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.
Before arrival: NEW measures from April 6 to April 30, 2021
According to the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 2 April 2021, whoever enters Italy until 30 April 2021 after staying in or transiting through any List C country* – which now includes Israel and the United Kingdom – in the previous 14 days will be required to self-isolate for 5 days (as well as comply with the self-declaration obligations and show a negative swab test at arrival). At the end of the isolation period, a new molecular or antigenic test will be required. The fiduciary isolation is monitored remotely by the Regional Health Service. The self-isolation period is extended to 14 days in the case of entry from the Tyrol Region in Austria. Remember that if you have visited or traveled through any of these countries in the past 14 days, the restrictions apply, regardless of where you are departing from to enter Italy.
*List C Countries: (at time of writing on April 7, 2021. May be subject to change. Consult Foreign Ministry website here for updates)
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germay, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingom, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.
Exceptions: If you enter Italy on a Covid-tested flight - check your carrier for info; If you enter Italy for work/business for max. 120 hours.
On entry travelers should register with the Veneto Regional Health Service
Please consider in any case that from most locations, certification of a negative result of a Covid test (molecular or antigen) taken within the previous 48 hours is required for entry to Italy. Since January 2021 this includes EU and neighbouring countries:
Austria*, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary;
And also, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco:
Individuals who enter Italy from these countries without a negative test (molecular or antigen) result will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Further restrictions are in place for other countries, including entry permitted only for demonstrably necessary reasons (including work and study).
General practice on and off campus during your semester at VIU:
- 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.
- Wear a face mask at all times indoors and outdoors, except in own residence.
- Avoid hugging and hand-shaking.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Masks are required indoors and outdoors, including on public transport, in public buildings, shops etc.
- In bars and restaurants, you must wear a mask when entering, and can remove it only when seated and consuming food and drink, including in outdoor seating areas. 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 tracing operations.
- If you develop any symptoms that may be indicative of a Covid-19 infection, STAY HOME, 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.
Arrival at VIU:
- As soon as you get off the vaporetto and before entering the buildings on the island of San Servolo:
- You must wear a mask. If you do not have one you will not be able to access the Reception where your temperature will be checked, and therefore you will not be able to access the VIU offices, classrooms, conference halls, or facilities.
- As soon as you arrive on the island and before entering the buildings, you must go to the Reception to undergo a temperature check by the staff of San Servolo Servizi Metropolitani, using an electronic thermometer.
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 even 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.
Re-Open EU - European Union portal
Data and information on the spread of Covid-19 in Europe.