You no longer need a ‘green pass’ to move throughout Italy

May 3, 2022

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With just weeks to go before we can officially say the summer travel season is underway, Italy joined the list of countries that have greatly relaxed COVID-19 restrictions as the month of May kicks off. The country was among the hardest hit in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, it has spent a good portion of the last couple of years with tight restrictions that have governed not just who can cross its borders, but where they can go.

As of 1 May, though, Italy removed the requirement that tourists (and residents) display a “green pass” to get into just about anywhere you would want to go if you were visiting the country.

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(Photo by Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images)

Since it was introduced during the pandemic the green pass and “super green pass” requirements essentially served as versions of what you might have thought of as “vaccine passports,” required for access to everything from restaurants and bars to hotels, to museums and even ski lifts. The pass gave leeway to unvaccinated travellers, too, since those who had recovered from COVID-19 could get a pass that would stay valid for a shorter time. Those who had just tested negative for the virus could also get a short-term pass.

This all goes away, essentially, under the new changes. You won’t need a green pass to get into public places once you’re actually in Italy.

The change certainly means easier movement around the country for tourists, just as Italy — along with much of Europe — prepares to welcome international visitors this summer, its biggest wave since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting into Italy

You’ll still need to upload some documentation to get into the country. However, the entry requirements are pretty flexible to allow for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.

If you’re vaccinated, uploading proof of the shots received within the last nine months is all you need. If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll have to either upload proof of a negative test taken within the last 48 hours, or show documentation that you’ve recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months.

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(Screenshot from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)

On the official tourism site for Italy, there’s a questionnaire that will help walk you through what documentation you’ll need based on your own vaccination and/or COVID-19 history.

italy entry instructions
(Screenshot from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)

Related: Italy is reopening: 11 things I learned as a tourist

Masks

One thing that’s not going away even as Italy loosens its green pass requirements for tourism within the country is masks.

Through to at least 15 June, Italy’s government is continuing to require FFP2 face masks on public transportation, as well as for indoor gathering places like theatres, cinemas, concert halls and indoor sporting events.

Sunset in Rome, Italy.
Rome. (Photo by Sylvain Sonnet/Getty Images)

Getting to Italy

Italy is very well connected from the United Kingdom, with British Airways alone operating nonstop flights to numerous cities from London (LHR and LGW) including Milan (MXP), Rome (FCO), Venice (VCE), Bologna (BLQ), Florence (FLR), Naples (NAP), Pisa (PSA), Bari (BRI) and more. Depending on the Italian destination, you will need the following Avios, per person, one way on off-peak dates using their great value Reward Flight Saver option:

  • Between 4,750 and 7,250 Avios in Euro Traveller plus £17.50 in fees, taxes and surcharges; and
  • Between 8,500 and 13,500 Avios in Club Europe plus £25 in fees, taxes and surcharges.

There are also a huge number of low-cost carriers flying between the United Kingdom and Italy which means it could make more sense to look for a cheap cash fare than to use your points and miles. On the likes of Ryanair and Wizz Air we regularly see fares for under £10 each way — Milan especially is one of the cheapest cities to fly to in Europe.

Related: How to make a Ryanair flight first class

Screenshot from Google Flights

Where to stay

Many travellers are gearing up to spend points this summer for their overseas trips. I found some great redemptions in Italy for those looking to book hotels.

Checking for the last week of May, one of the best redemptions I found in Rome was at the Westin Excelsior. It’s an absolutely beautiful property, with Roman architecture and decor. It’s also walkable to some of the city’s biggest tourist attractions like the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.

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The Westin Excelsior, Rome. (Photo courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy)

A three-night stay came to a total of £1,481.70 ($1,855) but you can get the same stay for 177,000 Marriott Bonvoy points — which are worth about £1,239, according to TPG’s latest valuations, giving you a saving of £242.

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(Screenshot from Marriott Bonvoy)

After the three-night stay in Rome, perhaps it’s time to move on to Florence, reachable by train within a couple of hours.

At the IL Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence, a World of Hyatt property, the nightly rate of 29,000 points (worth about £435, per TPG’s valuations) is a great rate compared to the average $684 (£546) cash rate.

hyatt booking screenshot
(Screenshot from World of Hyatt)

Related: 6 reasons to visit Florence, Italy

Bottom line

To get into Italy, you need proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from COVID-19. Once in the country, masks are still required in crowded indoor public areas. However, you’re now much freer to go where you please without being stopped to show a green pass.

Better yet, as travel ramps up for the summer months, there are still some decent airfare deals and hotel points redemptions out there if you book soon!

Featured photo by Ian.CuiYi/Getty Images.

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