Super Green Pass in Italy. Editorial credit: RaffMaster /

Covid: 10 January and restrictions tighten for the unvaccinated

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As of today, Italy introduced even tighter restrictions with the Super Green Pass required for all public transport. FFP2 masks are also required on all forms of public transport.

Italy’s latest covid restrictions come into force today (Monday 10th January). The government extended once again the scope of the Super Green Pass. This pass can only obtained by those who are vaccinated or have recovered from covid-19.

A ‘reinforced’ version of the Green Pass certificate, the Super Green Pass does not include negative covid tests as part of its criteria. This means unvaccinated people cannot obtain the ‘superior’ pass.

All public transport and restaurants

The Super Green Pass was already needed to access cinemas, theatres and stadiums. Now, it is also required for all forms of public transport – local, regional and national. That includes planes, trains, ships, buses, trams and subways. As well as the pass, commuters must also wear the more protective FFP2 masks.

Whereas access to restaurants’ outdoor seating was previously allowed under the standard Green Pass, this is now only available to holders of the Super Green Pass. Other activities requiring the ‘reinforced’ pass are hotels, ski lifts, museums, archaeological sites, gyms and swimming pools. Other activities are also affected, ranging from wedding receptions to festivals and theme parks.

Booster time reduced

From 10th January, the minimum waiting time between the second dose of the covid vaccine and the ‘booster’ shot reduced from five to four months.

More controversially, the government recently announced that from 15th February, the covid-19 vaccine would be compulsory for people over the age of 50. The Italian Prime Minister is holding a news conference this evening to outline the reasons behind the sweeping measure.

Monday also sees the number of Italian regions in covid ‘yellow’ zones rise to 15. Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Valle d’Aosta, join the existing yellow zones.

For official information about the Covid-19 situation in Italy see the health ministry website

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