Italy: COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Travel

Italy: COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Travel

Similar to other countries, Italy has also opened its borders for travelers all over the world who hold a COVID-19 Green Certificate.

Italy currently has its own COVID-19 Green Certificate, which is an extension of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate. Such a document is used to prove whether the holder has been fully vaccinated, has recovered from the COVID-19 disease, or has recently taken a negative test result.

A vaccination certificate has proven to be the most common and convenient form since it remains valid for up to one year. However, not all countries recognize the same vaccines as valid proof of immunity.

According to a press release issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, it has been announced that the country accepts proof of vaccination only if the administered jab has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), reports.

“The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency,” the Ministry stated. Earlier this month, the chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan, announced that except for recognizing the vaccines approved by EMA, 15 European countries have also decided to recognize the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India as valid proof of immunity.

Nonetheless, Italy is not part of this group of countries, despite the fact that the Covishield vaccine has been listed for emergency use by WHO back in February.

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