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FAQ COVID-19

I have been vaccinated and I want to travel to Canada.  Where do I find the latest information on entry restrictions and quarantine measures?

Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada are expected July 5, 2021. Current travel restrictions still apply. All information on measures in Canada can be found at travel.gc.ca/travel-COVID. Please read it carefully. 

To find out if you are eligible to enter Canada, use this self-assessment tool that will help you decide if you are eligible or not. Remember to read all of the advice carefully and follow all of the instructions. If you are traveling in a group, this form must be completed for each person.

I am a Canadian living in Italy. How can I access a COVID-19 vaccination?

While the Embassy remains actively engaged with local authorities on the question of when there may be open access to vaccine services for Canadians non-resident or visiting in Italy, we have not yet been informed of the timing of such availability. Vaccinations are not yet available through private clinics or private medical practitioners. At this time, only foreigners that are registered with the Italian National Health Service and are in possession of a “Tessera Sanitaria/Tessera Europea Assicurazione Malattia (TEAM)” or who have an Italiancodice fiscale” to prove residency are able to access vaccines under the same conditions as Italian citizens. We suggest you contact the regional helpline in the region where you reside by telephone to request assistance with vaccines. If you are considering getting vaccinated abroad, consult the list of vaccines approved by Health Canada.

The Embassy does not supply vaccines for Canadians abroad, administer them, nor ensure that the administration by a third party would meet Canadian standards. Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical services (including vaccination) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens outside of Canada.

I have already been vaccinated. Can the Embassy certify or validate the information so I can obtain a EU Digital COVID Certificate?

The Embassy of Canada cannot validate individual health information. If you are in Italy, please contact the regional helpline in which you reside to inquire about how to register your vaccine information for the purposes of obtaining an Italian green pass. If you are still in Canada, contact the Embassy of Italy in Canada for information on what Italy requires.

Vaccination information not issued within the EU is not currently recognized. However, local COVID testing is available and results will be accessible. Follow the instructions provided if you do not have an Italian health card. As of July 1, 2021, Italy will join other EU members in recognizing vaccines issued within the EU region. 

How and where can I get a PCR swab test so that it is within 72 hours of departure?

If you are in Italy

  • contact your regional health department. A list can be found at the dedicated page of the Italian Ministry of Health;
  • Check the Italy Country Report of the Government of Canada website for updates to possible testing sites in Lazio and Lombardy regions. If these are not accessible, contact the Embassy of Canada in Rome or the Consulate in Milan. A consular representative may be able to help;
  • If you are unable to meet the 72 hours’ requirement, consider rebooking your flight;
  • If in transit, make sure you have enough time. Look at testing options in transit locations;
  • Make sure to read More information on measures in place to enter Canada – available in the Government of Canada dedicated web page

To be allowed to board a flight to Canada, all air passengers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled time of departure to Canada. If the traveler has a connecting flight to Canada, the pre-departure test must be conducted within 72 hours of the last direct flight to Canada. This means they may need to schedule a COVID-19 test at their transit city within 72 hours of their direct flight to Canada.

All travelers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, arriving to Canada by land are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours prior to crossing the border into Canada. Alternatively, travelers can present a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 and 90 days prior to departure.

How will I be informed of any updates, progress, or new information on vaccines in Italy?

This situation is evolving. To keep up to date Canadians should:

  • Register with the Embassy of Canada: The Embassy of Canada in Italy uses the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) system to communicate important information to Canadians visiting and/or residing in Italy. Any new developments on vaccines and COVID-19 measures will be communicated as available. Sign up with the ROCA if have not done so already. Please share this important information with other Canadian citizens in your area.  
  • Visit the Embassy of Canada to Italy website and follow on Facebook.
  • Stay up to date with the most recent COVID-19 advice from Italian Ministry of Health and the region where you are situated.
  • Follow local media for new developments.

Am I eligible to enter Italy and can I be exempt from the COVID-test requirement or quarantine?

Travelers arriving from Canada are presently allowed entry to Italy, if certain specific criteria are met. Exemption from quarantine requirements is the decision of the Italian authorities. Be aware that local authorities may impose additional requirements without notice and your travel plans could be severely disrupted. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans. To learn more about entry criteria and to verify if you can enter Italy: 

Updated June 25, 2021

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2021-06-29