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Update Aug 31: Arrivals from the UK are no longer required to isolate for 5 days in Italy if they take a test 48 hours before arriving and can demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated.

If you're fully vaccinated and returning to England from an amber country you won't need to self-isolate when you get back.

You'll need to take a PCR test 3 days before you travel and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you return.

Children under 18 won't need to self-isolate but will still need to take the precautionary tests. Those aged 5-10 only need to take the day 2 test and those under 4 are exempt from any testing or self-isolation.

Testing requirements:

Italy asks for a negative antigen or molecular swab test no more than 48 hours before arrival.

If you're fully vaccinated you'll need to take a pre-departure PCR test plus one on day 2 once you return.

If you aren't fully vaccinated you'll need to take a pre-departure PCR test plus ones on day 2 and day 8 while you self-isolate on your return.

When you're there:

Most of Italy's Covid restrictions have now eased. There is no longer a curfew and there are no "orange" or "red" regions, though some regional restrictions remain. You'll need to make sure you follow the rules of the region you're visiting. Check the government's travel advice for more details.

Traffic light status:

Italy has been confirmed to be on England's amber list meaning it is legal to travel there for any reason, including a holiday. At time of writing the FCDO does not advise against travel to Italy.

Italy Travel Guide

Italy is a country steeped in ancient history and culture. With bustling cities and stunning coastline you'll be hard pressed to choose just one place to visit!

In our guides we tackle all the important issues, from where to eat, to how to make the most of your money and the best way to get from A to B. All to to help turn your travel inspiration into reality.

We're adding more destinations all the time so check back soon!

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Time zone

Italy is one hour ahead of the UK.




Italian is the main language across the country. The locals appreciate it if you make the effort to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.

Hello - Ciao (informal) or Buongiorno (formal - meaning 'Good Morning')

Goodbye - Ciao (informal) or Arrivederci (formal)

Yes - Sì

No - No

Please - Per favore (formal) Per piacere (informal)

Thank you - Grazie

My name is... - Mi chiamo...

I don't understand - Non ho capito

Do you speak English? - Parla inglese?


The plugs have two round pins as is usual across Europe - remember to take an adaptor with you.

Culture and etiquette


The majority of Italy is Roman Catholic, but other religions are practised. If you visit any places of worship, cover up to show respect.


Two thirds of Italians don't tip when they dine out, so don't feel pressured to. Sometimes the service is included in your bill but if not, and you've enjoyed your experience, round up the bill a bit.


Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces including restaurants, bars and public transport.

Jabs, visas and other foreign advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

For ambulance services call 118, for police call 112 or 113 and for fire services it's 115.


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