Italy travel advice

This travel advice page also covers the Vatican City

From 4 July, Italy is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have updated their country page for Italy relating to an increase in Covid-19 case numbers in Sardinia. Please review the NATHNaC country page for Italy for further information

Travel to Italy is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Italy from the UK is permitted – you no longer have to justify your reason for travelling
  • If you are travelling to Sardinia, you must register your trip in advance with the local authorities. There is no longer a requirement to take a COVID test prior to your arrival.
  • If you have stayed in or transited through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days on entering Italy. If you cannot do that for any reason, then entry to Italy may be refused. There are additional requirements for passengers arriving from Malta, Spain, Greece, Croatia and certain areas of France.
  • You should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Italy, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel in the EU will stay the same until 31 December 2020. This page will be updated with country-specific information for travellers to Italy as things change. Sign up for email alerts and view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

Approximately 3 million British nationals visit Italy every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Italy, visit our Living in Italy guide in addition to this travel advice.

If you’re visiting a ski resort, take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and familiarise yourself with local skiing laws and regulations. For more information about the avalanche risk, visit the European Avalanche Warning Service website. See Safety and security

High waters known as “acqua alta” are a common occurrence in Venice during the winter months and can cause flooding in parts of the city. See Flooding

Forest fires are a risk during the extended summer months. See Forest fires

Demonstrations may occur with little or no warning in cities. You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, or marches.

Terrorist attacks in Italy can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 112 (police), 118 (ambulance) or 115 (fire).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.


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