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Last updated: 02 September 2021

Travelling to Italy and the Italian Islands in 2021

Everything you need to know before you go

This page gives specific information about travelling to Italy in 2021.  Please also see our main Travelling with Confidence section for general information and details about arriving back in the UK after your holiday.

Travel restrictions and entry requirements are in place for most countries and can change with little notice. It is your responsibility to check the relevant local government websites and comply with all up to date entry requirements for your destination before you travel.

Current requirements for travelling to Italy

  • Before travel, you must complete an online digital form. This will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device
  • Undergo a PCR test which tests negative 72 hours before your departure date and time.
  • On arrival in Italy travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must self-isolate for 5 days, at the end of which they must take a rapid antigenic or molecular swab test for COVID-19 and test negative for release. Children under the age of 6 do not need to test or self-isolate. If you wish to fly, you must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 48 hours before travel.
  • Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit

Please refer to UK Government Foreign Travel Advice website for further updates. We recommend that you sign up for the FCDO travel advice email alert, so you automatically receive the latest travel alert for the destination you are travelling to.  You must have adequate travel insurance in place for your holiday.

Current requirements for travelling to the UK back from Italy

Italy is currently on the Amber list. Please refer to the below table for the relevant requirements

Measure Green Country Vaccinated Amber Country Non-vaccinated Amber Country Red Country
Passenger Locator Form required within the 48 hours prior to arriving in the UK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-departure test required 72 hours prior to arrival in England Yes Yes Yes Yes
Self-isolation No self-isolation required No self-isolation required 10 days self-isolation at home 10 days in a managed hotel
PCR test on day 2 of your arrival back into England Required Required Required Required
PCR test on day 8 of your arrival back into England Not required Not required Required Required
Test to release on day 5 Not necessary Not necessary Optional Not possible

**If you are travelling from/to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the above tests may not be suitable for you. Please check the latest UK border control rules for you

We recognise that due to the ongoing pandemic, you are required to pay for Covid tests and are doing everything we can to make it easier and lower the cost. We have partnered with several testing firms and secured a discounted rates on PCR and Rapid Lateral Flow tests for our customers.

Provider Type Cost Promo code Notes
Randox PCR £43 OLYMPICH Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.
Randox PCR £86 OLYMPICH Price includes 2 tests - useful if you are returning from an amber country and need to test on day 2 and day 8.
Eurofins PCR £44.90 None required Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.
Qured Lateral Flow £35 OLYMPIC10 Take it with you on holiday and carry out the test 72 hours prior to your return flight.

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