One of the biggest questions on the minds of those traveling to Italy is how to get a green pass for travel in Italy.

As of August 6, 2021, the Italian government requires a green pass, also known as a certificato verde, for many activities, including:

  • indoor dining at bars and restaurants;
  • long-distance trains, domestic flights, interregional buses, ferries; and
  • entry to museums, cultural sites, theaters, cinemas, concerts, stadiums, sporting events, pools, gyms, wellness centers/spas, festivals, conventions, theme parks, cultural centers and betting parlors.

What is the green pass for travel in Italy?

Italian citizens and residents get a green pass when they get vaccinated. The green pass is the equivalent of the EU Digital COVID Certificate, issued to EU citizens and residents as digital proof of one of the following criteria:

  • vaccinated against COVID-19 -OR-
  • recovered from COVID-19 -OR-
  • received a negative test result within the past 48 hours.

If you aren’t an EU citizen or resident, your Italy green pass is your home country’s proof of vaccination or of one of the above conditions.

When asked for your green pass in Italy, you need to show a document proving ONE of the following:

  • complete vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson); -OR-
  • recovery from COVID-19 and completion of medical isolation within the last 180 days (recovery certificate accompanied by sworn translation if not in Italian); -OR-
  • negative result from a rapid molecular or antigen test performed within the past 48 hours.
Showing a green pass for travel in Italy for indoor dining
Showing a green pass for travel in Italy is required for indoor dining

Therefore, a green pass for vaccinated US tourists in Italy is the CDC paper vaccination card, or a digital QR code or PDF file provided by some states’ health departments.

A green pass for vaccinated Canadian tourists in Italy is the proof-of-immunization card from the provincial health authority, also commonly referred to as a “vaccine passport.”

A green pass for vaccinated British tourists in Italy is the NHS vaccination certificate, also known as the “COVID Pass.”

Note, however, that the “COVID Pass” on Britain’s NHS app, or similar proof of vaccination issued by the Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish authorities, does not offer exemption from testing and quarantine requirements for travelers entering Italy from the UK.

For more information about the green pass for travel in Italy current travel restrictions for tourists in Italy, see our post “Travel to Italy: What You Need to Know Now.”

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