Updated: New COVID Rules in Italy Come Into Play on September 1, and It’s Not Good News for Unvaccinated Travelers

Beginning on September 1st, Italy will require everyone to carry a green pass or an EU covid digital passport to travel on any form of public transportation.

All passengers over the age of 12 will now be required to show a green pass (or equivalent) to travel on any planes, trains, buses, metros, and any other public transportation. 

This adds to the August 6th requirement for proof of vaccination to enter most public spaces such as restaurants, theaters, museums, events, conferences, and more. For full details of those restrictions, see the previous post below.

If you were not vaccinated in the EU and are not a citizen of the EU, there’s still hope. Italy accepts the equivalent proof of vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine from a handful of other countries, including the UK, US, and Canada. For the full list of countries, check here

The new regulations mean Italy will become very difficult as a travel destination for those without proper proof of vaccination from within the EU or one of the other countries on the approved list.

Published on August 1

As covid cases increase, Italy is adding new rules and regulations set to begin on August 6. According to the National Tourism Agency, Italy will require individuals to hold an Italian Green Pass for entry into most public spaces. 

The Green Pass, the Italian version of the EU Digital covid certificate, will be required to enter almost every public space. The list includes indoor restaurant space, bars, pastry shops, sporting events and venues, museums, shows, festivals, gyms, pools, parties, spas, casinos, etc.

What these regulations mean for travelers in Italy

Starting on August 6, everyone over the age of 12 will need to show the Italian Green Pass to enter the spaces mentioned above. This new requirement means unvaccinated tourists will be severely limited in public areas in Italy.

Italy will accept all EU Digital covid certificates in place of their Green Pass. The government also said it will accept all vaccination cards issued by the USA, Canada, Japan, the UK, and Israel. Digital or printed vaccine cards from those nations will function the same as a Green Pass so long as it’s in Italian, English, French, or Spanish.

Arriving in Italy right now

Currently, everyone entering Italy needs to present a negative covid PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. Everyone must also fill out a passenger locator form.

Travelers entering Italy directly from the United States, Canada, or Japan can enter with no quarantine requirement. Those from the UK will need to present a negative test, vaccination card, and quarantine for five days after arrival.

Entry into Italy can get complicated if you’re coming from several other countries in the EU. Coming from Portugal, for example, requires a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival and self-quarantine for 10 days, followed by another negative test at the end of the quarantine period. 

Check here for up-to-date requirements for each country.

Lauren Allain
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.