To enter the United Kingdom, from 1 October 2021, it is necessary to use a valid passport.
As prepared by the guides provided by GOV.UK, EU citizens who appear to be without a passport for entry into the United Kingdom may be rejected at the border.
Only those who have joined the EU Settlement Scheme, cross-border workers (Frontier worker permit-hypertext link:, EU citizens with a permit for family reunification within the EU Settlement Scheme (EU Settlement Scheme Family permit-hypertext link:, EU citizens with a permit for healthcare treatment in the UK (S2 Healthcare Visitor-hyperlink: https: // www. will be able to continue to use the Identity Card.
This “id cards factsheets” document in English offers a series of answers to the most common questions on this measure, effective from 1 October.


Travelers who have completed the vaccination course (both doses of a two-dose vaccine, one dose only in the case of single-dose vaccine) for at least 14 days and who have not passed through countries categorized as high risk / “red list” (indicated here) in the 10 days prior to arrival in the United Kingdom they can benefit from simplified entry procedures:

  • Book a tampon to be carried out in the United Kingdom by the 2nd day after arrival (so-called “day 2 test”) from a list of authorized distributors;
  • Fill in a passenger locator form (indicating there the details of the “day 2 test” buffer reservation and declaring that you have completed a course of vaccination against coronavirus in Italy or in other accepted countries);
  • Travel with a vaccination certificate (including the European covid green/green pass certification, the NHS app or another certificate with specific characteristics) to be shown, on request, at the border.

For travelers who meet these requirements, a tampon is not required before departure or a period of precautionary isolation after arrival in the United Kingdom.

For travelers who have not received a full course of vaccination or who have stayed in high-risk countries, the UK government requires five requirements:

  • Present a negative result of a COVID-19 swab taken within the three days prior to the day of departure and which meets the parameters specified by the UK government;
  • Book and pay for the two COVID-19 swabs to be made within the 2nd day and the 8th day of arrival in the United Kingdom;
  • Fill in the passenger locator form in the two days prior to the day of departure;
  • Observe precautionary isolation for an ordinary duration of 10 days (with specific procedures depending on the countries visited before arriving in the United Kingdom);
  •  two control swabs, within the 2nd day and the 8th day after arrival in the United Kingdom.

For minors arriving in the United Kingdom from Italy or other specific countries, the requirements required in addition to the passenger locator form depend on their age (and not on their own vaccination status or those of the adults they travel with):

  • up to four years, they are exempt from any tampon and from the obligation of precautionary isolation;
  • 5 to 17 years old, are exempt from the pre-departure swab and from the precautionary isolation obligation but must undergo a surveillance swab (so-called “day 2 test”) by the 2nd day after arrival.

For travel with final destination in the United Kingdom but outside England, please refer to the directions issued by the autonomous regions of Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland or by the authorities of the Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey) and the Isle of Man, which can vary significantly from the norms of the rest of the country.

For more information, please refer to the website of the Italian Embassy in London.