Italy loosened entrance rules for tourists from countries outside the European Union on March 1, according to Next Vacay, which has seen an astounding surge in searches for “enter Italy from the United States” by more than 1,300 percent year over year since then.
Founder and CEO of Next Vacay, Naveen Dittakavi, stated, “Americans—and other non-EU travelers—will be allowed to enter Italy for tourism without having to undergo mandatory quarantine. All that will be required is a standard Green Pass, which will consist of either a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate, or a negative test result.”
Foreign visitors from countries other than the European Union were previously required to show proof of complete vaccination (a paper CDC card would suffice for Americans) along with a negative pre-departure test. In contrast, unvaccinated travelers were required to adhere to a mandatory quarantine for the first five days of their trip.
International tourists who are wholly vaccinated or have recently recovered from a disease no longer need to undergo a pre-travel test to enter Italy. Travelers who have been fully immunized only need to prove that they have been fully vaccinated, with the final dose of their primary vaccine series administered at least 14 days and no more than 270 days (nine months) before arrival unless they have also received a booster injection. Travelers who have not been fully immunized only need to prove that they have been fully immunized. Infected with COVID-19 in the past do not need to be vaccinated. Still, they must present a medical document stating that they have recovered to qualify within the preceding six months.
In addition, unvaccinated international tourists may enter Italy without going through quarantine if they have a negative pre-travel PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test completed within 48 hours of arrival (children under the age of six are exempt). International tourists entering the European Union are also required to submit an E.U. Digital Passenger Locator Form.
It will be simpler for Americans and other non-Europeans to schedule their trips to the much sought-after Mediterranean country during the upcoming warm-weather seasons because of the new, streamlined COVID-19 countermeasures at the Italian border.