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. 


UPDATE ON ITALIAN GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS CONCERNING COVID-19 ISSUES, VACCINES, AND THE GREEN PASS

This information was updated on the 12th of January 2022

On both December 24th and December 30th, 2021, and again on January 7th, 2022, the Italian Government issued updated regulations concerning the Green Pass and COVID-19 issues in Italy. Below you will find an outline of the major outcomes.

1. Green Pass validity reduced from 9 to 6 months.
From February the 1st, 2022, the period of legal validity for the Green Pass has been reduced from 9 to 6 months. Consequentially, the period of validity of any equivalent foreign certification is also reduced to 6 months, including the US CDC White Card.

AUR continues to strongly recommend that all students arrive in Italy having completed their full vaccination cycle, including booster.
Students who are unable to receive the booster shot or whose Green Pass status will expire before the end of the spring semester should contact AUR's Student Life office at the earliest opportunity. AUR will assist students in accessing additional vaccination, as prescribed by the Italian government. All international students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Codice Fiscale at their Italian consulate/Embassy prior to entry to Italy as possession of an assigned fiscal code is essential for accessing COVID vaccinations in Italy. 
  

2. The Italian 'Super Green Pass'
The Super Green Pass is mandatory to access museums and other cultural sites, as well as gyms, swimming pools, spas, cultural and social centers, any and all kinds of public transportation (trains, buses, metro, trams), hotels, indoor and outdoor dining, and other public outdoor events.
The “Super Green Pass” refers to those who are:

  • fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine within the last 6 months, OR 
  • have received a booster shot with an EU-approved vaccine within the last 6-months, OR 
  • have proof of recovery from a COVID infection in the past 6 months. 

3. FFP2 mask mandate for indoor and crowded outdoor areas.
Until January 31st, 2022, FFP2/KN95 masks have been made mandatory in all indoor public spaces, such as theaters, cinemas, stadiums, public transportation, and in crowded outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.

MASKS REQUIRED OUTDOORS OVER THE CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR PERIOD

This information was updated on the 21st of December 2021

The governor of the central Lazio region around Rome, Nicola Zingaretti, has signed a decree making the wearing of masks outdoors compulsory over Christmas and into the new year.

The move comes amid a surge of new covid infections in Italy, with the government set to meet on Thursday to discuss fresh measures in light of concerns over the highly contagious Omicron virus variant.

Masks were already compulsory outdoors in crowded central areas of Rome. However, as of 23 December, this obligation will apply throughout the city and across the Lazio region.

The new measures, in place every day until 23 January 2022, will not apply to children under six, to those with disabilities, or to people engaged in physical exercise such as jogging.

Zingaretti described the move as "a precautionary but essential measure for safeguarding our health and that of our loved ones at a time like this."

Italy's health minister stated that there is 'an element of concern' within the government over the evolving covid situation, and urged people to "avoid gatherings as much as possible during the Christmas holidays."

NEW TRAVEL REGULATIONS FOR ENTERING ITALY

This information was updated on the 15th of December 2021

For arrivals from the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK (all listed under letter “D” in the Italian general rules on entry restrictions), as well as for arrivals from all EU Member States (all listed under letter “C”), travelers will be admitted to Italy upon presenting (when boarding and undergoing the usual arrival controls):

  1. The Passenger Locator Form, either in digital or paper format; AND
  2. A molecular test (with a negative result) taken in the 72 hours prior to entry into Italy (for the UK, this is reduced to 48 hours) or, a negative antigenic test taken in the 24 hours prior to entry into Italy (to entry, not to boarding); AND
  3. A Covid-19 green certification, that can be replaced by the equivalent certification issued by the competent home health agency.
    As far as the US is concerned, the so-called “White Card with CDC logo” has been fully reconfirmed as valid certification; again, this can be either in digital or paper format.
    As usual, as an alternative to a vaccination certificate, a passenger can show certification of full recovery from Covid.

Travellers who do not show any Green Pass or equivalent documentation will be obliged to respect a 5-day fiduciary isolation, followed by a Covid-19 test.

These rules will remain in force until January 31, 2022.

Information about the Green Pass, vaccinations, and preparing for the spring semester at AUR

This information was updated on the 6th of December 2021

From December 6 – January 15, the new Italian Super Green Pass regulations will bar unvaccinated people from entering venues including cinemas, restaurants, museums, and sporting events. This is applicable to all regions in Italy regardless of color zone designation. Note, if you are unvaccinated but have a Green Pass due to recovery from covid-19, you will still have access to the above venues.

Additionally, Rome is the latest Italian city to require masks outdoors among the crowds of people shopping during the Christmas season, from Saturday the 4th of December until midnight on Friday the 31st of December. The mask mandate will apply in shopping zones in the city center, where crowd control measures are in operation, including the streets around Via del Corso in the so-called Tridente district as well as around Via Cola di Rienzo, near the Vatican. Masks will also be obligatory in other crowded outdoor locations in the city where social distancing is not possible, including shopping streets, Christmas markets, and popular meeting places.

Access to the AUR Campus

During the Dec 6 – Jan 15 period, as long as the Rome region (Lazio) maintains its current ‘white zone’ status, students, faculty, and staff can continue to access campus under the former Green Pass rules, by showing proof of full vaccination (validity 9 months), or a medical certificate attesting to recovery from Covid-19 (validity 6 months), or proof of a negative swab test (validity 48 hours).

Any future modifications of the Green Pass or Super Green Pass rules due to a change in zone color, or new Italian decrees and amended regulations, could adversely affect unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff for the spring 2022 Semester. Clearly, the best and strongly suggested option is to secure full vaccination and the booster shot, to cover the entirety of the spring 2022 semester. Complete your vaccination cycle and booster in your home country, before traveling to Italy, or through the Italian health system (for Italian nationals and residents with a fiscal code).

Additional FAQs

What happens if you have a CDC card (or another non-Italian vaccination certificate) and your 9-month vaccination validity has expired during the end of the fall semester and you are still in Rome during the period of the Super Green Pass from December 6 – January 15?
You can still enter the AUR campus upon submitting to security a negative rapid swab test, taken privately. It has a validity of 48 hours. (The test is widely available at many pharmacies at a cost of 15 euros.) Note that you will not be able to enter venues including cinemas, restaurants, museums, and sporting events.

What to expect for the Spring 2022 semester?
All community members of AUR (students, faculty, and staff) will be required to show their Italian Green Pass (or equivalent documentation, such as a CDC card) for entry to campus and classes in Spring 2022.

IMPORTANT: The Italian government now recognizes vaccine validity for 9 months from the date of your second shot or booster. Plan accordingly so that you are covered for the entire spring semester.

What does this mean for you?
You must show AUR security your proof of a valid vaccination for entry to campus. If you have not been vaccinated, or if your vaccination expires during the spring semester, you will be required to take a private swab test with a negative result, for each 48-hour period that you are on campus. Swab tests are widely available at many pharmacies at a cost of 15 euros. Should the Lazio (Rome) region move out of a white zone designation, and the government requires the Super Green Pass, you may be barred from campus if you are not fully vaccinated.

Why you should be fully vaccinated or get your booster shot at home before the start of the spring semester?
For a safe and uncomplicated semester on campus and in Rome, and during your travels in Italy, and Europe, it is highly recommended that you arrive in Rome for the start of the spring semester fully vaccinated and boosted for a duration that covers the full length of the spring semester.

If you are not traveling home over the semester break and seek a vaccination or booster shot
Unfortunately, options for receiving a vaccination or booster shot in Italy are very limited for those who are not Italian citizens or who do not have an Italian health card. Please contact Chiara Lino, in the Student Life Office; she will be able to give you up-to-date information about what your options are - but please be prepared for these options to be limited. 

If at all possible, you should get your vaccination and/or booster shot in your home country.

Green Pass certificates equivalences in Italy
Certificates issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and British bases on the island of Cyprus) and the United States are equivalent to those of the European Union for access to businesses and services in Italy such as indoor restaurants, museums, and cinemas. They can be presented on paper or digitally, in compliance with the requirements established by the circular of 30 July 2021.

The Covid-19 Planning and Response Task Force continues its work to guarantee safe and secure spaces across the campus, in the classrooms, and at student apartments, all in accordance with the Italian government and health authority’s requirements and recommendations. AUR will continue to be guided by their protocols and all community members must comply with the Italian government’s regulations.

Rome mandates masks outdoors for December in shopping zones & markets

This information was updated on the 2nd of December 2021

Rome is the latest Italian city to bring in the obligation to wear masks outdoors in a bid to reduce the risk of covid infections among the crowds of people shopping during the Christmas season. The news was announced on Wednesday the 1st of December by Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri who described masks as "a fundamental tool for the prevention of infections" and urged all Romans to get vaccinated.

The measures will take effect from Saturday the 4th of December and will remain in force until midnight on Friday the 31st December.

The mask mandate will apply in shopping zones in the city center, where crowd control measures are in operation, including the streets around Via del Corso in the so-called Tridente district as well as around Via Cola di Rienzo near the Vatican. Masks will also be obligatory in other crowded outdoor locations in the city where social distancing is not possible, including shopping streets, Christmas markets, and popular meeting places.

"The main way to defeat the virus is of course vaccination," said the mayor, "However, the presence of a still significant number of unvaccinated people and the circulation of the virus requires rigorous application of the new rules on the Super Green Pass introduced by the government and the widespread use of the mask outdoors."

Swab testing information for students' end of semester departure from Italy

This information was updated on the 30th of November 2021
  • Contact your airline and review your government health authority’s website regarding your travel requirements for your return home. Note that some countries may require PCR tests, while rapid antigen tests are sufficient for others.
  • For a rapid antigen test, you should go to one of the many pharmacies that offer rapid swab tests. Many pharmacies have a small testing tent outside. The fee should be about 15 euros, as recommended by the Italian government. Before taking the test, inquire if they can print the results in English, as you need the negative test result for traveling internationally.
  • If you need a PCR test, there are numerous labs in Rome that offer these tests with a 6 - 8 hour turnaround. (For instance, Datamedica, in Prati, offers this test.) But, before taking the test, confirm that you can receive the results in English and within the necessary time period for your travels. This test is more expensive than the rapid test.

The Italian government has announced new Covid measures barring unvaccinated individuals from many social and cultural venues and reducing the validity of the Green Pass from 12 to 9 months.

This information was updated on the 25th of November 2021

“We are seeing the situation in bordering countries is very serious and we also see that the situation in Italy is gradually but constantly getting worse,” the prime minister, Mario Draghi, told reporters after the cabinet approved the new rules. "We want to be very prudent to try to safeguard what Italians have achieved in the last year.”

Of utmost importance to students arriving for AUR’s spring 2022 semester is the reduction in the period of legal validity of the Green Pass. As a consequence, the period of validity of any equivalent foreign certification is also reduced to nine months, and this, of course, includes the US CDC White Card.

As an example: a US student who was fully vaccinated in the US on April 10, 2021, will see his or her CDC White Card accepted in Italy as equivalent to the Green Pass until January 10, 2021, only.

This change in regulations could adversely affect students scheduled to come to Italy for the spring 2022 Semester. Moreover, it is now well known that the effective protection of the first complete vaccination substantially decreases after six months. In other words, for anyone scheduled to come to Italy in January/February 2022, securing the booster shot (the “Third Dose”) in the their home country, before traveling to Italy, is clearly the best and absolutely strongly suggested option.

Set to come into force on the 6th of December, the new Super Green Pass regulations will also bar unvaccinated people from entering venues including cinemas, restaurants, museums, and sporting events. Current rules in Italy allow people who provide proof of a negative test taken within the previous 48 hours to use recreational venues but the Italian “super green pass” will remove that option.

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.