Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel
To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries.
To understand the risks in a country follow FCDO Travel Advice.
When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).
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.
COVID-19 entry restrictions for Italy
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Italy’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
Returning to the UK
Italy is on the amber list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.
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.
Approximately 4 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.