Italy Drops Health Pass Requirement for Entering Restaurants, Museums
After doing away with its COVID testing requirement for vaccinated travelers in March, Italy is now no longer requiring a health pass, or “green pass,” to enter restaurants and other venues.
Visiting Italy just got much easier. As of May 1, Italian authorities are no longer requiring a health pass, also known as a “green pass,” for entering restaurants, museums, and other venues. The pass was a way to verify that those entering the establishment were either vaccinated, had recently tested negative for COVID, or had recoved from it.
Travelers to Italy also no longer need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before arriving in the country (those who had failed to do so previously faced a five-day quarantine before testing out).
The latest easing of Italy travel restrictions comes just two months after Italy relaxed its entry requirements for travelers.
As of March 1, fully vaccinated travelers (those who have received one or two doses within the past nine months or those who have received a booster shot) from any country are no longer required to supply a negative COVID test to enter Italy. Prior to that, travelers had to present proof of vaccination along with a negative test (taken within 72 hours of arrival for PCR or 24 hours for antigen).
Unvaccinated travelers can also enter Italy and are no longer required to quarantine (previously they had to quarantine for five days, with testing at the start and end of quarantine). But they will need to produce proof of recovery from COVID within the last 180 days or a negative COVID test (taken within 72 hours of departure for PCR and within 48 hours for rapid antigen tests).
This announcement aligns with the greater EU plan to have consistent restrictions across the bloc. Earlier this year, Iceland, France, and Portugal also shared plans to drop the predeparture testing requirement for vaccinated visitors.
Some indoor mask mandates in Italy have also been dropped, including inside supermarkets, workplaces, and stores. Masks are still required on public transport, in cinemas, and in all healthcare facilities and nursing homes.
This story was originally published on March 2, 2022, and has been updated to include current information. Associated Press contributed reporting.