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Update: entry to Italy from the USA

Date:

08/31/2021


Update: entry to Italy from the USA

The Italian Ministry of Health Ordinance of August 28, 2021, effective August 31 through October 25, 2021, updates the procedures for entry into Italy from the U.S. provided for in the previous Ordinance of July 29, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be exempted from the obligation of fiduciary isolation (so-called "quarantine") in Italy, travelers are now required to present to the carrier upon boarding, or to whoever is in charge of carrying out checks, a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result carried out in the 72 hours prior to entrance in Italy. In addition to said negative molecular or antigenic test, travelers must present a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery from Covid 19.

Vaccination and recovery certificates issued by health authorities of the United States of America are recognized as equivalent to national certificates both for entry into Italy and for internal use in Italy as provided for by Art. 3 of the decree-law of July 23, 2021.

-ENTRY TO ITALY FROM THE USA -

Entry to Italy from the U.S. is possible by providing one of the following certificates - which must be presented to the carrier at the time of boarding and, subsequently, to relevant Italian authorities. Furthermore, these certificates must be accompanied by a negative molecular or antigenic test performed in the 72 hours prior to entrance into Italy:

  1. Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination, upon completion of the prescribed cycle of at least 14 days of one of the vaccinations recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Proof of vaccination for those immunized in the United States is the “white card” bearing a CDC logo; for those immunized in Italy, it is the COVID-19 "Green Certificate";
  2. Recovery from COVID-19, with a medical certificate, prepared by a health official, containing all relevant information;

    • entry to Italy from the U.S. with either of these two certificates ("Green Certificates" and/or "CDC white cards") together with a negative molecular or antigenic test performed within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy, entails exemption from fiduciary isolation (so-called "quarantine") upon arrival in Italy.
    • failure to submit the above certificates will result in mandatory fiduciary isolation for 5 days at the address indicated in the passenger locator form, as well as the obligation to perform a molecular or antigenic test at the end of the isolation period (which must be negative in order to terminate the isolation).
    • entry into Italy is also allowed upon presentation to the carrier at the time of boarding, or to those in charge of carrying out the checks, solely of a negative molecular or antigenic test carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival. However, in this case passengers must, upon arrival in Italy, undergo a period of isolation of 5 days, and perform a molecular or antigenic test at the end of this period (which must be negative in order to terminate the isolation).
    • minors accompanied by a parent/caregiver with one of the above certificates must always take the pre-departure Covid test if they are over 6 years old, whether they are vaccinated or not; minors under 6 years old are exempt from the pre-departure Covid test.
    • even if provided with "Green Certificates" and/or "CDC white cards", all passengers entering Italy are required, prior to departure, to complete a specific digital form (Passenger Locator Form). Alternatively (in the event of technical difficulties), passengers can complete the self-certification form in paper format.
    • airlines are adapting to the new regulations. Travelers should contact their airline and inquire about additional requirements.

 

- EQUIVALENCE OF VACCINATION AND RECOVERY CERTIFICATES ISSUED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR USES PROVIDED BY ART. 3 OF DECREE OF JULY 23, 2021 -

Vaccination certificates must be in English, and include at least the following information:

- Identity data of certificate holder: First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth
- Vaccination Name and Batch
- Date/s of vaccination/s
- Identity data of entity issuing the certificate (State / Health Authority)

Recovery certificates must include the following information:

- Identity data of certificate holder: First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth
- Information on certificate holder's previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, following a positive test (date of the first positive test)
- Identity data of entity issuing the certificate (State / Health Authority)

All recovery certificates, whether digital or in print, must be accompanied by a certified translation

PLEASE NOTE: The equivalence of vaccination certificates referenced above only applies to the COVID-19 Green Certificate in use in Italy. Procedures for issuing the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU-DCC), recognized in the European Union, to Italian citizens who received the Anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in the United States, are in the process of being finalized.


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