Procedures for departures and arrivals
 

GREEN PASS

From 1st September 2021, based on Decree Law no.111 of 6 August 2021, in order to travel by air on all flights departing from or arriving at Italian airports, you must hold a Green Pass (*) or an equivalent certification. The airlines are the entities identified by current legislation to carry out Green Pass checks for access to their transport services
Decree-Law No 229 of 30 December 2021 is extended the use of the 'Enhanced Green Pass', which is only obtained following vaccination or recovery, to include certain services and activities, including access to and use of transport. As of 10 January 2022 and until the state of emergency ends, the "Enhanced Green Pass"(*) or an equivalent certification will therefore be required for air travel on all  domestic flights departing from Italian airports. The obligation to have a “enhanced” Green Pass to access and use air transport does not apply to international air transport services. Please note that, under current regulations, airlines are responsible for Green Pass checks for access to their transport services.

Please note that from 16 December 2021 until 31 January 2022, entry into Italy is governed by the Ministry of Health Decree of 14 December 2021, which changed the rules for entry established in the previous Decree of 22 October 2021. It is also necessary to check the rules of the country of destination for passengers leaving Italy. The relevant checks are carried out by the airline at boarding.

(*) with the exception of persons under twelve years of age and persons exempt from the vaccination campaign on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
 

UPDATE 4.01.2022
Decree Law no. 221 of 24 December 2021 provided for the obligation to wear FFP2 masks on board aircraft until 31 March 2022 (end of the state of national emergency)

Entries from EU/Schengen/EEA Countries (List C)
From 16 December 2021 until 31 January 2022, all those travelling from any List C countries are obliged to present a negative certification of a molecular or antigen test, together with the Covid-19 Green Pass proving vaccination or recovery. Those who, albeit in possession of a molecular or antigen test, do not hold the aforementioned Covid-19 Green Pass, shall be subjected t

o a 5-day self-isolation period and to a final molecular or antigen swab at the end of this period. 
The relevant checks are carried out by the airline at the time of boarding.

 

Travel to/from foreign destinations are subject to limitations and continue to be based on lists of countries for which different obligations and measures are envisaged. Essential purposes for travel are still in place for the majority of non-European destinations, such as: work, healthcare or study, absolute emergency, return to one’s own domicile, home or residence, despite the Italian government having extended the list of non-EU countries for which travel is also permitted for tourism (List D), from 31 July 2021. You are advised to consult the legislation or institutional websites of the Ministry of Health - Covid-19-Travellers or of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viaggiare Sicuri to see the measures in force, permitted cases of exemption and the relevant travel procedures. It is also advised that you consult the IATA website

Additional obligations may be enforced at regional level, depending on if the originating flight was made from specific foreign countries or territories. It is recommended that you check which new Orders have been enforced by the Regions of destination, either by contacting them or by visiting their websites.

On 17 June 2021, the Covid-19 Green Pass was approved in order to facilitate mobility on a national level, as well as access to specific activities or services. The Pass is a certificate, in paper or digital format, which proves that the passenger has been vaccinated against, or has recovered from, COVID-19, or has proof of a molecular or antigen test result. The Certificate contains a QR Code for verification of its authenticity and validity. As of 1 July 2021, the Pass is valid as an EU Digital Covid Certificate to be used for the purpose of facilitating travel between EU and Schengen countries. Information on COVID-19 certification can be found on the dedicated Italian portal: https://www.dgc.gov.it/web and, on a European level, on the European Commission website: EU Digital COVID Certificate: | European Commission (europa.eu).

For the purposes of entry into Italy, to verify any conditions of exemption, including those relating to minors, please be advised to consult the Health during Travel page of the Viaggiare Sicuri website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Covid-19 – Exemptions section. *

 

Flights to the UK

From 7 January, fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK from abroad with who also have a European Green Pass will no longer have to show a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test.
Please see www.viaggiaresicuri.it and in particular the page on the United Kingdom for more details. 

 

What's new in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini?

As of 14 January 2022, the special restrictive measures for South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini will cease to apply. For these countries, the regime provided for the States and territories in List E as governed by the Ordinances of 22 October and 14 December 2021 applies.
 


Entries into Italy from EU/Schengen countries  (List C)

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside of the European continent), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands excluding other territories outside of the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra and the Principality of Monaco. 

Until 31 January 2022, all those intending to enter Italy after having stayed in/transited through, within the previous 14 days, “C” list countries, are obliged to present the digital Passenger Locator Form-dPLF to the airline and the certification of a molecular or antigen test, to be carried out, respectively, within 48 hours or 24 hours before entering Italy.
Furthermore, the possession of one of the Covid-19 Green Passes, or other equivalent Certification, alternatively proving vaccination against Covid-19, validated by the European Medicines Agency or recovery from Covid-19 or recovery following vaccination, exempts passengers from the 5-day self-isolation period and from undergoing an additional molecular or antigen test at the end of this period. Travel to and from these countries is always permitted, without the need for essential purposes (including tourism). 
These provisions do not apply to those who fall under the conditions of exemption provided for in the legislation. For further information on the measures in force and the permitted conditions of exemption, please consult the regulations or the Covid-19 sections of the Italian Ministry of Health or Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Travel Safely) websites, or contact the public service number +39 1500. 
For information on the Covid-19 Green Pass in Italy, you can visit the dedicated portal of the DGC Platform

 

Entries from Non-EU Countries (List D)

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, of the Channel and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the European continent), Republic of Korea, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay; Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.


Until 31 January 2022, those intending to enter Italy after having stayed in/transited through, within the previous 14 days, D-list countries, are obliged to present, to the airline, the digital Passenger Locator Form-dPLF, the certification of a molecular swab carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy (term reduced to 48 hours for entries from the United Kingdom) or an antigen test carried out within 24 hours prior to entry into Italy and a COVID-19 Green Pass, or equivalent certificate, certifying completion of the vaccination cycle.  Passengers who have stayed in or transited through Canada, Japan and the United States of America in the fourteen days prior to entering Italy may also be required to show their COVID-19 Green Certification of recovery certificate issued by the competent health authorities as proof of their recovery.
In the event of failure to provide proof of vaccination (or recovery in the case of the USA, Canada and Japan) and subject to the obligation to have the swab carried out within the required time limits, a five-day quarantine period must be observed and an additional swab must be carried out at the end of this period. 
Travel to and from these countries is always permitted, without the need for essential purposes (including tourism).
The measures provided for “List D” countries do not apply to those who fall under the conditions of exemption provided for by the legislation. For further information on the measures in force and on the conditions of exemption, you are advised to consult the legislation or the Covid-19 sections of the websites of the Ministry of Health. The measures provided for “List D” countries do not apply to those who fall under the conditions of exemption provided for by the legislation. For further information on the measures in force and the permitted conditions of exemption, please consult the regulations or the Covid-19 sections of the Italian Ministry of Health and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Travel Safely) websites or contact the public service number +39 1500.
 

 

Entries from Non-EU Countries (List E)

States or territories not included on any other list.


Until 31 January 2022, travel to and from these countries will continue to be permitted only for essential travel purposes (tourism not included). Those intending to enter Italy after having stayed in/transited through, within the previous 14 days, group “E” countries are obliged to present, to the airline, the digital Passenger Locator Form-dPLF and the certification of a negative molecular swab carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy or an antigen swab within 24 hours prior to entry into Italy. Regardless of the result of the test carried out before departure, a quarantine period of 10 days is required. At the end of the quarantine period, an additional molecular or antigen swab is required.

These provisions do not apply to those who fall under the conditions of exemption provided for in the Italian legislation. Travel to and from these countries continues to be permitted for essential travel purposes and under strict conditions. For further information on the permitted reasons for travel and the conditions for exemption, we recommend that you consult the legislation or the Covid-19 sections of the Italian Ministry of Health and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs -(Travel Safely) websites or to contact the public service number: +39 1500.
 
 

Self-declarations
 

As of 24 May 2021, all persons entering Italy from abroad (countries in Lists C, D and E) are required to complete the dPLF - Passenger Locator Form)  (dPLF) in digital format, in accordance with the procedures identified by the Italian Ministry of Health on 15th May 2021. It is compulsory for the dPLF to be completed and sent before boarding.
On the portal for the Italian Ministry of Health - New Coronavirus, under the section “Travellers” there is a specific page with instructions and a direct link to complete the dPLF.
Filling in the dPLF will replace the paper self-declaration form.  
Once the DPLF is available, it will only be possible to complete the paper self-declaration and exclusively in case of impediments technology, using the paper form as per the facsimile available on the above-mentioned Italian Ministry of Health portal.

Download the instructions here for filling in the dPLF - Passenger Locator Form in English.

https://www.adr.it/documents/10157/21035005/Documento+esplicativo.pdf/e7f94cf6-cf24-ec3c-4d95-e6db4f25d7c6

 New entries to Sicily from abroad
 

The Region of Sicily has extended the requirement until 31 March 2022 inclusive to undergo a Covid-19 test on arrival at ports and airports on the island for all those coming from one of the countries on 'List E', from Malta, France, Greece, the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, Egypt and Turkey, including those who have stayed/travelled within these countries during the 14 days prior to entry.

 

 

* The measures are provided for by the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, the Decrees of the Ministry of Health of 22 October 2021, 14 December 2021, valid until 31 January 2022 and Prime Ministerial Decree of 14 January 2022. Please see the Ministry of Health Circular of 23 September 2021 and the Ministry of Health Circular of 7 January 2022 on clarifications regarding compliant green certifications issued by other states travelled in, the use of Covid-19 green certifications on means of transport, and FFP2 masks on board aircraft.
The measures continue to be based on lists of countries, which may be amended by Decrees of the Ministry of Health in relation to the spread of variants in particular areas of the world. The Covid-19 Green certifications have been issued pursuant to Article 9(2) of Legislative Decree no. 52 of 22 April 2021, converted with amendments by Law no. 87 of 17 June 2021, and pursuant to Regulations 2021/953/EU and 2021/954/EU of 14 June 2021. The procedures for issuing Covid-19 Green Certificates are defined by the Prime Ministerial Decree of 17 June 2021, subsequently amended by the Prime Ministerial Decree of 12 October 2021 and the Prime Ministerial Decree of 17 December 2021.
Article 9 of Legislative Decree no. 52 of 22 April 2021 regulates the Green Pass requirement for accessing public transport while Article 1 of Legislative Decree no. 229 of 30 December 2021 introduces the reinforced Green Pass requirement on public transport (only for routes within Italy). Legislative Decree no. 221 of 24 December 2021 introduced the requirement for FFP2 masks on board aircraft until 31 March 2022.