Can I travel to Rome right now? A curated list of OFFICIAL sources of information about rules and regulations to travel to Rome right now. National and local online info outlets to have up to date travel info at your fingertips + how to get tested and what to do should you get a positive test.
At this time of uncertainty, the primary thing to figure out when planning a trip to Rome is if you are allowed in, what rules you need to comply with and the process to get back home again.
The web is full of articles and Facebook conversations about this. However, personal experiences and travel stories are not enough to plan a trip.
When it comes to traveling to Rome right now, you need official information.
Below you find a list of the official resources (in English) that you need to stay up to date with ever changing travel rules.
This list is put together on the basis of my own research. Always rely on official info only for travel decisions and regulations that may apply to you.
Travel to Rome Now Official Sources (March 2022)
The most up to date, OFFICIAL source of travel info to enter Italy and for regulations on the ground is this one: Italia.it
This is a recently revamped website with a lot of info about rules to enter the country and rules about vaccinations certs, prerequisites to enter cultural venues, hotels, restaurants, etc.
This is also a good source for families as it lays out what the requisites are for minors.
As you will see, the website reports the regions as color coded depending on the epidemiological state of the specific territory.
To use this site, you need to identify the color of your region (Rome is in Lazio) and you need to then click on the color-key on top of the page to check what rules apply.
Please note: the Italia website is often lagging in terms of updates so I highly recommend you use it in combination with wantedinrome mentioned below.
By clicking on the menu items on the main page, you will be able to find information on travel requirement to enter Italy, what the Green Pass and Super Green Pass are and the equivalent certifications for non Italians.
WantedinRome: this is an English language newspaper, not a Government source; however, it is an excellent source for up to date info about local regulations such as mask mandates in Rome.
These rules are decided at regional level and change depending on the epidemiological profile of the region; therefore, national sources may not be enough to make an informed decision.
This is a good resource as news often break before the official sites get to be updated fully.
Green Pass (Italian Only): the Green Pass is the Italian cert recording your up-to-date vaccination status (Super Green Pass) or negative test result (Standard Green Pass).
The Super Green Pass and Green Pass are for Italian citizen only: as a tourist, you will be asked to show the vaccination card from the country you got your vaccine from.
ViaggiarSicuri – (Italian only) travel portal of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. If you read Italian, it has official info on all rules and regulations about traveling to / from Italy.
Additional resources about traveling to Rome during Covid19
Other important sources of info about travel to Italy are your Embassy/ Consulate.
Due to the profile of the majority of readers of this website, I am reporting here links to those I believe are useful to the largest number of people:
- US Embassy and Consulate to Italy – click on the link for official website
- UK Embassy and Consulate to Italy – click on the link for official website
- Canada Embassy to Italy – click on the link for official website
- Australian Embassy to Italy – click on the link for official website
- New Zealand Embassy to Italy – click on the link for official website
- Singapore Consulate general to Italy – click on link for official website
Where to get tested in Rome as a tourist
If you need a pre-departure test to go back home, getting a test in Rome is easy.
Rapid antigen tests are available in most pharmacies: in the city center, many have white and green outdoor booths that administer tests on a walk-in basis.
You need to fill out a form with your info and you will be given the result by email in a matter of hours.
Some neighborhood pharmacies may require booking: please make provisions in advance to secure a place
You can also opt for a PCR test in a private lab. The list of centers authorized to administer PCR test is here
Please note: some labs are able to provide results in English, check individual websites for info.
What happens if you get a positive test result in Rome
If you happen to test positive while in Rome, you will have to isolate until a second test comes out negative; the people traveling with you, even if negative, may have to self-quarantine.
The exact rules depends on a few factors, but the process looks like that:
Step 1: contact the authorities to report your case
This is the law and also the way to enter the system, get assistance and a exit test to stop isolation.
If you speak Italian, you can ring the Free Regional Covid Number 800 118 800; if you do not speak Italian, you can look for an English speaking doctor at https://find.doctorsinitaly.com
If you speak Italian, you can ring the Free Regional Covid Number ; if you do not speak Italian, you can look for an English speaking doctor at https://find.doctorsinitaly.com
The lab will communicate your positive test result to the local ASL (the neighborhood branch of the national health system) and they will get in touch to monitor you and to organize your end of isolation test, hopefully, set you free from isolation.
Please be advised: if you have a positive test in Rome, the length of time you need to isolate for depends on circumstances.
|Your circumstances||Symptomatic||Non symptomatic|
|Fully vaccinated||7 days isolation of which at least the last 3 without symptoms + negative test at the end||7 days isolation + negative test at the end|
|Non vaccinated / vaccinated for less than 14 days / anyone not covered by other categories||10 days isolation of which at least 3 with no symptoms + negative test at the end||10 days isolation + negative test at the end|
Find the official source for this table here.
During these days of isolation you are not allowed to leave your accommodation and you cannot get a second private test: you must wait for the official one that they will book for you.
When you have your appointment for the second test, you will need to go on your own and you will have to keep isolating until you receive a negative result.
Should the result be positive again, you will need to keep isolating for extra days – all this will be clearly explained by the authorities once you are in the system.
Very important: To leave isolation after testing positive is a criminal offence. Yes, they do check.
If someone in your travel group tests positive and others test negative, the people with a negative test are considered close contacts and they may have so quarantine.
The exact length of quarantine depends again on circumstances. At present:
|Your circumstances||What you need to do|
|Fully vaccinated with booster dose, recovered in the last 120 days, people with primary vaccination cycled completed in the last 15-120 days||No quarantine, use of FFP2 mask for 10 days, self monitoring for ten days. If developing symptoms, test on day 5|
|Vaccinated without booster dose and recovered over 120 days||5 days quarantine + negative test at the end|
|Non vaccinated / vaccinated for less than 14 days||5 days quarantine + negative test at the end|
Please be advised that rules in this respect change constantly. Always use the links provided to find official and up to date info.