Where in Italy can you get Covid-19 test results in English?

Updated Covid-19 testing rules for travellers to the UK have caused concern among readers in Italy. Here's where results are available in English.

Where in Italy can you get Covid-19 test results in English?
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As The Local reported earlier this month, the British government has set new rules on what languages Covid-19 test results need to be in for arrivals. Italian was not one of them.

READ ALSO: Travellers to UK told Covid test results cannot be in Italian

This change caused concern among readers, as it was unclear whether or how travellers could obtain test results in English before departing from Italy.

“Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted, and you must provide the original test result certificate,” read the government rules.

The test must be taken within the 72 hours before travelling to the UK.

The measure was imposed amid an alarming spike in infections in the UK and concerns that virus variants from abroad, such as those detected in Brazil and South Africa, will add to the health crisis if they are allowed to spread

Dozens of readers have since been in touch to ask where they can get a test result in English.
Many were concerned this would not be possible at all, but several readers have contacted The Local to tell us that they were able to get results in English.
The following organisations say they provide English-language results in Milan:
And in Rome:
On Wednesday, the British Embassy in Rome released a list of testing centres in Italy which can provide English-language results, either automatically or on request.
According to the Embassy, test results are available in English at clinics in the following ten of Italy's 20 regions: Abruzzo, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy, Piedmont, Sardinia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Umbria, Valle d’Aosta, and Veneto..

The Health Ministry has also compiled a complete list of approved testing centres across Italy, which you can find here. Contact your nearest centre to find out whether they are able to give results in English.
One reader also contacted The Local to say they had received their Covid test certificate from the Red Cross testing facility at Rome Fiumicino in English when returning to the US in early January. The certificate included all of the required information except for contact details for the test provider (the Red Cross). 
It is possible that clinics may be able to add additional information on request. Contact your test provider in advance for more information.

The UK government says the result must include the following:

  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • the name of the test device

“If the test result does not include this information you may not be able to board, and may not be able to travel to England. If you arrive without a test result that includes this information, you will be committing a criminal offence and could receive a £500 fine.”

“Your test result can be provided as a physical, printed document, or via email or text message, which you can show on your phone. Make sure that your device is charged.”

For more information click here.

The Local also understands that there are numerous clinics in Rome and elsewhere offering to provide translations of test results. These would not be valid for travel, as the British Embassy has stressed that “translations are not accepted.”

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Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

As the infection rate rises sharply across the country, Italian virologists are calling for concerts and festivals to be rescheduled.

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

Italy has seen a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days, so much so that a number of virologists across the country are now urging the government to postpone major live events in a bid to curb infections. 

According to a new report by Italy’s independent health watchdog, the Gimbe Foundation, 595,349 new cases were recorded in the week from June 29th to July 5th; a worrying 55 percent increase on the previous week. 

In the same time span, the country also registered a 32.8 percent rise in the number of hospitalised patients, which went from 6,035 to 8,003.  

The latest Covid wave, which is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron 5 variant, is a “real cause for concern”, especially in terms of a “potential patient overload”, said Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. 

As Italian cities prepare to host a packed calendar of concerts and festivals this summer, health experts are questioning whether such events should actually take place given the high risk of transmission associated with mass gatherings.

READ ALSO: What tourists in Italy need to know if they get Covid-19

“Rescheduling these types of events would be the best thing to do right now,” said Massimo Ciccozzi, Director of Epidemiology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. 

The summer wave is expected to peak in mid-July but, Ciccozzi warns, the upcoming live events might “delay [the peak] until the end of July or even beyond” and extend the infection curve.

Antonello Maruotti, Professor of Statistics at LUMSA University of Rome, recently shared Ciccozzi’s concerns, saying that live events as big as Maneskin’s scheduled Rome concert are “definitely not a good idea”. 

The Italian rock band are slated to perform at the Circus Maximus on Saturday, July 9th but the expected turnout – over 70,000 fans are set to attend the event – has raised objections from an array of Italian doctors, with some warning that the concert might cause as many as 20,000 new cases.

If it were to materialise, the prospected scenario would significantly aggravate Lazio’s present medical predicament as there are currently over 186,000 Covid cases in the region (nearly 800 patients are receiving treatment in local hospitals). 

Italian rock band Maneskin performing in Turin

Italian rock band Maneskin are expected to perform at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday, July 9th. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

But, despite pleas to postpone the event, it is likely that Maneskin’s concert will take place as scheduled.

Alessandro Onorato, Rome’s Tourism Councillor, said that rescheduling is “out of question” and that “all recommendations from the local medical authorities will be adopted” with the help of the event’s organisers and staff on the ground.

At the time of writing, there is also no indication that the Italian government will consider postponing other major live events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, though the situation is evolving rapidly and a U-turn on previous dispositions can’t be ruled out.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

On this note, it is worth mentioning that Italy has now scrapped all of its former Covid measures except the requirement to wear FFP2 face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings.

The use of face coverings is, however, still recommended in all crowded areas, including outdoors – exactly the point that leading Italian doctors are stressing in the hope that live events will not lead to large-scale infection.

Antonio Magi, President of Rome’s OMCEO (College of Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists), said: “Our advice is to wear FFP2 masks […] in high-risk situations.”

“I hope that young people will heed our recommendations and think about the health risks that their parents or grandparents might be exposed to after the event [they attend].”