Tuesday, October 19

What are the Italian rules for traveling during Easter?

Can I visit Italy from abroad?

Italy’s rules for international travelers remain the same: visitors from other EU countries or the Schengen Zone They can come to Italy for tourism or for any other reason, as long as they test negative for the coronavirus no more than 48 hours before arrival. Anyone who does not have a negative antigen test or a PCR test must be quarantined for 14 days.

There are different rules for people traveling from Austria, which are subject to tests on arrival and before departure, and have to spend two weeks in quarantine even after two negative results. Then they must perform a third test after 14 days. The rules apply until at least April 6 – find all the details in the website of the Italian Ministry of Health (in English).

Visitors from a handful of low-risk countries outside the EU: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore Y Thailand – They are also allowed to come to Italy as tourists, although they must remain in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Test of passengers arriving at Rome Fiumicino airport. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Italy currently has additional restrictions on the United Kingdom Y Brazil. People leaving Great Britain or Northern Ireland can only enter Italy if they were officially registered as residents before 23 December 2020 or they can show that they need to come for “reasons of absolute necessity”. They must be tested before and after arrival, and carry out a 14-day quarantine regardless of the results.

Meanwhile, travelers to Brazil must have been registered residents before February 13, 2021, be returning with minor children living in Italy, or have other essential reasons for traveling. They must be tested before and after arrival, serve quarantine, and retest after 14 days.


Travelers from The rest of the world, including the United States, Canada, India, Russia, China and any other country, unless specified, can only visit Italy for essential reasons, such as for work or study or for medical treatment.

Citizens of other countries living in Italy, as well as Italian or EU citizens and their family members, can return to Italy, but must remain in quarantine for 14 days. The same applies to people who have “a proven and stable emotional relationship” with a legal resident of Italy and need to get to their partner’s Italian home.

Find more details of current Italy travel rules, including exceptions for people traveling for work or short-term transit through Italy, at the website of the Ministry of Health (in English).

Can I travel abroad from Italy?

Yes, as long as your chosen destination allows you to enter and you know the rules that will apply to you upon your return to Italy (see above: residents of Italy are subject to the same tests and quarantine requirements as tourists).

The Italian Interior Ministry recently confirmed that people in Italy are free to go on vacation to other countries within the EU or the Schengen Zone, even if that means traveling within Italy to get to the airport or ferry terminal. That holds true even when Italy is a nationwide ‘red zone’ over Easter weekend, with strict limits on getting out of your city or region in most other circumstances.

However, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues recommend people avoid traveling abroad unless “strictly necessary”, including within the EU. New restrictions on entry into Italy from other countries may be put in place that could make it difficult to return home, the ministry warns.

Can I travel in Italy?

Italy currently has a ban on most travel between regions, which is only allowed for work, health or other emergencies.

With all regions, be they red or orange zones, under Italy’s system of risk-assessed levels of restrictions, non-essential travel between cities is also prohibited.


During the Easter weekend of April 3-5, all of Italy will become a red zone with maximum restrictions in effect, which amounts to a form of lockdown.

Under these rules, people are required to stay home except for essential reasons such as shopping for groceries, going to work, or exercising (on their own).

If you need to take a trip within or beyond your own city, you must be prepared to complete a self-declaration form justifying your reasons.

Transportation, including trains and buses, continues to work for people who need to travel, but may have reduced hours. The police are also likely to check your forms at train stations and bus terminals.

If you are driving, you will also be subject to police stops on the road.

Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

Can I visit my second home in Italy?

It depends. If you live abroad and have a vacation home in Italy, you will need to follow the same travel restrictions as any other visitor (see above).

If you live in Italy and have a second residence within the country, national regulations allow you to travel there. You can return to a home in a different city or region even if it is not your permanent residence and even if it means leaving a red or orange zone.

But there are two conditions: you must have owned or rented the property before January 14, 2021, and there cannot be anyone else living there. In other words, you can’t go off on a short-term rental or stay with friends or family.

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Remember also that certain regions of Italy have introduced their own restrictions limiting visits by second home owners during the Easter holidays, including Tuscany, Sardinia, Valle D’Aosta and Alto Adige / South Tyrol. These take the form of local ordinances that you can find posted on the official website of each region: find links here.

Always check regional and national restrictions before planning a trip.

I live in Italy. Can I visit my friends and family here?

You cannot go and stay with your loved ones, as explained above. But you can spend the day with them, according to a special exception on socialization in the Easter rules of Italy.

Between April 3 and 5, when Italy is a red zone, you will be allowed to visit another nearby home once a day and you will not be accompanied by more than one adult (although children under 14 can also come).

You must stay within your own region and you must leave after 5 am and return home at 10 pm, according to Italy’s night curfew.

These visits are usually prohibited in the red zones, but the latest emergency decree contains a temporary assignment for the holiday weekend.

When will the rules change next?

Italy’s current emergency decree came into effect on March 6 and will remain in effect until April 6.

The closing of Holy Week applies from April 3 to 5.

The Italian government has yet to confirm the rules from April 7 onwards, although Prime Minister Mario Draghi has indicated that the system of regional restriction tiers will remain in place and that none of Italy’s regions will become a zone. yellow or white, where restrictions are allowed. loosen up – until at least the end of April.

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