FAQs on Coronavirus testing
Do I need a Coronavirus test to enter Italy?
To enter Italy, it is required to produce a negative test against infection of coronavirus depending on the country of origin. The result must be in Italian or English. For an updated list of the countries for which a test please visit this up to date page from the Italian Ministry of health
What is Italy’s Green Pass for travel or the EU's COVID travel pass?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), is a document that allows people to travel to/from all 27 member states of the European Union.
A Digital Green Certificate is a digital (and if requested also a paper) proof that a person has either
- been vaccinated against COVID-19; or
- received a negative test result; or
- recovered from COVID-19
The pass is issued by hospitals, test centres, health authorities etc. It consists of information about the individual and their vaccination/test/COVID recovery. The digital version consists of this information and a QR code stored on the individual's mobile phone.
The certificates should be rolled out for issuance and verification by summer 2021.
More information is available on the EU's website
What is a rapid Coronavirus test?
Unlike PCR tests that require sending swabs to a specialised laboratory, the rapid tests (also called antigens) can return results without being sent to a specialised structure. Some tests provide results even while waiting in less than fifteen minutes. These tests are also known as lateral flow method or fluorescence.
What is a Covid-19 serological test?
Serological tests can be used by scientists to measure the antibody response of an individual who can help you determine if someone is infected with the virus COVID-19 in the past. These tests might be of interest to an individual if they had not carried out a PCR test when he suffered from symptoms in the past or to determine if someone has had an infection asymptotic.
Although many clinics and private laboratories provide serological tests, these are not generally used by the travel or the target locations concerned about the current health of someone and if you have been infected by the virus.
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