Simpson Safe Italy
Last updated 17 September 2021.
Everything you need to know about travelling to Italy in 2021…
Italy is currently categorised as an Amber destination; fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 are not required to quarantine on return to the UK. All other passengers are required to quarantine at home for 10 days on their return to the UK (or 5 days under the Test to Release Scheme). Please see below for testing requirements.
Fully vaccinated adults and anyone under 18 travelling with vaccinated parents or guardians are not required to quarantine on arrival in Italy. (Please note >14 days are required between date of full vaccination and date of travel.) Additionally, all passengers aged 6 and over are required to provide proof of a negative PCR/Antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. All other passengers are required to quarantine for 5 days at a named address; a negative Covid test will be required on day 5 to ensure release.
Passengers are required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travelling to Italy. When giving details of your address overseas, the villa name and region should be sufficient. You will be asked to show proof of the completed document before boarding the plane. Download the form here.
You may also be required to fill out a self-certification form on arrival at your accommodation, confirming that you are not experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and, to the best of your knowledge, have not been in recent contact with anyone suffering from the virus.
The use of overhead lockers is not currently permitted on flights to Italy. Cabin bags which do not fit under the seat must be placed in the hold. Most airlines are not making a charge for this but please check with your carrier.
Italian authorities recommend signing up to their track and trace system at immuni.italia.it
For the latest entry requirements please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements
Testing/Vaccination requirements for entry
All travellers aged 6 and over arriving in Italy are required to produce proof of a negative PCR/Antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Please note, testing is not required for children under 6.
Will I be tested for Covid-19 at the airport?
Temperature checks will be carried out but specific testing for Covid-19 is not required unless you display symptoms.
Will temperature checks be carried out during my stay?
Temperature checks may be carried out when entering restaurants, beach clubs, supermarkets and tourist attractions. They may also be requested by some property owners on arrival.
Should I wear a face mask?
Face masks are not mandatory in public areas in Italy.
Beaches and beach clubs in Italy are all open as usual, with sunbeds laid out in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Numbers may be limited on ‘free’ beaches and pre-booking is strongly advised at beach clubs. Face masks should be worn on arrival and temperature checks may be carried out.
Restaurants are open as usual and tables are spaced in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Contact details may be requested and pre-booking is advised. From 6 August a health certificate (or EU Green Pass) indicating at least one Covid-19 vaccination will be required to eat inside at restaurants.
Bars are open until midnight, with customers required to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Shops are open as usual, with numbers limited to allow compliance with social distancing guidelines. Masks are mandatory and temperature checks may be carried out.
Boats, experiences and activities
Boat hire will be available as usual in Italy this summer, but groups will be limited to single parties travelling together plus a maximum of two other people. Some other pre-bookable activities and experiences may carry limitations for 2021; your Simpson Concierge will be able to advise.
Will there be any changes at the villa or hotel?
Please check your property details carefully on our website to see if any changes have been implemented for 2021. All our hygiene and enhanced cleaning measures are detailed on our Simpson Safe hub page.
What should I do if a member of my party is unwell or develops symptoms of Covid-19?
As always, your local Simpson Concierge has everything in place to assist you and should be your first port of call. They can arrange rapid testing, access to medical care if required, and are fully briefed on all procedures in the event that a member of your party tests positive for Covid-19.
Returning to the UK
Within 48 hours of travelling back, all passengers must complete a form giving journey and contact details, ready to present at the UK border. This may be printed, or downloaded onto a smart device and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
All passengers aged 11 and over returning to the UK must show proof of a negative Covid-test taken less than 72 hours prior to their arrival. From 4 October 2021 fully vaccinated travellers returning to England will be exempt from this requirement.
Fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 returning to the UK from Italy are not required to quarantine*. All passengers aged 5 and over returning from Italy must take a test on day 2 after arriving in the UK.
Unvaccinated adults returning from Italy must quarantine at home for 10 days (or 5 days with Test to Release) and take tests on day 2 and day 8 after arriving in the UK. Under the government's Test to Release scheme, proof of a negative test taken on day 5 after returning to the UK shortens the requirement to quarantine from 10 days to 5 days.
*A minimum of 14 days are required between date of final vaccination and travel.
We will be offering favourable rates for testing with three of the government’s approved suppliers. Qured and C19 offer Covid-19 antigen and PCR tests designed specifically for international travel and provide kits which remove the need to source a testing facility overseas before your return to the UK. We are also able to provide Simpson clients with a discounted rate for Randox tests.
For information on approved Covid-testing please visit www.gov.uk/testing. Simpson Travel are not liable for any testing costs associated with travel to or from your chosen destination.
For further information on travel to Italy, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements
This page will be updated regularly. For the latest information, please check back immediately prior to your departure date.