CORONAVIRUS

Covid-19 Green Pass

A Covid-19 Green Pass is required in Italy to participate in celebrations of civil and religious ceremonies, access health care residences or other facilities, move in and out of areas classified as "red zones" or "orange zones".

Following the Legislative Decree no. 105 of 23 July 2021, from 6 August it will also be necessary in order to access the following services and activities:

  1. catering services provided by any business for the consumption of food and beverages when seated indoors;
  2. shows open to the public, events and sports competitions;
  3. museums, other institutes and places of culture and exhibitions;
  4. swimming pools, swimming centres, gyms, team sports, wellness centres, including within accommodation facilities, limited to indoor activities;
  5. festivals and fairs, conferences and congresses;
  6. spas, theme parks and amusement parks;
  7. cultural centres, social and recreational centres, limited to indoor activities and excluding children's educational centres, including summer centres, and related catering activities;
  8. gaming arcades, gambling halls, bingo halls and casinos;
  9. public competitions.

The Pass must certify that you have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, or have tested negative with a molecular or rapid swab in the previous 48 hours, or that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months.

The Covid-19 Green Pass applies to all authorised activities and services based on the risk level of the area. It is required in "white zones" as well as in “yellow”, “orange” and “red” zones where services and activities are permitted.

A Covid-19 Green Pass is not required for children excluded from the vaccination programme due to their age, or for persons who are exempt based on the relevant medical certificate. A dedicated digital pass will be created for such categories, and print versions may be used until the digital versions are available.

 

Europe

From 1 July the Covid-19 Green Pass is valid as an EU digital Covid-19 certificate and will make it easier to travel to and from all countries in the European Union and the Schengen area.

The European Regulation on the Covid-19 Green Pass - EU digital Covid certificate, approved on 9 June, 2021 by the European Parliament, sets forth that EU member States may not impose additional travel restrictions on holders of certificates - such as quarantine, self-isolation or testing - unless "they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health".

The European Commission has created a common technical platform (European Gateway), active since 1 June 2021, to ensure that certificates issued by European states can be verified across the EU.

To travel to Europe and enter Italy, the traveller's Covid-19 Green Pass must certify one of the following conditions:

  • having completed the anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days previously
  • or having recovered from Covid-19 (the recovery certificate is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive test)
  • or having had a molecular or antigen test carried out in the 48 hours before entering Italy with a negative result. Minors under the age of 6 are exempt from carrying out the pre-departure testing.

The certification will remain in force for one year from 1 July.

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