Italy welcomes back tourists

Italy Welcomes Back Tourists for Summer 2021

With Quarantines Lifted and Covid-Free Flights, Italy is Now Open to Tourists

The latest news from the Italian government gives us a lot of excitement as Italy opens its borders to more international tourists from 16 May, 2021.  We can’t wait to welcome you back to Rome and Italy!  We look forward to helping you plan your trip, as well as answering any questions you have about this ever evolving situation. 

The first announcement came on Friday when the Minister of Health announced that all of Italy’s regions, with the exception of one, will be in the lower restriction Yellow Zone beginning Monday, 17 May, 2021.  The new zone map is shown below, and the current zones are as follows:

Red Zone

None

Orange Zone

Aosta Valley

Yellow Zone

Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Bolzano, Trento, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto

White Zone

None

Map of Covid zones in Italy

Quarantines Lifted

The next announcement made on Friday, by the Minister of Health, was the lifting of quarantine from countries already approved to travel to Italy for tourism.  Travelers from the European Union, Schengen Area, Great Britain and Israel may enter Italy for tourism.  Upon arrival they must show a negative covid test (molecular or antigenic swab) taken within 48 hours prior to entering Italy.  With this negative result, there will be no quarantine required for these travelers.  

*Brazil is not included in this ordinance, they are still under the quarantine requirement regardless of test result until 30 July, 2021.*

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Covid-Free Flights

And finally, the last announcement made on Friday was that travelers on Covid-Tested or Covid-Free flights from the USA, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates will be allowed to come to Italy for tourism without quarantine.  Previously these countries were only on the emergency and work related list for entry, with tourism not allowed. But as of 16 May, 2021, anyone from these countries may travel to Italy for tourism as long as they are on one of the official Covid-Free flights.  

At this time, Delta is the only USA carrier offering these Covid-Free flights.  You can get more information regarding the testing requirements at the Italian Embassy in USA website here.  You can also get more info from Delta on their website, or in the article written by The Points Guy.  American Airlines also has plans to introduce Covid-Free flights to its schedule, so keep an eye on them as well as other carriers getting on board with these flights.

Remember that if you attempt to come to Italy for tourism, and you are not on one of these flights, you will not be allowed in unless you meet the previous restricted entry requirements of work, residency or health emergency.  

**Please be sure you also verify the proper procedures for your Covid-Free flights, so that you are sure to be in compliance for the requirements not only by the airline, but also Italy and its Health Ministry.  Here are the links of requirements for Rome FCO airport here, and for Milan MXP here.**