Italy: COVID-19 Travel Information

Information for flying from the UK to Italy

This information is provided for customers flying to Italy from the UK. From here you can see the latest infection numbers, entry requirements, travel restrictions, and availability for flights and hotels. Italy Currently has a traffic light status of green. and PCR entry test requirements are listed as: PCR Required, Should not be older than 48 hours(Book Online)PCR Required, Should not be older than 48 hours(Book Online)

Italy is currently the 17th most popular travel destination from the UK which is the same as last month.

Traffic Light Status: green

Please select your vaccination status below as this will change the entry restrictions and return requirements listed on this page.

Return to UK: Green Requirements

Passenger Locator Form Not Required
Pre-departure Test at Destination Recommended
Hotel Quarantine Not Required
Self-isolation Not Required
Test to Release Not Required
Antigen Testing Not Required
Further Covid Testing Not Required

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Entry Requirements

Entry Status Open from the UKOpen from the UK
Tests PCR Required, Should not be older than 48 hours(Book Online)PCR Required, Should not be older than 48 hours(Book Online)
Quarantine Not RequiredNot Required

Additional Restrictions

Mask Required in some cases
Public Transportation Operating
Restaurants Open
Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided by a third-party and therefore we can not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information. It is imperative that you confirm entry restrictions, either from the UK Government website, or your travel operator.
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Current Travel Popularity: 17/230
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COVID-19 Statistics

Total Cases 17,057,873
New Cases 27,162
Population 60,296,023
Last Updated 16 May 2022 04:41am

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What tests do Vivo Clinic Provide?

VIVO Clinic offers both postal and in-clinic PCR Tests for travel to ITALY, as well as Antigen (Lateral Flow Tests) to check for current infection of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The test results are recognised for travel, and you are provided with a Fit to Fly certificate via email which is what airlines will need for you to fly.

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What are PCR and Antigen (Lateral Flow Tests)?

The starting point for PCR or Antigen tests is that they both require nasal and throat swabs.

PCR tests search for Covid-19 coronavirus RNA, and where this is detected, a positive result arises. If you need an RT-PCR compatible test, the good news is that Vivo Clinic’s test complies with this requirement.

Antigen tests search for Covid-19 antigens and report a positive result if these are found. The Antigen test is available at a lower cost, is widely recognised and is quick and convenient.

Where is my nearest clinic?

Visit to view a list of all UK-wide Vivo clinics.

Do I need to have a Covid-19 test to travel to Italy?

View other content on this page to see the current Covid-19 requirements for Italy. Typically, tests are required because the destination needs evidence of being free of Covid-19 infection at the time of travel. Proof that you are Covid-free is provided by a negative PCR or Antigen test result, which in turn means we can send a fit-to-fly certificate.

Can I book more than one test?

Yes! Book, for up to six people at a time.

What is a fit-to-fly certificate? Do I need one?

Fit-to-fly certificates provide evidence of Covid-19 health status and your “fitness to fly”. With a negative test result (PCR or Antigen), you will receive a fit-to-fly certificate sent by email from our CQC registered lab.

Do you need an instant Fit-to-Fly certificate for your Italian trip? If you do, then try out our premium service. With this premium service, your fit-to-fly certificate is sent instantly via email and SMS. The certificate includes a QR code for speedy validation.

What information will the fit-to-fly certificate contain?

The Fit to Fly travel certificate provided to you will include your full name, date of birth, laboratory and test credentials, passport number, time and date of sample, and time and date of the report. This should be all the airports and US clearance authorities need.

Can I only have an in-clinic test, or do you supply home kits?

The good news is you can test at home too! Buy our sample collection PCR kits and Antigen test kits if you would prefer to test from home. With in-clinic/home tests being directly comparable, either test will give you everything you need for your Italian trip.

Is your laboratory regulated?

Yes, the Vivo Clinic laboratory is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Our certificate number is CRT1-4708702735.

How long do PCR and Antigen tests take?

Start to finish, expect our appointments in-clinic to take no longer than fifteen minutes.

What happens in the clinic appointment? Do I need my passport?

Here is what happens in the clinic appointment:

  • Expect the appointment to last for about 15 minutes
  • Expect our expert staff to (painlessly) collect nasal and throat swabs
  • There will be some admin! A form with both contact and personal information will be completed. This enables us to complete your fit-to-fly certificate
  • A valid passport (i.e., still in date) for the named person on the test is needed
  • Rely on full support and help from our trained and helpful staff

Can I come to a clinic when I suspect I have Covid-19, or I am self-isolating?

We strongly recommend taking at-home tests if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms. Buy home tests that are perfect for your Italian trip at these links – Antigen and PCR.

Can I find out travel information about other countries?

Yes, Vivo Clinic has a travel advice portal. Visit this to learn about:

  • Country-specific information, for pages like this Italy one
  • Covid-19 restrictions and travel advice for 200+ countries
  • Guidance about local laws, regulations, and entry requirements
  • Is the country currently open to foreign visitors (yes or no)

Timeline of the pandemic in Italy

Italy was one of the first countries outside of China to be majorly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. First recorded infections occurred around 17th February 2020 and by 17th March cases had skyrocketed to over 5,000.  Cases then started to drop steadily during April and May, during a nationwide quarantine and remained low over Summer until September. Covid-19 cases in the country began to increase rapidly again and by November 2020 there had been well over 900,000 recorded infections.
Popular Airports in Italy

Airport IATA Passengers
Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino FCO


43,532, 573
Milan Malpensa Airport MXP 28,846,299
Orio al Serio International Airport BGY 13,857,257

Popular Destinations

Italy, of course, is a cornucopia of rich historical landmarks, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Roman Colosseum, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, il Duomo cathedral and the ancient city of Pompei.
Useful Links

The latest news and advice from the Italian government can be found here.

Information from the Italian Ministry of Health.

UK government travel advice to Italy can be found here.

Healthcare in Italy

If you need medical advice or believe you have symptoms of coronavirus you should contact a local doctor or ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale) before visiting a health centre. There is a list of regional numbers for any healthcare or Covid-related issues on the Italian Ministry of Health website.

Emergency services can be reached on the 112 or 118 emergency number, and English-speaking operators are available.




  • Italy is open for travel.

Can I Travel to Italy?

  • Italy is open for travelers who can show proof evidence of vaccination, a negative test, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to Italy?

  • Arrivals to Italy without evidence of vaccination, a negative test, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate must quarantine for 5 days.

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Italy?

  • All arrivals are required to present a negative PCR no older than 48 hours or an antigen test no older than 24 hours.
  • Either test must be performed by a lab.
  • Fully vaccinated or recently recovered arrivals are exempt.
  • Arrivals may be selected randomly for testing upon arrival.

Is public transportation open in Italy?

  • Public transportation in Italy is operating.

Are restaurants and bars open in Italy?

  • Restaurants in Italy are open.

Are businesses and attractions open in Italy?

  • Non-essential businesses and attractions in Italy are open.

Do I need to wear a face mask in Italy?

  • Wearing face masks is required in some public places.
  • For some cases, FFP2 or KN95 masks are required.
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Christmas markets

19 November, 2020

The government has released a warning for a threat of terrorism in places where there may be larger groups of people. This includes Christmas markets, however, most of Italy’s Christmas markets have been cancelled as they fall into the category of fairs and community festivals which were prohibited in a recent emergency decree.

Stricter regional classifications

12 November, 2020

Italy’s three-tiered regional classifications have been updated with the Regions of Abruzzo, Basilicata, Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria are now included in the orange area and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano is now included in the red area.


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