveling to the UK, quarantine for 10 days on arrival and pre-book 2 tests to be taken on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine before traveling.
Every traveler must also complete a Passenger Locator form.
These rules apply to England specifically - visit the UK government's website for more information about the rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Note that if you are using a US form of vaccination proof, i.e a CDC card, you will also need to show proof that you are a US resident for this to be accepted.