EXPLAINED: How has Italy changed its rules on travel from the US and Canada?

Fully vaccinated travelers who’ve been hoping to visit Italy this summer now have the green light after the country announced it would drop the quarantine rules from this week.

EXPLAINED: How has Italy changed its rules on travel from the US and Canada?
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced in a Facebook post that Italy would allow entry from the United States, Canada and Japan under the same terms as the EU’s ‘green pass’ scheme as of June 21st.

That means the ten-day quarantine rule will not apply to passengers who can provide proof of being fully vaccinated or having recovered from Covid-19, or can show a negative result from a test taken within the 48 hours before arrival in Italy.

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Until now, Italy had only waived the quarantine rule for those who took special ‘Covid-free’ flights operated by four airlines.

The scheme allowed passengers flying from 10 designated airports to skip quarantine if they showed negative results in a series of tests – prior to departure, at boarding, and upon arrival. 

How do I enter Italy under the ‘green pass’ rules?

The Europe-wide health certificate scheme allows quarantine-free travel between EU member states as of July 1st.

Italy has already started rolling out its own version of the digital document, and has chosen to also recognise equivalent documents from some non-EU countries with high rates of vaccination – and to begin allowing those travellers to enter Italy before the EU-wide rollout date.

This means you don’t need to download an Italian ‘green pass’ – you can instead use documents issued in your home country and these will be accepted by Italian authorities.

The Italian government’s updated rules state that people can now enter Italy quarantine-free from the US, Canada or Japan by presenting one of the following health documents:

  1. Certificate of vaccination – such as a US CDC-issued vaccination card or EU green certificate. Keep in mind you must be fully vaccinated, meaning you have had your last vaccination 14 days before departure.
  2. OR
    A negative antigen, PCR, or molecular test result from a test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Italy.
  3. OR
    A certificate of Recovery from Covid dated no more than six months before arrival to Italy.

All passengers travelling to Italy still need to fill in a passenger locator form giving their contact details. Find it here.

Anyone who cannot show the requested documents may be required to undergo a ten-day quarantine period on arrival.

The Italian government reminds travellers that new restrictions “may be adopted at national and/or regional level depending on the risk assessment carried out on a regular basis by the Health Ministry.”

For further details of the requirements, see the Italian Foreign Ministry’s website (in English), or contact your airline or the Italian embassy in your country.

For more information about the current coronavirus situation and health measures in Italy please see the Health Ministry’s website (in English).

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EXPLAINED: The plan to open southern Italy’s newest airport in 2024

There will be a new way for holidaymakers to reach the Amalfi Coast this year, as the nearby airport is getting a makeover and will open to commercial flights from summer 2024.

EXPLAINED: The plan to open southern Italy's newest airport in 2024

Getting to southern Italy’s sun-drenched Amalfi Coast should become a little easier from this year with the Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport set to open to commercial passengers.

The small airport, which has existed for almost 100 years but has until now been mainly used for military and private flights, is 45 kilometres (28 miles) south-east of the town of Amalfi and is expected to be an easier access point for visitors.

At the moment, most people travelling to the Amalfi Coast fly into Naples before taking a combination of trains and buses south to reach the holiday hotspot, known for its clifftop lemon groves and pastel-coloured villages.

The airport’s runway is expected to be extended to 2,200 meters by 2024, and a new passenger terminal is set to be completed by 2027.

The airport was granted permission to operate commercial flights in January, and the first flights are expected to begin from July this year.

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Spanish budget airline Volotea has already announced four services connecting Salerno Costa d’Amalfi with Cagliari, Verona and Catania in Italy and Nantes in France.

The Nantes and Cagliari flights will begin in July while Verona and Catania are scheduled to start in September.

Salento Airport’s new passenger terminal will feature photovoltaic panels on the roof. Image: AF517/Diorama via GESAC

Management says the project will continue until 2043, by which time the airport hopes to accommodate six million passengers a year.

“The new terminal, once completed, will cover an area of about 16,000 square meters and reflect the highest environmental standards both in terms of energy efficiency and the use of natural and sustainable materials, and will be equipped with a photovoltaic system for reducing CO2 emissions,” the airport’s management company, GESAC, said as it outlined the development plan.

The opening is hoped to help relieve pressure on Naples’ busy Capodichino International Airport, which had a record 12.4 million passengers in 2023.

Local tourism businesses have enthusiastically welcomed the plan, though not everyone thinks making Amalfi easier to visit is a good idea – there have long been concerns about, and attempts to limit, congestion in the highly popular destination.