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New Ordinance for Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy

With the following Ordinance of the Minister of Health, as of 1 March 2022 (up to 31 March 2022), the measures laid down in the in the ordinances issued by the Ministry of Health on 28 September 2021, 22 October 2021, 14 December 2021 and 27 January 2022 no longer apply.
In particular, the Country lists are eliminated and the rules regulating entry into the national territory are now standardized. Entry into Italy shall be authorized upon the submission of:
– the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in digital of paper format;
– the Covid-19 Vaccine Passport (vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative molecular or antigen test) or any other equivalent vaccination certificate recognized.
Only in case of failure to submit one of the above certifications, shall the traveler be submitted to a 5-day quarantine and obliged to take a molecular or antigen test at the end of this period.
Travel from/to the Republic of San Marino and the State of the Vatican City is not subjected to any restrictions.
Effective from 23 September, the Ministry of Health – through this Circular – has recognized the equivalence of several vaccines administered by foreign health authorities to those carried out under the National Vaccine Plan for the Prevention of SARS-CoV-2. Namely:
Vaccines recognized by EMA – European Medicines Agency (see Annex 1 to the Circular);
Covishield (Serum Institute of India), manufactured under license from AstraZeneca;
R-CoVI (R-Pharm), manufactured under licence from AstraZeneca;
Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant (Fiocruz), manufactured under licence from AstraZeneca.
As a result of this recognition:
• Italian citizens (including those residing abroad) and their cohabiting family members, regardless of whether they are registered with the National Health Service or the SASN (health services for seafarers), and all persons registered for any reason with the National Health Service who have been vaccinated abroad with the above vaccines or who have recovered abroad from COVID-19, may apply for a Green Pass, if they find themselves in Italy, from their competent local health authorities.
• All other foreign citizens vaccinated abroad with the above-mentioned vaccines are entitled to access all venues and services for which a Green Pass is mandatorily required in Italy (see box below). In order to be recognized as equivalent to a Green Pass, the foreign vaccination certificate must contain the following information: the personal details of the holder, the details of the vaccine, the date(s) of administration of the vaccine, the identity of the certificate issuer; and the above information must also be written in Italian, English, French, Spanish or German or, if issued in a different language, must be accompanied by a sworn translation.