Green pass, when is it needed in Italy and abroad? But is it possible to travel without it? Who can travel from abroad to Italy? And again: with how many doses is the European green digital certification considered ‘valid’, without travel restrictions? And is it also necessary for children? Here are all the answers from the Government and EU Commission FAQs on the dedicated sites.
WHEN YOU NEED IT – The COVID-19 green certification can be used in our country to participate in public events and parties resulting from civil or religious ceremonies, to access nursing homes or other structures, to move in and out of territories classified in the “red zone “or” orange zone “. Regions and autonomous provinces may envisage other uses of the COVID-19 green certification. From 1 July the COVID-19 green certification is valid as EU digital COVID certificate and makes it easier to travel to and from all European Union countries.
CAN YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT THE GREEN PASS? – Until 12 August it is possible to travel in Europe even without Covid-19 Green Certification by showing the certificates of completion of the vaccination cycle, recovery or test carried out issued by health facilities, doctors and authorized pharmacies. The same validity and duration criteria apply to these certifications as the Green Certification.
CHILDREN AND GREEN PASS, TRAVEL IN ITALY – Do children under 6 need to be certified to travel to Italy? No. For the purposes of entering the national territory, children under the age of six are exempted from carrying out the molecular or antigen test. And therefore from the relative Certification.
GREEN PASS, WITH HOW MANY DOSES CAN YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS? – Is the first dose enough for the digital green certificate to be really useful outside the country of origin or without the second one will there be restrictions on entry to other member countries? To answer, at least in part, is the European Commission in the Faq published in the English version of the site. The basic premise is that at present it is the Member States who decide whether to accept a vaccination certificate after a dose or after the completion of the entire vaccination course. In Italy, for example, where the Pass is issued 14 days after the first administration, the hypothesis of a reshaping of the certification due to the delta variant is now being discussed and it is not excluded that the methods of issue may change in a short time.
In this regard, the EU Commission underlines how “the certificates will be issued to any person who has received a COVID-19 vaccination in an EU Member State, regardless of the number of doses. The number of doses will be clearly indicated in the COVID digital certificate. EU to indicate if the vaccination course has been completed. Furthermore – it continues -, the regulation requires member states to accept vaccination certificates under the same conditions “, that is,” for example, when a member state decides to revoke travel restrictions for its citizens who have a certificate for the first dose of a vaccine that has received marketing authorization across the EU and which provides for two, must extend the same treatment to other citizens of the ‘EU “.
More certain news, on the other hand, on the double dose: on 31 May last, we read again, the Commission in fact “proposed to the Member States to lift the travel restrictions for people who are fully vaccinated (at the latest 14 days after the last dose) or recovered from COVID-19 and who are holders of the EU digital certificate for COVID-19 “. A proposal to which the EU states have also been invited to comply.
Furthermore, it is still up to the Member States to “decide whether to give only one dose of a vaccine that includes two doses to people who are cured” of the virus. In this case, it explains “the vaccination certificate must indicate that the vaccination course has been completed following the administration of one dose. The Commission proposed that people who received a single dose of a two-dose vaccine, after previously infected with COVID-19, should be considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes. “
In essence, therefore, the EU Commission does not impose that there are necessarily two vaccinations to allow entry to member countries, but in fact leaves it to the member countries themselves to decide whether a double administration is necessary to enter them.
Meanwhile, in Italy the green certificate remains valid even with only the first dose of the anti-Covid vaccine. “For now it remains like this” said the Undersecretary of Health Pierpaolo Sileri, to the microphones of ‘Timeline’ on Sky Tg24 just a few days ago. “As I said last week: let’s check the data, let’s see the prevalence of these variants in Italy, but my opinion is that we must carefully evaluate, because it will have to be done, the change of the Green pass with the two doses”. “If we know that with a dose you are covered enough, but not sufficiently covered – he explained – then it is clear that if the virus has somehow adapted and modified to the point of deceiving us, we must defend ourselves: if he changes strategy, we must change strategy”.
As for the differences between EU countries on the Green Pass, Sileri asks Europe to raise “its voice a little more” to try to “standardize everything a bit”. “Europe – he says – should somehow have a single common thread, because otherwise we risk having too many diversities. And we have already had a lot of diversity in recent months. Starting from vaccines and so on. The Green certificate is a way to definitively unite Europe, but above all at the beginning there are problems also because – concludes the undersecretary – there are countries that are still behind on this certification “.
WHO CAN TRAVEL FROM ABROAD – The COVID-19 green certification simplifies entry into Italy from European Union countries and other Schengen area countries. To enter Italy, the traveller’s COVID-19 Green Certification must certify one of the following conditions:
– have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination course for at least 14 days
– or be cured of COVID-19 (the validity of the certificate of healing is 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)
– or having made a molecular or antigenic swab carried out in the 48 hours before entering Italy with negative results. Minors under the age of 6 are exempted from taking the pre-departure swab.
It is possible to enter Italy with the Certifications issued by the respective countries also by Israel, United States, Japan and Canada. Certification regarding the completion of the vaccination course must refer to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer-BioNtech’s Comirnaty, Moderna, Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).