Foreign travel advice

Italy

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on COVID and non-COVID risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. You should check the travel advice for your destination.

Travel disruption is possible worldwide. Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Summary

This travel advice page also covers the Vatican City

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Italy based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Italy, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to Italy is subject to entry restrictions

  • When you arrive in Italy from the UK, you must show evidence that you tested negative for COVID within the 72 hours before your travel. Do not use the NHS testing service for a test to travel to Italy. You should arrange to take a private test.
  • Alternatively, you can get a free test on arrival at some airports, or at a testing facility in Italy shortly after you arrive. If you test positive in Italy, you will be required to quarantine. Your quarantine may last from 10 days to 3 weeks, so you should be prepared in case you test positive.
  • If you have stayed in or transited through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days before you enter Italy, you’ll also need to self-isolate for 14 days on entering Italy. If you cannot do that for any reason, you may be refused entry to Italy.
  • You should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy and inform local authorities of your presence.

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.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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.