Italy Announces Tightened COVID-19 Rules

The Italian government on Wednesday announced a raft of extensions to the current Covid-19 restrictions including a new requirement for all hotel guests to show a health certificate, known as a ‘green pass’ in Italy.

Under current rules in Italy, health passes must be shown to enter many leisure and cultural venues as well as to access workplaces and some forms of public transport. But so far, hotels have remained exempt from the requirement.
This is set to change as of December 6th, as all hotels will be required to check that guests have a valid certificate proving they are vaccinated, have recently recovered from Covid-19 or have tested negative.

Unvaccinated and unrecovered persons will no longer be allowed to access several public places and activities, such as bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, clubs, sporting events, and gyms, among others.

The new rules will require everyone to present valid proof of vaccination or recovery in order to be permitted access to most public places and activities.

Previously, unvaccinated and unrecovered Italian nationals, as well as foreigners, were able to attend different places by only presenting a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours. However, since the Italian authorities want to push more people to get fully immunised, the test rule will soon be abolished.

  • In addition, persons who hold a recent negative Coronavirus test will also not be permitted to use public transport from December 6. Previously, this rule applied only for those taking long-haul train rides and domestic flights.
  • Moreover, the decree has approved that the validity of the Green Pass will be reduced to nine months. Up until now, vaccination and recovery certificates that fall under the Green Pass have been valid for 12 months.
  • Apart from that, the decree has confirmed that a booster shot is allowed five months after the second dose. However, it hasn’t been made clear for how long the validity of the Green Pass will be extended.

You should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times.