FLORENCE — Even amid less active coronavirus cases in Italy, the government has mandated vaccine passports, or “green passes,” for all domestic flights and trains, as well as universities.
As of last Wednesday, green passes are now “obligatory for anyone travelling on high-speed trains, planes, ferries and inter-regional coaches,” according to Reuters. The government also announced the proof-of-vaccination card will be required for university staff and students.
Since August 6, the pass has been mandated for individuals to go to theaters, gyms, and museums, and to sit indoors at restaurants. Healthcare workers are required to receive both doses of the vaccine in order to work. Italy also passed a parliamentary amendment last Thursday extending the validity of green passes from nine months to 12 months, after which pass holders will need to acquire them again.
Italy’s Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa said in August that the pass ought to be mandatory for public sector staff and essential workers. “For