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By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

Following the European Union’s announcement that travelers from the United States have been removed from its safe travel list, Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for U.S. travelers. All travelers must receive a negative coronavirus test result (molecular or antigenic swab) within 72 hours before arrival and complete a digital passenger locator form. Unvaccinated people without proof of recovery must quarantine (self-isolate) for five days and take another test after that.

Those from European Union and Schengen area countries can enter Italy with a COVID-19 “Green Certificate” after either completing the vaccination cycle for at least 14 days, recovering from COVID-19, or receiving a negative molecular or antigen swab test within 48 hours before entering Italy. Vaccinated U.S. citizens who want to enter Italy can avoid the quarantine by showing their vaccination certificates, which Italy considers to be equivalent to the Green Certificate. Acceptable vaccines include those approved by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, and Vaxzevria.

Admission requirements worldwide have been changing frequently due to rapidly evolving pandemic conditions, so travelers should check for the latest updates before traveling.

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