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Travel to Italy during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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Test pre-travel:


Form pre-travel:


Test on arrival:


Screening on arrival:


Quarantine on arrival:


Test during stay:



UK return testing:


Quarantine on return:


Test pre-travel: Antigen test
Test time:

Until the 5th March, entry into Italy from the UK is only permitted for those with Italian residency which must be declared in writing.


You must present your airline with a Negative COVID19 PCR test result taken no earlier than 3 days (72 hours) before departure.

On arrival:

You must also take a COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test within 48 hours of entering Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport. Whatever the result of the 2 swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days.

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration:
UK return testing:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.


The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml.   The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Quarantine on return:

A suspension of all Travel Corridors for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is in place from 4am 18 January for a period of at least one month. 


The following statements have been issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:


Department for Transport (DfT)


All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants.


Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK. 

  • emergency measures introduced at the border to be in place for at least one month in order to protect the UK against new variants.
  • all international arrivals to the UK from any country (including British and Irish Nationals) must now take a pre-departure test and self-isolate for 10 days.
  • passengers must continue to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and have a negative test before travelling to the UK or could face a £500 fine for each.


The statement in full can be accessed via this link:


Northern Ireland


Travel Corridor Suspended


The UK Government has announced that it is to suspend the travel corridor system until at least 15 February.  This will come into effect from 4am on Monday 18 January.  Travel corridors operate on a four-nation basis and the decision will see Northern Ireland amend regulations to remove the approximately 64 countries, islands and territories remaining on the travel corridor list.


The statement in full can be accessed via this link:




Travel corridors suspended.

Changes to travel restrictions following new COVID-19 variant. Following identification of a new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, the Scottish Government will impose additional restrictions on arrivals. From 04:00 on Monday, all country exemptions from self-isolation after international travel will be suspended.


Passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to isolate for ten days on return. They must also have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.


The statement in full can be accessed via this link:




Travel corridors to be suspended as new virus strains emerge. 


The First Minister has tonight confirmed travel corridors will be suspended in Wales to help prevent new mutated strains of coronavirus entering the UK. Travel corridors will be suspended from Monday until at least 15 February – and possibly longer – as all four nations of the UK act together.


The statement in full can be accessed via this link:

Foreign Office Advice:
Local regulations:

A nightly curfew is in all in all regions from 10pm to 5am.  Other than for emergencies it is not possible to be away from or leave your place of residence during this time.


There is a strong recommendation from the government of Italy to not travel, even locally.


Social distancing of one metre must be maintained at all times and the use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.  


Bars, restaurants and cafes must close by 6pm and museums, theatres and cinemas remain closed.


There may be additional restrictions that are applicable in the regions within Italy.  Any additional restrictions for local areas can be found on the Ministry of health website.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at or visit for country-specific information.

Last updated: 26.01.2021 at 11:54