I arrived in Italy and these are my travel requirements
As of February 1, 2022, certifications issued after completion of the vaccination cycle and certificates of cure (Green Pass for vaccination or cure), in Italy, are valid for six (6) months, as established by art. 3 of Decree Law no. 221 of December 24, 2021. The vaccination certificate, including the “booster” dose, is currently of unlimited duration.
In Italy, it is no longer mandatory to show the so-called “Green Pass” to access transport, catering or hotel services, nor to access other commercial establishments. For further details, please refer to Decree-Law No. 24 of March 24, 2022.
The characteristics required for a certification issued by foreign health authorities to be considered “equivalent” to an Italian or EU certification are usually indicated by the competent offices of the Italian Ministry of Health, through a specific circular, in response to governmental measures. Currently, Italy recognizes as equivalent the certifications issued by some non-EU States, provided that they comply with the characteristics indicated in the Circular of the Ministry of Health of 30 July 2021. Moreover, as of September 23, 2021, the Italian Ministry of Health recognized (with this Circular) the equivalence – in the Italian territory – of certain vaccines administered by foreign health authorities. These are, in particular, the following
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As of February 1, 2022, new rules come into force that establish a binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates used for travel within the EU.
Member States must not provide for a different acceptance period for travel within the EU. The standard acceptance period does not apply to booster dose certificates.
Any measures restricting free movement must be proportionate and non-discriminatory. Member States must not, in principle, refuse entry to persons traveling from other Member States.
The national authorities are responsible for issuing the certificate. It could be issued, for example, by testing centers or health authorities, or directly through an e-health portal.
The digital version can be stored on a mobile device. Citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code containing essential information, as well as a digital signature to ensure that the certificate is authentic.
How will the passport affect Latin American travelers?
After entering Italy, citizens who have an Argentine Vaccination Card that proves they have a complete vaccination cycle with vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Authority (EMA) will be exempted from any isolation.
On the other hand, Argentineans who do not have a Vaccination Card or have been vaccinated in our country with doses of Sputnik, Sinopharm or Cansino, after entering Italy must undergo a five (5) days isolation and an antigenic or molecular swabbing at the end of such period.
From the above, and due to the misinformation circulating in this regard, we wish to emphasize that those who have vaccines not recognized by EMA, may enter Italy, since having vaccination is NOT an exclusionary entry requirement.
Since January 10, 2009, the Italian government has increased restrictions on mobility and recreational and work activities for unvaccinated persons, as a consequence of which neither Italians nor foreigners are allowed to enter hotels, museums, restaurants or use urban or interurban means of transport – whether by rail, air or sea – without a European Vaccination Certificate, also known as a reinforced Green Pass.
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On March 14, 2022, the presentation of the vaccination passport in those places where it was required (leisure and cultural centers, commercial catering, trade fairs and professional shows, etc.) ceased to be compulsory. Similarly, the health passport ceased to be in force on August 1, 2022.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the health control system has made it possible to preserve our health system and to delay the arrival on French territory of variants with worrying characteristics. This system ceased to be in force on August 1, 2022.
However, in the event of the emergence of a dangerous variant, the entry into French territory of travelers from countries considered to be at risk could again be subject to the presentation of a negative virological test.
For information on health regulations concerning entry into the territory of other countries, please consult the Travel Advice section of the website of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.