UPDATE: 28th April 2022
From 1st May 2022, the Italian Government is making travel to and around Italy easy. The main changes that come into effect for travellers include:
- Either a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate OR negative test result is now sufficient for entry to Italy, and this can be provided digitally or in paper format. Note: a digital passenger locator form is still required for entry.
- A ‘green pass’ or proof of vaccination is no longer required to enjoy access to hotels. restaurants, bars, shops, museums, offices etc
- Masks (higher-grade Ffp2) are only required on public transport and on planes and ferries/ships, in cinemas, theatres and indoor stadiums and venues where there are large crowds
8th February 2022
As all covid metrics including cases, hospitalisations, etc are dropping across Italy and vaccination rates continue to rise (with 91 percent of Italians over the age of 12 having had two doses of the vaccine and almost 60 percent having had the booster), the country is in a strong position to welcome back tourism – and only this week, the Government announced a range of measures to make it easier for visitors.
1. Arriving to Italy: Vaccination & Super Green Pass
What you need to bring to travel freely:
- Vaccination certificate showing proof of your 3 doses issued in your own country – it’s best if you can bring an electronic and paper format – this will effectively act as your ‘Super Green Pass’ and can be shown when accessing services and venues in Italy including hotels, restaurants and public transport, etc
- A negative PCR (molecular) test result taken in the 72 hours before arriving into Italy, or a negative Rapid Antigen test result taken in the 24 hours before arrival. This is only provided to your airline and/or to Customs agents on arrival, so it’s good to also have an electronic and paper copy of this test result with you.
NB: If you don’t provide the negative test result, you will be required to self-isolate for 7 days on entering Italy and then have a negative test result to leave quarantine. While obtaining a rapid test is easy enough to do at any chemist on nearly every other street corner in Italy, it is better to arrive with your negative result.
In our experience, and as mentioned in our previous Italian travel update, we highly recommend booking on a covid tested flight to Italy with Emirates, Etihad or Singapore Airlines as they will seamlessly take you through the steps in their ‘fit to fly’ process, making it super easy for you to load your test result electronically into their system and also your passenger locator form, both requirements of entry to Italy.
2. In Italy: A few tips for navigating the ‘health’ system
- Your ‘green pass’
Always have your vaccination certificate with you (electronic and paper formats in case your phone dies!) and present this anywhere where you are requested to show your ‘green pass’ – Italians won’t know the name of every ‘pass’ from abroad so they will automatically ask you to show your ‘green pass’ – at which point you’ll show your certificate. We are finding that while currently the QR code doesn’t always work on vaccination certificates from abroad, venues will be obliging on presentation of your full paper certificate.
- Having a test or ‘tampone’ while here
In Italy, Rapid Antigen tests are mostly used for virus detection (PCR or molecular are only used to confirm a positive RAT) and are administered at the local ‘farmacia’ (chemist or pharmacy, depending on where you come from and what you call it). They generally cost €15 or thereabouts, and you just need to present at the farmacia saying that you want to have a ‘tampone’ and they will administer it, and provide you with your result within 10-15mins.
- Testing positive or ‘positiva’ while in Italy
If you test positive while in Italy, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum period of 5 days, and until you again test negative. It is essentially a ‘self-managed’ process where individuals are expected to take responsibility for their own health and for those around them.
- Emergency healthcare in Italy
If for some reason, you do need emergency health care whilst in Italy, it is essential that you carry your travel insurance documents with you and also your local country health card; ie. it’s a handy tip for Australians to be aware that Australia and Italy have a reciprocal health arrangement in place where on presentation of your Medicare card to emergency clinics and hospital departments, you will be able to access free health services, and thus not be charged.
3. In Italy: Joining us on our Italian cycling tours
- All tour leaders/guides and guests being triple/booster vaccinated
- All tour leaders/guides and guests to complete a pre-tour health questionnaire, which needs to be presented on Day 1 of the tour
- All accommodation partners, restaurants and other venues we stay in and/or visit throughout the tour complying with the Italian Government’s Covid standards on capacity limitations, hygiene sanitation, ventilation etc (It is important to know that if these types of providers in Italy are found to not comply, there are very hefty fines in place for the business owners – in our experience, everyone here is very compliant to the regulations, particularly because with the family-run businesses we work with, their livelihoods depend on it)
- ….and much more that is communicated directly to our guests