The Italian government is implementing a Super Green Pass to regulate access to certain activities throughout the country during the holiday season 2021. Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the move is aimed at saving Christmas from the impact of more severe Covid restrictions.
When is the Super Green Pass in effect?
The Super Green Pass will be in effect starting December 6, 2021 through January 15, 2022.
Unvaccinated individuals cannot get a Super Green Pass; it is only available to people who have been vaccinated against Covid or have proof of recovery from the virus. Currently, people who are unvaccinated can obtain a basic Green Pass valid for 48 hours after a negative Covid test result.
What activities are open only to SGP holders?
The new regulation means unvaccinated people in Italy will therefore be unable to participate in some Green Pass-required activities during the holiday period from December 6 to January 15, such as indoor dining, cinema, theatre and sporting events.
One exception is that people who are staying in a hotel will be able to access their hotel’s restaurant with the basic Green Pass even during the holiday period.
During this period, a basic Green Pass will be required on local public transport systems as well as regional trains (currently a Green Pass isn’t required for these forms of transport.)
The Italian government uses a color-based zone system to regulate the risk of travel throughout the country based on the contagion level in individual regions.
The basic Green Pass will be sufficient for access to fitness centers such as gyms and pools, as well as ski areas. However, if the ski area is in an orange zone, a Super Green Pass will be required.
Holders of the new super pass will be allowed to travel between regions even if they move from the lowest risk level, white, to a higher yellow or orange risk level.
Red zone restrictions will apply to everyone regardless of Green Pass status.
If a region moves to yellow or higher, face masks will be required outdoors.