What you need to know before travelling to Italy from Australia during COVID-19

For vaccinated travellers willing to fulfil a few entry requirements, here’s what you need to do before departing on an Italian escape.

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Renowned for the coastlines in Amalfi, the canals in Venice and Rome’s ancient history, Italy is an international getaway sure to impress any Aussie traveller. But is it open for travel right now?

If you’re vaccinated and willing to fulfil a few entry requirements, the answer is yes. In this guide, you’ll discover what’s open to Australians beyond the border, permit requirements and if you have to quarantine upon arrival.

TL;DR: Entry requirements for quarantine-free travel to Italy

  • Vaccination proof, at least 14 days before departure
  • A negative PCR test result within 72 hours before arrival or an antigenic swab test with a negative result in the 24 hours prior to arrival in Italy
  • Fill in the Passenger Locator Form
  • Visa (if required)

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What are the entry requirements for Italy coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit or visa to enter Italy?

Most Australian travellers will be able to travel to Italy visa-free if visiting for less than 90 days in a 180-day period. You will need to apply for a visa before visiting for any other purpose.

Do I need proof that I'm vaccinated to travel?

Yes, travellers from Australia must present a COVID-19 green pass or valid certificate certifying complete vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccination must have been completed at least 14 days before arrival.

Do I need proof that I've had a negative test when travelling to Italy?

Yes, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arriving or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of arriving is necessary for travel to Italy.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Italy?

If you are unable to meet any of the entry requirements, you will need to undergo self-isolation for 5 days.

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Which entry points in Italy are open to travellers from Australia?

All of Italy’s borders are currently open to Australian travellers.

Are flights between Australia and Italy available?

Yes, there are a few airlines that are operating a limited schedule of flights connecting Australia and Italy. You can currently find flights to Italy from airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.

Chances are, your journey will include at least one stopover. Make sure you meet the transit requirements for each country you pass through.


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As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Italy?

Vaccinated travellers should find it relatively easy to travel around the country but you will need to present proof of your vaccination status for some activities.

Italy is using a colour-coded classification system to indicate different levels of risk and the measures in place across regions. Measures can include curfews, mask use and restrictions on inter-regional travel. Up to date information can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

The Italian government recommends all travellers download the Immuni app, a contact tracing application to assist health officials.

Are hotels, hostels and resorts all open to tourists?

Yes, all accommodation providers are allowed to reopen. Be prepared to show proof of vaccination on check-in.


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Can I cruise to or around Italy?

Yes, cruise ships are allowed into Italy. There are cruises scheduled for as early as December 2021 with Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises and Viking.


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What's open in Italy?

Italy has had a few false starts with its reopening but this time it seems to have stuck. Many of its tourist attractions and hospitality venues are allowed to reopen but you will notice some limits on capacity and new safety protocols in place.

Some of Italy's open attractions and sites that we've got on our list include:

Walking trails, parks and beaches: Most recreational venues in Italy are open to visitors but you may notice some additional safety protocols in place.

Shopping centres and stores: All retail businesses are allowed to reopen but must adhere to specific rules and capacity limits.

Restaurants, cafes and bars: Dining out will likely require proof of vaccination and limited capacity, especially in indoor venues.

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Do I have to quarantine when I return to Australia?

Yes, you will need to do some level of quarantine upon arrival back from Italy. However, this depends on which state you're flying into and your vaccination status.

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Do I need proof of a negative test before arrival in Australia from Italy?

Whether you need a negative COVID-19 test result before you arrive in Australia from Italy depends on which state or territory you're travelling to.

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COVID-19 statistics for Australia vs Italy

Note: No data was available on days where the charts may read 0% for vaccination rates.

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