What is the new Super Green Pass?

Pandemic news:

With a few exceptions, Italy is open to travellers, despite the current surge. Travel is permitted freely. See how you can travel to Rome now >

Rome is currently in a “Yellow Zone”, which means all sites in Rome are open but tickets for museums and other sites MUST now be booked in advance > [Read more about Covid zones in Italy]

Masks must now be worn in all outdoor and indoor spaces throughout Italy. Entry to many places is dependent on having a ‘Super Green Pass‘, or equivalent vaccination certificate. Learn more about the Green Pass and how to get one >

On December 6, 2021, the Italian government split the definition of the Covid-19 “Green Pass” to distinguish between a pass generated by a negative test and one generated by a regime of vaccination or an official certificate of recovery (“certificato di guarizione“). The latter has been renamed the “Super Green Pass”. These rules are officially in place until January 15, 2022.

The following rules apply to parts of Italy deemed “white” and “yellow” zones. More about Italy’s Covid-19 zoning >

Some activities and spaces are now only available to people who have the “Super” type of green pass, as shown:

From January 10th, 2022, you need a Super Green Pass to:

  • Attend shows/movie theaters
  • Attend sporting events
  • Eat and drink indoors or outdoors in restaurants, bars, hotel restaurants, ice cream shops, etc.
  • Attend parties (including wedding receptions) and nightclubs
  • Take public transport
  • Attend public events, conferences, trade fairs, etc.

If you are relying on a Green Pass generated by a negative PCR or antigen test in the preceding 48 hours, you will still be able to:

  • Stay in hotels
  • Take public transport including trains
  • Eat and drink outdoors
  • Visit museums and cultural/archaeological sites
  • Visit gyms and swimming pools
  • Go to your workplace


Without any pass at all, you can still enter pharmacies and supermarkets provided you are wearing an appropriate FFP2 mask.

If you are not from the EU, you do not need to get a Green Pass: you can use your home country’s vaccination certificate as a Super Green Pass, provided the vaccinations provided are approved by the EU – read more about how to use your home country’s vaccination certificate >

Another change to the rules around passes is the validity period of a vaccination, which has been reduced to 9 months after the final dose, and the validity period of a recovery from Covid, which has been reduced to 6 months after the date of recovery.

Children under the age of 12 are not required to have a Green Pass.

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