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Reader question: Do I need to update my Italian green pass after a booster shot?

Had your Covid-19 booster jab and wondering what to do next? Here's what you need to know about updating your Italian 'green pass'.

A customer shows her green pass on a mobile phone in a central Rome bar on August 6, 2021.
A customer shows her green pass on a mobile phone in a central Rome bar on August 6, 2021. Andreas SOLARO / AFP

People in Italy have been rushing to get their booster shots after the government on February 1st slashed the validity of its ‘super’ green pass health certificate to six months for those who have had only two doses – and announced that passes updated after a booster shot will remain valid indefinitely.

READ ALSO: How to get a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in Italy

But do you need to take action to receive your updated your pass once you’ve had the booster?

The answer is yes – but you don’t have to do much.

When you get your booster in Italy your personal data should be uploaded to the national health ministry database, which will then release an updated ‘super’ green pass automatically. 

You’ll need this new version because your green pass’s QR code is linked to a specific vaccination event. Even if you’ve had the booster shot, your previous QR code doesn’t contain that information, so you need an updated one that does. 

“If you have had a booster dose of vaccine, remember that a new Covid-19 green certification will be issued,” the health ministry’s official green pass website says. “You will receive a message via SMS or email with a new AUTHCODE code to download it.”

The process for downloading the certificate should be the same as the one by which you obtained your initial green pass, which can be any of the following:

  • Directly on the government’s digital green pass website, provided you have either a CIE (Electronic ID Card), SPID (Sistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale or ‘Public Digital Identity System’) ID, or an Italian health card (tessera sanitaria).
  • By entering your authorisation code into the Immuni or IO app installed on your phone; 
  • By accessing your region’s Electronic Health Record (Fascicolo Sanitario Elettronico), in regions that provide this service;
  • By going to a medical professional such as a doctor or pharmacist and providing them with your tax code (codice fiscale) and health card number – they will then be able to give you your green pass either in digital or print format.

What if I have trouble accessing my new green pass?

The Italian health ministry’s official green pass website says that if you do not receive your new AUTHCODE automatically “within 48 hours of vaccination you can try to retrieve it yourself on this site.”

For foreign residents who are not registered with the national health service, the process is likely to be a little more complicated.

The Italian government’s digital green pass website instructs foreign nationals in Italy who don’t have an Italian health card or who were vaccinated abroad to register their vaccine with their local health office or Asl (Azienda Sanitaria Locale).

To do this, you’ll need to email your Asl with proof of your most recent vaccination, a copy of your ID, and any other details requested by the office. You can then request an authorisation code that can be used to download the green pass via any of the methods listed above.

For those who aren’t registered with the Italian health system but were vaccinated in Italy, you should be able to download your pass directly from the digital green pass website by inputting whichever ID number the vaccination centre accepted from you (such as your tax code) and the date on which you were vaccinated.

If this doesn’t work, you’ll likely need to make a phone call to your regional health authority or speak to your doctor or pharmacist to see how they can help you access your updated pass.

Find more information about Covid-19 vaccinations in Italy and the green pass system on the Italian health ministry’s website (available in English) and the official green pass website.

Member comments

  1. My IO app was updated automatically a couple of days after the booster. I don’t have a tessera. Just make sure the computer operator at the vaccine centre has your code from the first vaccines (and has updated the national system before you leave, or you get something in writing with a code), especially if it is from another region.

  2. They sent me a link by email shortly after the booster shot and I was able to download the updated Green Pass without any problem. My old pass continued to work fine while waiting for the update. Overall, the vaccinations and passes have been a flawless and easy process for me.

  3. I have my two previous vaccine jabs in the Netherlands but live now in Italy and need to get my booster shot here.
    Do they register the booster shot now on a new Italian QR app?

    1. I was boosted (2 first vaxxes elsewhere) in December here. I’m a dual citizen registered in AIRE. It wasn’t easy, took almost a full week of dedication and traveling to another province to accomplish it. The Lazio ASL site simply doesn’t work, altho it has the sections that would have been applicable for my booking the vax. I now have all of my jabs recorded in Italy and do have my Super Green Pass. If I can DM you any advice or suggestions would be happy to do so. I spent hours looking online for the kind of info that I now have after accomplishing the above.

    2. (new here and see there is no DM function so providing some more info — ) I tried to do my booster in Lazio/ASL. Hopeless, even visited an office/bureaucrat in person. Took a try at booking a booster appointment on the Toscana site and it worked on the first try. The entire process was way more involved and, I imagine, will depend on where you are located. If in the Rome area, I doubt that they have it sorted out now, either. Doctors and pharmacists were also zero help. If you have a codice fiscale, you will be able to book a vax appointment.

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COVID-19 RULES

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

After Italy recently removed most Covid-related restrictions, readers have been asking us what exactly to expect on upcoming visits. Here are your questions answered.

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

Rules around travel to Italy and within the country have changed multiple times over the past two years. Unsurprisingly, they changed again just over a week ago.

On May 1st, Italy removed nearly all of its Covid-related social restrictions, including the so-called ‘green pass’ (or certificato verde), which was previously required to enter most venues across the country.

READ ALSO: Dining outdoors and hiking: How visitors plan to holiday in Italy this summer 

As the bel paese moves past its former state of emergency and opens up again to international tourism, we asked readers whether they’ll be travelling to Italy this summer. Most said yes, although some of you had doubts and reservations about the Covid restrictions currently in place.

And you had some questions for us, too – mainly about what to expect once you arrive in the country.

Below are our answers, based on the Italian government’s latest decree and the current advice from the health ministry.

If you’re looking for a detailed look at the entry rules when travelling to Italy this summer, please find more information here.

Q: Does Italy still have vaccine requirements in place?

A: A valid Covid vaccination or recovery certificate will be required to enter Italy until at least May 31st, when the current travel rules expire. 

As for travelling within Italy, as of May 1st, a valid health certificate is no longer required to access indoor venues and transport services. All visitors are free to travel across the country and enter restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres and other indoor locations without having to provide a valid health pass.

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

The only exception is for hospitals and care homes, which will continue to require a ‘green pass’ or its equivalent in the form of a foreign-issued vaccine or recovery certificate until December 2022.

Q: What kind of masks do you have to wear when travelling by train?

A: The use of FFP2 face masks is mandatory on all means of public transport, so not just trains but also buses, ferries and so on. Those equipped with a different type of face covering will be prevented from using the service.

The obligation to wear face masks on public transport will remain in place until at least June 15th.

Please note that FFP2 face masks are also required to enter the following indoor venues: cinemas, theatres, entertainment and sport venues (but not museums or galleries).

READ ALSO: Where do you still need to wear a mask in Italy from May 1st?

Q: Will more restaurants and shops be closed than normal?  

A: No, quite the contrary. After a couple of rather grim years, things are apparently once again looking up for Italian tourism. 

According to a survey from market research institute Demoskopika, the number of domestic and international tourists in Italy is set to rise by 43 percent compared to 2021. The first signs of such expected recovery manifested themselves over the Easter holidays, when some of the most popular Italian tourist destinations recorded ‘pre-pandemic’ numbers of visitors. 

So, to answer the question, most local businesses will look to capitalise on the renewed inflow of both international and national tourists and will therefore keep their doors (and hearts, hopefully) open.

View of the bars in the Navigli area, Milan

After a couple of rather bleak years, bars and restaurants are ready to welcome back international visitors. Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

Q: I’m vaccinated but not ‘boosted’ and want to know if this is acceptable.

A: It is indeed. 

For the sake of clarity, here are the current rules on the topic.

Until at least May 31st when the rules expire (they may either be scrapped or extended after this point; The Local will provide updates when the deadline approaches), travellers may enter the country if they are asymptomatic and can present one of the following:

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Presently, EMA recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria Johnson and Johnson, Astrazeneca and Novavax. Please keep in mind that the minimum requirement is that you have fully completed the primary vaccination cycle (in this case, your pass will be valid for 9 months). For those who have already received a booster shot, the certificate is valid indefinitely.
  • A valid medical certificate confirming recovery from Covid (this is valid for 6 months from the positive swab test)
  • A negative molecular (PCR) test carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Italy or a rapid antigen test carried out within 48 hours of arrival

As previously mentioned, you won’t need a health pass (nor negative test result) to travel across the country.

Q: What type of health pass is needed for indoor dining from May?

A: None. No vaccination or recovery certificate is required to access bars and restaurants. Face masks are also no longer mandatory. 

Having said that, the use of face coverings in all indoor settings is still “strongly recommended” by the government. Furthermore, some local businesses have chosen to independently enforce stricter rules and only allow people equipped with a face mask to enter their premises.

Q: What are the current restrictions for hotels, restaurants and museums? 

A: There are no Covid-related restrictions (that is, not even face masks) for hotels, restaurants and museums.

However, as mentioned above, some businesses may choose to enforce their own rules and ask customers to wear a face covering. So, keep this in mind before you waltz into your local grocery store without a mask.

Musei Capitolini in Rome

Health certificates are no longer required to enter indoor venues, including museums and galleries. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

Q: What are the isolation rules if you test positive while visiting Italy?

A: If you test positive for Covid during your trip, you will have to self-isolate at your existing accommodation and notify the relevant local authorities (Aziende Sanitarie Locali, ASL) as soon as possible.

The Italian quarantine instructions are a bit of a head-scratcher, therefore we’ll try to summarise them as follows:

  • Those who have received a ‘booster shot’, have completed the first vaccination cycle no more than 120 days prior to testing positive or have recovered from Covid no more than 120 days prior to testing positive will be required to self-isolate for at least seven days. 
  • All others will be required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic.

You’ll be able to exit your quarantine period by taking a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test.

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

However, note that you will only be allowed to take such tests if you’ve shown no symptoms in the three days prior to the supposed date of the test. If you have, your self-isolation period will be extended. 

For instance, if you’re supposed to get tested on the tenth day of your quarantine but show symptoms on the ninth, you’ll only be able to get tested on the twelfth.

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.

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