2023 - 11 - 06

Green passes, coronavirus testing and forced isolation: here are the rules of the summer for tourism abroad

Green passes, coronavirus testing and forced isolation: here are the rules of the summer for tourism abroad

Leaving for foreign countries or returning to Italy will require extra attention this year. Before reaching stations or airports, even before booking a trip, it is essential to check what anti-Covid requirements are required to cross borders, even if only in transit.

At present, the world is divided into five bands, for each of which there are different regulations that must be met in order to travel safely. First step: the green pass, the "green certificate" (paper or digital) required for many greenways. As of July 1, it will be valid as an "EU digital Covid certificate" for travel to and from all EU and Schengen countries. It's coming soon, downloadable here or through apps "Immuni." or "I." The company running the app has posted, on its Twitter profile, an instructional video. In the meantime, Italy (where to date only Valle d'Aosta remains in the yellow zone and all other regions are "white") has activated since June 17 the national platform to obtain the certification, which certifies that the vaccination has been carried out, or that the person is cured of Covid-19, or that the molecular or antigenic test result is negative. Since the launch of the nationwide service, on the "I" app, citizens can in two simple steps view and store their pass on their smartphone or tablet: they will receive a notification on their device without making requests, or entering codes or other data. It is enough to have logged in at least once with Spid or Cie. The app shows the QR code and the details of the certificate, which can then be shown directly. In addition, by clicking on the "Details" button on the same screen, the contents of the certificate and related health data can be read.

It should be said at the outset that for Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Sri Lanka, the Minister of Health has-as of today's date-ordered a ban on entry into Italy for those who have stayed or even transited there in the 14 days prior to the day they would like to return to our country.

Green Pass, here's what it is, how it works and what it's for:
Here, in detail, are all the other restrictions. Staying very close to home, there are no restrictions for those crossing the borders of San Marino and Vatican City from Italy. However, for those entering San Marino or Vatican City from abroad, one must, of course, first check the obligations of entry into Italy.
Yes to tourists, but beware of the obligations to be met
Still considering the provisions to date, travel to and from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent) is permitted without the need to provide a reason Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories on the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, and Israel. As for the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and British bases in the island of Cyprus) since last May 14, it is considered a separate case: those who have stayed or even transited here in the fourteen days prior to arrival in Italy must present a document certifying that they have undergone molecular or antigenic testing in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy (strictly with a negative result). Regardless of the test result, he must still undergo health surveillance and fiduciary isolation at home for 5 days, informing the prevention department of his local health authority: at the end of this period he must finally undergo a new molecular or antigenic test. Children under 6 years of age are not required to undergo the test, but will still have to remain in isolation.

Certificate in your pocket and isolation for 10 days upon arrival in Italy
Until at least July 30 (and if the situation remains unchanged) if in the 14 days prior to re-entry (or entry, for foreigners) into Italy you have stayed in or even transited Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand it is compulsory to fill out the online Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF), have a certificate stating a negative result of a molecular or antigenic test performed in the previous 72 hours, inform the local Asl of one's entry into Italy, still remain in isolation and surveillance 10 days. From the airport one can reach home exclusively by private vehicle. After the 10-day quarantine period, another swab is mandatory.

Those who come from Canada, Japan or the United States and have a valid green pass can enter Italy without the need for testing and isolation: however, they must fill out the digital Passenger Locator Form and report their presence to the local health authority.

No travel for tourism
In all countries that are part of the rest of the world, not listed above, entry and exit are permitted only for work, health, study or absolute urgent reasons, or to return home. Thus, entry and exit for tourism is prohibited.

Short Movements
Until July 30, those who return to Italy from foreign locations at a distance of no more than 60 kilometers from their place of residence, domicile or home, and have not stopped more than 24 hours are not required to take any test. If you are traveling by your own means and have not stayed abroad (again within 60 kilometers of home) longer than 48 hours, you do not even need to fill out either the "digital Passenger locator form" or a self-declaration.

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Beware of boarding
Don't forget that on so-called Covid-tested flights, boarding is allowed only with a rapid antigen test performed before boarding, or by showing a negative result of a molecular or antigen test performed no later than 48 hours before boarding. And upon arrival in Italy, you are again tested at the airport.

The "Viaggiare sicuri" portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminds that "in the case of failure to board the Covid-tested flight, due to a positive Covid-19 result, a refund of the ticket or the issuance of a voucher of the same amount at the passenger's request is provided by the air carrier within fourteen days from the date of making the withdrawal and valid for eighteen months after issuance." The trial of Covid-tested flights for the time being is extended until October 30, 2021.

Always tell where you are Covid
or not Covid, especially when it comes to more "adventurous" trips it is always good to tell Farnesina where we are going and for how long. Just log on to the Ministry's link and in a few steps we can tell them our destination. It serves and will serve - even after Covid - to be able to track us down in case of emergency.

Also on the ministry's "Viaggiare Sicuri" website, keep an eye out for the very latest news: on the updates page you can find, country by country, any changes to the rules decided so far for those departing, arriving or transiting from one border to another, to and from Italy, as long as the Covid danger continues to dictate caution.

L’avanzamento della campagna vaccinale e il brusco calo dei contagi registrati nelle ultime settimane fanno ben sperare sulla prossima stagione turistica. Finora dalle località più gettonate dai vacanzieri sono arrivati segnali contrastanti, ma la sensazi
di Marco Accossato,
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