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What do I need to travel to Italy?

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So you want to travel to Italy. I don’t blame you, it’s a beautiful country. But in the current circumstances, you might be asking yourself how to visit Italy.  Read our guide to what you need to travel to Italy:


Do I need a Visa to travel to Italy?

As Italy is in the Schengen Area, you can visit for up to 90 days without a visa. 

Remember that the 90 days limit applies to all countries in the Schengen Area. The 90 day total applies to a 180 day period.

Want to stay longer than 3 months? Be sure you check with the Italian Ministry of Foreign AffairsThey can advise you what kind of visa or permit you’ll need for your trip. They have consulates in London and Edinburgh.

Other Documents

Your passport must be less than ten years old and in date. It must be valid for at least 3 months from the date you plan to leave Italy. 

When you arrive, border control may ask to see a few things. They can ask for proof of accommodation and return or onward ticket.

Do I need travel insurance for Italy?

Yes, proof of insurance could be requested at the border, so it is important to take Italy Travel Insurance with you. 

Not only will it allow you to provide the proof border control request. It also provides cover should you need it for cancellation, medical or other expenses.


All travellers to Italy need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before they leave the UK.

You will also need to provide either proof of vaccination (two doses, with the second one not less than 14 days before you travel and not more than 270 days before you travel), proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the last 6 months or a negative test taken with the previous 72 hours (if PCR) or 48 hours (if lateral flow).

You can use your NHS Covid pass in Italy to demonstrate your vaccination status. Your appointment card can’t be used for this purpose.

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you may still be tested for Covid-19 at random when arriving in Italy. 

Read through our Coronavirus travel insurance page to find out what cover is available on our policies.

This information was correct when the page was written, but the entry requirements for Italy can change very quickly. Visit the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for the very latest updates.

Do I need a Travel adaptor to Travel to Italy?

It may seem obvious, but the plugs in Italy are a little different. Three types of plugs can be used. Type C, Type F and Type L. Be sure to check your travel adaptor supports at least one of these.