Can I travel to Italy? What are the travel restrictions in Italy? Here are the answers to all your questions. 

On Tuesday, 7 September, Italy’s coronavirus emergency commissioner General Francesco Figliuolo announced that more than 80 percent of the population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. As a result, Italy is well on pace to meet its goal set earlier this year of having 80 percent completely vaccinated by the end of September. Figliuolo also announced that Italy would start giving third doses to members of the population deemed to be in the high-risk category. All of this is good news for a country that has seen life largely return to normal over the summer, including in the tourism sector. 

However, the highly contagious Delta variant has seen infection and hospitalization rates in countries such as the US, India, and Brazil sky-rocket. As vaccination rates in the US remain relatively low, and because they make up a large portion of foreign travelers in Europe, EU authorities decided that tougher restrictions were necessary for countries with high infection rates. 

Countries are listed in a tier system (A-E) based on their location, and epidemiological risk. Each list has different levels of restrictions associated with it. 

Italy has also recently announced its new “green” travel pass for all foreigners looking to travel to the country as of May 16th. This includes travelers from the US and UK that makeup over 30 percent of travelers to Italy. To qualify for a green pass you must prove that you have been vaccinated for Covid, have tested negative and taken a Covid free flight, or have recently recovered from Covid-19. Italy has also announced that it is expanding its list of routes for Covid-free flights to Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.  

List A

Category A contains Vatican City and the Republic of San Marino. There are no restrictions for either of these two States. 

List B and C

Category B and C both pertain to Continental Europe and any other territories on the European Mainland as well as Iceland and Israel, but not the UK. List B is used for many countries in Continental Europe that have a low epidemiological rate, though currently, no countries qualify for this list. Anyone with EU/Schengen Citizenship can travel to Italy for any reason, including tourism. Restrictions will apply if someone has passed through or stayed in a country on list D and/or E within 14 days before entering Italy. Before entering Italy, it is mandatory to fill out the Digital Passenger Locator Form (see the link below) which replaces the self-declaration form. It is also mandatory to provide the EU Digital Covid Certificate (see link below) in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, or Spanish, showing one of the following conditions:

Having completed the anti-SARS-CoV 2-vaccination cycle with one of the following accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca 
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • That you have recovered from Covid-19

(CNN) — It was too good to last.

While summer saw much of Europe open up to American visitors, offering them the chance to fulfill lockdown dreams of eating gelato in Italy or touring the art museums of Paris, the season’s end has brought with it new restrictions, and the doors to the continent begin to close.

The news has prompted various European countries to update travel restrictions for Americans, while some have prohibited entry to US travelers completely.

Unsurprisingly, the changes have prompted widespread confusion, particularly for those planning to travel to Europe in the coming months.

Here’s a look at the tightened rules and what they mean for American travelers.

Can Americans still travel to Europe?

More countries may soon restrict access to Americans.

More countries may soon restrict access to Americans.

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Yes, they can. Only a small number of countries have so far restricted all nonessential arrivals from the United States. Since the EU advice was issued, Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden are the only ones to restrict all access.

However, while at least one destination — Greece — has ruled out imposing new curbs on travel in the near future, it’s safe to say that Americans, particularly those who are unvaccinated, are likely to face more restrictions in the days and weeks to come.

What are the new EU rules?

Its advice is non-binding, however. There’s no pressure for countries to adopt this measure and they’re free to ignore it if they choose.

That means there’s no blanket rule covering the continent. Instead each destination country is at liberty to adopt or ignore the advice according to their own preferences.

Given how valued US visitors are to Europe’s tourism economies, it’s likely that any decision to restrict their arrival will be taken with considerable reluctance.

What do the EU rules mean for Americans traveling to Europe?

A lot more red tape, uncertainty and research, that’s for sure.

Ultimately it means that traveling to European countries is likely to become harder for Americans in the weeks ahead, although not necessarily impossible.

As the rules change, it’s up to individual travelers to check their eligibility to travel. Although airlines may also do checks before departure, they won’t need to in order to sell tickets.

It’s worth checking CNN Travel’s Unlocking the World guides for up to date info where relevant or the US embassy in the country of destination. And then keep checking as the rules can change with just a couple of days’ notice.

Some countries may keep their doors open, but tweak requirements such as pre-departure Covid tests, quarantine arrangements or proof of vaccination.

Which countries can Americans visit in Europe?

Croatia is still open to Americans.

Croatia is still open to Americans.

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Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are currently all open to fully vaccinated Americans.

The restrictions in place vary from country to country. Many destinations require travelers to

Vaccinated visitors from third countries planning to travel to the Netherlands may soon be subject to milder travel restrictions, as the country’s government is discussing such a possibility.

Besides, the country may soon lift its advice not to travel to many countries due to the current COVID-19 situation, unless for essential reasons, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on such a plan, a spokesperson told De Telegraaf, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“The virus is not going away. You cannot keep the world locked up, and we recognize the importance of travel,” the Ministry spokesperson pointed out, as reported by De Telegraaf.

“We understand the unrest in the travel world and are looking for a solution – the world can’t stay locked, but passenger safety and Dutch public health must be guaranteed,” the spokespersons told the Dutch newspaper.

However, it is still unclear how the new system would work, as the policy will not be implemented any time soon.

On September 4, the Dutch government started to abolish some of its policies applied until that date as a preventive measure imposed to halt the further spread of the virus. Since the exact date, the country’s government lifted the “variant countries” terms for territories considered as a variant of concern, using instead only the terms as orange or red for countries highly affected by the virus.

Such a decision means that vaccinated travellers from territories that have reported a large number of COVID-19 infections are no longer urged to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to the Dutch territory.

According to the figures published by the World Health Organization, a total of 1,961,585 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus up to this point, while 18,055 have died.

Previously, the Dutch government said that some of the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the virus and its new strains could be lifted on September 20; however, the planned date is likely to be postponed.

In this regard, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that as long as the infection rate and the number of COVID-19 patients in the country’s hospitals remain under control, some of the current restrictions could be lifted.

At present, the Netherlands is among European countries that keep in place the toughest restrictions imposed as a response to the recent surge in the number of infections recorded in other countries.

Recently, authorities in the Netherlands imposed stricter entry restrictions for arrivals from the US, following the EU Council recommendation.

In this regard, the Dutch government stressed that vaccinated travellers from the US must undergo a ten-day compulsory quarantine upon their arrival in the Netherlands. However, authorities clarified that the period of quarantine could be shortened if travellers test negative for the virus on the fifth day.

The European Union Council is set to narrow down the list of epidemiologically safe third countries removing an additional six more countries from it.

Sources of Reuters within the EU have once again made known the list of countries that will most possibly be removed from the list on Wednesday when the EU Council meets to review the list. The following countries will be affected:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Japan
  • Serbia

The removal from the list means that the Member States will be advised to reinstate entry restrictions on travellers from these countries, which travellers so far have been eligible to enter most EU and Schengen Area countries completely restriction-free.

The entry restrictions that may soon be imposed on these travellers include testing, double testing, quarantine, and even an entry ban on those unvaccinated.

While the EU’s decision is expected to be finalized by the end of the week, some EU and Schengen countries have already removed some or all of these countries from their “white lists”.

SchengenVisaInfo.com reported on August 23 that Norway removed Albania from its list of third-countries travellers from where could enter under facilitated entry rules.  Whereas on September 3, Finland had reimposed entry restrictions on unvaccinated visitors from Brunei.

On the most recent update of travel restrictions, published on September 5, Albania, Serbia, and Brunei have been removed from the Czech Republic’s green list, which means that non-vaccinated travellers from these three countries will be obliged to fill in an arrival form and take a COVID-19 test before entering Czechia or no later than five days upon arrival.

Since September 6, on the other hand, residents of Albania, Azerbaijan, Japan, and Serbia aged 12 and older are obliged to show proof of vaccination, or test results, upon entry in Germany. It is also mandatory for them to register at einreiseanmeldung.de before reaching Germany and carry proof of registration with them when arriving in the country.

The EU had added Japan to its list of safe countries on June 3. However, the country has recently marked an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, though, by the end of August, half of the Japanese population had already received at least the first COVID-19 dose, according to Statista.

Only within the last 24 hours, data by the World Health Organization shows that Japan has recorded 9,145 new COVID-19 cases, and 33 deaths, whereas the rate for newly reported cases in the last seven days per 100,000 population is 87.91.

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that Vermont has been added to its travel advisory, which now includes the entire country.

Vermont had been the only state not covered by the advisory in the previous update. CDPH announced Tuesday that Connecticut, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia have seen improvements and could soon be taken off the advisory.

The full list of states and territories on the advisory is: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, ConnecticutColorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 38.3, down slightly from 39 a week ago.

Last week, Chicago updated its guidance for unvaccinated travelers going to high-risk areas. Officials recommend getting tested one to three days before leaving on the trip as well as getting tested three to five days after returning.

Unvaccinated travelers are asked to self-quarantine for seven days after returning from travel even if they test negative. Those who do not get tested, it is recommended that unvaccinated travelers self-quarantine for 10 days after travel and avoid those at high-risk for COVID for 14 days after travel.
Any states or territories with fewer than 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day are in the Yellow Tier. Travelers must follow masking rules on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

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Airlines – both in the U.S. and Europe – are making adjustments and cancellations in the wake of European Union recommendations regarding new, more stringent travel requirements on Americans.

The EU announced last week it was recommending that the United States be removed from its 27-country “safe list” for accepting foreign travelers.

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Which is just what the Netherlands did last week when it announced it will only allow vaccinated Americans to visit with a recent negative COVID-19 test — along with a mandatory 10-day quarantine that can be shortened to five days subject to a strict testing regimen.

Within a day, KLM, the national carrier of the Netherlands, issued a statement saying in part, “The decision by the Dutch government is a big step backwards.”

KLM said it will cancel service from Amsterdam to Orlando, Miami and Las Vegas – three routes that, The Points Guy noted, were already going to be discontinued anyway from a seasonal standpoint from Oct. 31, 2021, through March 26, 2022.

U.S. carriers American, Delta and United all fly multiple daily flights to Amsterdam and have not yet announced any schedule changes or cancellations.

It’s likely that they will, however. With school back in session and fall and winter looming, travel to Europe is likely to dip anyway.

Other European airlines are also taking a cautious approach.

“There’s a risk that the really good late summer traffic we’ve seen could be a bit illusionary,” Nick Cunningham, an analyst at Agency Partners in London, told Bloomberg News Service. “With kids going back to school, and the likelihood that could bring a flare-up in cases, winter is looking much more uncertain for the airlines.”

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Spain is joining the ranks of European nations that are reinstating certain entry requirements for non-essential American travelers in light of the COVID-19 Delta variant surge that’s currently sweeping the U.S.

Starting September 6, Spanish authorities will require American visitors to present proof of complete vaccination, certificate of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country. Molecular NAAT (such as PCR) tests must have been taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, while antigen tests can be no more than 48 hours old. Certificates of a person’s previous recovery are valid from 12 to 180 days from the date that the first positive test was performed. However, children under the age of 12 are exempt from these requirements.

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All foreign travelers are also required to complete the Spain Travel Health Control form, which produces a QR code they’ll need in order to board their flight, as well as upon arrival in Spain. The form can be obtained through the Spain Travel Health portal, or downloaded as the ‘SpTH’ via Google Play or the App Store.

The policy change was made in view of the European Union’s (E.U.) updated guidance, which signaled to member nations that they should no longer relax entry restrictions for U.S. tourists due to increased infection risk. Spain had formerly removed its vaccination requirement for U.S. visitors at the end of June, and was welcoming all Americans without testing or quarantine requirements.

Many European countries had retained either vaccination or testing requirements since initially reopening their borders in June, so some E.U. member states may not need to alter their policies toward Americans, despite the ongoing rise in infection levels in the U.S.

According to Reuters, the U.S. now tops the list of countries reporting the highest number of daily new cases and deaths each day. The latest seven-day rolling average shows 163,816 new infections in the U.S. each day, or 349 cases per 100,000 residents daily, while Spain’s daily average comes in at only 97 cases per 100,000 people. Spain’s infection rate is at 18 percent of its peak and falling, while the U.S. is at 65 percent of its peak infection period and rising.

The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra advises travelers that they’re likely to experience longer wait times at customs and border control as Spain initially works to implement the new rules.

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If you’ve been putting off visiting Ireland, it just may be time to start planning a trip. That’s because Ireland’s prime minister recently announced the country plans to drop almost all of its COVID-19 restrictions in October.

“Because of the effort of our vaccination team and because you have stepped up to the mark and taken the vaccine when it was offered, we are now entering a whole new phase of the pandemic,” Prime Minister Micheál Martin said in a televised address, Reuters reports.

More than 88 percent of Ireland’s citizens who are over 18 are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, according to the prime minister’s office. Almost 92 percent of the country’s citizens over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

A Strict Lockdown

For months, Ireland maintained what some people called the most stringent COVID-19 restriction in Europe. That all changed this summer.

On July 19, Ireland adopted the European Union’s COVID-19 certificate so citizens could travel to the EU — and visitors could travel from the EU to Ireland. What’s more, people from Britain and the U.S. were able to travel to Ireland then as well. 

“This is an important time for us all,” Prime Minister Martin said at the time during a national address, a BBC article reported. “After the trauma of the last 15 months, we are finally taking definite steps toward enjoying normal times with friends and loved ones again. We are almost back to a point where we can enjoy the ordinary and extraordinary moments in our lives; the excitement and relief is palpable.”

Dropping Restrictions

“Subject to the continuation of this [vaccination] progress, we will enter a final phase on October 22, which is likely to last until at least next Spring,” the prime minister’s office explained in a statement. “This phase will see the majority of restrictions lifted and replaced by guidance and advice to enable us to work together to protect ourselves and to live our lives to the fullest extent possible.”

Even so, the statement does go on to caution that “we will need to continue to monitor the ongoing risk from the disease and take steps individually and collectively in our everyday lives to keep this risk under control.”

Here’s how restrictions will be eased:

Beginning on September 6, organized indoor events and mass gatherings in Ireland can take place with venue capacity limits of 60 percent — when all attendees are vaccinated or immune. Cinemas and theaters will also operate at 60 percent of capacity limits, again, when all patrons are vaccinated or immune.

Organized outdoor events and mass gatherings can take place with venue capacity limits of 75 percent when all attendees are vaccinated or immune.

Then, beginning September 20, organized indoor group activities — including sports, arts, culture, and dance classes — can take place with capacity limits of 100 people when all attendees are vaccinated or immune. Restrictions on outdoor group activities will be removed.

Finally, beginning

The residents of seven more third countries will face additional entry restrictions when attempting to enter Germany after the German Robert Koch Institute has added these countries to its list of high-risk areas regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, August 3, the RKI – which is an agency subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Health, responsible for disease control and prevention – has published the new list of countries and territories considered high-risk areas by the German authorities, including the following in this list:

  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Guatemala
  • Japan
  • The Palestinian Territories
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka

The list of high-risk areas was expanded with these countries, after all of them marked increasing COVID-19 number within the last weeks. Data by World Health Organization shows that in the last 24 hours, 17,456 cases have been detected in Japan alone, which is home to a population of 126.3 million.

The decision, which will become effective on Sunday, September 5, means that all visitors from these countries who are eligible to enter Germany, who are aged 12 and older, are obliged to present vaccination certificates, or test results, upon entry. They are also obliged to register at einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them when reaching the country.

In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign high-risk area or virus variant area, special registration, proof and quarantine requirements must be observed,” the RKI notes in its most recent update of the high-risk areas.

At the same time, it calls attention to the fact that due to the frequently changing situation in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic, “it may be necessary to designate new high-risk areas and virus variant areas at very short notice.”

Last week, on August 24, RKI had added the Greek islands of Crete and Tinos to the high-risk list. Throughout last month, other countries as Thailand, North Macedonia, Morocco and Montenegro have also become part of this list.

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Currently, non-vaccinated travellers can enter only from the following third countries: Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Ukraine.

However, even travellers from high-risk areas are permitted to enter Germany if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by the German authorities as valid proof of immunity.

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Germany currently is among the EU countries with the highest rates of COVID-19, alongside Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Latvia. Data by World Health Organization shows that Germany has reported 84.8 new cases per day within the last seven days per 100,000 residents, while France 143.85, Spain 80.63, and Portugal 135.01.

In the last 24 hours, on the other hand, Germany has recorded 14,251 new cases, bringing the total number of cases recorded since

Fall is right around the corner, and several additional Covid-19 travel restrictions can affect your international travel plans. Here are the latest guidelines for domestic and world travel.

United States

While case counts continue to increase across the United States, there are several domestic travel guidelines to know about how to enter bars, tourist attractions and sports venues.

Hawaii

Hawaii requires proof of vaccination or a negative pre-arrival test to enter the state quarantine-free.

The island of Oahu is taking public health protocols a step further, starting September 13, 2021. On this date, individuals must be fully vaccinated to enter restaurants and other common areas restriction-free.

Unvaccinated travelers must have a negative diagnostic test no older than 48 hours.

New York City

Starting September 13, 2021, the Key to NYC vaccine requirement requires you to be fully vaccinated to partake in indoor dining, attend concerts, visit museums and attend other public gatherings.

San Francisco

San Francisco also has a vaccine mandate that can affect certain tourist activities. Effective August 20, 2021, customers must show proof of vaccination to enter bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms.

Canada

One of the newest places that Americans can fly to again is Canada for non-essential travel reasons. You must be fully vaccinated to fly into the country and have a negative pre-arrival test to waive the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. The unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must have a negative pre-arrival test and also self-quarantine for 14 days.

The United States and Canada land border crossing remains closed through at least September 21, 2021.

Europe

It will be a little more challenging to fly to Europe this fall than during the summer months when the continent reopened to American tourists. The new European Union travel restrictions stem from the EU removing the United States and several other countries from its safe list on August 30, 2021, due to rising coronavirus infection rates.

Current EU laws do not permit a Schengen-wide travel ban for Americans and other “high risk” nations. However, the EU does recommend that each member nation require unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers to self-quarantine even with negative pre-arrival test results.

Before this guidance change, several popular spots were already requiring vaccination proof to enter restriction-free. But now, more nations have this policy that makes it harder for unvaccinated travelers to waive the mandatory quarantine.

Here are the entry requirement changes for several popular European holiday spots.

Italy

Italy now requires visitors to show proof of vaccination and have a negative pre-arrival test. The alternative is a self-quarantine for five days. Before September 1, 2021, Americans could visit quarantine-free only with a pre-arrival test on a “COVID-tested flight.”

Germany

In August, Germany began requiring incoming Americans to be fully vaccinated or show proof of recovery to waive the 10-day quarantine along with a