Italy is open to EU tourists and also Americans but only via “COVID-free flights”
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Italy is officially open to most countries. All arrivals must agree to take 3 COVID-19 tests and wear a mask during the whole “COVID-free flight.”

Flights to and from Brazil have been completely suspended and travelers who have been there over the last 14 days are refused entry. The U.K. and Northern Ireland are under a similar ban, however there is an exception for Italian citizens and residents returning from these territories.

– Spain Open to Tourism with Travel Restrictions
– Austria Reopening – Current Travel Restrictions
– Malta open to tourism

Italy reopening for tourism – Latest Updates

Tourists in Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy
Tourists in Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy

May 28 – Italy, another country that reopened to American tourists on May.

Italy is officially open to American travelers. As one of the world’s worst hit countries at the beginning of the pandemic, Italy expects to recover between 70 to 75 percent of the American tourists they used to receive before it had to shut-down back in February 2020.  

“Tourism is a key part of Italy getting back to normal [the government aims] to reopen to visitors from foreign countries which have reached a high rate of vaccination,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio on May 8.

To be granted entry, American tourists must come on a “COVID-free flight”. This means, visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test, take a rapid test at the airport before boarding, wear a mask during the whole flight and take another test upon arrival. Authorities have not mentioned vaccine certificates as a mandatory requirement. 

As of now, Delta will resume flights from New York (JFK) to Venice on July 2 and Atlanta to Venice and Boston to Rome on August 5.

(Source: BBC News)

May 10 – Italy to reopen before the European Union does

Italy is reportedly speeding up the activation of its Health Pass to streamline travel to the country ahead of the European Union’s date.

According to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the country is fine tuning the details to provide clear rules so vaccinated tourists can visit Italy without too much trouble. 

“Let us not wait until mid-June for the E.U. pass. In mid-May tourists can have the Italian pass . . . so the time has come to book your holidays in Italy,” said Draghi at a G20 meeting. 

Travelers are advised not to book their tickets just yet, since the Minister has not released the list of countries that will be allowed to visit Italy, and the E.U. has not enacted its rules as a bloc. 

April 24 – Italy has approved a reopening decree to ease COVID-19 restrictions

On April 20, Italy approved a new decree that describes how the country will be easing the COVID-19 restrictions from April 26 to July 31. 

Lower-risk areas, (according to the government’s designation), will be the first to benefit from this lifting starting April 26. One of the most notorious changes is that people from white, yellow and orange zones will be finally allowed to travel among these areas. 

Theatres, museums and cinemas will be allowed to reopen, while restaurants will be able to open for outdoor service only.

The good news for people coming from high-risk areas is that a “travel pass” -that will be available soon- will allow them to travel to other areas, said Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi.


April 9 

Regional Affairs Minister Mariastella Gelmini, stated that Italy is ready to ease restrictions starting May “in a major way”, and may even lift some of them on April 20, said at a conference yesterday, April 8.

“There are businesses that can be opened overnight such as barber shops,” he said. “Others can’t, like the big hotels. We have to monitor the health data and, on that basis, open as soon as possible.”

Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia also said that June 2 might be a good day to reopen for tourism. 

However, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi went more cautious and said that the date to reopen for tourism “has not been set in stone” and the situation can change at any time. 

February 17

Italian authorities have stopped all air traffic between Italy and Brazil. Flights from the UK, and Northern Ireland are authorized to transport returning citizens/residents and essential workers only. 

The interregional travel ban was extended until February 25, threatening to affect the ski tourism industry. Ultimately, Italian authorities decided to forbid amateur skiing altogether until at least March 5.

Countries allowed to enter Italy

air italy at the airport

Italy has made a reclassification of countries and restrictions for each of them. Click on the list to see what restrictions apply. (Current at May 28)

  • List A – Vatican City and Republic of San Marino 
  • List B – The States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C, by the Ordinance. At present, no state is included on this list.
  • List C – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • List D – Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada and United States and the States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List E, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2
  • List E – Rest of the world – (all States and Territories not specifically referred to in any other list). Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in:  
    • Brasil
    • India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka


Is Italy open for Americans?

Yes, it is. Check the requirements in the Latest Updates Section.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All travelers, regardless of their nationality, must fill in this self-declaration form. Several of the countries listed above have additional restrictions.

Unmarried couples can be reunited

Italy has joined the “Love is not Tourism” movement and it will soon allow unmarried non-European partners to reunite with their Italian significant others. The specific requirements to travel have not been announced.

COVID-19 situation in Italy

Italy is overcoming the third wave of COVID-19 cases, as of today, the country has reported 4,205,970 cases and 125,793 deaths. Additionally, the country has registered cases of new more contagious strains.

COVID-19 cases in Italy

What activities are currently allowed in Italy?

Consult the local government for changes on the information below

tourists visiting rome
  • Beaches and beach resorts (group sports are still banned)
  • Nature Parks and Amusement Parks (2 meters distance for playing sports)
  • Festival and Trade shows
  • Touristic Guides and Alpine Guides 

Outdoor activities require visitors to maintain a distance of 1 meter from strangers and wear a mask when that is not possible (like interacting with employees).

  • Hotels and lodging facilities
  • Shops and businesses
  • Mountain Huts
  • Bars and restaurants (reservation is recommended)
  • Gyms and pools
  • Thermal Baths and wellness centers
  • Discos

Sicily is planning to help visitors pay for their trip! In an attempt to boost tourism the island is planning to partially cover your hotel and attractions bills. Click here to see the latest updates about this program.

According to the CDC organization, traveling to Italy, Holy See and Vatican City should be avoided at the moment. Alert is at level 4 and chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 are high. (Source:

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