Italy Drops Passenger Locator Form but Extends Covid Entry Restrictions

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Since May 1, travelers planning to enter Italy no longer need to submit the Passenger Locator Form, as communicated by the Ministry of Health. Nevertheless, international visitors should expect to face the other existing entry restrictions which have been in turn extended until the end of May for the moment.

On April, 28, the official gazette of the Italian government stated in a decree that the decision of extending the entry regulations until at least May 31 has been made following the new rise in Covid cases in the country as well as other countries in the world, informs.

While the state of emergency had been lifted in Italy for some time now, the pandemic is still present and measures must be implemented to limit its spread. This is the reason why the Directorate-General for Health Prevention forwarded a recommendation to the Ministry of Health, emphasizing the fact that entry restrictions in effect must be imperatively maintained in Italy due to the continuing high number of cases reported around the world, thereby influencing the decision made by the Italian authorities.

Therefore, to be allowed to enter Italy, all travelers must present at least one of the following documents: a COVID-19 vaccine certificate, a certificate of recovery following a positive test, and a negative COVID-19 test.

Regarding the certificate of vaccination, it is mandatory for the visitors to complete the primary three vaccine doses and take the additional booster shot for the certificate to be considered valid for a period of 270 days. This is necessary to be allowed to enter the country as a vaccinated visitor.

Here are the vaccines recognized in Italy: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen, Nuvaxovid/Novavax, and others approved such as Covishield, R-Covi, or Fiocruz.

It is also possible to show proof of recovery from COVID-19 (valid 180 days after the positive test) to visit Italy without facing other potential restrictions such as quarantine. The result of the Covid test must have been issued by a certified health professional to be accepted. 

Alternatively, if you are not vaccinated, you can present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding if it’s either a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arriving in the country or an antigen test performed up to 48 hours before the travel.

All travelers unable to present at least one of the aforementioned documents will have to go into a 5-day-quarantine after arriving in Italy. Self-isolation will only end if the person tests negative and does not present serious symptoms at the end of the five days.

Additionally, the Italian government removed the face-mask mandate for most indoor places such as museums, hotels, grocery stores, or bars. Nevertheless, this does not apply to public transportation, health and sports facilities, care homes, concerts, and more.

COVID-19 restrictions have eased considerably as the Italian government decided to lift the requirements for the EU Digital Covid Certificate that was primarily used to access public spaces like bars, hotels, museums, and many others. These updates aim to significantly boost tourism for the upcoming summer season, but the country is still unsure as to whether it will remove other COVID-19-related restrictions before the peak season kicks off.