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 activities during the Fall semester 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 will be expected to participate fully in our joint efforts to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus, and 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 Globalization Program (last updated September 1, 2021)
In addition to the requirements for entry to Italy, and the applicability of the Covid-19 Green Pass, EU Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent recognized certification, in the interest of the health and safety of the VIU community, VIU is asking all participants, students, professors, and staff to get a COVID-19 test* within 72 hours prior to the start of the program/seminar/conference/meeting (or the first day of your attendance). You cannot attend VIU activities on or off campus until you take a test and receive the results.
*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.
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
- received a negative test result
- recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months
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 Green Pass issued by the 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 in specific circumstances within Italy.
1. 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.
2. 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
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.
Applicability of the EU Digital COVID certificate/Green Pass in Italy
From August 6, 2021, throughout Italy, you will need a Covid-19 Digital Certificate (Green Pass), or equivalent certificate recognized by the Italian authorities* , to enter:
a. the indoor areas of bars, cafés and restaurants;
b. theaters, cinemas, public events and sports competitions;
c. museums, galleries, and other cultural venues;
d. swimming pools, gyms, spas and wellness centers, theme and amusement parks, recreational and leisure centers, gaming halls and casinos;
e. trade fairs, conferences and meetings.
* The certificates issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the USA are recognized as equivalent to the Green Pass issued by Italy and other EU member countries. Certificates from other countries may be considered valid if they contain specific data. See dedicated paragraph.
From September 1, 2021, you will need a Covid-19 Digital Certificate (Green Pass), or an equivalent certificate to:
a. attend classes at universities (including Venice International University)
b. board aircraft for national flights;
c. board interregional ships and ferries
d. travel on Intercity and High Speed trains;
e. travel on inter-regional buses;
f. travel on charter buses.
Green Passes are not currently required on urban public transport.
Important: if your Green Pass has been issued on the basis of vaccination against COVID, it is important to consider that the Pass is valid in the aforementioned contexts in Italy even with one dose of a two-dose vaccine. Whereas, for ENTRY into Italy, the Green Pass issued on the basis of vaccination is considered valid only if the vaccination cycle is completed at least 14 days prior to entry
Recognized equivalent certification of vaccination
The certificates issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the USA are recognized as equivalent to the Green Pass issued by the Italian authorities and other EU countries.
Vaccination Certificates from other countries may be considered valid if they contain specific data:
- personal identification data of the holder (name, surname, date of birth);
- data relating to the vaccine (name and lot);
- date(s) of administration of the vaccine;
- identification data of the body that issued the certificate (State, Health Authority).
Only EMA-approved vaccines are recognized:
1. Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNtech);
2. Spikevax (Modern);
3. Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca);
4. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
The vaccination certificate can be in paper or digital format, and must be in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish. If the certificate is in any other language it must be accompanied by a sworn translation. The validity of recognized vaccination certificates is the same as for the COVID-19 Green Passes issued by the Italian state.
Certification of recovery from Covd-19 in the past 6 months must contain at least the following data:
- personal identification data of the holder (name, surname, date of birth);
- information on the holder's previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, following a positive test (date of first positive swab);
- identification data of the body that issued the certificate (State, Health Authority).
Obtaining the Green Pass in the EU format
(for students and Professors vaccinated in Canada, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, South Africa, the UK and US)
Vaccination certificates from SARS-CoV-2 that have been issued by the competent authorities in Canada, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, South Africa, the UK and US are recognized as equivalent to the EU Green Pass.
If you already possess a vaccination certificate issued by a non-EU country, you can request that it be recognized by the Italian authorities in order to obtain a Green Pass in the EU format (QR code legible in Italy and Europe) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email must include all of the following attachments:
- your Italian tax code (Codice fiscale provided by VIU)
- a PDF of an official identity document or passport
- the vaccination certificate issued to you by a foreign health authority, which MUST clearly state the following data:
- your personal information (name and surname, date of birth)
- details of the vaccination: name of the vaccine, vaccine lot, date(s) of vaccination (of single dose or of the first and second doses)
- details regarding the authority that issued the certificate (nation; name of health authority)
Important: a Green Pass can be issued only for the vaccines currently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Italian Medicines Agency (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco, or AIFA): Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNTech); Spikevax (Moderna); Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca); Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen (Janssen-Johnson & Johnson); Covishield (Serum Institute of India); R-CoVI (R-Pharm); Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant (Fiocruz).
Your vaccination certificate, which can take the form of a hard copy or a digital document, must provide all of the relevant information in Italian or English. If the document has been prepared in a language other than English or Italian, it must be accompanied by a certified English or Italian translation.
Getting an Italian Green Pass if you have been vaccinated abroad
People who have been vaccinated abroad or who have a certificate of recovery from COVID from a foreign health authority may request an Italian Green Pass from the Venice District Health Authority . Send the request in writing via email to email@example.com, including a telephone number where you can be contacted to receive further instructions.
Participating in VIU activities if you are not vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine:
If you do not have a certificate of vaccination or of recovery you will need a negative result of a COVID test carried out in the 48 hours before your arrival/the event which must be repeated every 48 hrs for the duration of your participation. Your program coordinator will be able to advise you on getting tested.
According to the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 29 July 2021, different travel restrictions apply to the following lists of countries.
For the full list of Countries and complete information on restrictions, consult the official Foreign Ministry information here, where you can take the official Foreign Ministry questionnaire to understand the legal requirements for entry into Italy from your country.
- Consult measures for List C countries which at time of writing on August 25, 2021 includes:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other overseas territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (excluding other overseas territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the territories in Africa), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco.
- Consult measures for List D countries which at time of writing on August 25, 2021 includes:
Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories outside mainland Europe), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine; Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions
IMPORTANT: changes introduced for List D countries by ordinance of the Minister for Health, issued August 28, 2021:
Persons who enter Italy after staying in or transiting through any List D country in the previous 14 days before entering Italy, are exempted from the 5-day self-isolation if they present a Covid vaccination certificate for an EMA-approved vaccine (complete cycle), and a negative Covid test result taken within 72 hours prior to travel (48 hours for United Kingdom). They are also required, like all travelers, to fill out the Passenger Locator Form.
Therefore, students and professors travelling from:
- The USA or Japan, must also present a negative Covid test result taken within 72 hours of travel, together with the Vaccine certificate and the Passenger Locator Form in order to avoid a mandatory self-isolation of 5 days.
- The UK can now avoid the mandatory self-isolation if they present a Covid test result taken within 48 hours of travel, together with a vaccine certificate and the Passenger Locator Form
- Korea can now avoid the mandatory self-isolation if they present a Covid test result taken within 72 hours of travel, together with a vaccine certificate and the Passenger Locator Form.
You are strongly advised to check the requirements for your country of departure via the Italian Government’s online survey: https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/
- Consult measures for List E countries. Specific rules have been adopted from some countries, which at time of writing on August 25, 2021 included Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
General practice on and off campus during your visit to VIU:
- All students, professors, participants, and staff attending academic activities in-person at VIU must be in possession of an EU Digital Covid Certificate / Green Pass. VIU will carry out regular spot checks of certification.
- 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. Masks are also required outdoors in certain contexts, in the courtyards of hospitals for example, and in any other context where social distancing of 1 meter cannot be guaranteed.
- 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Arrival at VIU:
- Mask wearing on public transport is required, including on the no. 20 vaporetto to from San Zaccaria to San Servolo.
- Entry to the buildings at San Servolo is exclusively via the Reception.
- Put on your mask before you enter the reception.
- Your temperature will be checked at reception before you will be permitted to access VIU offices, classrooms, conference halls or any other facilities.
General prevention measures while on campus:
What VIU is doing:
- VIU has drawn up the protocols, practices, and guidelines in cooperation with health and safety consultants.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, participants, and staff are required to wear face masks on campus, indoors and outdoors, 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).
- 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 currently not required outdoors.
- Eating and drinking is not permitted in the classrooms, seminar rooms, or conference halls. 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, seminar rooms, or conference halls. A minimum of 1 meter must be maintained between the chairs.
- Entry to toilets is permitted one person at a time.
- Follow all the instructions sent by VIU staff and posted at the entrance to the premises, classrooms, seminar rooms, conference halls, or common areas.
Please consult the complete protocol for your program for further details.
If you have any concerns about the protocols, or compliance, please discuss them with your program coordinator.
Italian Health Ministry Covid-19 website in English
With daily reports on vaccine roll-out, incidence of Covid-19 infection, and news on governmental measures, travel restrictions etc.
Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs | Latest updates
Includes links to information from embassies
Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs | Questionnaire
Evaluate and understand the restrictions to travel from your location
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.