The Green Pass (new digital travel pass)
From June 15, to travel to another region for non-essential reasons such tourism, travel between regions and to attend some events such as trade fairs, conferences and ceremonies (even weddings) will require a “green pass” proving you have been vaccinated or recovered within the last 6 months or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 48 hours.
You do not need a green pass if you returning to your place of residence.
You will need a green pass to:
- Travel between regions of different color tiers for tourism
- Travel between European Union states
- Attend conferences and large public events
- Go to weddings, ceremonies and discos
The green pass (a digital QR code with your id and details) is issued when:
- a vaccine has been completed and is valid for 6 months,
- a doctor can declare you have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 6 months or
- a test has been administered within the last 48 hours.
How to get a green pass
The green pass will be issued through a government app, by the vaccination or testing center.
For anyone living in Italy
In Italy, once you have completed a vaccine, or have a negative result on a test, the vaccination/testing center will issue the certificate with a QR code. Save this QR code for your travels.
You can download your green pass QR code in 3 ways:
1) through the Italian government public services app Immuni
2) through the Italian government public services app IO
2) go directly to https://www.dgc.gov.it and login with your health card number or SPID.
For US citizens traveling to Italy
If you were vaccinated in the U.S.A. and can prove this via the ‘white card’ bearing a CDC logo available from the CDC app V-Safe, at the vaccination center or your doctor.
To travel to Italy you must have documents presenting proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result.
You must fill out an EU digital Passenger locator form before boarding. Failure to fill out the locator form may result in delays upon arrival.
Click here for the EU passenger locator form Link https://app.euplf.eu/#/
The Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. posts updates about Travel to Italy on their website frequently. Click here to see travel updates for Italy: https://ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington/en/sala-stampa/dall_ambasciata/ingressi-in-italia-dagli-usa-e.html
For travelers from other nations
For entry to Italy from other countries, the Italian Foreign Ministry has created a quick and easy to use interactive questionnaire. Complete the questionnaire and it will tell you what documents and protocols you will need to follow.
The green pass can now be issued by pharmacies in Italy
Update: June 17, 2021– Draghi signed a Dpcm stating that The Green Pass can be issued by pharmacies. As an alternative to the digital version, you can request the Green Pass at pharmacies, from your GP, or pediatrician using your Italian health card.
European Green Pass
From July 1, 2021 the European green pass, digital certificate will allow travel between EU states. This Green Pass, is a QR Code stored on your smartphone or can be printed which holds all the information to certify immunity to the virus from Covid-19.
The technological infrastructure for the European green pass has been entrusted to Digit European datacenter in Luxembourg.
According to EC.Europa.eu, an official website of the European Union, to date, 15 Member States are already connected to the gateway and started distributing certificates.
Connecting to the gateway will allow EU Member States to issue the green pass as well as verify green passes from other member states.
Italy’s connection to the EU Green Pass gateway
As of today, Italy is technically ready to connect to the gateway but is not yet effectively connected. Italy is said to be operational from July 1, 2021.
The EU Commission has guaranteed that during the phase-in period: if a Member State is not yet ready to issue the new certificate to its citizens, other formats can still be used and should be accepted in other Member States.
Key features of the certificate
- Digital and/or paper format
- with QR code
- free of charge
- in national language and English
- safe and secure
- valid in all EU countries
The following are FAQs about the European Green Pass answered by the EU Commission.
How will citizens get the certificate?
National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. It could, for example, be issued by test centres or health authorities, or directly via an eHealth portal.
The digital version can be stored on a mobile device. Citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic.
Member States have agreed on a common design that can be used for the electronic and paper versions to facilitate the recognition.
How will it help free movement?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate will be accepted in all EU Member States. It will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner.
When travelling, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holder should in principle be exempted from free movement restrictions: Member States should refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.
In such a case – for instance as a reaction to new variants of concern – that Member State would have to notify the Commission and all other Member States and justify this decision.
How will the certificate work?
|The EU Digital COVID Certificate contains a QR code with a digital signature to protect it against falsification.|
|When the certificate is checked, the QR code is scanned and the signature verified.|
|Each issuing body (e.g. a hospital, a test centre, a health authority) has its own digital signature key. All of these are stored in a secure database in each country.|
|The European Commission has built a gateway through which all certificate signatures can be verified across the EU. The personal data of the certificate holder does not pass through the gateway, as this is not necessary to verify the digital signature. The European Commission also helped Member States to develop national software and apps to issue, store and verify certificates and supported them in the necessary tests to on-board the gateway.|
Will citizens who are not yet vaccinated be able to travel to another EU country?
Yes. The EU Digital COVID Certificate should facilitate free movement inside the EU. It will not be a pre-condition to free movement, which is a fundamental right in the EU.
|The EU Digital COVID Certificate will also prove the results of testing, which is often required under applicable public health restrictions. The certificate is an opportunity for Member States to adjust the existing restrictions on public health grounds. The currently applicable recommendation on coordinating free movement restrictions in the EU will also be amended by mid-June with a view to the holiday season.|
Does it matter which vaccine citizens received?
Vaccination certificates will be issued to a vaccinated person for any COVID-19 vaccine.
When it comes to waiving free movement restrictions, Member States will have to accept vaccination certificates for vaccines which received EU marketing authorisation. Member States may decide to extend this also to EU travellers that received another vaccine.
It is also for Member States to decide whether they accept a vaccination certificate after one dose or after a full vaccination cycle has been completed.
What data does the certificate include? Is the data safe?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate contains necessary key information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccine/ test/recovery and a unique identifier. This data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another Member State.
The certificates will only include a limited set of information that is necessary. This cannot be retained by visited countries. For verification purposes, only the validity and authenticity of the certificate is checked by verifying who issued and signed it. All health data remains with the Member State that issued an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
Article by Anthony Ryan for Easy Milano
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