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EXPLAINED: Who has to be quarantined in Italy and for how long?


Whether you are visiting Italy or returning home there after a trip abroad, you will most likely need to be tested for coronavirus, quarantine, or both.

Here’s what you need to know about the different rules for different countries, the type of tests you will need, how to quarantine yourself, and who is exempt.

San Marino and Vatican City

  • Required tests: none
  • Days in quarantine: None

Congratulations: if you enter Italy from one of these two small states within its borders, you are one of the only travelers in the world who does not have to be tested or quarantined.

EU or Schengen zone

  • Required tests: 2
  • Days in quarantine: 5

As of March 31, people arriving from any other member of the European Union or the Schengen Zone must test negative for the coronavirus no more than 48 hours before arriving in Italy, and then spend five days in quarantine regardless. . You then need to take another test after self-isolating.

READ ALSO: Italy imposes quarantine on all travelers arriving from the EU

The requirement applies to all persons who leave or have passed through one of the following countries in the last 14 days: Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary. , Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Travelers from Austria are subject to separate rules (see below).

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Austria

  • Required tests: 3
  • Days in quarantine: 14

If you have spent more than 12 hours in Austria in the 14 days before arriving in Italy, you will have to test negative no more than 48 hours before traveling and again no more than 48 hours after your arrival.

Even with two negative tests, you must spend 14 days in quarantine and then take the test a third time after self-isolation.

UK

  • Required tests: 2
  • Days in quarantine: 14

If you meet entry requirements allowing you to return to Italy from Great Britain or Northern Ireland, you must give a negative result no more than 72 hours before traveling and again no more than 48 hours after your arrival.

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Even with two negative tests, you must spend 14 days in isolation. You do not need to be retested after completing the quarantine.

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Brazil

  • Required tests: 3
  • Days in quarantine: 14

Travelers who are eligible to return to Italy from Brazil they must test negative no more than 72 hours before traveling and again no more than 48 hours after arrival.

Even with two negative tests, you must spend 14 days in quarantine and then take the test a third time after self-isolation.

Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand

  • Required tests: none
  • Days in quarantine: 14

If you are traveling to Italy from one of these ‘low risk’ countries, you will need to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival. You do not need to be tested at any time.

Rest of the world

  • Required tests: none
  • Days in quarantine: 14

If you meet the requirements to enter Italy from any other unspecified country, you must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. You do not need to be tested at any time.

Passengers on ‘Covid-tested’ flights from the United States

  • Required tests: 2
  • Days in quarantine: None

People flying from New York (JFK airport) or Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) or Milan (MXP) on one of the special “ Covid-tested ” services offered by Alitalia, Delta and American Airlines should not give more negative results. 48 hours before boarding. They are then retested when they land in Italy.

As long as both tests are negative, they can skip the quarantine.

READ ALSO: Italy hopes to expand ‘Covid-tested’ flights to more countries

The normal entry requirements However, they continue to apply, which means that only returning residents or people with an essential reason are eligible to take these flights.

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What kind of coronavirus tests does Italy accept?

Both molecular tests (PCR) and rapid antigen tests are valid for entering Italy. Test results do not need to be in Italian.

How should I quarantine myself?

Travelers who are subject to quarantine should report the address where they plan to isolate themselves to local health authorities upon arrival and then proceed to it using only private transportation, such as a taxi.

They must then remain indoors during the quarantine period, avoiding contact with anyone else sharing the accommodation.

READ ALSO: ‘What it was like to be quarantined in Italy after arriving from the US’

If you are arriving in Italy by public means, you should receive a form to fill out at the airport, station or ferry terminal where you land to notify the relevant authorities of your contact details. Otherwise, or if you are crossing the border by car, you will need to contact the local health authority of your destination yourself: find instructions here.

Are there exceptions?

Cross-border workers, transport crews, business travelers, and people briefly transiting through Italy are generally exempt from quarantine and may be exempt from testing, depending on where they are traveling from and how long they plan to stay.

You may need to request a special authorization from the Italian Ministry of Health to prove that you qualify. Check the requirements at the ministry website (in English).

Find all updates from The Local on travel to, from and within Italy here.


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