The Italian administration has announced that the country will keep its borders open to travelers coming from the U.S. despite the on going concerns with the pandemic.
However, travelers should take be aware of the new vaccination requirements for foreign visitors established late 2021, early 2022.
Italy is a country with high travel risks according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC which means that you should avoid flying to this country if not necessary.
That said, if you’re planning a trip to Italy in 2022, there are a few documents you will need to be eligible to enter.
Requirements to Travel to Italy from the United States
Travelers from the United States are allowed to enter Italy for both essential and non-essential purposes. Of course, there are few regulations to observe once in the country, depending on the region you’re heading.
So, let’s focus on the paperwork that needed to be done before the travel.
First and foremost, all travelers aged 6 and above need to prepare the following:
- A European digital Passenger Locator Form – used by the local authorities to track potentially exposed to Covid-19 or other infection passengers,
- A self-declaration form to be presented in front of the airline company or an Italian immigration officer,
- Negative test results from a rapid antigen or PCR test took no more than 72 hours before entering the country.
- A vaccination certificate or documentation proving that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the 6 months before arriving to Italy.
Currently, the vaccines approved by the Italian authorities are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. Please, note that apart from the vaccination card received after getting vaccinated is perfectly enough to be used as a certificate. Digital formats are also accepted.
Not vaccinated travelers or those lacking a recovery certificate will be required to quarantine for 5 days upon arriving. Once these five days have passed, you’ll have to take a PCR or rapid antigen test to end the self-isolation period.
Children younger than 6 years are not required to get tested nor to spend time in quarantine – unless their parents need to.
What is the Passenger Locator Form?
A digital Passenger Locator Form is an extra measure that several countries have taken, and is required for all foreign passengers including those from the United States.
The PLF approval itself represents a QR code that has to be scanned upon arrival. Its aim is to help the local health authorities to contact the passengers that may have been exposed to an infection i.e. Covid-19 during their trip – may it be on the plane, boat, or else.
The form collects basic information on your home address and flight and accommodation details to Italy:
- The airline you traveled with and the flight number,
- Boarding country and time and date of departure,
- Boarding airport,
- Time of arrival in Italy,
- The final destination to Italy,
- First and last name of each passenger,
- Date of birth and passport number,
- Your permanent address in the U.S. and your accommodation in Italy.
The Passenger Locator Form is needed to enter Italy, France, Slovenia, Malta, and the United Kingdom. It is possible to fill in the PLF upon arrival but bear in mind that you may be fined too for not having prepared it before leaving your country.
You can complete yours and your travel party on our website, and the QR code will be sent to you back, by email.
What are Italy’s New COVID-19 Rules?
Please, note that as of January 10, 2022, everyone, regardless of their nationality, will need to present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of recovery to access everyday life.
And this applies to hotels as well.
Other temporary requirements are the mandatory wear of masks when outdoors, and the mandatory wear of FFP2 masks while traveling with public transport.