Updated on July 31, 2020
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The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19
- Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures.
- Italy has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning recommending travelers defer all non-essential travel to Italy due to the global impact of COVID-19. The Department of State’s Level 3 Travel Advisory similarly recommends that travelers reconsider travel to Italy, and includes a Level 4 Travel Alert advising travelers not to travel to the regions of Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures.
- Public transportation including airlines, trains, and buses continue to operate, but with reduced frequency. Travelers should check carrier schedules for the latest updates and work directly with the carrier or travel agent to arrange or reschedule travel. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility of additional travel restrictions to be implemented with little or no advance notice.
- The U.S. Embassy in Rome, Consulates General in Milan, Naples, and Florence, and Consular Agencies in Venice, Palermo, and Genoa have resumed limited regular passport processing as of June 17, 2020. Please note that although some passport processing centers in the United States have resumed operations, customers may sill encounter significant delays in receiving their passports. Travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may contact U.S. Embassy Rome or your local consulate and request an emergency passport appointment
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- U.S. citizens may exit or depart Italy to return to the United States at any time.
- Current travel restrictions on entry into Italy are linked to several factors, including one’s country of departure and purpose of travel.
- Non-essential travel (i.e., tourism) to Italy from most non-EU countries (including the United States) is prohibited. Essential travel is allowed and includes students, businesspersons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens.
- The Government of Italy periodically updates these restrictions based upon changing conditions, and all travelers should refer to current Italian health decrees when making travel plans.
- English-language guidance on current entry and exit requirements is maintained on the following Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: Travel to and from Italy.
- All persons traveling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide their airline or Italian law enforcement officials with a self-declaration form prior to travel.
- Transiting through Italian airports is allowed, but those traveling from certain listed countries are not permitted to leave the airport while transiting. The list of those countries can also be found here: Travel to and from Italy.
- For additional information on travel to and from Italy, please see the following website: https://www.esteri.it/mae/it.
- All travelers arriving in Italy from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days unless they are traveling from an exempted country or for a purpose that falls under current exceptions. A list of these countries and exceptional purposes for travel can be found at the following website: Self-Quarantine Information. This link also provides current guidance on procedures to be followed upon arrival and entry into a period of self-isolation.
- https://www.epicentro.iss.it/coronavirus/ (the Italian National Institute of Health’s website available only in Italian).
- Call Italy’s 112 emergency number or 1500 if you believe you have symptoms and are currently in Italy. English speaking operators are available.