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Despite concerns about the Omicron variant of Covid-19, travel between Italy and the United States is open. But the requirements in terms of vaccination and tests make it necessary to prepare before leaving on a trip.
Additionally, Italy is currently classified as a level 4 travel health risk according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the risk of traveling to Italy has been rated by the CDC as “very high”, travel to Italy should be avoided whenever possible. CDC’s traveler health risk levels are based on metrics, including cumulative new cases, test rates, and test-to-case ratios, as reported by the World Health Organization and others. official sources.
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Conditions for entering Italy from the United States
Travelers from the United States are allowed to enter Italy and there are no restrictions on the type of travel allowed.
To enter the country, you must have the following information for travelers aged 6 and over (children under 6 are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements):
- A duly completed passenger tracking form. This is used for contact tracing if you are exposed to an infectious disease like Covid during your stay
- A completed self-declaration form that can be collected by your airline or Italian law enforcement when you arrive in Italy
- A negative molecular PCR test or rapid antigen test for Covid-19, carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Italy. The cost of Covid testing in the United States ranges from free (at some testing sites) to $ 300.
- Proof of vaccination OR documentation that you have collected from Covid in the last six months prior to your arrival in Italy.
Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines are accepted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card is sufficient proof of vaccination for US citizens entering Italy; paper and digital formats are accepted. You must have received your last dose of vaccine at least 14 days before travel to be considered fully immunized.
This information will be requested upon arrival at the airport.
If you do not have proof of vaccination or recovery certificate, you will need to self-isolate for five days upon arrival in Italy. You will need a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test to come out of isolation at the end of your five day period. Contact the regional health authority for more details on the isolation process.
It is important to keep in mind that the current situation is changing and that new restrictions could be put in place by the Italian government at any time. For more information on the restrictions on U.S. travelers entering Italy, visit the U.S. Embassy in Italy website.
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Conditions for entering the United States from Italy
On December 6, the Biden administration imposed new travel restrictions that require all travelers aged 2 and over to the United States to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. taken the day before their flight.
Unlike previous requirements, which allowed a longer schedule for vaccinated travelers, this new requirement treats all passengers the same, regardless of their vaccination status. As is currently the case, either a PCR test or an antigen test is accepted as proof of being negative for Covid-19. The U.S. Embassy in Italy notes that rapid antigenic tests cost around $ 20, while PCR tests cost around $ 70.
The test requirements include taking it within one calendar day and are not limited to 24 hours after your departure. This means passengers can take their test anytime the day before their flight, regardless of their flight departure time.
A passenger who has recently recovered from Covid-19 may instead provide documentation of their recovery from the virus. Accepted recovery documentation includes a letter from a licensed healthcare provider stating that the passenger is cleared to travel, along with a positive Covid-19 viral test result within 90 days of flight departure.
There are no new quarantine restrictions at this time. However, Italy renewed its state of emergency on December 14, and since December 23, everyone must wear a mask at all times, including outdoors. The country also requires the use of FFP2 masks on public transport and during all indoor and outdoor performances, and any events that include crowding in open spaces are not allowed until January 31. .
For more information on the requirements for returning travelers to the United States, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
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