All you need to know about Italy’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate, also known as the Green Pass has entered into application on 01 July 2021. The Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate showing that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.
It guarantees exemption from free movement restrictions across Europe, meaning that people in the hold of a Green Pass have facilitated movement crossing borders of EU member states. From the 6th of December 2021 in Italy, some changes have been implemented to the usage of the Green pass, and a new version of this pass has been issued, a Reinforced Super Green Pass or Super Green Pass which applies only to those who have been vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19.
What Exactly is the Green Pass? The COVID-19 Certificate Allowing Easy Access to Facilities in Italy
The green pass is a certificate showing that you’re either:
- vaccinated against COVID-19, or
- have returned a recent negative test, or
- have recovered from the disease in the last six months.
It can be used throughout the EU to enter various public places.
The COVID-19 Green Certificate comes in the form of a unique QR code. This can be scanned to provide your basic details, along with proof of your current COVID status. The pass can be used within all EU countries and, depending on the specific nation, is used for accessing a variety of services.
From Febuary 1st 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 6 months after the last 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 is only valid for 48 hours (for antigenic test) or 72 hours (for molecular test) after collection.
From 20 January the basic Green Pass will be needed to access hairdressers and beauticians, while from 1 February it will be required to enter banks, post offices, non-essential shops and shopping malls.The unvaccinated will still be able to access grocery shops, supermarkets and pharmacies.
Italy Super Green Pass
The Super Green Pass is a reinforced version of the standard pass and will be required to enter most entertainment venues in Italy, including bars and restaurants, theme parks, stadiums, museums, and cultural venues, and hotels. It’s newly introduced to Italy and comes into effect from Jan. 10, 2022.
The super green pass is a reinforced Green Pass that applies only to those who have been vaccinated or have proof of recovery from the virus. From the 10th of January, the Super Green Pass will be necessary for the following social activities even in white zones:
- public transport, planes, trains, metro
- indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, cafes, bars
- museums and cultural venues
- indoor cinemas and theatres
- stadiums and arenas
- gyms, swimming pools, spas
- festivals, fairs, conferences
- public ceremonies
Italy Green Pass for British, Canadian and US Tourists
The Green Pass is only issued to residents of EU countries. So, if you’re traveling from outside the union’s boundaries, you can still travel without a green pass. However, you will need to present your local equivalent of the pass.
Non-EU citizens can present a COVID-19 Green Certificate, in paper or digital form, issued by the health authorities of their home country, certifying vaccination recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The Green Pass for U.S. citizens is the CDC paper vaccination “white card”, for Canadian citizens is the proof-of-vaccine certificate, also commonly referred to as a “vaccine passport”, for British citizens is the NHS vaccination certificate, also known as the “COVID Pass.”
Before traveling, be sure to check with your local embassy. They’ll have up-to-date information on their website. Rules are subject to change, so it’s important to have current information before embarking on an international journey.
Do Children Need a Green Pass?
If you’re bringing young children, you won’t need to worry about providing a covid pass for them. A green pass is only required for those aged 12 and up.
Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask?
The green pass system does not exempt people from wearing a mask. Regardless of your COVID status, until January 31, 2022 the use of masks outdoors is mandatory on the entire Italian territory.
Can I Get a Physical Green Pass?
The Italian government understands that a QR code doesn’t work for everyone. After all, it would be difficult to use for those without smartphones!
Don’t worry. A physical pass is available too. These can be acquired from pharmacies, general practitioners, and pediatricians. However, an Italian health card is required to access the physical green pass.
Will I Still Need to Quarantine With the Green Pass?
The need to self-isolate on arrival in a new country has made traveling abroad difficult or impossible for many. But as long as you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to quarantine on arrival in Italy if you are travelling from European countries or from the countries included on the LIST D !
You will need to fill out a passenger locator form in order to enter the country. Be sure to complete the form before arrival, or this could cause delays and other problems at the airport.
A Negative Covid-19 test is still required for entry? Yes.
From 16 December until 31 January, all travellers to Italy from European Union countries must undergo a covid test before departure (within the 24-hour period before departure for rapid antigen tests, or the 48 hours before departure for molecular tests) including those who are vaccinated.
All travellers to Italy from countries on List D (i.e. United States, Canada, UK) must undergo a molecular swab test in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy or an antigenic test carried out within 24 hours prior to entry into Italy; in the case of arrivals from the UK and Northern Ireland and British Isles, the swab test must be taken in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy.
What if I Test Positive?
If you test positive after entering Italy, you’ll need to isolate for a period of 10 days (for unvaccinated or recently vaccinated people) or five days (for people fully vaccinated at least four months ago) and call your regional hotline.
You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation for quarantine, or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. You may be required to fund accommodation.
At the end of the isolation period you need to take a negative molecular (PCR) test before you can leave.
Check Local Requirements
Although the information provided here is relevant for entry into the country and serves as a good overall guide, there are some slight variations across Italy.
It’s important to remember that there are different local authorities across Italy and some have their own rules regarding COVID protocols. Be sure to do through research into any different regions you’re planning on traveling to.
However, a Super Pass will allow travel to different regions within Italy and facilitate most activities throughout the country. Check out your local embassy for more Green Pass help.
Although the Green Pass might seem a little complicated at first glance, it really is simple once you know what you’re doing. Pay attention and follow the guidelines and you could be enjoying yourself in Rome before you know it!
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