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Opening of Italian borders and rules for entry into Sardinia island
03.08.2020 Opening of Italian borders and rules for entry into Sardinia island

On 29 July 2020, the Italian Council of Ministers approved the extension of the state of emergency on the national territory until 15 October 2020, as a consequence of the health risk associated with the spread of diseases deriving from transmissible viral agents, with particular reference to the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its associated pathology, the COVID-19.


From 3 June, travel is freely allowed for any reason to and from the following states:

  • Member States of the European Union (in addition to Italy, the Member States of the EU are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Hungary);
  • States of the Schengen Agreement (non-EU States part of the Schengen Agreement are: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland);
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  • Andorra, Monaco;
  • Republic of San Marino and Vatican City States.

From 3 June, people entering or returning to Italy from these states and territories, with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, are no longer subjected to health surveillance and self-isolation for 14 days, unless they stayed in different countries in the 14 days prior to the entry into Italy.

Anyone who wants to enter the national territory but stayed or transited in Bulgaria or Romania in the 14 previous days, must submit to the obligationto of health surveillance and self-isolation. The obligation of health surveillance and self-isolation does not apply to the crew or traveling staff of the means of transport.

From 30 June, citizens residing in the aforementioned states can freely enter the Italian territory without having to justify the reasons for the trip. The same rule also applies to foreigners residing in one of these countries and their respective family members, coming from countries other than those listed.

Until the next Prime Ministerial Decree, the entry into the national territory of third-country nationals legally residing in the following States and territories is in any case allowed (without justification on the reasons for the trip):

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • New Zeland
  • Rwanda
  • Republic of Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

To third country nationals residing in these 11 states, the obligation of health surveillance and self-isolation continues to apply in Italy as in articles 4 and 5 of the Prime Minister's Decree of 11 June 2020.

Travel to and from non-EU and non-Schengen countries (including the 11 countries indicated in the Ministry of Health Ordinance of 30 July 2020: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay) are allowed only for reasons of absolute urgency, work or study.

Entry into Italy is forbidden to persons who, in the 14 previous days, stayed or passed through one of the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Chile
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • North Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Dominican Republic
  • Serbia

Exceptions are citizens of EU countries (including Italy), Schengen states, United Kingdom, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino or Vatican City States and for their close family members, provided that they are resident in Italy from 9 July 2020 for the first group of countries and before 16 July for Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro.


With regard to entering Sardinia, air and sea connections to and from the island are already active, both national and international. At all airports and ports on the island, passengers will be subjected to body temperature measurements.

The digital registration for arrivals in Sardinia is online, useful for monitoring entrances and stays on the regional territory, for greater protection of travelers. Passengers who intend to embark for the island are required to register by filling out the following online form (from PC or smartphone). A copy of the registration receipt must be presented on departure. Registration with the indications of origin and destination can be made at any time after booking travel and accommodation, while the compilation of the questions on the state of health must be done maximum two days before boarding.


WARNING - Since the aforementioned measures and limitations are constantly evolving and updated, for correctness of information we recommend the use of the main national and regional institutional sites, including:

Governo Italiano

Viaggiare Sicuri

Sardegna Turismo

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