The health, safety, and well-being of our VIU community is the primary focus that guides the decisions of VIU relative to COVID-19.
VIU decisions regarding the Graduate activities during Spring 2022 are informed by Italian national legislation, Veneto Regional legislation, Italian ministerial guidance, and the recommendations of the scientific community.
All members of the VIU Community must agree to the co-responsibility pact in order to attend on-campus academic activities and VIU events.
Each program or event is issuing program-specific information and a Co-Responsibility Pact. All students, professors, participants, and staff must accept the Co-Responsibility Pact before attending activities on campus.
Download the complete Protocol relevant for your program and fill out the form.
- Information and co-responsibility pact for students, professors, and staff of Intensive Graduate Activities (last updated June 16, 2022)
- Information and co-responsibility pact for students, professors, and staff of Globalization Program - Summer Session & Semester (last updated June 29, 2022)
- Information and co-responsibility pact for participants of seminars, conferences, and meetings (last updated March 31, 2022)
- Addendum all'informativa per dipendenti e collaboratori di VIU: Green Pass (from September 1, 2021 to June 15, 2022)
In addition to the legal requirements for entry to Italy, and the applicability of the EU Digital Covid Certificate / Green Pass, or equivalent recognized certification, in the interest of the health and safety of the VIU community, VIU is asking all students, professors, and staff of the Academic Programs to get a COVID-19 test before (within 72 hours for a PCR, or 48 hours for an antigen test) your first day of attendance in the program. You cannot attend classes or other activities on or off campus until you take a test and receive the results. Furthermore, FFP2 masks will be required during all classes and related activities.
*PCR/molecular and antigen/lateral flow swab tests are acceptable.
For the purposes of the additional requirement to take a Covid test prior to arrival Self-test lateral flow tests (that can be purchased in pharmacies) are acceptable exclusively for those who have a Digital Covid Certificate issued on the basis of a complete vaccination cycle in the past 120 days, or a booster shot in the past 120 days.
Italy is participating in EU initiatives to digitize documents to facilitate the safe movement of people within Italy and between EU countries.
1. The EU Digital COVID certificate (also frequently referred to as COVID Green Pass/Certificato Verde) is a digital document with a QR code, that provides evidence that a person has either:
- been vaccinated against COVID-19 (validity of vaccination will be reduced from 9 months to 6 months from February 1, 2022
- recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months)
- received a negative test result
For more information on the EU Digital COVID certificate: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en
The certificates issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the USA are recognized as equivalent to the Covid Certificate (Green Pass) issued by Italy and other EU countries. Certificates from other countries outside the EU may be considered valid if they contain specific data. See dedicated section below.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate, or equivalent, is required for entry into Italy and is required extensively in Italy for avail of services, including public transport, or participate in social activities, cultural activities, and to enter university premises. Consult the dedicated section for details..
2. EU Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)
Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs) are used by public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case travelers are exposed to infectious disease during their travel by plane, ship (cruise/ferry), rail, bus or automobile. Information that travelers provide in PLFs can be used by public health authorities in destination countries to rapidly contact travelers, with the goal of protecting the health of travelers’ and their contacts, as well as preventing further spread of disease.
The EU Digital Passenger Locater Form is required to enter Italy.
3. Covid Tests
Rapid Antigen tests:
The rapid antigen test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. It requires a swab from the back of your nose or throat. Results are usually available within 30 mins.
Also known as lateral flow tests. In Italian: Tampone antigenico
Self-administered antigen tests are widely available, however they are not recognized in Italy as certified tests for quarantine/isolation purposes.
However, for the pre-arrival test requested by VIU fully vaccinated students and professors can take a self-administered test.
The PCR test detects viral RNA (or genetic material) in early stage of infection. It also requires a swab from the back of your nose and/or throat. The swab must be analyzed in a lab and therefore results take several hours to be reported. Outside of hospital contexts it usually requires minimum 24 hours.
Also known as molecular tests. In Italian: Tampone molecolare
Antigen tests and PCR tests are both recognized by the Italian health authorities for the purposes of the EU Digital Covid Certificate / Green Pass and by VIU for your pre-arrival test.
In this document when the term "Covid test" is used, either the antigen or PCR test is valid, unless otherwise specified.
Rapid Saliva tests and serological antibody (blood) tests are not included in the term “Covid test” as used in this document, and are not valid for the purposes of equivalence to the EU Digital Covid Certificates / Green passes, for entry into Italy, or for access to the VIU facilities.
General Practice On and Off Campus During Your Visit to VIU:
- All students, professors, participants, and staff attending academic activities and any other events in-person at VIU must be in possession of an EU Digital Covid Certificate / Green Pass, or equivalent.
- All employees of universities are required to have a Super Green Pass to access their place of work. (This requirement expired March 31, 2022)
- All over-50s are required to have a Super Green Pass to access their place of work. (This requirement expired March 31, 2022)
- All students, professors, participants, and staff should self-monitor on a daily basis for symptoms including a cold, sore throat, fever, labored breathing, or other flu-like symptoms and malaise, or loss of smell or taste (consider bringing a thermometer with you).
- Wash hands often with soap and water, or use a gel hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Maintain appropriate social distancing – minimum 1 meter.
- Avoid hugging and hand-shaking.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Wearing a mask is required in all indoor spaces other than private residences: public buildings and offices, shops, museums, galleries, train stations, vaporetto landing docks, airports, and on all public transport. (This measures expires April 30, 2022. From May 1, 2022 masks are only required on public transport (FFP2 masks until June 15) and in theaters, cinemas, indoor entertainment and sporting venues).
- In bars and restaurants you must wear a mask when entering, and can remove it only when seated. A minimum social distance of 1 meter must be maintained with anyone who does not live in your household. (This measure expires April 30, 2022)
- Install Immuni the official Covid-19 tracking app in Italy on your phone https://www.immuni.italia.it
- In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak at VIU or in Venice, cooperate with the authorities in contact and tracing operations.
- If you develop any symptoms that may be indicative of a Covid-19 infection, STAY HOME, (or in your accommodation) contact a doctor, or the health authorities. While waiting for further Health Authority decisions, you are required to self-isolate*.
- If you are told to self-isolate, or put in quarantine you must notify immediately VIU (via email: email@example.com)
Access to VIU on the campus on San Servolo island is not permitted if:
- you have a fever higher than 37.5 ° C, a cough, or labored breathing;
- you have been instructed by the health authorities to quarantine or advised to self-isolate.
- you know that you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
What VIU is doing:
- VIU has drawn up the protocols, practices and guidelines in cooperation with health and safety consultants.
- VIU will carry out spot checks of Digital Covid Certificates/Green Passes as required by recent Italian legislation.
- All VIU offices, classrooms, and common areas will be cleaned and sanitized every morning.
- Gel hand sanitizer will be available in all offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, and conference halls.
- For academic programs VIU has reduced the capacity in all classrooms, seminar rooms, conference halls, the MacLab and PC room to 50% in order to guarantee adequate social distancing.
- The timetable of classes has been amended to avoid crowding in the corridors before and after class.
- Informational Signage will be placed throughout the campus to remind the VIU community of hygiene protocols and social distancing measures.
- VIU will continue to monitor any reviewed legislation and guidance from the local and national authorities relative to Covid-19.
- VIU will cooperate fully with the health authorities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak at VIU, or in Venice.
- VIU is committed to keeping the members of the VIU community informed of what is happening at VIU, in Venice, and in Italy in general.
- All students, professors, and staff are required to wear face masks indoors on campus, in all classrooms, corridors, meeting spaces, and common areas, except when eating (allowed only at the bar, dining room and outdoors) and when inside their own residence hall rooms (applicable to campus residents only).
- All students, professors, participants, and others attending the Academic Programs must wear an FFP2 mask during all academic and related activities.
- Always maintain a minimum social distance of at least one meter from other people.
- Restrict your movements around the campus as much as possible.
- You can walk and sit in the park. Masks are no longer required outdoors.
- Eating and drinking is not permitted in the classrooms, the MacLab and PC Room. Consume drinks and food only in designated areas where it is permitted.
- Avoid gatherings of numerous people in common areas.
- The use of the lift is not recommended; if necessary, use it 1 person at a time;
- Do not rearrange the seating in the classrooms. A minimum of 1 meter must be maintained between the chairs.
- Entry to toilets is permitted one person at a time. (Restriction discontinued from May 1, 2022)
- Follow all the instructions sent by VIU staff and posted at the entrance to the premises, classrooms, MacLab & PC room or common areas.
- Students presenting in class may remove their mask while speaking (one at a time) only if they can maintain a minimum of 2 meters from others.
- Meetings with VIU staff will be via the virtual office hours, or by appointment via Zoom. We understand that sometimes students really need to talk to a staff member in person and will accommodate such restricted requests by appointment.
- Office hours with professors will by virtual only. A suitable meeting space will be provided upon request of the professor only in exceptional circumstances.
- During class professors may remove their mask while speaking on condition that they can maintain a minimum of 2 meters from the students in the first row. If the distance is under 2 meters a mask must be worn.
- Please open the windows at the end of your class to ventilate the classroom.
- After 2 hours of activity in a classroom, a break is mandatory, during which the room must be ventilated by opening the windows.
- Office hours and meetings with students should be virtual only. If in exceptional circumstances an in-person meeting is needed, please request the use of a designated meeting space. Your own office cannot be used for such meetings.
- In the event of non-compliance of the participants, the professor or speaker must suspend the activity.
Library and library services
During the opening hours of the library students can book a desk for a half-day (morning or afternoon).
Books/resources are available for loan and can be reserved through the online catalogue (OPAC system) available at https://library.univiu.org/. You will receive a confirmation of the reservation via email and can then collect the book/resource from the library within 24 hours of the request.
Library resources must be returned to the boxes located outside the library and only during open hours. Materials will be “quarantined” for 48 hours before becoming available for loan again. (Measure discontinued from April 1, 2022)
As in all other areas of the San Servolo Campus, masks must be worn in the Library.
MacLab and PC Room
The MacLab will be reserved for some courses that use the facilities during the course. It will also be reserved for students enrolled in any courses that are delivered remotely during the course’s class times.
At other times, students can book a workstation in the MacLab for a half-day. Students can also book a workstation in the PC room for a half day.
The MacLab and PC Room will be closed for cleaning at approximately 1.30pm (subject to variation). Please cooperate with the cleaning staff when asked to vacate the area, or wait until the cleaning has been completed.
As in all other areas of the San Servolo Campus, masks must be worn in the MacLab and PC Room.
Bar / Cafeteria
The Super Green Pass (or equivalent certification) is required for service indoors and outdoors, including at the bar. (No green pass required for service outdoors from April 1, 2022. Green Pass sufficient for service indoors. From May 1, 2022 no Green Pass required either indoors or outdoors)
Students in VIU-arranged housing:
- No visitors whatsoever are allowed in the rooms on campus or in the apartments in the city during the 2nd semester.
- Reports of social activity (dinner parties, parties, and so on) in the VIU-arranged housing may be addressed with disciplinary measures from VIU.
- Be respectful of your neighbors, making sure that you wear your mask in all common areas (halls, corridors, stairwells).
- If you suspect that you may have Covid-19 symptoms, call the health authorities (see the dedicated paragraph), inform your room-mates, and inform VIU (via email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional Precautionary Measures Introduced by VIU
All participants of Academic Programs must take a Covid test before their first day at VIU.
FFP2 masks are required during all academic and related activities.
If you test positive for Covid you must inform VIU by writing to email@example.com
If there are one or more positive cases in a class, classmates and professor should self-monitor for 5 days. Testing on day 5 since the last contact is recommended.
From May 1, 2022 considering that fewer restrictions are in place on a national level, situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
All members of the VIU Community will be expected to participate fully in our joint efforts to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.
If you have any concerns about the protocols, or compliance, please discuss them with your program coordinator.
Updates and integrations to this protocol will be published as needed.
Italian Health Ministry Covid-19 website in English
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Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs | Latest updates
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Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs | Questionnaire
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Re-Open EU - European Union portal
Re-open EU provides information on the various measures in place in EU countries, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travelers, the EU Digital COVID certificate to help EU citizens exercise their right to free movement, and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This site is helpful for planning travel in Europe, especially if visiting several countries.