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 March 1, 2021)
Before arrival: NEW measures from May 16 to July 30, 2021
Take this questionnaire to evaluate the restrictions for travel from your location: https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/
According to the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of May 14, 2021, persons entering Italy from any List C country* do not have to self-isolate anymore. They do however have to present a negative Covid test on entry and fill out a self-declaration form which can also be downloaded from this page on the Foreign Ministry's website (choose language in top right corner).
IMPORTANT: the self-declaration will be replaced from May 24, 2021 with the EU Digital Passenger Location Form
- Consult measures for List C countries which at time of writing on May 19, 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 territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
- Consult measures for List D countries which at time of writing on May 19, 2021 includes:
Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada, USA
- Consult measures for List E countries. Specific rules have been adopted from some countries, which at time of writing on May 19, 2021 included Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
- Consult Information regarding self-isolation and Registration for testing with the Veneto Health Service - ULSS District 3 (Venice) for those who enter Italy from countries from which this is required.
General practice on and off campus during your visit to 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.
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.