January 24, 2023
What is the Italy Green Pass? Why do you need it and how can you get it?
A lot of rules have changed since 2o20 and the start of the pandemic.
Before you visit Italy, find out what you need to do and what to bring with you so everything goes smoothly.
Ever since the EU came out with the idea of a Covid Green Pass last year, I've received a lot of questions about what it is, why you need it, and how to get one.
On this page, we'll cover:
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Italy originally decreed in July 2021 that you would need to provide proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative test, or proof of recovery from within the last 6 months to do certain things.
This was amended multiple times, extending the locations and actions where the Green Pass was required.
However, the Italian government announced that the Italy Green Pass system will be massively reducing its scope.
These INDOOR activities will still require the Green Pass:
That's it! And hopefully not a situation you will be in while visiting Italy!
So to confirm, you no longer need to show any Green Pass certification for the following:
If you do need to visit someone in hospital, if you're visiting from outside the EU, the Italian government has confirmed that in place of the Italy Green Pass, equivalent documents from the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan and the UK will be accepted, as the vaccines administered there are the same ones that were approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
If you live in a different country, you will still be eligible for the Italy Green Pass if you meet the following conditions:
In all cases, the following vaccination time limits apply:
So, this means you will need to have one of the following:
The only way around the 6 month expiration date for people who have not had a booster, is if you ALSO have proof of recovery from Covid in the last 6 months. Showing the proof of vaccination and the proof of recovery will be acceptable in this situation.
You will very likely need to show photographic ID to prove that you are the same person as named on the vaccination or recovery record. This can be any government-issued photo ID, such as a driving license. I would recommend leaving your passport in your hotel room or apartment, and carry a color photocopy/save a picture of it on your smartphone or tablet.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to show any documentation, although you may need to show proof of their age if challenged.
Note that the age limit of 12 for the Green Pass access differs from the lower age limit of 6 years old for child entry into Italy. So if you have an 8 year old child, you will need to arrange for pre-departure testing for them, but you will not have to have documents for them to access the Italy Green Pass.
Italian Government has confirmed that in order for non-EU documents to
be accepted, they need to be in at least one of Italian, English,
Spanish, German or French. They can be in either digital or paper format,
as long as the certificate has the following necessary information on
it - although I have heard from people visiting Italy that a paper copy
has been helpful to have.
The certificates of vaccination/recovery needs to state:
You may also check on the official website of the Italian Ministry of Health.
The EU created the concept of a "Green Pass" as a way to allow citizens and legal residents of EU member countries to travel more easily within the EU.
The certificate is in use across the EU, and also in non-EU countries Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Vatican City. The UK NHS app is also recognized by the EU system as a valid certificate, as long as the QR code in the app was created after October 29 2021.
This certificate is officially called the EU Digital COVID Certificate. It serves as proof that a person either:
To get the certificate based on vaccination, a person must be fully vaccinated using one of the 4 EU approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, Astrazeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.)
The certificate can also show a negative test result or doctor's certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
Each EU country, including Italy, issues their own digital Covid certificates to their respective citizens/residents, but the codes used within the national systems are readable across the different countries.
Of course, citizens/residents of these countries can already legally move freely among them. So this is not about freedom of movement per se.
The certificate may be needed when traveling between different EU countries, to prove that you have complied with all relevant travel requirements.
Whether you are coming from an EU or Schengen country, or from outside the EU, the documents you need may vary.
As normal, you will need ID, usually your passport (if coming from outside the EU).
Travel from anywhere to Italy is quarantine AND restriction free as of June 1!
The Italian government has confirmed that as of the start of June 2022, there are NO requirements to prove your Covid status for anyone.
means you no longer have to show proof of vaccination, proof of
recovery or proof of a negative test result to enter Italy - fantastic
Individual countries set their own rules, and each country has rules that may be different when traveling to or from any given country. These rules can be changed with very little notice, and the airlines themselves also have slightly differing rules. So the best thing to do is to first check here for the country-specific rules:
And then you should check and double check with the airline with which you will travel.
This is extremely important because airlines can have slightly differing rules so it's crucial to know what you need to have with you.
To enter Italy, you used to have to fill out a Digital Passenger Locator Form, but this is no longer the case as of May 1.
If you are transiting through another EU country on your way to Italy, you will need to check their specific requirements in case a form is needed.
The Green Pass was being used as a tool to validate if you are eligible for avoiding having to quarantine, but as of June 1 there is no longer any requirement to prove your Covid-status or to quarantine when entering Italy.
For more information, visit the official website of the Italian Ministry of Health.
The Italy Green Pass is for Italian residents, as well as people who have been vaccinated or tested in Italy.
Every EU member issues their own Digital Covid Certificates to their citizens/residents, but they are all readable across the different countries who are part of this program, with each country having their own national version.
There is no Italy Green Pass for non-EU tourists.
Your vaccination record or negative test is your "green pass", however as of May 1, this is no longer needed in most cases.
If you are an Italian citizen or legal resident of Italy and you have been vaccinated in Italy, you will receive an AUTHCODE on your mobile device.
This will allow you to get your Italy Green Pass.
For further details, visit the official page of the EU Digital Certificate in Italy.
While it's straightforward and simple to get your Italy Green Pass if you are an Italian citizen or legal resident, AND if you've been fully vaccinated in Italy, many Italian citizens/residents (including me) have been vaccinated outside of Italy and these vaccination records are not in the Italian system.
This means that these people, while fully eligible to get an Italy Green Pass (they legally reside in Italy and have been fully vaccinated), are not in the system automatically.
And while documents from abroad and from other EU countries are valid in Italy and will be accepted where necessary, many eligible people would prefer to have an Italy Green Pass.
For an Italian citizen/legal resident who was vaccinated outside Italy, here is the procedure to get your official Italy Green Pass:
If you have your proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 from when you entered Italy, this will be sufficient as the rules are the same for the Italy Green Pass and entry into Italy in the vast majority of cases.
If you have come to Italy using a negative test result, you may continue to take tests while here.
You will receive a code to access the Italy Green Pass system (which you will also need if you were vaccinated with a non-EMA approved vaccine), which will be valid for 48 hours for rapid antigen tests and 72 hours for PCR tests.
On the Vatican Museums website they have now removed the message advising of the need to show proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.
No Green Pass checks are being done anymore, and they do recommend that face masks are worn, although this is a recommendation, not a requirement anymore.
At the time of this writing, face masks are require in medical situations, such as visiting someone in hospital or a care home.
Many locations are continuing to request that masks are worn however, so when visiting many sites and museums you may still be required to properly (covering the mouth and nose) wear face masks at all times.
Bear in mind that organizations have the right to set their own entry procedures, so always carry a mask with you just in case you are asked to put one on.