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EXPLAINED: How to get Italy’s Covid-19 passport without a tessera sanitaria

People who aren't enrolled in Italy's national health service can still claim a Covid-19 "green pass", even without the health card that identifies them in the public system. Here are the steps to take.

EXPLAINED: How to get Italy's Covid-19 passport without a tessera sanitaria
Not having an Italian health card shouldn't stop you getting a Covid certifcate. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

As The Local has reported, getting vaccinated in Italy without a tessera sanitaria (health card) has proved a considerable challenge for many foreign residents. 

Now people who managed to pass that hurdle are worried they face another due to not having the card: obtaining the digital Covid certificate that will allow them to travel quarantine-free throughout the EU, as well as visiting museums, attending concerts and eating indoors at restaurants in Italy. 

EXPLAINED: When, where and why will you need a Covid health passport in Italy?

The good news is that the Italian government has provided options for people without a health card, at least when it comes to downloading your certificate.

While people who are part of the public health service have several ways to claim their pass, including asking their doctor to access it for them, people outside the system will need to go through the online platform run by the Italian health ministry.

Photo by Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP

Note that the Italian version of the health pass is only available to people who were vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid-19 in Italy.

Certificates from any other country in the EU or Schengen Zone, as well as from these five countries outside the bloc, will also be accepted in Italy.

If you are eligible under Italy’s system but don’t have an Italian health card, here’s a guide to getting your certificazione verde without it.

How to get your certificate without a health card if you were vaccinated in Italy

If you’ve had one or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in Italy, you have four ways to get your certificate.

  • Using your codice fiscale

From July 30th, the Italian government has simplified the procedure for downloading a Covid-19 vaccination certificate from its official Digital Green Card website without a tessera sanitaria.

READ ALSO: How Italy just made it easier to download a Covid-19 health pass

People who are not enrolled in the public health system can now request their pass using nothing more than their codice fiscale and the date they got their shot: go to this page and select the option Utente non iscritto al SSN vaccinato in Italia (‘User not enrolled in the National Health Service vaccinated in Italy’). 

Entering your details will bring up your digital vaccination certificate, which you can either download as a printable PDF or save as a QR code directly to your phone.

  • With a SPID or ID card

Alternatively, you can login to the Digital Green Card website using either a verified digital ID known as a SPID or your electronic ID card (CIE), both of which are available to all registered residents of Italy regardless of whether they’re part of the national health system.

To get a SPID, you’ll need to apply via an authorised provider who will verify your identity before issuing your credentials (beware that some may ask you to show a tessera sanitaria as proof of your codice fiscale, or tax code: ask customer services if they will accept another official document instead). Find a guide here.

Alternatively, if you have a microchipped Italian ID card you can download an authentication app to your smartphone and use it to login in securely to government websites. Find instructions here.

Use either method to access the green card website here.

  • Via the IO app

You can also use your SPID or ID card to log into IO, the Italian government’s public administration app

Once you’ve downloaded the app to your smartphone and used your official credentials to log in, your vaccination QR code will appear there automatically. You can show it directly in the app or save it as an image to your phone.

  • With an authorisation code

Once the green pass website went live in mid-June, Italy said it would automatically send an authorisation code to everyone who had been vaccinated as soon as their certificate was available. 

You should receive your so-called AUTHCODE to the mobile phone number or email address you gave the vaccination centre when you got your jab. 

Enter the code on the government’s website here, selecting the option Utente senza tessera sanitaria (‘User without a health card’), and it will load your certificate without the need for any other details.

If you were vaccinated before Italy launched its digital certificate in June, you were supposed to receive your AUTHCODE by June 28th – though by early August many people continued to report that they had not.

If that’s the case for you, either try one of the alternatives above, or ask for assistance by calling the official helplines on 1500 or 800 91 24 91. 

You can also email for assistance at [email protected] or [email protected].

How to get your certificate without a health card if you get tested for Covid-19 in Italy

Anyone who gets a Covid test in Italy from now on should be issued with a unique code depending on the type of swab. 

  • Molecular test: CUN (codice univoco nazionale, ‘unique national code’)
  • Rapid antigen test: NRFE (numero di referto elettronico, ‘electronic reference number’) 

Ask for the code when you get your test, or have it sent to you by SMS or email. 

Go to the government’s website here and select the option Utente senza tessera sanitaria (‘User without a health card’). You will be prompted to enter the type and number of the ID you showed when you got your test, e.g. passport or ID card, as well as the type of code you have.

Click Ricupera certificazione (‘Get certificate’) and you should be able to download your digital test result. It remains valid for 48 hours after your swab.

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

Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

How to get your certificate without a health card if you recovered from Covid-19 in Italy

People who are certified to have recovered from Covid-19 in Italy will receive an identifying code called an NUCG (numero univoco certificato guarigione, ‘unique recovery certificate number’). 

Go to the government’s website here and select the option Utente senza tessera sanitaria (‘User without a health card’). You will be prompted to enter the type and number of the ID you showed when you were treated and confirmed healthy, e.g. passport or ID card, as well as the type of code you have.

Click Ricupera certificazione (‘Get certificate’) and you should be able to download your digital test result. It is valid for six months after your official recovery date, provided you don’t contract coronavirus again during this period.

Find further details on the official website (currently only available in Italian).

For more information about the current coronavirus situation and health measures in Italy please see the Health Ministry’s website (in English).

Member comments

  1. Thank you for the useful information! I cannot wait to read how people coming from US can get this green pass to travel in Italy/Europe!

  2. How do legal residents in Italy get this green card if they were vaccinated elsewhere. My husband and I were vaccinated and have the CDC (US) document.

  3. Hi, my partner had the j&j vaccine, he doesn’t have a tessera sanitaria so rolled up at the vaccine centre and they were happy to vaccinate him. He did not receive a code therefore can’t access a green pass using any of the options mentioned in ‘the locals’ articles. Luckily I was able to book a test and access my green pass using my tessera sanitaria even though it is out of date. Would be grateful for any advise, many thanks Louise Morgan

  4. I have been attempting using this information and link for two weeks and it’s not working for me- it tells me that “some data may not be available”:

    People who are not enrolled in the public health system can now request their pass using nothing more than their codice fiscale and the date they got their shot: go to this page and select the option Utente non iscritto al SSN vaccinato in Italia (‘User not enrolled in the National Health Service vaccinated in Italy’).

    Are they still uploading information/data from the various vaccination locations? My 2nd jab was on July 14th at Nelson Mandela.

    A bit frustrated…

  5. Hi, how do I access the green pass if I can only show my negative test? And as a tourist from outside the EU, I do not have a codice fiscale, so how do I get a green pass by showing negative tests?

    I am not from the EU or any of the 5 countries whose vaccine cards are accepted.

    Thank you

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VENICE

EXPLAINED: How will the tourist-control system work in Venice?

Venice is introducing a new system to discourage day-trippers in hopes of curbing problems with overtourism in the popular hotspot. Here is what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: How will the tourist-control system work in Venice?

After years of discussing a possible “tourist tax”, the city of Venice has confirmed it will make day-trippers pay from €3 to €10 for access to the city centre starting on January 16th.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the goal of the new tourism fee is to discourage day tourism at certain times of the year and encourage overnight tourism. Day-trippers will have to pay a fee, but those who stay overnight continue only to have to pay the city tax of €2 to €5, according to a government press release.

The Commission and the City Council will now examine the regulatory text for the final green light scheduled for the summer.

“We are the first in the world to introduce this system, and we are aware that not everything will work well from the beginning, but we will be ready to improve in the course of work. We want to guarantee the tourist the best quality of the visit and make sure that the city is able to give visitors all the services they need”, said Tourism Secretary Simone Venturini.

READ ALSO: After flooding and coronavirus, is it time Venice stopped relying on tourism?

How much will I have to pay?

The contributo di acesso, or access contribution, will cost from €3 to €10, depending on factors such as tourism numbers for the day and season.

The city will determine a certain threshold of tourists, after which people will be required to pay higher sums. Travellers are encouraged to book in advance to avoid price increases.

Does the payment have to be made in advance?

The government said that nobody would be denied entry to Venice, meaning a pre-registration is not necessary. However, the mayor said that those who book their visit in advance would be “rewarded”. The reward will likely discount the fee.

How will the system work? Where do I pay?

According to the City of Venice, the payment is an alternative to the city tax. It will be required from every person that goes to the old city centre of Venice, as well as other major tourist destinations and islands in the region.

READ ALSO: 16 surprising facts about Venice to mark 16 centuries of the lagoon city

A single payment guarantees access to the old town and the smaller islands.

Tourists will be able to pay through an online and “multilingual” platform where they will receive a QR code to present in case of controls. Tickets should also be available to buy in connection with public transport – so if you are arriving by train, it will be possible to buy the train ticket and the entry pass together.

Who is excluded or exempt from the payment?

There are several exceptions to the payment, according to the website. Among them are residents from the Comune di Venezia, those who work or study there, and those who own homes in the city.

Additionally, exceptions include those born in the Comune di Venezia, children under six years of age, people with disabilities and their accompanying person, public workers, volunteers, people visiting family members, prisoners, or attending funerals, and many others.

Residents of the Veneto region “up to the thresholds that will be set by a specific Council resolution” are also exempt.

Those who stay overnight and, therefore, already pay the city tax through their hotel or short-term rental booking are also exempt from the fee.

The city of Murano, in the metropolitan region of Venice (Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash)

What about people arriving on cruises?

Venice is a very popular stop for cruise ships and people visiting the city on a cruise tour will also have to pay the fee as they disembark in the old town. However, the City of Venice said they might determine a lump-sum measure in agreement with the relevant carriers.

READ ALSO: OPINION: Why more of Italy’s top destinations must limit tourist numbers

Which smaller islands are included?

Only one ticket and payment is required for those travelling to multiple islands, including Venice. The islands that are part of the group are:

  • Lido di Venezia
  • Pellestrina
  • Murano
  • Burano
  • Torcello
  • Sant’Erasmo
  • Mazzorbo
  • Mazzorbetto
  • Vignole
  • S. Andrea
  • La certosa
  • S. Servolo
  • S. Clemente
  • Poveglia

What if I simply don’t pay?

If you fail to produce proof of payment or that you are exempt from the fee, the sanction is from €50 to €300. The fine is the same in the case of people making false statements trying to obtain exemptions or reductions.

Additionally, visitors who don’t pay in advance will have to pay the full €10 fee.

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