Italy’s travel ‘green pass’ to be valid from first Covid-19 jab

People who have only had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine will still be able to claim Italy’s health pass for quarantine-free travel, according to the government’s plans.

Italy’s travel ‘green pass’ to be valid from first Covid-19 jab
Italy says just one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine will allow you to travel without quarantining. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The certificazione verde (“green pass”) that allows travellers to enter Italy without quarantining will be issued from the first jab, the final text of Italy’s latest Covid-19 decree states.

According to the decree, signed by President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday night and effective immediately, the green pass will be valid from 15 days after you receive the first injection and until you get the second – so around five to six weeks later for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and 10 to 12 weeks for AstraZeneca.

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At that point you will be able to claim the final version, which will remain valid for nine months after you’ve been fully vaccinated – less than the 12 months originally proposed by some government sources, but more than the six months currently allowed.

People who receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be eligible for the nine-month pass as soon as they’ve had their jab.

The provisions apply to people who live in Italy and get vaccinated here, who can use the green pass to travel overseas and return to Italy without quarantining.

Residents will also be able to use it to attend wedding receptions and other large events once they are permitted again from mid-June, the government has said. 

EXPLAINED: How and when weddings in Italy can go ahead this summer

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Italy has also promised to recognise vaccinations performed in other countries with any of the vaccines approved by the EU regulator (currently Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, though four others are under review). 

In theory it could offer the green pass to visitors on the same terms – after one jab instead of two – though this has not been confirmed.

The rules may also depend on what the EU decides about its international Covid passport, the bloc-wide equivalent that is due to debut in June. The EU Commission has proposed making the pass available to visitors who have had both recommended doses of a vaccine, not just the first.


Italy currently accepts any certificate, paper or digital, that shows the bearer has either been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, has had Covid-19 and fully recovered, or tested negative for coronavirus in the past 48 hours.

It had previously said that certificates issued after recovery or vaccination would remain valid for six months, though in the case of vaccination this has now been extended to nine.

Member comments

  1. What is not clear (to me at least) is after you receive your first vaccination and get your ‘green pass’, will you still have to also get a 48h covid test to re-enter Italy?

    1. My thoughts as well. If I am vaccinated do I need to go through all the testing for a Covid free filght?

      1. Hi, at the moment this depends on where you’re travelling from and your reason for doing so. If you’re coming from the US for tourism, this is currently only allowed on Covid-tested flights regardless of your vaccination status:
        This could change, as an announcement is expected soon on when and how fully vaccinated travellers may be allowed into Europe. We’ll publish any updates on this as we get them.

  2. So once fully vaccinated the “green pass” is only valid for nine months. This begs three questions:

    1. Is the 9 month pass issued at the time of your second shot?
    2. If not, how long does it take to receive? I ask because my permesso took 18 months to receive and it now expires in 5 months because they used the original application date and did not adjust it for all the months of processing time.
    3. What is the plan for the “green pass” after its 9 months of validity; renewal? If so, how, when and where?

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Reader Question: What are Italy’s Covid quarantine rules for travellers?

Italy's quarantine rules have changed so many times over the past couple of years, it can be hard to keep track. Here's the latest information on when and how visitors need to self-isolate.

Reader Question: What are Italy's Covid quarantine rules for travellers?

Question: “One of your recent articles says you can exit quarantine by testing negative for the coronavirus. But you can also exit quarantine by obtaining a Letter of Recovery from Covid-19… true?”

Unfortunately, official proof of having recovered from Covid-19 won’t get you out of the requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid while visiting Italy – though it can shorten your quarantine period.

Anyone who tests positive in Italy is required to immediately self-isolate for a minimum of seven days: that’s if the person in question is fully vaccinated and boosted, or has completed their primary vaccination cycle or recovered from Covid less than 120 days ago.

That period is extended to 10 days for those who aren’t fully vaccinated and boosted, or those who recovered from Covid or completed their primary vaccination cycle more than 120 days ago.

READ ALSO: Travel in Italy and Covid rules this summer: what to expect

In either case, the infected person must have been symptomless for at least three days in order to exit quarantine (with the exception of symptoms relating to a lost sense of taste or smell, which can persist for some time after the infection is over).

The patient must also test negative for the virus via either a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test on the final day of the quarantine in order to be allowed out.

Quarantined people who keep testing positive for the virus can be kept in self-isolation for a maximum of 21 days, at which point they will be automatically released.

Italy does not currently require visitors from any country to test negative in order to enter its borders, as long as they are fully boosted or were recently vaccinated/ have recently recovered from Covid.

READ ALSO: How tourists and visitors can get a coronavirus test in Italy

Some countries (including the US), however, do require people travelling from Italy to test negative before their departure – which means visitors at the tail end of their journey could be hit with the unpleasant surprise of finding out they need to quarantine for another week in Italy instead of heading home as planned.

It’s because of this rule that a number of The Local’s readers told us they wouldn’t be coming on holiday to Italy this summer, and intend to postpone for another year.

If you are planning on visiting Italy from a country that requires you to test negative for Covid prior to re-entry, it’s a good idea to consider what you would do and where you would go in the unlikely event you unexpectedly test positive.

Please note that The Local cannot advise on specific cases. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, see the Italian Health Ministry’s website or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

You can keep up with the latest updates via our homepage or Italian travel news section.