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At a glance: What Covid-19 rules are now in place in Italy?

Italy has scrapped a large number of its Covid restrictions, but that doesn't mean there aren't some measures still in place. Here's a recap of exactly what the rules are in Italy right now.

Italian police officer on patrol in Rome.
Italy has pledged to ease health measures in the coming weeks, but many restrictions currently remain in place. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Italy’s health ministry confirmed at the end of May it would be lifting the requirement for travellers to provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative Covid test from June 1st.

That means that from the start of June, no Covid documentation is required to enter Italy (including the ‘dPLF’, or digital passenger locator form).

READ ALSO: LATEST: Italy scraps all Covid entry rules for travellers

On a national level, however, Italy has kept some health restrictions in place.

The decreto riapertura, or ‘reopening decree’, released in March, allowed for almost all of the country’s Covid restrictions to be dropped on May 1st; but an ordinance released at the end of April amended the decree to keep certain restrictions in place until at least June 15th.

As the rules have changed several times in recent weeks, there has been considerable confusion about what exactly people should expect when visiting.

Here’s an overview of Italy’s most important Covid restrictions rules you need to know about.

Masks

As of May 1st, masks are no longer required for a large number of indoor venues, and aren’t needed outdoors at all.

Bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, museums, galleries, gyms, swimming pools, spas, nightclubs and workplaces all no longer require any kind of mask (under national law – individual businesses may choose to impose their own, stricter rules).

Masks are still required on local and long-distance public transport; in health and social care environments, such as hospitals and residential homes; in schools; and in indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, live music venues, and indoor sports arenas and stadiums.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: When do you still have to wear a mask outdoors in Italy?

High-grade Ffp2 masks are required on public transport (including planes, trains, ferries, buses, trams, coaches, school buses, trams and the metro) and in indoor entertainment venues; while lower-grade surgical masks are accepted in health and social care facilities and schools.

While the requirement to wear masks in indoor entertainment settings will be dropped as planned on June 15th, the health ministry is reportedly still deciding whether the deadline should be extended for public transport services.

Children under the age of six are exempt from all mask-wearing requirements.

Police can issue fines of between 400-1,000 euros to those who refuse to comply with the rules on wearing masks.

READ ALSO: Will Italy scrap the last Covid restrictions in June?

Green passes

As of May 1st, the requirement to show proof of vaccination or recent recovery from Covid (known in Italy as the ‘green pass’) to access most facilities and services has been dropped.

No health certificate of any kind is now needed to access almost all venues in Italy; the only exception being hospitals and care homes, which continue to require a ‘super’ or ‘reinforced’ green pass or its equivalent in the form of a foreign-issued vaccine or recovery certificate.

For entry into Italy from abroad, no Covid documentation of any kind is required as of June 1st.

People show their green passes outside a museum in Rome. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Venue capacity

Italy had lowered the maximum capacity of theatres, nightclubs, sports stadiums and other venues throughout the pandemic, but these rules ended on April 1st, meaning capacity has now been restored to 100 percent.

Travel to and within Italy

As of June 1st, Italy no longer requires arrivals to provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a recent negative test result, following a press release from the ministry of health confirming that the requirement would not be extended beyond its expiry date of May 31st.

The requirement to fill out a dPLF (digital passenger locator form) was lifted on May 1st.

This means that from the start of June, travellers do not require any Covid-related documentation to enter the country.

See all the updated details about the rules on travel to Italy from your country on the government’s ‘Viaggiare Sicuri’ (travel safe) website.

READ ALSO: ‘Fit to fly’: Are Covid lateral flow tests valid for travel to Italy?

Within Italy, there are no restrictions on travel and movement between regions under current rules set by the national government, though local authorities can impose their own measures at any time.

Vaccine mandates

It’s anticipated that the vaccine mandate currently in force for people in Italy aged over 50, as well as teachers and those in the emergency services and armed forces, will expire as planned on June 15th.

Vaccination will remain mandatory for hospital and care home workers up until the end of 2022. Failure to comply will be met with a €100 fine.

Please note that The Local cannot advise on specific cases. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, see the Italian health ministry’s website or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

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COVID-19 RULES

‘Not offensive’: Italian minister defends Covid testing rule for China arrivals

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani defended the policy of testing all arrivals from China for Covid-19 after Beijing said the policy "lacks scientific basis".

'Not offensive': Italian minister defends Covid testing rule for China arrivals

“It seems perfectly normal to me,” Tajani told Italian state broadcaster Rai on Tuesday. “Having a test is a way to protect people’s health. There is nothing offensive about it.”

“Lots of Chinese and Italians coming from China do it (anyway),” he claimed.

READ ALSO: Is the EU likely to reinstate Covid travel restrictions?

Italy was the first European country to make testing on arrival a requirement for passengers arriving on flights from China last week, after a surge in the infection rate there.

Italian Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said on Wednesday that the screening requirement was “essential to ensure the surveillance and identification of any variants of the virus in order to protect the Italian population”.

READ ALSO: Italy pushes for EU-wide China Covid measures as tests show no new variants

France and Spain have since introduced similar rules (as well as non-EU countries including the UK and USA) and there is now a meeting scheduled for Wednesday of the EU Integrated Policy Response Capability to discuss coordinating measures.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said the screening policy would be “ineffective” if not done on a European level, as only people arriving on direct flights from China were being tested in Italy, not those with stopovers.

But the Chinese government on Tuesday hit out at countries introducing a policy of mandatory testing for people arriving from China.

“Some countries have taken entry restrictions targeting only Chinese travellers,” foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning was quoted as saying at a briefing by AFP.

“This lacks scientific basis and some practices are unacceptable”.

She said Beijing may “take countermeasures based on the principle of reciprocity”.

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