Where do you need to show a covid green pass in Italy?

As we all know, Italy experienced a tragic few months in the spring of 2020 when the new coronavirus Covid-19, which had broken out in Asia, first appeared in Europe and very soon spread around the world. After a period of total lockdown and strict restrictions, life resumed in June 2020, but as each country was hit by new waves of epidemics, there were still some rules to follow. The good news is that after about two years, from 31 March 2022, Italy has finally officially lifted the epidemiological emergency.
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No more colouring

One of the most important changes is that the colour division, which has divided the Italian provinces into different, often changing colour zones for epidemiological reasons since autumn 2020, will be abolished at the end of the state of emergency. The whole country will then be a white zone, which essentially means life as usual. There will no longer be yellow, orange and red zones with varying degrees of restrictions.

The covid certificate and travelling

With the entry into force of the European Union’s covid certificate, also known as green pass, on 1 July 2021, the long-awaited resumption of travel in Europe finally became a tangible reality. Green pass holders are allowed to travel from one member state to another, it’s accepted in all EU countries and the conditions for obtaining it are the same everywhere. However, some details and possible other requirements may differ from country to country, so it’s always worth checking before travelling. In this article, we go into more detail about the rules in Italy.

What is a green pass?

As many of you may know, the green pass is the European Union’s covid certificate, required in many countries not only for travel between member states but also for some everyday activities. Of course, this also applies to tourists coming to Italy.


There are three ways to get a covid green pass:

  • A certificate that the person has received all the prescribed doses of one of the coronavirus vaccines. The vaccines accepted in the EU are those officially approved by the EMA: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax. The vaccination certificate mustn’t be older than 6 months and is valid for 6 months (from the last dose). (The good news is that if you’ve been vaccinated with a not approved vaccine such as Sputnik, but receive Pfizer or Moderna as your third dose, you can also get the green pass.)

  • Certificate that the person has contracted Covid-19 and has fully recovered from it. Again, the certificate mustn’t be older than 6 months and is valid for 6 months.

  • Those who don’t meet either of the first two conditions can still travel if they’re in possession of a negative test not older than 48 hours (24 hours in case of an antigen rapid test which is also accepted in Italy).

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In Italy, from 1 June 2022, you'll no longer need a green pass to enter the country or to get to some places.

How do I travel to Italy?

With the introduction of the new measures, many people think that the green pass has completely disappeared. But this is not the case. The European Union decision is still in force, even if the green pass isn’t needed in some member states. From our point of view, the most important point is that from 1 June 2022 you’ll no longer need a green pass to enter Italy and the so-called digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF), has been abolished earlier. In short, you can finally travel to Italy in the old, regular way.

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Italian daily life during an epidemic

In Italy, life has been basically business as usual for some time now, with only a few decreasing requirements to fulfil. As of 1 May, these essentially only apply to wearing face masks in one or two places.

Rules that apply everywhere:

Face mask

From 1 May, wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth is essentially only required in public transport and at various sporting and other indoor events and performances (theatres, cinemas, etc.) for people over the age of six (an ffp2 mask is required). Beyond that, there are few places on the list that don't affect travellers. It's no longer mandatory in shops and similar places, although it's still recommended in large crowds.

Social distance

A distance of 1-2 metres between people is still recommended, and although nowhere controlled, it's a good idea to follow this easy-to-follow rule.

Green pass, but which one?

As you may have read above, you need a green pass to enter Italy. In addition, in some places, one or two everyday activities were also tied to this pass. It’s important to know that two different categories of immunity card have been introduced within the country. They aren’t two green passes, so don’t worry, you don’t have to apply for a new one. This distinction simply shows how you received it. (As of 1 May, you actually only need the green pass for entry Italy, but not for entry within the country. The green pass is still alive, but you just don’t need it for anything other than travel. Hopefully forever).



If you’ve had a covid vaccination or have recovered from the disease, you have a super green pass.



If you’ve got a green pass valid for 48 hours after a negative test, you have a basic green pass.

What are you allowed to do?

In short, with a super green pass you can do anything, go anywhere, no matter what measures are taken.

Only with a super green pass:

  • fortunately, there are currently no places you can only enter this way (unless you want to visit a patient in a medical facility, but I sincerely hope that’s not the purpose of your trip)

At least with a basic green pass:

  • as you saw above, the green pass is no more required for entry into Italy

Without a green pass:

  • once in Italy, you can do practically everything without a green pass, just watch out for the few places where you’ve to wear a face mask (it’s best to always take a type ffp2 with you, it’s valid everywhere)

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