How do you get an Italian Covid vaccination certificate?

With Covid-19 vaccinations opening the door to quarantine-free travel and more this summer, proving that you've had your shots is essential. How do people who were vaccinated in Italy get the certificate they need?

How do you get an Italian Covid vaccination certificate?
Filling in paperwork at a mobile vaccination centre in Venice. Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP

With talk of a certificato verde or ‘green pass’ for travel and events in Italy, you may be expecting to receive something resembling a passport after you’ve had your jabs (and a green one at that).

But, confusingly, for the moment at least what’s being called a green pass is in fact just a regular vaccination certificate – or a negative coronavirus test result, or a statement from your doctor to say you’ve recovered from Covid-19.

READ ALSO: What is Italy’s ‘green pass’ for travel and how do you get it?

By the end of June the Italian government plans to make those details available in a standardised digital form, with a QR code that can be scanned at border controls or the entry to large events across the whole of the European Union.

If you’re getting your jabs before then – or have already had them – you’ll need to claim a vaccination certificate that will serve as your green pass in the meantime (but remember, you can’t use it for international travel yet: you’ll still need to follow Italy’s testing and quarantine rules even if you’re fully vaccinated).

While the exact procedure varies depending on where you get vaccinated, here’s a guide to the essentials.

What does an Italian vaccination certificate look like?

Vaccinations are carried out by the 20 separate regional healthcare services that make up Italy’s national health system, so certificates look a bit different from region to region.

But the Italian government set out the essential information that a vaccination certificate needs to include to serve as a green pass in its decree of April 22nd.

It should state:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • Disease the vaccine targets – Covid-19
  • Type of vaccine
  • MAH (marketing authorisation holder) and AIC (autorizzazione all’immissione in commercio) codes – the international and Italian drug identification numbers
  • Number of doses administered and total number required
  • Date of latest dose received
  • EU Member State of vaccination – Italy
  • Certificate issuer
  • Unique certificate identifier – a way to prove the certificate is genuine

To give you an idea, here’s what vaccination certificates look like in Lazio, the region around Rome:

Where do you get your vaccination certificate?

You should be given some kind of printed record at the vaccination centre itself, even if it’s just a provisional attestazione (‘declaration’) rather than a full certificate.

The details of your vaccination will also be added to your records with the regional health service, if you are enrolled in it. You can check them online via your fascicolo sanitario elettronico, or ‘electronic health file’, which you access via the website of your region’s health service.

You will need either a SPID digital ID or an electronic Italian ID card (CIE) to log in securely. 


It can take a few days or longer for your vaccination certificate to appear in your online records. You may be able to enable an option to get notified by email whenever a new entry is added so that you don’t have to keep checking.

Once it’s there, you can download it to print out or save a copy on your smartphone.

Some regions also provide additional ways to request a vaccination certificate, including via dedicated online portals, on regional health service apps, by emailing or calling your local health authority (Azienda Sanitaria Locale or ASL), or by asking your doctor to access your records for you. Check your region’s website for details: find links here.

If none of those are an option, you need a paper copy of your vaccination certificate from the centre where you got your injection(s). If you weren’t issued one at the time, contact the centre to request one. 

Do you have to be fully vaccinated to get your certificate?

The Italian government has decreed that you should be able to claim a green pass 15 days after getting your first dose, even if you need a second to be fully vaccinated.

That’s at odds with what the rest of the EU seems to have agreed upon for its bloc-wide health pass, which the EU Commission has suggested should be issued after vaccination is complete.

READ ALSO: What’s the latest on how the EU’s ‘Covid passports’ will work for travellers?

We’re still waiting for full details of how the EU scheme will work, so it’s not yet clear what the rules will be or whether other countries will accept Italian certificates issued after the first dose.

But within Italy at least, regional health services are supposed to issue certificates after just one shot. In some parts of the country, such as Lazio and Veneto, they may only give you a provisional paper version, while others – including Emilia-Romagna, Trentino and Tuscany – allow you to request an electronic copy shortly after your first dose.

How can you get the digital version for use all over the EU?

That’s not entirely clear yet, but according to plans announced by Italy’s tech chiefs this week, it should be possible to pull up a standardised vaccination certificate with a QR code on your smartphone using either IO – the government’s app for doing official admin – or Immuni, Italy’s contact tracing app. 


There will also be a website where you can log in using your tessera sanitaria, the healthcare card that you get when you enrol in the public health service, and download your certificate.

People who aren’t able to log in themselves can ask their doctor or a pharmacist to do it for them. Parents will also be able to download certificates on behalf of their children.

It’s unclear what the procedure will be for people who are not enrolled in the public health system and do not have a tessera sanitaria. It may be possible to access your certificate in IO using other Italian ID, such as an electronic ID card, or you may be dependent on the paper copy you receive from your vaccination centre.

As for how Italian residents who get vaccinated in other countries will have their foreign certificates recognised in Italy, that too is not yet clear. Find out what we know so far here

Member comments

  1. I had both vacinations in Veneto region ULSS2 and after 23 days I still haven’t received the text with the code. I used my European Health Insurance Card as I don’t have a Tessera Sanitaria. Since then I moved to Switzerland for a new job. Any ideas how to follow up getting the confirmation text so I can claim my green pass? I’m still using the same prepaid Italian mobile number so that shouldn’t be the issue. Thanks for any help or advise.

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Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

As the infection rate rises sharply across the country, Italian virologists are calling for concerts and festivals to be rescheduled.

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

Italy has seen a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days, so much so that a number of virologists across the country are now urging the government to postpone major live events in a bid to curb infections. 

According to a new report by Italy’s independent health watchdog, the Gimbe Foundation, 595,349 new cases were recorded in the week from June 29th to July 5th; a worrying 55 percent increase on the previous week. 

In the same time span, the country also registered a 32.8 percent rise in the number of hospitalised patients, which went from 6,035 to 8,003.  

The latest Covid wave, which is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron 5 variant, is a “real cause for concern”, especially in terms of a “potential patient overload”, said Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. 

As Italian cities prepare to host a packed calendar of concerts and festivals this summer, health experts are questioning whether such events should actually take place given the high risk of transmission associated with mass gatherings.

READ ALSO: What tourists in Italy need to know if they get Covid-19

“Rescheduling these types of events would be the best thing to do right now,” said Massimo Ciccozzi, Director of Epidemiology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. 

The summer wave is expected to peak in mid-July but, Ciccozzi warns, the upcoming live events might “delay [the peak] until the end of July or even beyond” and extend the infection curve.

Antonello Maruotti, Professor of Statistics at LUMSA University of Rome, recently shared Ciccozzi’s concerns, saying that live events as big as Maneskin’s scheduled Rome concert are “definitely not a good idea”. 

The Italian rock band are slated to perform at the Circus Maximus on Saturday, July 9th but the expected turnout – over 70,000 fans are set to attend the event – has raised objections from an array of Italian doctors, with some warning that the concert might cause as many as 20,000 new cases.

If it were to materialise, the prospected scenario would significantly aggravate Lazio’s present medical predicament as there are currently over 186,000 Covid cases in the region (nearly 800 patients are receiving treatment in local hospitals). 

Italian rock band Maneskin performing in Turin

Italian rock band Maneskin are expected to perform at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday, July 9th. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

But, despite pleas to postpone the event, it is likely that Maneskin’s concert will take place as scheduled.

Alessandro Onorato, Rome’s Tourism Councillor, said that rescheduling is “out of question” and that “all recommendations from the local medical authorities will be adopted” with the help of the event’s organisers and staff on the ground.

At the time of writing, there is also no indication that the Italian government will consider postponing other major live events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, though the situation is evolving rapidly and a U-turn on previous dispositions can’t be ruled out.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

On this note, it is worth mentioning that Italy has now scrapped all of its former Covid measures except the requirement to wear FFP2 face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings.

The use of face coverings is, however, still recommended in all crowded areas, including outdoors – exactly the point that leading Italian doctors are stressing in the hope that live events will not lead to large-scale infection.

Antonio Magi, President of Rome’s OMCEO (College of Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists), said: “Our advice is to wear FFP2 masks […] in high-risk situations.”

“I hope that young people will heed our recommendations and think about the health risks that their parents or grandparents might be exposed to after the event [they attend].”