Italy has discarded all requirements for the Green Pass, the digital certificate that proves that the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative for Covid-19 or recovered from the disease. The new policy took effect on May 1.
According to the National Tourism Council. Italy will no longer require visitors to show proof of vaccination to visit its world-renowned historic buildings, stay in a hotel or even board a domestic train or plane.
The Super Green Pass, which could only be obtained by people vaccinated or recovered from covid, was also abolished.
For visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, and for health care workers and nursing homes, this system will apply until December 31st.
Furthermore, a number of restrictions continue to apply to foreigners entering the country.
“To enter or re-enter Italy from any foreign country, you need to show the EU COVID Digital Certificate or – for non-EU citizens – an equivalent COVID-19 green certification issued by your country’s health authorities, certifying one of the following: complete vaccination course with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA); full recovery from COVID-19; negative molecular or antigenic test”, says the Tourist Board.
Regardless of these requirements, traveling to Italy is easier than it used to be before.
Italy stopped requiring pre-departure testing in March and instead requires travelers to prove they are fully vaccinated or have received a booster.
Alternatively, unvaccinated visitors may enter if they provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of their travel or a rapid negative antigen test performed within 48 hours of their arrival.
Face masks will continue to be required in some indoor settings, such as public transport, until June 15, officials said.
Roberto Speranza, Italy’s health minister, made the announcement just days before regulations on wearing masks indoors expire on April 30.
As reported by the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the masks must be used on public transport, in hospitals and nursing homes, in cinemas and cinemas, at concerts and indoor sporting events and in schools and universities until June 15.
In bars, restaurants and shops, wearing masks will be “strongly recommended” after May 1, but no longer mandatory.