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Heathrow Airport: Latest Foreign Office travel advice for Italy and how to avoid having to self-isolate

Italy is a popular place to travel with around four million Brits visiting every year to take in the sights in places like Rome, Venice and Naples.

As the birthplace of pizza and pasta, there is no wonder why people want to jump on a flight from Heathrow and other airports to check out the cuisine and architecture.

But what are the latest travel rules if you want to grab a breakaway to Italy?

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With the continuous spread of coronavirus, the Italian government still have many restrictions in place to combat the pandemic.

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Italy.

Entry requirements

If you have been fully vaccinated and can prove it, or show proof of Covid-19 recovery, then you may enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.

You must also provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of entering Italy or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of entering the country.

A passenger locator form will also need to be completed and there may be other regional requirements to apply.

If you are not vaccinated, can’t prove you are fully vaccinated, or are exempt, you will need to:

  • Fill in a passenger locator form.
  • Show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.
  • Notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into the country.
  • Travel to your final destination in Italy in private transport.
  • Isolate for five days.
  • Take another PCR or antigen test at the end of the five days.

Children aged 17 and under do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian and can show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test.

Foreign Office travel advice states: “Regardless of your vaccination status anyone arriving in Italy by air, land or by sea may be subject to random COVID testing on arrival until 31 January.”

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Coronavirus restrictions in Italy

Masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor spaces in Italy, except for children aged 5 and under.

When driving, it is encouraged to pay attention to signage and carry a mask with you at all times.

For places such as public transport, theatres, concert halls, cinemas and sporting events, FFP2 masks must be worn until March 31. Food and drink are also not possible in these locations.

Outdoor events in public spaces, concerts and clubs are also closed until January 31.

You may only visit a care home if you have a “Super Green Pass”, a negative test, or show you have had the booster dose of the vaccination until at least March 31.

From January 10, you will need a Super Green Pass to access hotels and to travel on any local transport.

The Foreign Office states: “Italy will accept the UK’s proof of Covid-19 recovery and vaccination record as the equivalent to a green pass. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November 2021 to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.”

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