This page contains general local, national, and AUR-specific information about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Rome and on campus.

The information provided here is designed to give an overview of any restrictions/changes imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and any temporary changes to AUR's standard practices in response to such.

Information on this page is subject to change.

Students should refer to the AUR intranet (MyAUR) for more detailed information. 


COVID-19, TRAVEL, AND LIFE ON CAMPUS IN FALL '21. A DEFINITIVE FAQ.

This information was updated on the 14th of August 2021

We have produced a definitive FAQ covering the most common questions we are being asked about the university's response to Covid-19, travel to Italy, etc. Please take a look at our Covid-19 FAQ here.

UPDATED: VACCINE BOOKINGS FOR OVERSEAS STUDENTS RESIDENT IN ITALY

This information was updated on the 9th of August 2021

AUR students who are residents in Italy for the purposes of study now have the opportunity of being vaccinated. Several students have already taken this path and have reported back that the process is simple and straightforward. Below, details of what you need to do:

  1. Make sure that you have your codice fiscale and your 'permit to stay' - these are the only items of Italian 'paperwork' that you will require
  2. Visit https://openvax.aslroma1.it/cittadino/reservations to make your vaccine booking
    Note: you will receive the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine (find out more about the J&J vaccine here)
  3. Select the locality where you would like to receive the vaccine (there are three options and it will depend on availability)
  4. Attend your appointment ensuring you take with you your passport/Identity card, your codice fiscale, and your permit to stay.

There is no cost for this vaccination service.

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR STUDENTS: ALL STUDENTS WILL REQUIRE A GREEN PASS OR EQUIVALENT DOCUMENTATION TO ATTEND CLASSES AT AUR

This information was updated on the 6th of August 2021

On Thursday the 5th of August, the Italian authorities decreed that all students attending university in Italy must possess a Covid-19 Green Pass or equivalent paperwork*.
Essentially, this means you must have either been vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19.

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If you have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, but vaccinations are available where you are, it’s in your interest to do it now! While we have devised a potential short-term solution for unvaccinated individuals, it is short-term. At some point, if you remain unvaccinated, you will not be able to attend The American University of Rome.

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*In the ‘Notes’ section at the end of this message you will find details that will be helpful if you are arriving in Italy and have been vaccinated and/or recovered from Covid-19 infection.

  • What is the Green Pass?
  • What equivalent documentation can substitute for the Green Pass?
  • What detail needs to be proven on the substitute documentation?
  • In what languages will equivalent documentation be accepted?

IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED, READ THIS SECTION.

If you have not been vaccinated, you have three options:

  1. Get vaccinated immediately. This is our recommended course of action and the solution that will allow you to avoid any current or future issues. If vaccines are available in your area, go and get one at the earliest opportunity – then read the Notes section at the end of this message to understand the paperwork you will need to “prove” your vaccinated status.
  2. Vax & Go. If you are arriving in Rome at Fiumicino Airport, you can use the unique Vax & Go service offered. The vaccination center is located in Terminal 3 and no appointment is required. Simply present your travel documents and boarding pass and you will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This service is free of charge to all arriving and departing passengers.
  3. 48-hour swab testing. AUR can issue a temporary ‘equivalency’ pass, allowing you to enter our campus and attend classes if you receive a negative swab test result. This pass will be valid for 48-hours.
     
    As a temporary solution to assist non-vaccinated individuals, AUR will facilitate swab testing for the first month of the fall 2021 semester to provide time for vaccination. The assumption is that non-vaccinated individuals will be required to swab test early morning, every Monday and Wednesday, before access to campus. On receipt of a negative result, individuals will be issued with a 48-hour pass to work and participate in classes and campus activities.
     
    This service will be offered for one month only. If individuals have not resolved their vaccination status by the end of September, then, under Italian law, they will not be able to work or attend classes or other activities at the university, unless that individual provides a negative swab test, taken privately, for each 48-hour period on campus.
     
    Please note: the university recommends vaccination as the best way to comply with the current regulations and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.
    The 48-hour testing procedure, while complying with current regulations, has risks attached both in terms of the individual's self-protection but also because the Italian authorities may update their regulations at any time.

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* NOTES ON THE GREEN PASS AND ACCEPTED EQUIVALENT DOCUMENTATION

1.What is a Green Pass?
The Italian ‘Green Pass’ is a digital and/or paper certificate that is issued to individuals who have undertaken at least one round of Covid vaccinations. The Green Pass is only issued to individuals who are resident in Italy and/or who have received their vaccinations in Italy.

2. What equivalent documentation can substitute for the Green Pass?
Equivalent documentation that will be accepted as proof of status needs to attest:

  • that you have completed the full Covid-19 vaccination cycle, or
  • that at least 14 days have passed from the first vaccination dose, or
  • that you have a negative PCR or rapid swab test, taken within the last 48 hours, or
  • that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 6 months.

3. What does the documentation need to detail?

  • The identification data of the holder (name, surname, date of birth)
  • The vaccine data (name and lot number)
  • The date(s) of vaccination
  • The identification data of who issued the certificate (State, Health Authority, etc.)

Vaccine certifications, in paper and/or digital format, must be written in at least one of the following languages Italian, English, French, or Spanish.

In the event that the certificate is not issued in one of the four languages indicated, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

The validity of vaccine certificates is the same as that provided for the green certificate COVID-19 (COVID digital certificate of the EU) issued by the Italian State.

Vaccines to date accepted in Italy and authorized by the EMA are Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

If you have recovered from Covid-19 infection, your certification for this must contain:

All certifications of recovery, in paper and/or digital format, must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

  • identification data of the holder (first name, last name, date of birth)
  • information about the holder's previous SARS-CoV-2 infection following a positive test (date of first positive swab)
  • Identifying data of the certificate issuer (State, Health Authority, etc.)

 

IF YOU'RE ARRIVING FROM OUTSIDE ITALY, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED FOR 'GREEN PASS' PAPERWORK EQUIVALENCE

This information was updated on the 2nd of August 2021

From August 6th, the 'Green Pass' will be required in Italy for certain cultural and social activities (see down the page for details). As the 'Green Pass' is only issued to those vaccinated in Italy, individuals arriving from outside Italy, to achieve equivalence, will need to carry documentation that reports:

  • The identification data of the holder (name, surname, date of birth)
  • The vaccine data (name and lot number)
  • The date(s) of vaccination
  • The identification data of who issued the certificate (State, Health Authority, etc.)

Vaccine certifications, in paper and/or digital format, must be written in at least one of the following languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

In the event that the certificate is not issued in one of the four languages indicated, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

The validity of vaccine certificates is the same as that provided for the green certificate COVID-19 (COVID digital certificate of the EU) issued by the Italian State.

Vaccines to date accepted in Italy and authorized by the EMA are:

  • Pfizer-BioNtech)
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson

If you have recovered from Covid-19 infection, your certification for this must contain:

  • identification data of the holder (first name, last name, date of birth)
  • information about the holder's previous SARS-CoV-2 infection following a positive test (date of first positive swab)
  • Identifying data of the certificate issuer (State, Health Authority, etc.)

All certifications of recovery, in paper and/or digital format, must be accompanied by a sworn translation.


VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR AUR STUDENTS RESIDENT IN ITALY

'GREEN PASS' INFORMATION - WHAT IT MEANS FOR STUDENTS

This information was updated on the 21st of July 2021

AUR students who are residents in Italy for the purposes of study now have the opportunity of being vaccinated. Several students have already taken this path and have reported back that the process is simple and straightforward. Below, details of what you need to do:

  1. Make sure that you have your codice fiscale and your 'permit to stay' - these are the only items of Italian 'paperwork' that you will require
  2. Visit https://openvax.aslroma1.it/cittadino/reservations to make your vaccine booking
    Note: you will receive the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine (find out more about the J&J vaccine here)
  3. Select the locality where you would like to receive the vaccine (there are three options and it will depend on availability)
  4. Attend your appointment ensuring you take with you your passport/Identity card, your codice fiscale, and your permit to stay.

There is no cost for this vaccination service.

Please note: while you will be given a receipt showing that you have received the vaccine, as far as we understand it, you will not currently have access to the Italian 'Green Pass'. This may change soon, we will update you when we have more information.
AUR will accept your receipt as proof of vaccination.

This information was updated on the 26th of July 2021

Beginning August the 6th, 2021, the Italian authorities are requiring people to show proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid, or a recent negative test to sit at indoor tables in bars and restaurants, access museums, swimming pools, gyms, and amusement parks, and to attend sport competitions.

AUR students for fall '21 should be prepared to follow the 'green pass protocol' for social activities in Italy, as well as future mandates regarding requirements for participation in school activities. Most countries now have their own version of the Gren Pass (note: this may be called something else in your country). This is a document that proves

  • that you have completed the full vaccination cycle, (or, in Italy) that at least 14 days have passed from the first vaccination dose, or
  • that you have recovered from covid-19 in the last 6 months, or
  • that you have a negative PCR or rapid swab test, taken within the last 48 hours.

AUR strongly recommends that you complete your vaccination cycle, if available in your country of residence, before coming to Italy as these regulations are expected to be ongoing and will affect the quality of your Italian, academic, and European experience.

TRAVEL & ENTRY TO ITALY - INFORMATION & UPDATES

COVID STATUS IN ROME & ITALY - INFORMATION & UPDATES

Latest information on travel and entry to Italy - 22nd of July 2021

All passengers entering Italy (by all forms of transportation) must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) via the EUdPLF application at https://app.euplf.eu/

Information for travelers with Italy as destination country:

  • All passengers wishing to enter Italy, via all means of transportation, will be required to complete the digital PLF (https://app.euplf.eu/), prior to entering the country.
  • Domestic flights do not need a PLF.
  • One form must be completed for each adult passenger; accompanied minors can be registered on the form of the accompanying adult. In the case of unaccompanied minors, the dPLF must be completed by the parent or legal guardian before departure.

Please check the Italian Ministry of Health for the latest information.

Once you register on this form, you will receive a QR code to be shown at the border.


Latest information on travel and entry to Italy - 5th July 2021

Entry from the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area: EU Digital COVID Certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate facilitates the safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. To enter into Italy, travelers from EU Member States and the Schengen Area (See List C on the Ministero della Salute website) are required to present an EU Digital COVID Certificate showing that:

  1. you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago, or
  2. you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab), or
  3. you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy.

Japan, Canada, the United States of America, and Israel
By the ordinance of 18 June 2021, entry to Italy from Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States of America is possible upon production of a COVID-19 green certificate.
See the relevant sections for the procedure: List C (Israel) and here for Japan, Canada, and the United States of America.

As we understand this, all travelers coming from the US, Canada, Japan, and the EU are now allowed to enter Italy with no subsequent quarantine if they meet these requirements (i) being duly vaccinated or (ii) negatively tested in the previous 48 hours or (iii) fully recovered from Covid and can duly document their situation, even if they come by flights other than the Covid-tested flights.


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
For those arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a 5-day quarantine with mandatory swab testing was introduced by ordinance of 18 June 2021.
See detailed information at the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
The new ordinance has extended to 30 July 2021 the measures in force for entry to Italy for people coming from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, or who have been in the countries in the preceding fourteen days.
See relevant detailed information at India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Italy passes 50 million covid vaccinations milestone and drops outdoor mask rule as entire country now covid-19 ‘white zone’
Updated 28 June 2021.

Italy passed the milestone of 50 million covid vaccinations on Monday 28 June, the same day as the whole country becomes a low-risk 'white zone' and relaxed its mask-wearing rules outdoors.

The news was announced by health minister Roberto Speranza who said Italy's goal is to "vaccinate all Italians who want it with the first dose by the end of the summer." The minister warned however that masks, which no longer need to be worn in non-crowded outdoor areas, remain "an essential element" in the fight against covid-19.

"We had almost 30,000 people in hospital, today we have 1,700 in all of Italy" - said Speranza - "we had 3,800 people in intensive care, today we have just under 300."


Rome area reclassified as 'White', low risk, Covid Zone as infection numbers continue to fall across Italy.
Updated 14 June 2021.

The regions of Emilia Romagna, Lazio (Rome), Lombardia (Milan), Piemonte, Puglia, and the province of Trento will pass from moderate-risk yellow zones to lowest-risk white zones from Monday 14th June as the latest data from Italy's national health institute (ISS) confirmed that Italy's covid-19 numbers remain low.

To be classified as a white zone, a region must have registered fewer than 50 covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three consecutive weeks.

The only restrictions that apply in white zones relate to social distancing and the wearing of masks indoors and in crowded outdoor places.

White zones are exempt from the nightly curfew (from midnight to 05.00) which remains in place in the rest of Italy, before being phased out completely on 21 June.

The ISS announced on Friday that the national 'R' reproduction number remains at 0.68, with the incidence rate in Italy dropping to 25 coronavirus cases for every 100,000 inhabitants.

ISS president Silvio Brusaferro predicted last night that, based on the improving trend, white zone rules would apply to all of Italy by the end of June.

Note: there are still some key rules that remain active:

  • Masks are still mandatory indoors
  • Masks are required outdoors, on campus, in large groups, when social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
  • Personal distancing of at least one meter is still to be respected;
  • All university safety protocols enacted so far will be maintained and monitored.