Updated Quarantine Restrictions for Travellers from the UK, USA and Canada in September 2021

  • September 1, 2021

With Italy’s summer season drawing to a close and the Delta variant on the rise, Italy has decided to update Coronavirus restrictions for travellers arriving from the UK, USA and Canada.

Are you travelling from the UK and fully vaccinated? Congratulations! You no longer have to quarantine for 5 days on arrival.

Unfortunately, for travellers from the USA and Canada, this ruling means the end of quarantine-free travel for unvaccinated travellers.

Read on to find out how these new rules will affect you.

Travellers from the United Kingdom

Travellers arriving from the UK will be delighted to know that from September 1st, Italy’s mandatory 5-day quarantine will be dropped for fully vaccinated arrivals who are in possession of a negative Covid-19 test (a molecular swab test or a rapid antigenic test) within the 48 hours preceding their arrival in Italy. Fully vaccinated travellers must:

complete a digital passenger locator form;

take a negative molecular or antigen swab test, which must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before entering Italy.

Travellers to Italy from the U.K. who are not fully vaccinated must:

complete a digital passenger locator form;

take a negative molecular or antigen swab test, which must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before entering Italy;

quarantine for five days;

take another molecular or antigen swab test following their 5-day quarantine.

Travellers are considered to be fully vaccinated when at least 14 days have passed after receiving the final dose.

There are different rules in place for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Find out what you have to do when returning to the UK here.

Travellers from the USA and Canada

Italy has been a quarantine-free destination for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from the USA and Canada since June.

However, with the rapid surge in the number of ‘Delta’ variant cases, Italy has decided to impose new restrictions on arrivals from August 31st.

To avoid quarantine, arrivals must:

complete a digital passenger locator form;

be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.

There are currently four approved vaccines:

    • Comirnaty (also known as Pfizer)
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (also known as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
    • Spikevax (also known as Moderna)
    • Vaxzevria (also known as AstraZeneca)

take a negative molecular or antigen swab test, which must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before entering Italy.

I’ve heard that I need a ‘Green Pass’ to access bars and restaurants. How do I get one?

If you have been vaccinated in the USA or Canada, you will need to show one of three certificates:

a vaccination certificate, showing that you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency;

a certificate of recovery from Covid-19;

a negative swab test certificate, showing that you have tested negative for Covid-19;

Certificates can be submitted in Italian, English, French or Spanish. You can find out more information on how to get a Green Pass here.

Travellers vaccinated in the United Kingdom can use their NHS Covid Pass, which is able to be scanned and verified by establishments using Italy’s VerificaC19 app. However, how to access your covid pass depends on which UK nation you were vaccinated in. Find out what steps you should take here.

Olivia Farley
Olivia splits her time between Lake Como and Liverpool (United Kingdom), where she studies French and Italian at university.
Olivia is passionate about language-learning, travelling, and ‘il dolce far niente’. She also enjoys exploring cultural and historical sites, and hiking up the many trails around the lake. 

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