Omicron has had a devastating effect on travel restrictions throughout Europe.
Many countries are tightening their standards on who can access their country. Italy isn’t an exception, with December 2021 seeing some regulatory adjustments.
EU Union country arrivals must now go through a COVID test prior to entering Italy.
Access is only allowed to individuals who:
- Score negative PCR (within 48 hours of arrival)
- Score negative on antigen test (within 24 hours)
Alternatively, travelers can demonstrate a EUDCC (EU Digital COVID Certificate), alternatively called a “green pass.” This proves that the traveler is either recovered from the virus or fully vaccinated from it.
The quarantine will also apply to non-vaccinated travelers entering Italy. The measure will be mandatory for five days, where they’ll then be tested after release.
However, it’s expected that the testing rules will expire on 31st January 2022.
The new measures mean that each traveler who is fully vaccinated requires a negative COVID-19 test before entering Italy.
Unvaccinated travelers need to submit to a five-day quarantine on arrival, and a pre-departure test prior.
With that, Children aged 12 or less aren’t subject to quarantine rules, assuming they’re traveling with vaccinated adults or ones recovered from the virus.
Next: Italy’s Super Green Pass
Through the new decree, visitors and residents in Italy must show a “Super Green Pass” to enter the majority of indoor environments.
The pass was launched on January 10th this year. It signifies proof that the holder is currently vaccinated (at two doses minimum), or has recovered from COVID-19 throughout the past 6 months.
The pass is already a requirement to access stadiums, theatres, and cinemas. Though it is unobtainable using a negative COVID test result. Thus, it naturally excludes those who aren’t vaccinated.
Super Green Passes are required to dine in both outdoor and indoor restaurants. They’re also necessary to access hotels, museums, ski lifts, swimming pools, gyms, archaeological sites, and many other activities.
Finally, they’re required to use all kinds of public transport.
How to Get a Super Green Pass?
They can be acquired at most test centers and pharmacies, and by showing negative results on a quick COVID-19 test.
Test providers will print your results, then email you a special code.
You’ll use that code to access the Italian government’s website and select “Utente senza tesserae sanitaria.” From there, you can enter your details.
You’re required to enter the ID type and number you presented when taking the test, plus the code printed on your certificate. You can then click “Ricupera certificazione” to download your test results.
Another Problem: Italy’s Current State of Emergency
Italy is one of few countries to declare an emergency, and rightfully so. Throughout the past two years, Italy has suffered one of the highest death rates from the virus.
Italy still experiences 20,000 new cases on average per day and rising.
It’s planned that the State of Emergency will be extended for 2022, all the way to 31st March.
This gives regional authorities and national governments the right to impose laws on short notice if the pandemic’s situation requires harsher measures.