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COVID-19 GREEN PASS

Where in Italy you still need to show the ‘super green pass’

Italy has relaxed the use of its Covid health pass, but you still need to show the 'reinforced' version or 'super green pass' in many venues across the country. Here's what it is and where you need to show it.

Where in Italy you still need to show the 'super green pass'
You still need a super green pass in some venues across Italy. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Italian authorities changed the rules on the Covid-19 health certificate on April 1st, as part of the government’s plan to end the current Covid restrictions by early summer.

Since it was introduced last August, the green pass has been extended several times with the rules around its use changing according to the government’s assessments of the health situation.

READ ALSO: How do Italy’s Covid rules change in April?

Now, ministers plan to phase it out by June under the country’s roadmap back to normality, detailed in the recently-approved decreto riapertura, or ‘reopening decree’.

But even though health measures are easing, the green pass system is still in place for some weeks yet.

Here’s what the ‘super green pass’ is, where you still need to show it and for how long.

What is the super green pass?

Italy’s so-called ‘reinforced’ or ‘super’ green pass proves the holder is vaccinated against or has recovered from Covid-19 – it cannot be obtained via a negative test result.

It was once a requirement in almost all venues across Italy, including on public transport, but its use is now being phased out over the coming weeks.

A bar owner scans a green pass in central Rome. Photo: Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Where do you need it?

Right now, it remains a requirement at all indoor public venues.

Until April 30th, you’ll need to show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 to attend competitions in indoor sports halls (also wearing an Ffp2 mask), for parties held indoors such as birthdays, graduations and weddings for example.

Film and theatre goers will need to show a super green pass if the event is indoors – again with an Ffp2 mask. Discos require the super green pass for entry, where you’ll be allowed to go in with just a surgical mask that you can only remove when dancing.

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You’ll also need to show this health certificate at swimming pools, gyms and indoor health centres, for practising team and contact sports indoors, attending conferences or entering betting shops, bingo halls and casinos.

For the latest full rundown of where you need to show a super green pass, see this table published by the Italian government.

What happens from May 1st?

The next phase begins in May, which will see the super green pass largely scrapped.

The only place you’ll still need this version of the health certificate is for visiting friends or relatives in hospitals or care homes, which is set to stay in place until the end of the year.

How do I get the super green pass?

If you were vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 in Italy, you shouldn’t need to do anything at all.

It is not a new certification, so if you already have it, you only need to present your valid green pass from vaccination or recovery to the venues that require it.

If you’re a visitor and have a health certificate from another country, you will likely not need to obtain an Italian green pass either.

Italy recognises proof of vaccination issued anywhere in the world on par with its own ‘super’ green pass, so the vaccination certificate issued in your home country (such as a US CDC card) should get you into any venue in Italy that is subject to this requirement.

You’ll need to check the expiry date of your health pass to ensure it’s not about to run out.. Once you have the booster – or if you’ve had two shots and then recovered from Covid, the green pass has unlimited validity in Italy.

For the full guide on green passes for visitors, see here.

What if I’m not vaccinated or recovered from Covid?

In this case, you can’t get a super green pass and therefore are excluded from certain venues.

There is an increasing amount of places you can access with proof of a negative test only – which will provide you with a ‘basic’ green pass.

Reader question: Do I need a Covid green pass for my trip to Italy?

For details on which sites you can now access with this basic green pass, see our guide on green passes.

It’s important to bear in mind that some of these rules can vary from one part of Italy to another as regional authorities may introduce stricter requirements of their own.

Find more information about Italy’s Covid-19 health restrictions on the Italian health ministry’s website (available in English).

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COVID-19 RULES

Italy lifts mask mandate for private sector workers

Masks will no longer be required in the workplace but Italian companies will have the right to impose restrictions for employees deemed "at risk".

Italy lifts mask mandate for private sector workers

Representatives from the Italian Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and all major national unions collectively signed off on Thursday a new “shared protocol” (protocollo condiviso) for the implementation of anti-Covid measures in private workplaces. 

Although the full text of the bill will only be made available to the public sometime next week, portions of the document have already been released to the media, thus disclosing the government’s next steps in the fight against the virus.

The most relevant update concerns face masks, which will no longer be mandatory in private workplaces. 

However, the text specifies, FFP2 face masks remain “an important protective item aimed at safeguarding workers’ health”. As such, employers will have the right to autonomously impose the use of face coverings on categories of workers considered “at risk”.

READ ALSO: Italy’s transport mask rule extended to September as Covid rate rises

Notably, face coverings may remain mandatory for those working in “indoor settings shared by multiple employees” or even in “outdoor settings where social distancing may not be practicable”. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions (soggetti fragili) may also be subject to such rules, which, it is worth reminding, are left to the employer’s discretion. 

Alongside mask-related restrictions, employers will also have the right to have their staff undergo temperature checks prior to entering the workplace. In such cases, anyone with a body temperature higher than 37.5C will be denied access to the workplace and will be asked to temporarily self-isolate pending further indications from their own doctor.

In line with previous measures, companies will be required to continue supplying sanitising products free of charge and regulate access to common areas (canteens, smoking areas, etc.) so as to avoid gatherings.

Additionally, employers will be advised to keep incentivising smart working (lavoro agile), as it has proved to be “a valuable tool to curb infection, especially for at-risk individuals”.

Provided that the country’s infection curve registers no significant changes, the updated protocol will remain in place until October 31st, when it will yet again be reviewed by the relevant governmental and social parties. 

With the latest round of measures, Italy has now scrapped all Covid-related health measures, except the requirement to wear face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings, and self-isolation provisions for those testing positive. 

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

Italy’s infection curve has been rising significantly since the beginning of June. From June 1st to June 14th, Covid’s R (spreading rate) rate rose back over 1 for the first time since April 8th. Also, from June 17th to June 23rd, the virus’s incidence rate was 504 cases every 100,000 residents, up by 62 per cent on the previous week.

According to Claudio Mastroianni, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Sapienza University of Rome, “with 25 per cent of daily Covid swabs coming back positive and a R rate over 1, the infection curve will likely rise at least until mid-July”.

However, albeit acknowledging the rising number of positive cases, Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa has so far categorically excluded the possibility of re-introducing lapsed Covid measures, saying that it’ll be a “restriction-free summer”.

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