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Reader question: Can I use a foreign vaccination certificate to access Italy’s ‘green pass’?

With Italy now rolling out its health pass, those who get vaccinated here will be able to download a digital health certificate - but what if you were vaccinated in another country?

Reader question: Can I use a foreign vaccination certificate to access Italy's 'green pass'?
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Question: I’m an American and I’m not registered with the Italian national health service. Can I use my CDC vaccination card to obtain the Italian ‘green pass’ for travel?

Italy has now started issuing its certificato verde or ‘green pass’ – which will be valid for travel all over the European Union from July 1st.

The health passport is also required to attend larger events in Italy like wedding receptions, now that these are allowed to go ahead again.

EXPLAINED: What is Italy’s digital ‘green pass’ used for and how do you get it?

After using paper certificates since May, Italy is now making the pass available in digital (and printable) form, both online and via the government’s Immuni contact tracing app as well as its IO admin app.

You’re automatically entitled to the ‘green pass’ document if you have either been vaccinated, have recently tested negative, or can prove you’ve recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months.

But what happens if you were vaccinated outside Italy and therefore don’t have an Italian certificate to download?

For now, this will depend on where you were vaccinated.

Photo: Vincenzo PINTO / AFP


If you were vaccinated in an EU/Schengen zone country, things should be relatively straightforward.

Every EU country is rolling out its own version of the ‘digital green pass’, and these can all be used to produce a QR code that can be scanned at any border within the Bloc.

Each country’s app should accept either a vaccination certificate or a recent negative test, or proof of having recently recovered from Covid-19.

If you were vaccinated in Italy, you should be automatically sent a code which you can use to access your certificato verde – whether or not you are enrolled in the national health service and have a tessera sanitaria (health card).

While Italy has not made provisions for people to register on the Italian app or website using non-Italian certificates, if you’re in the EU you can register using the equivalent version of the app in your country. The pass you get will be recognised when travelling to Italy and in all other EU member states.

The EU-wide travel pass scheme will be in operation from July 1st.

Outside the EU

Europe has not officially recognised health certificates from non-EU countries as equivalent under its ‘green pass’ scheme. However individual member states can choose to do so.

As of June 21st, Italy is now allowing fully-vaccinated travellers from certain countries with high vaccination rates to skip quarantine on arrival.

READ ALSO: What kind of coronavirus test do I need to take for travel to Italy?

Italy has so far allowed entry from the United States, Canada and Japan under the same terms as the EU’s ‘green pass’ scheme.

That means the ten-day quarantine rule will not apply to passengers from those countries who can provide proof of being fully vaccinated or having recovered from Covid-19, or can show a negative result from a test taken within the 48 hours before arrival in Italy.

What about other countries?

It’s not known yet when Italy may reach agreements with other individual non-EU countries.

This will depend on each country’s vaccination and infection rates, as well as logistical aspects.

The first issue is that the EU pass will only accept vaccine certificates from people who have received a dose of a vaccine licensed for use within the EU. At present these are Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (also called Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

The second is that the EU and the non-EU country need to agree to recognise each other’s vaccination/test certificates.

Then there’s also the technical aspect – making sure all certificates can be scanned and the various apps ‘talk’ to each other correctly.

For the latest on travel rules in and out of Italy, see The Local’s travel section.

Member comments

  1. I would like to know if my friends in Belarus who have both had Covid and recovered from it would be able to travel to Italy this Summer. They tell can’t get a vaccine other than Sputnik and that Belarussian doctors wont vaccinate them till 3 months after recovery. Would a certificate showing antibodies after recovery suffice? All help greatly appreciated.

      1. Thank you. I thought that was probably the case but I am exploring all avenues. It seems it is much easier to get into Italy illegally than via the correct methods!

  2. I am a dual US / Italian citizen living in the USA. I obtained a Green Pass when in Italy last fall. I recently emailed documentation of my two booster immunizations to the Ministero della Salute, and I have now received a link and an authorization code to download my updated Green Pass.

    However, one piece of information the site requires is the type of ID shown at the time I received my two additional shots AND the number on the document. Example: my State of Maine driver’s license and number. But the website tells me the number is incorrect. It isn’t, but of course there is no US database the Ministero della Salute has access to in order to verify this. Whatever answer I enter in this block, it will be interpreted as incorrect.

    In the US, the number on the identification document you show when you receive your injection in not recorded anywhere. Has anyone else had a similar problem? If so, were you able to get it fixed?

    molte grazie!

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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy in summer 2023

After walkouts caused travel disruption throughout Italy in spring, strikes affecting flights, trains and public transport are set to continue in the summer months.

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy in summer 2023

Transport strikes are hardly unusual during Italy’s summer months, and this year will be no exception. 

According to the Transport Ministry’s calendar, Italian unions representing airline, railway and public transport staff have already called a number of strikes which threaten to affect the travel plans of locals and international visitors.

Here’s a look at the walkouts that are more likely to cause serious transport disruption in the coming weeks.  

Public transport

June 16th: Staff from ATM, Milan’s  main public transport operator, will take part in a 24-hour walkout on Friday, June 16th. 

The strike is currently expected to affect all surface services (trams, buses, trolley buses, etc.) as well as metro lines, with passengers likely to face significant delays and/or cancellations during the day. 

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

July 7th: Public transport staff all around the country will strike for 24 hours on Friday, July 7th. 

Strike at Roma Termini station in Italy

The level of disruption caused by transport strikes in Italy can vary greatly from region to region, or even from city to city. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

All types of service (from buses to metro lines to ferries) may be affected by delays or cancellations during the day. Once again, however, the level of disruption caused by the demonstration will largely vary from region to region, or even from city to city.

Rail travel

June 23rd: Staff at Trenord, which operates regional trains in Lombardy, will strike from 9am to 5pm on Friday, June 23rd. 

The protest is expected to cause delays and/or cancellations to all of Trenord’s services, including the Malpensa Express, which connects Milan Malpensa Airport with Milano Centrale station. 

Air travel

June 18th: Security staff at Milan Malpensa Airport will strike for four hours – from 11am to 3pm – on Sunday, June 18th. 

READ ALSO: OPINION: Italy’s constant strikes are part of the country’s DNA

There currently are no further details regarding the walkout, though ground operations, including passenger security screening, may reasonably experience delays during the strike.  

June 20th: Handling staff at airports all around the country will take part in a 24-hour walkout on Tuesday, June 20th. 

Since three of Italy’s largest transport workers’ unions will take part in the strike, the protest is expected to cause at least some level of disruption at all of Italy’s major airports, especially at check-in desks and in baggage collection areas.

But flight delays or cancellations may also be on the cards during the day.

Flights cancelled as shown by departure board

Nationwide airport staff strikes in Italy may ultimately result in flight delays or even cancellations. Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Besides the national 24-hour strike, ground staff at a number of Italian airports, including Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport and the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence will hold separate protests on Tuesday. These protests may exacerbate the disruption caused by the national walkout. 

July 15th: Staff at ENAV, Italy’s main air traffic control operator, will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Saturday, July 15th.

Though no further details are currently available, the protest may cause disruption to scheduled flights at airports all around the country.

How bad are strikes in Italy?

The magnitude of any planned demonstration in Italy largely depends on the level of participation by staff in the relevant transport sector.

That said, even in the case of highly disruptive strikes, essential services (or servizi minimi) are guaranteed to operate at some times of the day, which are commonly known as fascie protette (‘protected time windows’).

This goes for all transport sectors, from local public transport to rail and air travel.

There currently aren’t any national transport strikes scheduled beyond July 15th, but The Local will update this article should further demonstrations be announced. 

While industry strikes are heavily regulated in Italy, unplanned demonstrations cannot be fully ruled out.