As part of its fight against the spread of the Covid-19, Italy has strengthened its restrictions once more – with the use of a ‘Super Green Pass’ to enter certain businesses now in effect across the country. Famed for its abundant historical sites, world renowned cuisine and rich cultural experiences, Italy has long been one of the most visited and loved countries in the world for travelers, but the new restrictions could prove to be an issue for many tourists.
As well as introducing the use of the super green pass, Italy has also strengthened other restrictions, such as reclassifying provinces as yellow zones, changing the validity period of vaccines and extending its nationwide mask mandate. Here’s everything you need to know about Italy’s recent changes, plus a look at what travelers will need in order to be able to visit the country.
Super Green Pass – Information For Travelers
Italy has been using a domestic vaccine passport – the green pass – for several months now. The green pass contains information regarding the holder’s Covid-19 vaccination, testing or recovery status, and has been used since August 6th as a mandatory requirements for those wanting to take part in everyday activities, such as dining indoors in restaurants and visiting museums, theatres, cinemas, gyms, swimming pools, spas, amusement parks, fairs, festivals and sports stadiums.
However, the country is set to take things up a notch with the use of the Super Green Pass. Whilst it is a similar idea in principle, the Super Green Pass does not allow its users to input proof of a negative test result – meaning it can only be used by those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19. The Super Green Pass is needed to travel on planes, trains, ships, buses, trams and subways, and is also required for dining in restaurants, both indoors and outdoors, as well as in hotels, ski lifts, museums – making it an essential tool for travelers heading to Italy.
Thankfully for travelers, vaccine certificates issued abroad are accepted in lieu of a green pass in Italy, providing they contain the following:
- name, surname, date of birth
- data relating to the vaccine (name and lot)
- date (s) of administration of the vaccine
- Information on who issued the certificate
Strengthening their vaccine passport requirements weren’t the only changes that Italy made in their fight to stop further spread of Covid-19, as those traveling on public transport must now wear the more protective FFP2 masks. Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Valle d’Aosta have also been designated as “yellow zones”, joining the likes of Lazio (home to Rome), Lombardy, Sicily and Veneto, which means travelers will be subject to more restrictions and wider use of the Super Green Pass.
In order to enter Italy at present, the requirements differ depending on the status of the country the traveler is flying from. Those wanting to visit Italy from the US, UK or Canada – all on Italy’s List D – must adhere to the following:
- Fill out the Passenger Locator Form prior to entering Italy
- Take a molecular swab carried out within 72 hours prior to entry or an antigenic test carried out within 24 hours of entry to Italy
- Present a valid vaccine passport or certificate, such as the EUDCC
Those entering Italy without proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required to quarantine for 5 days.
Italy is currently experiencing a significant spike in the number of daily positive cases of Covid-19, with the rolling daily average over the past week currently standing at well over 150,000. Italy currently has a Level 4 travel advisory, warning travelers not to travel to the country and reflecting the serious threat of Covid-19 in the country at present.
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