Rome Corona. Due to the coronavirus, Italy has introduced a color system with white, yellow, orange and red. Rome is yellow zone. The situation is checked weekly. Find out what that means for your trip to Rome here.
The provisions described herein are expected to apply through March 31, 2022.
For the use of public transport you need a FFP2 mask. This also applies to all flights to and from Italy.
The EU COVID certificate
There is some confusion with the EU digital COVID certificate because it is called differently in each country. In Germany it is called CovPass, in Austria grüner Pass, in Italy green pass or “certificazione verde”, in Switzerland COVID certificate, and so on. All of these EU certificates are valid in Italy.
In Italy, a distinction is made between the “Green Pass Base” and the “Green Pass Super”. The “Base” is also valid with a current test, but has no relevance for tourists from abroad, because the status vaccinated or recovered + test is already required for entry into Italy. The “Super” certifies fully vaccinated or recovered within the last 6 months.
Your certificate must therefore confirm that you are fully vaccinated or recovered within the last 6 months. A test is not enough. The certification can also be issued in non-EU countries in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian.
From the age of 12 you need the certificate and a negative test to enter Italy. Children from the age of 6 need a negative test for entry.
The certificate is also necessary for entry to museums and events, for sports studios, bars and restaurants.
You also need the certificate for all domestic and international travel.
Checks on arrival
All travelers must register online using the Passenger Locator Form PLF. At the end of the registration you will receive a QR code and a pdf file. When entering the country, the printed form is required. In case of technical problems you can also fill out the form manually (form as pdf).
Travelers from the Schengen area, the EU, Andorra and Monaco are allowed to enter Italy. They must have been tested negative in the 24 hours before entry (PCR test 48h) and have the certification of full vaccination or recovery with them. Without this certification they must be in quarantine for 5 days with subsequent test. These regulations are valid from 16/12/2021 to 31/1/2022.
Entry with certification of full vaccination and a negative test within the last 24 hours (PCR 72h and 48h for Great Britain) is allowed for travelers from Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding areas not included in the European continent), Republic of Korea, United States of America, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions. Without a certificate and test, travelers from these countries are subject to a quarantine of 10 days with a subsequent test. These travelers must report their arrival to the local health department (ASL), tel. 800 118 800. Travelers from the USA, Canada and Japan are also allowed to enter with a certified recovery.
Tourists are not allowed to enter from other countries. Citizens of the EU and the Schengen area are also allowed to enter from other countries, but have to go into quarantine for 14 days and are not allowed to use public transport.
Passengers of so-called COVID flights have no quarantine requirements. They have to present a negative test of the last 48h and the entry form at check-in. In addition, they must undergo another COVID test at the arrival airport. COVID flights are currently available from the USA, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
Test before the return trip
For all flights you need the EU COVID certificate or a negative test. Many countries require a COVID test before the return journey, which must not be older than 48 hours on arrival. You can do the test in many pharmacies and it costs 22 euro. There is usually a tent in front of the pharmacy where the tests are carried out. Have the test result certified in English so that it can be accepted by the airline and the authorities of the country of entry.
Rome in times of corona
Visiting Rome during these months is an extraordinary experience. There are almost no tourists and you can enjoy less crowded attractions, churches and museums. The Romans, especially shops and restaurants, are happy about every visitor. It is unlikely that there will be another such opportunity to have Rome almost to yourself.
How big is the Covid 19 risk in Rome?
Overall, the number of infections counted is currently stable on a high level. Source: ECDC
The Lazio region is yellow zone. This means that only the distance requirement and the mask requirement are to be observed, both in closed rooms and outdoor.
The Romans are very careful about hygiene and the government’s measures against the spread of the virus have always been followed very well in Rome. The incidence in Rome province is 1,442 (data as of January 17).
The most important regulation is that all people must keep a minimum distance of 1 meter (3.2 ft).
Masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors in public areas. Sports activities and children under 6 are exempt.
Cinemas and theaters are open and FFP2 masks are mandatory. Churches and museums are open. Discotheques are closed. There are no public festivals.
Masks are required in taxis. The front seat must remain free and 2 passengers may sit in very row. This means that in normal vehicles only two passengers are allowed to travel, in Vans correspondingly more.
Bars and restaurants are allowed to serve guests with Green Pass that certifies vaccination or recovery. Many restaurants also offer take away and late night deliveries.
Even hotels may accept only guests with certification of vaccination or recovery.
Only a limited number of customers can be in a store at the same time. When this number is reached, you have to wait until another costumer leaves the store. As of February 1, the Super Green Pass is required in stores. Excluded are stores for daily needs such as pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets.
Temperature measurements are carried out at airports, train stations, in museums, shopping centers and at the large basilicas such as St. Peter’s Basilica. If the measured temperature is 37.5 ° C (99.5 °F) or more, you can’t enter.
The museums are open. As of January 10, only vaccinated or recovered persons may enter. The Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican Museums can only be visited by reservation. Reservation is recommended for the museums of the City of Rome. If slots are still available, you can buy tickets at the museum ticket office. Due to the distance regulations, the permitted number of visitors is greatly reduced and you must reserve in good time.
Only 10% of visitors are allowed to visit the Vatican Museums, 3,000 visitors a day instead of the 30,000 that were previously admitted. You must therefore reserve your visit to the museum in great advance. The passage in the Sistine Chapel from the museums to St. Peter’s Basilica is currently closed.
You must therefore reserve your museum visit in good time. But there is so much to see in Rome that you might not want to visit a museum. In our section 3 days in Rome you will find many suggestions for walks and activities in Rome.
In most museums, but sometimes also in the St. Peter’s Basilica, there is a path in that makes sure that all visitors can only go in one direction. It’s like IKEA, you may have to walk a long way towards the exit.
St. Peter’s Square is sometimes closed. You can then enter St. Peter’s Basilica only on fenced paths and come to the exit on the other side.
Free attractions such as the Trevi Fountain may also have fixed paths and access will be closed if too many people gather in front of the fountain.
A FFP2 mask is compulsory on all public transport. From 6.12. to 15.1. one needs the Covid certificate (Green Pass). The vehicles are only allowed to drive with 80% of the maximum capacity. When the number is reached, you have to wait for the next vehicle.
The same goes for the metro. Additional buses are offered along the metro lines during rush hour.
However, it is difficult to control these regulations.
Of course, you should provide adequate health insurance during this time. It is sufficient for citizens of the European Union to have their health insurance EHIC card with them.
In case of suspected infection in Rome COVID-19
If you suspect that you have been infected with the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus – the disease caused is called COVID-19 Corona virus disease 2019 – you should not leave the house to avoid infecting other people. In Rome, call a family doctor or call 800 11 88 00, the phone numbers of other regions in Italy can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health.
Practical tips and precautions for Rome
Arrival and departure
Public transport is not our first choice in Corona times. We recommend to book a transfer in advance for the journey from the airport to the hotel.
There are several reasons why we recommend accommodation in the center of the city. The most important thing is that you can reach most of the attractions without public transport. Metro and buses are totally overloaded and you have to expect long travel and waiting times. If you have your accommodation in the center, you can walk to almost anything. Read our article Hotels in Rome.
Rome is known for the “Movida”. Many Romans enjoy the mild autumn nights and meet on the streets and squares until late at the night to chat. For your safety, avoid crowds and keep away from people you don’t know. If it’s not possible to keep the distance, wear your mask! Places where people could gather can be blocked.
Rome is a very safe city. However, the corona crisis has left damage. Many people depend on donations. Theft can therefore also occur. It is of course safer in the city center than in some of the suburbs. And you shouldn’t be out late at night with a lot of money and valuables.