Important COVID-19 travel guidance
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.
This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.
This travel advice page also covers the Vatican City
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all non-essential travel to Italy, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.
The FCDO is not advising those already travelling in Italy to leave at this time. Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.
If you are returning to the UK from Italy on or after 4am on 18 October, 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.
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.