Quarantine exemption in Italy: when is it possible?

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*UPDATE* Since MARCH 2022, the mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Italy is NO LONGER MANDATORY, hence there is no need to apply for quarantine exemption in order to enter Italy.

With regard to international travel, both abroad and in Italy, there are several requirements to be met. Depending on the country of origin, the purpose of the trip and especially its duration, multiple obligations may be applied by the country of destination. Quarantine is one of the most applied restrictions: however, it is also possible to apply for quarantine exemption in Italy, but only for specific reasons.

Table of Contents

  1. Requirements for entry abroad and in Italy
  2. Countries classification in Italy
  3. Quarantine conditions in Italy
  4. Exemption from quarantine
  5. We help you get the exemption

1. Requirements for entry abroad and in Italy

To fulfill the entry requirements in Italy and abroad, it is generally required a negative result of a Covid-19 test or proof of complete anti-covid vaccination, now easily certifiable thanks to the EU Digital Covid-19 certificate (Green Pass).

2. The classification of foreign countries in Italy

World Countries in Italy have been classified according to the degree of epidemiological risk and divided into 5 lists (A, B, C, D, E), updated periodically based on worsening or improvements conditions of the covid-19 emergency.

Countries are currently listed as follows:

  • List A: San Marino and Vatican City;
  • List B: No countries;
  • List C: EU / Schengen Countries;
  • List D: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab
    Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand,
    Qatar, Rwanda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and
    British bases in the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the
    belonging to the European continent), Republic of Korea, Singapore,
    United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay; Taiwan,
    Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao;
  • List E: Rest of the World, including Countries previously considered
    very high-risk, that is to say Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

3. The quarantine conditions in Italy

Considering the above classification, quarantine is applied to those who, within the 14 previous days prior to entering Italy, have been or transited through the countries included in List E. In this case, a mandatory quarantine of 10 days is applied.

On the other hand, a 5-day quarantine is applicable in cases of entry from countries in List D, with applicable exemption under the following conditions:

  • Filling the Passenger Locator Form;
  • Negative result to a molecular or antigenic swab taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy (reduced to 48 hours in the case of entry from the UK and Northern Ireland);
  • Provide the COVID-19 green certification or equivalent certificate proving the vaccination. In this case, certification of successful healing is not accepted.

4. Exemption from quarantine upon arrival in Italy

The Italian Ministry of Health has established a series of conditions for exemption from quarantine upon return to Italy. For example, the staff of companies and entities with registered or secondary offices in Italy, who move abroad for proven work needs, can apply for the exemption through self-certification, provided that the trip does not exceed 120 hours (5 days).

In the event that entry from List D or E takes place for work reasons that require a stay of more than 120 hours, or for urgent reasons, it is necessary to apply directly to the Ministry of Health, which will directly issue the exemption, upon approval of the application. In this second case, the Ministry requires at least 7 days in advance to process the application.

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