European Travel Information and Authorization System

Information for Traveling to Italy from UK

In 2025, new requirements will be expected of many visitors travelling to Italy from UK. ETIAS Italy will be a requirement for all citizens of non-EU countries that have visa exempt status with the EU – these countries include the UK.

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ETIAS for travelling to Italy from UK

From the northern medieval walled cities and rolling landscapes studded with Cypress trees, all the way south through ancient Roman landmarks to the sun-soaked majesty of the Amalfi coast and beyond, Italy has much to offer any visitor. We want you to come, relax and enjoy Italy’s delights for yourself, but before you book your trip, please take note of some important information and requirements. You will need either a schengen visa or ETIAS when travelling to Italy from UK. Citizens of any non-EU country with visa exemption to enter the Schengen zone, such as the UK, will be eligible for ETIAS. Those UK citizens wishing to travel to Italy or any other location within the Schengen region will be required to have ETIAS Italy authorisation to do so. Travellers are no longer required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) to enter Italy, and if you can prove you are fully vaccinated then you will not be required to self-isolate on arrival. All passengers entering Italy on public transport must wear an FFP2 mask in order to enter the country.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Government of Italy to impose additional restrictions or requirements that may be independent of the ETIAS requirements.

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From 2025 when the ETIAS system becomes operational, you will need an ETIAS Authorization when travelling to Italy from UK. The ETIAS application will be a quick process that requires a valid biometric passport and some basic information about the applicant. Once the application is approved, ETIAS for Italy will be valid for three years or until the registered passport expires – whichever happens first. If the passport expires first, then a new ETIAS Italy application must be submitted before re-entry back into the Schengen zone is allowed.There will be a nominal fee attached to the application that is yet to be confirmed but is expected to be in the region of £6, which must be paid by debit or credit card. Applications will usually be approved within minutes.

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Yes, you will require ETIAS when travelling to Italy from UK. Those eligible will need to obtain permission to travel to Italy through the electronic ETIAS Visa Waiver for Italy which will be available from 2025 – the exact date is not yet confirmed.

There is the British Consulate General Milan and the British Embassy Rome, which are intended to maintain relations between the UK and Italy and provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Italy.

Travellers from the UK can enter Italy with either a primary vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate. The date of your vaccination must be specified and at least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine before arriving in Italy. The vaccination certificate remains valid for 270 days from the date of the last dose (for those who have had a full course of vaccines). The recovery certificate must show proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days from the date of the first positive test.

To enter the UK from Italy, you’ll need a valid passport with at least six months remaining before its expiration date. Additionally, if you’re not an EU, EEA, or Swiss national, you may require a visa or entry permit. Travelers should also carry a completed Passenger Locator Form, which provides contact and travel information for health authorities in the UK.

There are several ways to travel from Italy to the UK, including by air, rail, and sea. The most common option is flying, with many airlines offering direct flights between major Italian and UK cities. Alternatively, you can take a train via the Eurostar, connecting through France, or a ferry from mainland Europe.

As an Italian citizen or resident, you do not need a visa to visit the UK for short stays up to six months, since Italy is part of the EU. However, non-EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals living in Italy may need a visa, depending on the purpose and duration of their visit.

When traveling from Italy to the UK, you will have to go through customs and immigration checks. This process involves presenting your passport, visa (if required), and other relevant documents. Customs officials may also inspect your luggage to ensure compliance with UK regulations on importation of goods.

Yes, it is possible to travel from the UK to Italy without flying. You can take the Eurostar train to France and then connect to Italy via high-speed trains. Alternatively, you can drive or take a coach through France, Switzerland, or Austria, or travel by ferry from the UK to mainland Europe and continue your journey by road or rail.