How Italy has updated its Covid health pass rules for visitors
Italy has introduced new measures to relax and simplify its Covid health measures for foreign visitors. Here's what you’ll need to know before your trip.
Published: 3 February 2022 17:36 CET
Updated: 7 February 2022 11:34 CET
Updated: 7 February 2022 11:34 CET
Italy has simplified its Covid restrictions for boosted visitors. Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP.
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Thank you for the great updates! Do you have information about the process to use non-EU proof of vaccination (for example, USA vaccination records showing 2 doses + Booster) to obtain a digital green pass? It appears that you can go to places like a pharmacy and show such proof, but it would be good to have confirmation
Hi Alex, thanks for the question. Here’s some information about that for now, and we’ll publish an update with new details shortly:
Very helpful article! Thank you! Looking forward to any update on potential to convert my US Vaccine Certificate to a Digital Green Pass while I’m in Italy in May.
Hi Clare, Thanks for your excellent explanations. I am still a little confused though; is proof of receiving a positive covid test which implies recovery after two weeks have passed and no symptoms, valid for travel in Italy? What exactly do they want this information to look like? How would one carry that around with them?
Hi, thanks for your question. In the case of recovery from Covid, you would need to carry a certificate issued by your healthcare provider in your home country within the past 180 days. We’ll add some more information about this to the article.
Unfortunately, none of the apps used by Italian restaurants, venues, museums etc., recognize the Canadian official vaccination travel Pan-Canadian record or code! Fortrunaley, these business show common sense and look at the specific vaccination records for clearance. However, it is time that the Italian app for QR code recognition gets updated. It is a major frustration!
Thanks as ever for all your hard work deciphering the ever evolving situation. I know you use your words carefully but I’m concerned / confused by your statement: “For those who are vaccinated or recovered, you should not need to obtain an Italian ‘super green pass’ – the certificate issued in your own country should be recognised on equal terms, as long as your vaccine was approved by either the Italian or European medicines agency”.
You say ‘should’ when in fact there is no way a tourist can obtain a digital green pass at the moment. I is my understanding (and please correct me if I’m wrong) that local establishments are obligated by law to accept the analog equivalents of vacccination certificates from the USA and Canada. Since I have had reports of tourists being turned away from restaurants, I just want to make sure that past decree (which states that the vaccine cards must be accepted) is still in place. It’s my understanding that it definitely is. What’s your take?
Thanks for your question. That’s right – and this most recent decree confirms that foreign-issued vaccination certificates are valid for entry to those venues and services where the Italian green pass is required.
Sorry if I’ve caused confusion with the ‘shoulds’ in that paragraph. This is intended to mean that, while establishments are (as you note) obliged to recognise the validity of foreign-issued passes (including the analog type such as US CDC cards) there is no guarantee that every business will do so, and in fact we regularly hear about these cards being refused. As with so many things in Italy, the stated rules and the reality of their application can be two different things! I’ll try to clarify this part of the text.
I’ve also added some information in an update to the article today about whether and how tourists might be able to obtain an Italian green pass.
Thanks for reading,