Civitavecchia Port Covid rules

COVID-19. Here are the new rules for entering Italy

The new rules from March 2022: basic green pass and no quarantine to enter Italy

The new rules for entering Italy

The anti-Covid 19 vaccine is no longer needed to enter Italy. On March 1, 2022, the new ordinance signed on February 22, 2022 by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza came into force, softening the existing rules until February 28. Any traveler or tourist who comes, for example, from Australia, Japan, the US or Canada must observe the same rules that apply to European citizens.

The state of emergency expires on March 31 and the Italian government has already said that it will not be renewed.

The ordinance of the Ministry of Health

The new rules for entering Italy were established by the Ministry of Health with an ordinance of 22 February. “Starting from March 1, 2022, for arrivals from all non-European countries, the same rules already in force for European countries apply.

One of the conditions of the green pass will be sufficient for entry into the national territory:

  1. vaccination certificate,
  2. recovery certificate, or
  3. negative test “.

This means that the vaccine is no longer mandatory.

Stop quarantine (but not always)

The order of the Ministry of Health also provides for a stop to quarantine for those arriving in Italy from non-EU countries. The measure remains for those who do not present one of the three required certificates (vaccination, recovery or negative test).

Should it be necessary, the quarantine must be observed for 5 days at the address indicated in the Passenger Locator Form (Plf). At the end of the quarantine, a molecular or antigenic swab must be done, which means that the vaccine is no longer mandatory.

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COVID-19. Here are the new rules for going on a cruise

Many people ask us at Civitavecchia Port: are there still cruises of the past (before Covid 19)? The cruises in which you went around the seas of the world and got off at every port. Where on board you jumped between buffets and pools, slides and karaoke, pecked between theaters and endless long drinks. Cruises where you posed with the captain, and at the gala you were ready to show off your best suit.

We at the Port of Civitavecchia answer: yes and no. Because unfortunately there are many limitations compared to pre-Covid cruises, but the cruise passenger is aware that he is in a sort of bubble, where the coronavirus is kept very far away. Going on a cruise today is the safest holiday!

Let’s see how the major cruise lines are adapting embarking protocols.

Covid rules for embarking MSC Cruises

On MSC Cruises you can only travel if you have a complete vaccination cycle certification. MSC Cruises has extended, starting from 4 December, the measures already adopted for winter travel in other regions to itineraries in the Mediterranean – therefore including the Port of Civitavecchia.

Guests on all ships in the fleet must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and carry out a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to the scheduled embarkation date. The new rule applies to all guests aged 12 and over, and adds to the existing health and safety measures introduced by MSC Cruises in summer 2020, which today form the basis of a protocol that has become a model worldwide.

Any booked guest who will not be fully vaccinated in time for their departure date can choose to postpone their MSC cruise to a later date or request a refund. It seems to us a very flexible and correct decision.

We at Civitavecchia Port believe that the Covid-19 test before boarding, in particular, constitutes an additional safety element that offers all guests and crew the highest level of protection.

Covid rules for embarking Celebrity Cruises

From February 1st, Celebrity Cruises will introduce additional security measures, even more stringent than MSC. In fact, the company will require coverage with a complete vaccination cycle even for children aged 5 and over to board their ships. For children under the age of 2 to 4 years, a negative response from the Covid-19 test performed before boarding will be required.

Celebrity Cruises is the second company, in chronological order, to adopt such a stringent protocol, after Disney Cruise Line, which established the vaccination requirement for children aged 5 and over for cruises from January 13, 2022 onwards. A choice made after the approval on November 2, 2021, by the CDC, of ​​the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.

Covid rules for embarking Royal Caribbean

The provisions panel is constantly evolving. Consider, for example, Royal Caribbean, which belongs to the same Group as Celebrity, currently allows unvaccinated children to sail, as MSC Cruises is regulating: for ages up to 11 you can get on board by presenting a Covid test negative.

Covid rules for embarking Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises

On the other hand, brands such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises allow children between 5 and 11 years old on board only if vaccinated, as a consequence of the choice of having only passengers with the complete vaccination cycle, without exception. The consequence is that, for these two companies, children under the age of 5 will not be able to board the ship. A decision that leaves us definitely surprised

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What are the procedures for Covid-19 at the Port of Civitavecchia?

All international transport has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and obviously the arrivals and departures of cruise ships and ferries at the port of Civitavecchia have also been affected.

On this page we try to clarify the procedures implemented at the Port of Civitavecchia, both for ferry connections with Sardinia, Sicily, Spain and Tunisia and for the main cruise companies, which are gradually starting their navigation again.

We will update this page as we get news.

Drive-In Covid Test Centre at Civitavecchia Port of Rome

The Drive-in in Largo della Pace has been moved to via Tarquinia 30 – Fiumaretta.

The Drive-in is active:

  • Mon-Sat from 0800 AM to 0600 PM
  • Sun from 0800 AM to 0100 PM


To request the molecular test on a voluntary basis, you need the doctor’s prescription, your fiscal code and you must reserve the PCR Test.

For more info, please visit Ministero Salute Official Website

Test Results

To know the test result, please contact (from Tuesday to Saturday):

  • 06 96669302/470/471/477

Those who have a positive test result will be promptly advised.

Covid-19 provisions for ferries with Sardinia

All connections to and from Sardinia are operational again:

  • Civitavecchia-Olbia,
  • Civitavecchia-Cagliari,
  • Civitavecchia-Porto Torres
  • Civitavecchia-Arbatax.

Provisions for those arriving in Sardinia.

All those wishing to embark on direct shipping lines from the Port of Civitavecchia in Sardinia are required to register before boarding using the following online form:

Covid-19 Registration for ferries from the Port of Civitavecchia to Sardinia

and present in addition to an identity document, a copy of the registration receipt, together with the boarding pass.

You will also need to meet one of the following conditions:

  • give proof of having carried out the vaccine;
  • give proof of having carried out the swab with negative results (including the rapid swab) no later than 48 hours before departure;
  • swab on arrival (including the quick swab) or at the dedicated areas in the port of Civitavecchia, or within 48 hours of arrival;
  • submit to the obligation of fiduciary isolation for 10 days, with the burden of communicating this to their general practitioner, to the pediatrician of free choice or, for non-residents, to the territorially competing health authority through the toll-free number.

However, for all passengers returning from Sardinia it is highly recommended to swab them within 48 hours of their return.

To book a swab test you can go to the official page of Salute Lazio:

Swab test reservation booking form

Disembarkation at the port of Civitavecchia? New Health Protocols to enter Italy

The priority of the Port of Civitavecchia is the health and safety of cruise passengers and crew. The following measures apply for arrivals in Italy in the coming months, including departures and arrivals in Mediterranean ports such as the Port of Civitavecchia and in Northern Europe in the summer of 2021.

Authorities are continuously evaluating developments in response to COVID-19 and will adapt health and safety measures to give the best possible guarantees.

Are you entering the Italian territory? You must fill in the appropriate digital form (dPLF)

The first thing to know is that before entering Italy, from any country of origin and for any travel reason (tourism, work, etc.), it is necessary to fill in all its parts the European digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).

If you are a traveler from EU countries, or from the Schengen Area, and from the following countries: Israel, Canada, Japan, the United States, you can enter Italy without quarantine, if you meet the following conditions:

1. You must complete the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy

2. You must present a COVID-19 green certification upon arrival, which must be issued by the Health Authority of your country of origin, which certifies:

  • to have received full COVID-19 vaccination for at least 14 days
  • or, recovery from COVID-19 and the cessation of medical isolation
  • or, negativity to a rapid molecular or antigenic test performed in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy

Green certifications must be written in Italian, English, French or Spanish, and can be submitted in digital or paper format.

3. You must communicate your arrival to the Prevention Department of the Local Health Authority (Lazio Region toll-free number: 800 118 800).

COVID-19 Green Certificate – EU digital COVID certificate

For technical assistance call the Call Center on (+39) 800 91 24 91 (open every day from 8am to 8pm)

Travelers from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

As of today, if you have stayed in the United Kingdom, in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, you will need to present a certification of negativity to a molecular, or antigenic test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy and undergo isolation trustee and health surveillance for 5 days.

At the end of the isolation period, you will need to undergo a new molecular or antigen test (there are some exceptions that you can find here).

Travelers who are prohibited from entering and passing through Italy

As of today, if you have stayed or transited in Brazil in the previous fourteen days or if you have stayed in the previous fourteen days in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Covid-19 Swab Testing at the Port of Civitavecchia

All international transport has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and obviously the arrivals and departures of cruise ships and ferries at the port of Civitavecchia have also been affected.

Currently the Covid-19 swab-test is mandatory only for those returning from Barcelona, while it is highly recommended for those returning from Sardinia.

Where and how to do the swab-test at the port of Civitavecchia

To get the COVID-19 swab it is necessary to show up with a travel document and health insurance card/fiscal code (e-prescription is not mandatory).

The times for taking the swab test at the port are: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm / 6:00 pm – until the end of the swap-tests.

IMPORTANT: we inform all passengers that there are currently long waits at the Largo della Pace Drive-In. Swabs can be made, even in all other territorially competent ASL structures (Local Health Authority).

Here is a useful list of ASL structures that make the covid-19 swab:

  • PS Ospedale San Paolo – Largo Donatori del Sangue 1,Civitavecchia (Mon-Sat 9am-7pm)
  • AO San Giovanni Addolorata – Via Ambaradan – Roma (Mon-Sat 9am-7pm)
  • Ex Presidio Forlanini – Piazza Carlo Forlanini – Roma (Mon-Sat 9am-7pm)

Covid-19 Swab Test for those embarking at the Civitavecchia Port

Starting from Monday 14 September, even those leaving from the Port of Civitavecchia (passengers for Sardinia, for example) can have the test for COVID-19 at the tent at the San Paolo Hospital in Civitavecchia.

The timetables for those who embark for taking the swab test at the port are:
Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sat-Sun 9:00 am – 2 pm

To get a swab test you have to show a travel document.

The time needed to take the COVID-19 test and get the result is about 1 hour.

Covid-19 Swab Test result

To know the swab test result, please contact (from Tue to Sat):

Tel: 06 96669302 / 470 / 471 / 477

IMPORTANT. Those who have a positive swab test result will be promptly advised.

Cancellations and refunds of services booked through our site


Refund Update

The processing time for cash refunds is taking far longer than normal as we are processing over 1,000 times the normal volume of cancellations. We also have 75% fewer staff available to process refunds due to social distancing restrictions. is offering vouchers as these are automated and give customers an immediate alternative. Unfortunately, cash refunds cannot be automated. Customers who choose a voucher, but don’t redeem it within 12 months may still apply for and obtain a refund after this 12 month period.

Customers who choose not to accept a voucher will receive their refund in due course, once this crisis has passed. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working hard to process refund requests as quickly as we can.

We sincerely apologise for these unavoidable refund delays which are due to the unprecedented volume of Govt. imposed flight and ship cancellations and we sincerely thank customers for their patience.

So if you plan to move your trip to the next year, we ask you to request the voucher by email, referring to your booking. Vouchers that you can spend next year[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

How will I receive my voucher?

If your flight/ship was cancelled, you will receive your voucher from us by email to the email address provided in your Booking. The email will include voucher details, the monetary amount, and expiration date.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Are there limitations?

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If I don’t use my voucher within the time-frame will I lose it?

You will have 12 months to book your car transfer using your voucher from the date of issue.

If you accept the voucher and do not use it before the expiry date you will receive a full cash refund, if you only use part of the voucher prior to expiry, you will receive the remaining balance in cash upon expiry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Do I need to use the full amount of the voucher at one time?

No you don’t! If you have remaining credit on your voucher after you complete a booking, you can purchase additional services with your voucher.

Or you can save your remaining voucher credit to book another transfer at a later date. Just ensure to complete the booking before the voucher expires, however you can still travel at a later date.

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What can I use my voucher for?

You can use your voucher to pay for car transfers on both and websites.

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Can I give my voucher to my family member or a friend?

Yes! You can pay for multiple travel companions as our voucher offers great travel flexibility.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

What if I booked a family trip, will I just get one voucher?

Each group booking will receive one voucher on behalf of all customers (including infants). The voucher will be in the customer’s name who made the original booking.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Can I receive a cash refund instead of voucher?

You can request a cash refund however bear in mind we will place your request in the cash refund queue, and it will be dealt with accordingly. Your refund voucher will be valid and available for use until you receive your cash refund.
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Coronavirus emergency: state of arrivals and departures at the Port of Civitavecchia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing a series of difficulties for all Italian transport, and obviously the arrivals and departures of ferries and cruises are also affected.

In this page we will try to update you on the Port of Civitavecchia, in particular regarding Cruises and the routes that connect it by ferry with Sardinia, Sicily, Spain and Tunisia.

We will try to constantly update this page, during the next few days, whenever there will be official communications from the various shipping companies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Coronavirus update for Cruises at the Port of Civitavecchia.

MSC Cruises extended the cruise stop for the entire fleet until July 31, 2020 inclusive.

Through a note published directly on the official website, the company announced that it will consider restarting operations in August with a reduced number of ships in both the eastern and western Mediterranean. Further updates will be available by July 15th.

Costa Crociere, has announced the suspension of departures until 15 August 2020.

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All connections and ordinary transport of people to and from Sicily on the routes of Civitavecchia-Palermo and Civitavecchia-Termini Imerese are back in operation.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5689″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


All the connections and ordinary transport of people to and from Sardinia on the routes of Civitavecchia-Olbia, Civitavecchia-Cagliari, Civitavecchia-Porto Torres and Civitavecchia-Arbatax are back in operation.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5690″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


Passenger transport to Barcelona from the port of Civitavecchia is currently operational.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5692″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


Passenger transport to Tunis from the port of Civitavecchia is currently operational.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5691″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Italian ports have already lost 490 thousand passengers between March and April

The weight of the coronavirus emergency on the Italian cruise sector is starting to worsen. Following the stop of the cruise lines, today there are already 280 calls canceled in Italian ports between March and April with 490 thousand passengers lost.

Unfortunately, this is a minimal figure, in the hope that everything will start again as soon as possible. The calculation in fact concerns the companies which, today, have confirmed the cancellation of cruises. Other cruise lines have not yet confirmed the cancellation, but they are likely to do so shortly.

Coronavirus, prohibited docking of the Costa Fortuna in Phuket with Italians on board

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The presence of 64 cruise passengers just arrived from Italy was enough to leave the Costa Fortuna ship with 1600 passengers and almost 1000 crew members at sea – without allowing it to dock on the Thai island of Phuket.

Local newspapers had reported in the morning the statements of the head of the Immigration office of the famous island, according to which the 64 (all from southern Italy) were “suspected of having contracted the” Covid-19 “, a false statement according to the captain of the “Fortuna”, which denies having found cases of illness neither among the 1630 passengers of all nationalities than among the crew on board, about 980 people.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”” align=”center” title=”Phuket officials screen over 2000 tourists from Costa Fortuna cruise ship”][vc_column_text]There were also 167 other Italians on the ship, who had long since embarked on the same cruise that sailed between Singapore, Phuket, Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia, and for this reason they had not even been mentioned in the Thai official’s statements.

In any case, Thailand has applied for the first time one of the strictest protection rules against virus infections which provides for a mandatory quarantine period for anyone coming from Italy. In the case of the Costa Fortuna given the situation, the commander preferred to continue on the route of the next scheduled stop, Penang Port in Malaysia, in the hope of being able to disembark passengers for a stop. All the Italians will disembark except for the 64 “suspects” who will have to carry out checks.

Otherwise, a situation similar to that occurred on the Westerdam ship, refused by the authorities of Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand, could occur before being accepted in Cambodia where only two passengers with the symptoms of the coronavirus.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Coronavirus. What cruise lines are doing to mitigate the effect of the emergency on reservations

Cruise companies focus on discounts to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus emergency on bookings, and put in place different discount options that can be estimated, depending on the cruise companies, in a range between -10 and -25% .

Certainly the cruise sector is not helped by the news that a ferry for the transport of vehicles and passengers, the Gnv Rhapsody, now stopped on site in Genoa for maintenance, has been placed in isolation at the Port of Genoa, with 50 crew members on board, after a passenger, who landed in Tunisia on February 27, tested positive for the virus.

What is Costa Crociere doing now?

Costa Crociere, for example, launches several promotions, including Voglia d’estate, which allows you to book an all-inclusive cruise with the possibility of free cancellation until April 30. While Costa Club Members (including new members) by 8 March can book and cancel without penalty until the end of May, also enjoying a 25% discount on the cabin price.

Finally, for all new reservations, it is possible to book an external cabin at the internal price, or one with a balcony at the external price. Other companies, such as MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise line, are also running a promotion campaign.

What is MSC doing now?

In particular MSC, for all individual bookings already confirmed and for new confirmations by March 31st, allows you to withdraw from the contract within 21 days on the departure date with a practical management charge of 50 euros per person. The promotion is valid for the departures of March April May and June. In addition, for bookings until March 15, the Aponte group company offers the possibility to book a cruise with 50 euro deposit (per person) and a 25% deposit to be paid 60 days from the departure date.

Our opinion

Almost all companies are making discounts ranging from 10% to 25%. All companies are applying the utmost attention from the health point of view. Those who board, for example, must fill in a document certifying that they have not been in areas or countries at risk.

Currently booking a cruise is an excellent opportunity to tick off a great discount!