COVID Green Pass in Italy: how to get it and what it’s required for

Digital Green Certificate

Learn more about travel to, from and within Italy thanks to the Digital Green Certificate, and what the Green Pass lets you do

Itching to Travel? We are too. It looks like there will be a silver lining in 2021 after all. Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and regulations regarding non-essential travel starting as early as summer 2021

Over the past few weeks the European Union has been swiftly working to devise a plan to begin re-opening up the bloc for free movement and travel, including tourism, after battling three waves of Covid-19. There is, indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel, but what does all of this mean? How will it affect travel to, from, and within Italy? Will movement actually be free? It’s a bit complicated, but the solution the E.U. is proposing is the rollout of the so-called vaccination passport, referred to as the Green Pass or “Digital Green Certificate”. The issue of a Green Pass common amongst all the countries apart of the bloc will allow free border crossing and go live starting as early as July 1.

EU Guidelines

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has stated that the Green Pass is ready to kick-start the resumption of tourism, allowing free E.U. travel, and the system will be in place for one year, that is if the pandemic is over by summer 2022. The pass will be issued to those applicable who either:

  • Have received both doses of the Covid-19 Vaccine or have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose serum 
  • Have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 6 months 
  • Did an antigenic or rapid swab test within the past 48 hours and tested negative 

Those who obtain a green pass from another E.U. member state can also use it in Italy, and vice versa. It will be possible to request a certification at facilities where the requester had been hospitalized, been treated by practitioners or pediatricians, or health facilities where the vaccination had been previously performed. The expiration of the certificate will be variable depending on the date of issue to the requested, but once issued, the pass will be valid for 6 months and can be presented either digital, via QR code, or paper copy

The expiration will be variable depending on a few factors:

  • In the case of a vaccination certificate, the green pass is valid for 9 months after the first dosage has been administered
  • A certificate of recovery from Covid-19 lasts 6 months from the date of the end of isolation
  • The report of the negative swab, molecular or antigenic, is only valid for 48 hours after collection.

Non-EU Members

In May, Italy announced it was officially opening to all leisure travelers. Quarantine is waived for travelers testing negative coming from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Europe. Those wishing to come for leisure must do so on “COVID-tested flights” operated by Delta and Alitalia airlines, to Milan and Rome. Passengers must test negative 48 hours before boarding, again at the airport, and the third and final time upon arrival. Other countries approved to enter for leisure include Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. citizens alone contribute 10% to the E.U.’s GDP and create more than 26 million jobs according to the European Union Tourism Trends report. In Italy alone, tourism & travel makes up 13% of the country’s GDP, nearly half of that coming from U.S. travelers. Since the vaccinations used in America are all European Medicine Agency-approved, according to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it can therefore allow free movement in travel. 

As we sift our way through developing news and details, it is important to keep in mind the E.U. ultimately cannot decide for its member states, but only provide concrete suggestions. The government in each country will make their decisions regarding rules and regulations, restrictions, and free movement.  Be sure to check back for more weekly updates and latest news as we quickly head into the summer months. 

The Green Pass is necessary for indoor dining and more in Italy

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced the new COVID-preventive measures by saying “The Green Pass is a necessary condition to keep all economic activities and services open,” in a press conference on July 22.

As of August 6, 2021 (July 23, 2021 in some regions), the Green Pass will be necessary for most indoor social activities:

  • indoor dining at restaurants, cafes, bars
  • gyms and pools and thermal baths
  • museums
  • indoor cinemas and theatres
  • indoor stadiums and arenas
  • festivals, sagre, conferences
  • indoor cultural centers

To access any of these venues/services, it will be necessary to have had at least one jab of COVID-19 vaccine or to show proof of negative swab test done within 48 hours or to have been affected by COVID in the past 6 months. The only people who are excluded from this requirement are those under 12 years of age (for whom there is no vaccination option yet) and those who have a proven medical condition that prevents them from getting vaccinated.

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  • So as an EU citizen i will have to get jabs and renew my “passport” every 6 months to exercise my free movement right or simply just travel like a normal human being ?

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I genuinely can’t believe the EU or anyone else at that matter thought this is in any way a good idea…

    Kiss goodbye to the tourism industry and good luck to Italy, Spain or Greece

    • Don’t moan Andrew, these are regulations for NOW. It is very likely they will be amended/cancelled along with the drop of infection rate and vaccination progress.

  • I am a resident in Italy but not enrolled with ASL. I was fully vaccinated in Florence as of 10 June and while I was able to download my regional vaccination certificate, I can’t get the EU Green Pass because I haven’t been sent an AUTHCODE.

    When I go to the website of the Ministero delle Salute, the only option they provide for residents not enrolled with ASL, thus without a tessera sanitaria, is for people who have tested negative for the virus, or who have had the virus and have fully recovered, but neither is the case with me, or other foreign residents in this same situation. They do not provide an option for residents without a tessera sanitaria but fully vaccinated to get the EU Green Pass.

    I have sent three emails over these past weeks to three different entities asking how I can get the EU Green Pass but, of course, no one has replied.

    Do you have any suggestions as to how people in my situation (residents without a tessera sanitaria but have been fully vaccinated in Italy) can get the EU Green Pass? Thanks in advance.

    • Thank you for your question. To the best of our knowledge, in Italy the pass should be available on the IO app. I believe you only need an Italian codice fiscale (and not necessarily a tessera sanitaria) as well as an ID or SPID to access it. Once you are logged in, and your vaccination cycle is complete, the app should automatically grant you your EU Digital COVID Certificate.

      Today is the first day the EU Green Pass is available, so there may still be some hiccups here and there. From the EU website, we know that:

      The certificate will be introduced in EU Member States. Countries can start issuing and using it already and it will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021. (…) National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. It could, for example, be issued by test centres or health authorities, or directly via an eHealth portal.

      Hope this helps!

      Good luck and all the best,
      Romeing Team

      • Hi.

        Thanks so much for your answer. Italy said the pass would be available to everyone by June 28 and put into use on July 1. I’m sure there will be some hiccups, as you say, but their website still says this about those without a tessera sanitaria:

        “If you do not have the Health Card , as you are not registered with the SSN, enter:
        the type and number of the document you provided when the swab was performed or when the certificate of recovery was issued
        the expiry date of the same,
        one of the unique codes received with:
        the molecular buffer (CUN)
        the rapid antigenic swab (NRFE)
        the certificate of healing (NUCG).
        As an alternative to these codes, you can enter the authorization code (AUTHCODE) received via e-mail or SMS to the contact details you provided during the health service.”

        Note it says nothing about those of us without a tessera sanitaria but who are fully vaccinated.

        My vaccination “cycle” was completed on June 10, and while all the people I know who have a tessera sanitaria have been sent an AUTHCODE, several who completed their vaccination cycle after I did, none of the people I know who have been fully vaccinated but do not have a tessera sanitaria have been sent an AUTHCODE. I believe the reason to be that the data the regional health offices are transmitting to the Ministero delle Salute are complied by tessera sanitaria number. If one doesn’t have a tessera, one isn’t on the list.

        I have been using my SPID on the IO app these past couple of days without success. If they are issuing passes to people on their list identified by their tessera number, using a SPID isn’t going to be of any use if one doesn’t have a tessera.

        So we shall see what happens. It’s a “new” thing and the kinks might take a while to work out. I just hope it doesn’t take months because I’d like to do a little travel around Italy this summer. But while I have the vaccination certificate from my region’s health office, they’ve decided the EU pass is now required for residents to travel around even Italy.

        Anyway, thanks again for your response.

        Kind regards.

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