Italy’s New COVID Rules Spell Mandatory Quarantine for Unvaccinated Americans

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In line with the current European Union recommendation to restrict travel from the United States, Italy is one of the first countries to announce new measures.

Going forward, all travelers from the United States as well as Israel, Japan, and Canada will have tighter restrictions on travel to Italy thanks to an uptick in covid cases in these nations. 

All tourists who have visited any of the countries mentioned above in the last 14 days will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival to Italy. All arrivals must also complete a digital passenger locator form regardless of vaccination status. 

Unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for five days, followed by another negative PCR test to end the quarantine period.

This brings Italy in line with the standard practice of many other countries and only requires one test for those already fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine. Unvaccinated travelers will find Italy’s new rules more burdensome since they include a mandatory quarantine period.


Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.