Can I travel to Italy?
Last updated: 12 July 2021
Yes you can travel to Italy! However self isolation for 5 days is currently required for those travelling from the UK, even if fully vaccinated or with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. You’ll also have to quarantine at home for 10 days upon return, however this will change after 19 July for fully vaccinated travellers.
Read on below for more information on the requirements and what’s on offer when you visit this popular European destination.
- Official guidelines: From 21 June to 30 July, on arrival in Italy travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must present a negative molecular or antigen test taken in the 48 hours preceding entry into Italy and fill in a digital localisation form. They must also self-isolate for 5 days, at the end of which they must take a rapid antigenic or molecular swab test for COVID-19 and test negative for release. Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.
- Children under the age of 6 do not need to test or self-isolate. 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.
- Quarantine: Travellers arriving without a negative test will need to self-isolate for 10 days and undertake a test at the end of the isolation period. Children under the age of 6 do not need to test or self-isolate. 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.
- Other local guidelines: Bars, restaurants, shops and nightclubs are all open but with social distancing measures and reduced capacities in place. Public transport is running, however may be limited services in some regions. Face masks are required when within enclosed environments, on public transportation, and when a social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be respected.
Why wouldn’t you? Some of our favourite holidays are from our time spent in Italy – from the dramatic backdrops of the Amalfi coast to the historic sites of Rome and Pompei, the romance of Venetian canals and not forgetting the incredible food and wine. Italy is currently seeing an upsurge in tourism since it reopened to travellers and restrictions/requirements remain tight, particularly for those from the UK.
Best time to go?
Italy has something to offer year-round but we love late spring (April to May) or early autumn (September to October), when you can expect milder temperatures and smaller crowds of tourists. The Summer Fiesta is around 15 August so you can anticipate that some places may be closed at this time. If you can avoid the hottest months of June-August, you’ll find Italy to be quieter and less expensive.
Our Top 5 unmissable trips:
- The Italian Alps – Sweeping from Monaco to Trieste in the Northern tip of Italy, offering stunning views and hikes year-round. Take a look for inspiration from Anywhere We Roam
- The Lakes – Fly into Milan or Verona to access Lago di Garda and Lago di Como, for beautiful accommodation. Stay in one location or move around the lakes stopping at different towns to sample what each has to offer.
- The Amalfi Coast – Flying into Naples, we travelled from Salerno to Sorrento, stopping at Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and others. We’ll be back soon to add Capri to the list!
- Sardinia – One of three larger islands off Italy (the others being Corsica and Sicily), Sardinia offers 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and hiking trails. Its landscape is dotted with thousands of nuraghi – Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives!
- Wine tasting – In Tuscany and beyond, you can’t possibly visit Italy without sampling the incredible wines, whether staying at an agriturismo or visiting a vineyard. Check out Decanter’s recommendations
And for families?
If your children are keen on history, there are loads of historical sites with gruesome stories to read about as you explore. For active children there are fantastic trails to walk in Cinque Terra or the Amalfi Coast, as well as watersports along the coast. Lago di Garda is one of the most family-friendly areas, with a relaxed atmosphere and the option to cycle around the lake, stopping off for ice cream – not forgetting Gardaland, Italy’s biggest amusement park!
Unlike Spain or Greece, the age of exemption is low so it is only children under the age of 6 who do not need to test or self-isolate.
Getting back into the UK
Based on current restrictions, those returning from Italy who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after 19 July. Those yet to be vaccinated can expect to quarantine at home for up to 10 days, as Italy is currently on the Amber List. For more information on local guidelines and travel restrictions, use our free search tool for the very latest updates
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