Rome Coronavirus · COVID rules in Rome

Last Updated on 23. July 2021

Rome Corona. Due to the aggressive mutations of the coronavirus, Italy has introduced a color system with white, yellow, orange and red. Rome is white zone. The situation is checked weekly. Find out what that means for your trip to Rome here.

The provisions described here are expected to apply until autumn 2021.

Proof of vaccinations and tests

From August 5th, you will need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test (within the last 48 hours) not only when entering the country, but also when visiting museums, stadiums, concerts and sports studios, as well as indoor bars and restaurants. To do this, use the digital EU certificate.

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, Israel, Andorra and Monaco are allowed to enter Italy. They must have tested negative in the 48 hours prior to entry or have the green certification with you. Entry with the green certification is also possible for travelers from the USA, Canada and Japan.

Travelers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Romania, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the USA must definitely go into quarantine for 10 days and are only allowed to use private means of transport or connecting flights to get to their destination. For travelers from Great Britain, a quarantine of 5 days with a subsequent test applies. These travelers must report their arrival to the local health department (ASL) phone ​800 118 800.

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 flight

Many countries require a COVID test before the return flight, which must not be older than 48 hours. 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.

The green certification COVID Pass

The digital COVID certificate of the EU is colloquially called COVID Pass. In Italy it is called the green certification “certificazione verde” or colloquially Green Pass. The COVID Pass contains a QR code that you can show on your cell phone or printed out. It confirms full vaccination or recovery from COVID, which in Italy must be no more than 9 months ago. PCR tests and antigen tests are valid for 48 hours. The certification can also be issued in non-EU countries in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian.

For entry to Italy you need the COVID pass or a negative test.

The Green Pass is not required for outdoor dining or access to shops. However, it will be required from August 5th on entry to museums and major events.

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 after the European Championship celebrations are increasing. Source: ECDC

The Lazio region is white 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 83 (data as of July 22).

Coronavirus regulations in Rome

The most important regulation is that all people must keep a minimum distance of 1 meter (3.2 ft). In addition, there is a requirement to wear a mask indoor in public places. the mask requirement applies outdoors only in case of crowds. However, you must always have the mask with you. Children under 6 years of age and athletes during their activities are excluded. There is no curfew.

Cinemas and theaters are open. Churches and museums are open. Discos are closed.

Taxi

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.

Restaurants

Bars and restaurants are allowed to serve guests both indoors and outdoors.  The Green Pass is only required indoor. Inside, only 4 people are allowed to sit at a table. Many restaurants also offer take away and late night deliveries.

Stores

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.

Temperature measurement 

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.

Museums

The museums are open. 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. The ticket offices at the Colosseum were open in October. But do you want to risk your health in the queue to save a few euros?

The Vatican Museums open on May 3rd. For example, 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.

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.

Public transport

A limited number of passengers are allowed on buses. When the number is reached, you will have to wait for the next bus.

Only a limited number of passengers are permitted in the metro stations and on the trains. When the number of admitted passengers in a metro station is reached, you have to wait outside the station. During rush hour, additional buses are offered along the metro lines.

However, it is difficult to control these regulations.

Health insurance

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

There are several ways to travel to Rome. Whether in your own car, by Flixbus, by train or by plane, all roads lead to Rome.

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.

Accommodation

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.

Nightlife

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.

Security

Rome is a very safe city. However, the corona crisis has left deep damage. Many people rely on donations. Theft could therefore also increase. It is of course safer in the city center rather than in some neighborhoods on the periphery. And you shouldn’t be out with lots of money and valuables late at night.

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2 thoughts on “Rome Coronavirus · COVID rules in Rome”

  1. Hello,
    We fly from Los Angeles to Rome (lay over in Germany for 2 hours) landing on June 8. Lufthansa tells us we just need an Antigen Swab 48 hours before travel and we can enter Italy without having to quarantine.

    We are all vaccinated and have not been anywhere other than California since covid started. I keep seeing that Americans can ONLY come into Italy if they fly on a Delta or Alitalia “Covid-Tested” flight, but I booked months before the Covid-Tested flights existed. Does anyone know what will happen to us when we get off the plane in Rome? I have emailed and called embassies and read every article possible but can’t get confirmation on what will happen. Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Hello,
      for now there are no rules for vaccinated travellers to Italy but they are expected very soon. This means that actually you have to quarantine for 10 days. You must fill out the registration form and indicate in it where you will be staying for the 10 days. If there are new rules before June 8, you do not have to be in quarantine.

      If Lufthansa says you need only the test, probably they have a similar protocol to the COVID tested flights. But this is information that only the airline can give you.

      By the way, the 48h are not before travel but before arrival.

      Reply

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