Can I travel to Italy in summer 2021? Holiday rules explained

Quiet canals of Venice, during the Covid pandemic. (Picture: Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If you’re dreaming of an Italian adventure in Rome, Venice, Sicily, Florence, or the Riviera, then you’re in luck.

However, Italy is currently on the UK government’s amber list, which means it’s not as straightforward to visit as booking a flight and high-tailing it over there.

There’s a lot to factor in before turning your travel dreams into a reality.

Check out the latest Italy travel news below.

Can I travel to Italy this summer?

Technically, as it stands: yes you can.

From May 17, Italy is on the amber list. This means it’s not advised to travel there for leisure, but you will be allowed as long as you complete certain requirements.

dome of Florence, Italy

The dome of Florence, Italy (Picture: Getty)

Before you travel, you’ll have to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test.

Either a PCR test or antigen rapid test (such as a lateral flow test) test will work, according to

On return to the UK, you’ll need take more Covid tests on your second and eighth day back on British soil.

You’ll also have to self-isolate for 10 days in your home – only emerging from isolation if you receive a negative test result after being home for five days.

So, you can technically travel there – but there’s a lot involved.


Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. (Picture: Getty)

And that doesn’t even include Italy’s own entry requirements

Will you have to quarantine on arrival in Italy?

No, you will not need to self-isolate when you arrive in Italy.

From May 16 until July 30, you’ll only need to quarantine when you land in Italy if you have shown up without proof of a negative Covid test.

If you can’t prove you’re negative, then you’ll be made to quarantine for 10 days and tested on completion.

To fly to Italy, you’ll need proof that you’ve had a negative result in the last 48 hours, and to fill in this travel declaration form.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy (Picture: Getty)

You’ll also need to call a special Covid-19 hotline in the region you’re visiting to let them know you’re there.

This information is correct as of May 29, according to the FCO website. At any time, Italy might change their rules or make an announcement.

Keep an eye on ever-changing coronavirus rules, and check Italy and the UK’s official government websites before booking any travel.

What are the current lockdown restrictions in Italy?

Much like other parts of Europe, Italy’s lockdown rules are somewhat relaxing, but remain quite strict.

Unfortunately, it won’t be exactly like a pre-pandemic getaway.

Tavern, Rome, Italy

You must wear masks all over Italy, though you can take them off to eat (Picture: Getty)

There is a national curfew between 10pm and 5am, meaning you’ll need to be in your accommodation safely indoors by 10pm.

And face mask-wearing is compulsory here. You have to wear them in all public spaces: indoors and outdoors.

However, bars and restaurants are opening up now – so you’ll be able to peel off your mask once you’re at the table to eat or drink.

An English translation of the Italian government’s website, last updated on April 29, reads:

‘[Masks] must be worn not only in closed spaces accessible to the public, as in the past, but more generally in indoor spaces other than private homes, and in all outdoor spaces.

ADI Design Museum Inauguration In Milan

Masked guests attend the inauguration of the ADI Design Museum in Milan. (Picture: Manuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

‘Exceptions are made in cases where, due to the characteristics of the place or the circumstances of fact, the condition of isolation from non-residents is continuously guaranteed.

‘This is without prejudice to the anti-contagion protocols and guidelines provided for any business, productive, administrative, and social activities.’

What is the Covid case rate like in Italy?

The number of new cases is on the decline. 3,747 cases on average are reported each day, according to Reuters – where you can find daily updates on Italy’s Covid rates.

Since the pandemic began, Italy has had over 4 million cases and, as of May 29, 125,919 Covid deaths.

Meanwhile, around 33 million vaccine jabs have been administered in total.

Could Italy move off the amber list?

Every three weeks, the UK government’s travel traffic light system will be reviewed.

That means that, over the coming weeks and months, Italy could be demoted to ‘red’ or granted ‘green’ status.

If it becomes red, you won’t be allowed to travel there at all.

And if it becomes green, you’ll be required to take fewer Covid tests and you won’t need to self-isolate when you get back to the UK.

But at the time of writing: Italy remains amber.

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