Plan Summer Travel to Italy with Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions

Summer travel to Italy just got a little lot easier.

As of Sunday, May 1, the Italian government relaxed several of its COVID-related regulations. Tourists arriving in Italy still have to show proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID, or a negative COVID test.  However, you will no longer have to complete the EU Passenger Locator Form (PLF). While the PLF was not difficult to fill out, it is complicated and something tourists forgot very often.

Summer travel to Italy: Phone with digital green pass
Green Pass

Italy has also done away with the Green Pass, or, for Americans and Canadians, proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from the virus, or a recent negative test to go to museums, restaurants, and the like. If you plan to visit a nursing home or hospital, you still must present one of those.


Summer travel to Italy: face masks

Italy has had one of the strongest mask mandates in the world. In addition to requiring masks indoor, much of the time, residents and visitors had to also wear them outdoors. For the most part, the mask requirements are over. That said, you must still wear a mask to visit a nursing home or hospital, to ride public transport, or to go to a cinema.


This information, as always, is a summary of current regulations. Since they do change often, so be sure to check the Italian Ministry of Health’s website for up-to-date information.

Summer travel to Italy: airplane wing

Returning to the USA

As of this writing, travelers entering the United States on flights from other countries must present proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than ONE day before returning to the States. you can find updated information on the CDC website.

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Chris Cutler

Travel Editor

Christine Cutler is a writer, photographer, editor, guide, teacher, traveler, Ohio native, Florida resident, and world citizen. she lives in downtown St. Petersburg with her husband and crazy Welsh terrier, and she considers Italy, where she holds dual citizenship, her second home. in addition to being travel editor and writing for live in Italy magazine, she maintains her own websites ( and, guides small groups through Italy, and is a travel advisor for Adventures by Jamie ( a travel, non-fiction, and memoir writer; photographer; and editor whose work has appeared in various publications, she spends as much time as she can exploring—and living and breathing—Italy.

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