Simpson Safe Italy

Last updated 19 June 2021.

Everything you need to know about travelling to Italy in 2021…

The FCO is currently advising against all but essential travel to Italy. The country is also categorised as an Amber destination, meaning all 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).

Local Restrictions
From 21 June, anyone arriving in Italy from the UK will be required to quarantine for 5 days at a named address. A negative Covid test will be required on day 5 to ensure release.

Entry requirements
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

Testing/Vaccination requirements for entry
All travellers arriving in Italy are required to produce proof of ONE of the following:

  • A vaccination certificate issued by a recognised body showing >14 days since a final vaccine dose was received.
  • The result of a negative PCR/Antigen test taken within 48 hours of travelling. Please note, testing is not required for children under 5.
  • Recovery from Covid-19

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 currently mandatory in all public spaces for everyone aged six and over (unless medically exempt).

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. Face masks should be worn until seated at your table and contact details may be requested. Pre-booking is advised.

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

Children under 11 do not require a Covid test prior to returning to the 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. 

Passengers aged 5 and over returning from countries on the Green List must take a PCR test on day 2 after arriving in the UK.

Passengers aged 5 and over returning from countries on the Amber List must take PCR 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. 

We will be offering favourable rates for testing with three of the government’s approved suppliers. Qured 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 Chronomics tests and Randox tests. 

For information on approved Covid-testing please visit Simpson Travel are not liable for any testing costs associated with travel to or from your chosen destination.

Additional information
For further information on travel to Italy, please visit

This page will be updated regularly. For the latest information, please check back immediately prior to your departure date.