Italy and Greece enacted new restrictions for travelers from other European Union/EEA and Schengen countries from which freedom of movement should apply.
Italy has from today required all visitors to have a negative PCR-RT or antigen test, and Greece will require the same from 6 AM on Sunday (December 19, 2021).
Here are the requirements if coming from EU/EEA/Schengen:
Prime Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021 and Order of October 22 and of December 14, 2021 of the Minister of Health (in force until January 31, 2022) set forth provisions for travelling abroad from December 16, 2021 up to January 31, 2022.
In order to enter/return to Italy, you must:
- present to the carrier and any other authorised person, a certificate showing proof of a negative result of a molecular test carried out by means of a swab in the 48 hours prior to your arrival, or 24 hours if you undergo an antigen test.
- present to the carrier and any other authorised person, a EU Digital Covid Certificate (or equivalent certificate) showing that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with an EMA authorised vaccine and you have completed the prescribed vaccination cycle since at least fourteen days; or that you have recovered from COVID-19 and you are no longer under prescription of self-isolation.
If you wish to enter Italy without having a certificate of vaccination or recovery, you must:
- Present to the carrier and any other authorised person, a certificate showing proof of a negative result of a molecular test carried out by means of a swab in the 48 hours prior to your arrival, or 24 hours if you undergo an antigen test.
- Once in Italy, self-isolate for five (5) days
- Undergo a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, at the end of the 5-day self-isolation.
Passenger Locator Form is always mandatory to enter Italy.
These requirements will be in place at least until January 31, 2022.
Greece requires all travelers to have a negative PCR-RT test not more than 72 hours or an antigen test not more than 24 hours old at the time of departure (information updated).
The travel within European Union and Schengen is becoming a complete mess again, and the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate is no longer enough to travel freely within the bloc, but now many countries also require an additional Covid-19 test.
The Omicron is rapidly spreading around Europe, indicating a tough few months until spring arrives.
In the next two weeks, I will be in or transiting through Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, and Portugal. As of now, only Portugal requires a test to enter for an EU national with EU Digital COVID Certificate. So it wouldn’t surprise me if some challenges were thrown my way in the next few days.