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Italian discipline for arrivals from India – Update of 28 February 2022

Date:

03/01/2022


Italian discipline for arrivals from India – Update of 28 February 2022

Upon the ordinance of the Minister of Health of 22 February 2022, from 1 March 2022 the previous restrictions on mobility from India will be lifted.

Except in the case of Covid-19 symptoms, entry into Italy from India can therefore take place under the following conditions:

- submission of the Passenger Locator Form, which can be checked upon departure and/or upon arrival in Italy;

- presentation, upon departure, of a valid COVID-19 green certification or other valid equivalent certification.

COVID-19 green certification means:

- certification proving completion of primary vaccination cycle (2 doses) against SARS-CoV-2,

- certification proving administration of booster vaccine dose against SARS-CoV-2,

- certification proving recovery after a SARS-CoV-2 infection,

- certification proving the negative result of a rapid or molecular antigen test,

issued by a country of the European Union or by one of the 33 countries whose vaccination certificates are recognized by the European Union.

Equivalent certification means:

- certification proving completion of primary vaccination cycle (2 doses) against SARS-CoV-2 or administration of booster dose, with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (BioNTech & Pfizer, Novavax, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson), or with a vaccine considered equivalent in Italy, including Covidshield;

- certification proving recovery after a SARS-CoV-2 infection,

- certification proving the negative result of a rapid antigen or molecular test

issued by the competent health authorities of a third country, such as India.

For the purposes of entry into Italy, the certification is deemed valid as follows:

if issued after a complete vaccination cycle (2 doses) - 270 from the date of the second dose

if issued after booster - valid until further notice

if issued after recovery from a SARS-CoV-2 infection - 180 from the date of the first positive test

if issued after recovery from an infection developed after a full cycle (2 doses) of vaccination - valid until further notice

if issued after a rapid antigen test - 48 hours from the testing

if issued after a molecular test - 72 hours from the testing

Travellers not in possession of said certification or whose certification has expired will have to undergo:

- upon arrival in Italy, to five-day quarantine at the address indicated in the Passenger Locator Form;

- at the end of the quarantine period, to molecular or antigenic test (nasal, nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal). This obligation does not apply to children under the age of 6.

Children accompanying parents not subject to quarantine are also exempt from quarantine.

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Important notice! Access to certain services in Italy is conditioned to the possession of a reinforced COVID-19 green certification (“super green pass”). Such services include:

- public transport, including at the regional and local level

- hotels and touristic accommodations, including their catering facilities

- bars and restaurants

- cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums and exhibitions

- stadiums and sports facilities, gyms, team sports and swimming pools

- private celebrations

- public events

- amusement parks

- SPAs and wellness centres

- cultural and recreational venues

- gaming halls, betting shops and casinos

- ski facilities

- fairs and congress centres

Holders of equivalent certifications will be able to access these services if in possession of:

- certification proving vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (BioNTech & Pfizer, Novavax, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson), or with a vaccine considered equivalent in Italy, including Covidshield, not older than 180 days,

- certification proving recovery after a SARS-CoV-2 infection, not older than 180 days.

The certifications issued after a booster dose of vaccination or following recovery from an infection developed after a complete vaccination cycle are valid until further notice.

Travellers whose certifications are older than 180 days and those vaccinated with unauthorized vaccines or vaccines not recognized as equivalent in Italy (for example, Covaxin) will be able to access the above services only after carrying out rapid antigen or molecular tests with a negative result. The rapid antigen test will be valid for 48 hours from administration; the molecular test will be valid for 72 hours from administration.


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