The Green Pass law in Italy affects passengers on flights to Romania
As of 6 August, the Green Pass (also recognized as the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate) is mandatory in a variety of enclosed and crowded public spaces in Italy. From 1 September, the Green Pass is also required on trains, ferries and planes. The Green Pass is also required for Italians who want to fly between EU countries, as part of the UEDCC. It is not yet clear whether or not to pass the Green Pass on flights to Romania, but today several passengers, who flew to Romania, were affected by the new Green Pass rule.
For most Italians vaccinated against COVID-19, obtaining the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate was a simple formality. However, there were many people who had difficulty issuing the Green Pass because they were not found in the system. Obtaining the certificate gave them a lot of trouble, in the context in which it was necessary for access to various enclosed spaces, including shops.
With the expansion of the use of the Green Pass, more and more Italians are complaining about problems with the system and in the process of issuing the certificate.
The Italian authorities have decided to impose the Green Pass in the hope that more and more people will be vaccinated and make things simple for everyone. The only ones exempt from vaccination would be young people under 12 years old.
The EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate can be obtained:
- based on complete vaccination with an EMA authorized vaccine. Full vaccination means the administration of vaccine doses according to the manufacturer and 15 days after inoculation.
- those who have not been vaccinated can obtain the digital certificate based on a negative result of a PCR or anti-COVID-19 antigen test, not older than 48 hours.
- those who have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus can obtain the digital certificate based on proof of cure in the last six months.
Refusal to comply, both by customers and business owners, can lead to a fine of up to EUR 1.000.
The problem is that thousands of Italians still cannot obtain the digital certificate and, as a result, their activities are limited due to an imperfect system.
The Italian authorities announced that the Green Pass scheme was a success, noting that 20 million certificates had been downloaded in three days. However, many others have failed to do so, although they are entitled to it.
The frustration of the Italians is high, fueled by the new rules imposed or the inability to comply with them.