You’ll no longer need a ‘green pass’ to move throughout Italy

With just weeks to go before we can officially say the summer travel season is underway, Italy joined the list of countries that have greatly relaxed COVID-19 restrictions as the month of May kicks off. The country was among the hardest hit in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, it has spent a good portion of the last couple of years with tight restrictions that have governed not just who can cross its borders, but where they can go.

As of May 1, though, Italy removed the requirement that tourists (and residents) display a “green pass” to get into just about anywhere you would want to go if you were visiting the country.

As TPG reported during visits to Italy last year, the green pass and “super green pass” requirements essentially served as versions of what you might have thought of as “vaccine passports,” required for access to everything from restaurants and bars to hotels, museums and even ski lifts. The pass gave leeway to unvaccinated travelers, too, since those who had recovered from COVID-19 could get a pass that would stay valid for a shorter time. Those who had just tested negative for the virus could also get a short-term pass.

This all goes away, essentially, under the new changes. You won’t need a green pass to get into public places once you’re actually in Italy.

The change certainly means easier movement around the country for tourists, just as Italy — along with much of Europe — prepares to welcome international visitors this summer, its biggest wave since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ll still need to upload some documentation to get into the country. However, the entry requirements are pretty flexible to allow for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.

If you’re vaccinated, uploading proof of the shots received within the last nine months is all you need. If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll have to either upload proof of a negative test taken within the last 48 hours, or show documentation that you’ve recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months.

One thing that’s not going away even as Italy loosens its green pass requirements for tourism within the country is masks.

Through at least June 15, Italy’s government is continuing to require face coverings on public transportation, as well as for indoor gathering places like theaters, cinemas, concert halls and indoor sporting events.