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Focus Coronavirus

Date:

09/07/2021


Focus Coronavirus

For information on entering Italy, please consult the following dedicated Focus on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation's website: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreign nationals in Italy.

According to Italian Ministry of Health Order of August 28, 2021, in effect from August 31 to October 25, 2021, travellers from Canada wishing to enter Italy who are in possession of a valid Green Covid Certificate (vaccination or recovery) or of an equivalent certificate issued by local health authorities, must nonetheless submit to a molecular or antigen test, with a negative result, in the 72 hours prior their entry into Italy. In addition, travellers must complete the digital Passenger Locator Form or (in the event of technical difficulties) the specificpaper copy self-certification. It is still possible to enter Italy without the aforesaid certificates, but travellers must submit to self-isolation and health monitoring (by informing the appropriate ASL – local health unit – to begin the monitoring process) for a period of five (5) days and to complete another molecular or antigen test at the end of the five (5) days of isolation.

Vaccination and recovery certificates issued by Canadian health authorities are accepted as equivalent to Italian certificates for entry into Italy, and for use in Italy in accordance with art. 3 of the Decree of 23 July 2021. Please note that the above-mentioned vaccination certificate equivalencies are applicable only in Italy.

By order of the Italian Ministry of Health, travellers entering Italy from Canada must present to the carrier upon boarding, and subsequently to the competent Italian border authorities one of the following documents:

1. Certificate of anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination, confirming completion of the vaccination cycle with one of the vaccines recognized by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) at least 14 days prior.

Vaccines currently recognized by the EMA are Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNTech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Janssen – Johnson & Johnson).

Current legislation does not require that first and second doses must be of the same vaccine.

Vaccination certificates must be in either English or French and provide the following information:

  • Name, surname, and date of birth of the holder;
  • Name of vaccine and lot number
  • Date of vaccination
  • Certificate issuing body (Country/Health authority)

2. Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (confirmed through certification by a medical professional, in paper and/or digital format and accompanied by a certified translation) must provide at minimum the following information:

  • Name, surname, and date of birth of the holder;
  • Information on the prior SARS-CoV-2 infection of the holder, subsequent to a positive test (date of the first positive swab test result);
  • Certificate issuing body (Country/Health authority)

Minor children accompanied by a parent or guardian with one of the above-mentioned certificates must take the pre-departure Covid test if they are age 6 and above and are not vaccinated; children under the age of 6 are exempted from the pre-departure Covid test.   

Italian citizens and family members living with them - whether or not they are registered with the National Health Plan (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) – who were vaccinated or recovered abroad and who are already in Italy, may request the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU-DCC) as envisaged by the Ministry of Health Circular of August 04, 2021. To that end, they must visit the appropriate Local Health Unit (Azienda Sanitaria Locale, ASL) with the aforementioned certification in English. Persons who have already received the first dose of the vaccine may also request EU Digital Covid Certificates (EU-DCC), only if the date falls within the validity period established for the maximum limit for the administration of the second dose.

Be advised that specific restrictive measures may be put in place at the regional level based on the local pandemic situation. Information on situation monitoring by Regions and Autonomous provinces is available on the website of the Italian Ministry of Health by clicking here.

Please note that in case of transit through a third country, the rules established by the relevant governments must also be considered. In particular, for transits in Germany towards Italy, please visit the following web page:

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/EinreiseUndAufenthalt

Travellers are also advised to contact their carrier to confirm any additional rules or requirements.
 
Rapid testing facilities are available at the four main Canadian airports; see web addresses below. The service must be booked in advance and is subject to a cost.

Vancouver: https://covid-medical.ca/

Montreal: https://www.biron.com/en/laboratory/covid-19/travel/

Calgary: https://numihealth.com/covid-19-testing/

Toronto: https://www.torontopearson.com/en/healthy-airport/covid-19-testing-at-toronto-pearson 

 

ENTRY INTO CANADA

Beginning September 7, 2021, persons who are fully vaccinated may enter Canada for non-essential travel, such as tourism, at the following conditions:

1. they provide proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entry, meaning that they have received the full series of a vaccine recognized by Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Proof of vaccination must be presented to border authorities and must be accompanied by a translation in English or in French.

2. they present a valid negative pre-departure Covid-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land or maritime border, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests,” are not accepted. For information on the types of tests accepted click here;

3. they be asymptomatic;

4. they submit their mandatory information via the ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan.;

5. they be admissible under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;

6. they take a test upon arrival (if randomly selected).

Please note that Canadian authorities also require details regarding the first dose of the vaccine, which is not contained in the European green pass. This information can be requested from the organization that administered the vaccine and presented to border authorities along with the green pass.

For the definition of “fully vaccinated” click here.

Children age 5 and over, if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, may enter Canada at the following conditions: present a negative molecular COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to their flight and take a day-1 and day-8 test.

Children under the age of 12 are exempted from 14-day quarantine but must follow public health measures, which includes not attending daycare or school for 14 days. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 must quarantine for 14 days.

For travellers who are not fully vaccinated, the testing and quarantine requirements remain unchanged. If they are exceptionally granted entry, they must submit to day-1 and day-8 testing and quarantine for 14 days, and present a quarantine plan through the ArriveCan app or website. Violation of the quarantine requirement, which will be verified by law enforcement at the address provided upon entry to the country, carries sanctions that can include a fine of up to $750,000 and up to 6 months detention.

For additional information visit the official Government of Canada website and the following official provincial government websites:


Useful links

For more information and updates on COVID-19:

  • in Italy click here;
  • in Canada click here.


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