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Italy travel experience

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi,
Just got back from a trip to Italy as it’s getting to the ski time of year I thought it, might be worthwhile sharing my experience and starting a thread for Italy travel.

Key items learnt from late Sept trip, Italian rules are due to be reviewed late October, am going again around then so will update if anything changes. This trip was Heathrow to Palermo, Sicily.

You can download the Italian green pass app to check your QR codes etc (different to other countries) it’s called verificac19

Following recommendations on snowheads we used c19testing.co.uk for the predeparture lateral flow tests, it worked really well. This is where you do the test yourself, take a photo and fill in an online form. Turnaround time for certificate was <12 hrs both times.

We flew BA, on the way out we had to upload the proof of recent test and vaccination beforehand and then these were checked and we received a confirmation email. We also took hard copies but on the way out were never asked for these. Check-in and boarding was the same as pre-covid as was arrival in Italy. We did need to fill in some additional paperwork during the flight with next address etc.

Entering Italy was easy, they use a different passenger locator form to the other ski countries. You can fill this in way beforehand then change and resubmit just before you leave which made life easier.

As per other countries the QR code needed is only that for the second vaccine jab from the NHS travel pass. We printed out just this QR code put the two back to back and laminated so we had a card a bit bigger than a credit card with one QR code on each side, this worked really well but if you do this include the date part as one place needed this when the app didn’t work. Note the gloss laminating sometimes caused an issue re reflections so matt would have been even better. EDIT the reason we did this is that for apple you cannot add the travel pass to your "wallet", it's a page with two QR codes and some blurb.

Green pass was needed for almost all indoor activities e.g. eating, museums and also for visiting some outdoor attractions e.g. temple ruins. it WAS NOT NEEDED FOR THE TWO GONDOLAS WE USED Eh oh! .

All indoor spaces and public transport required masks. Everyone uses them and it was de-rigeur to walk around with them looped above your elbow. If you accidentally went in a shop without yours on they reminded you pretty quickly.

The UK PLF is a PITA and wouldn’t recognise any QR codes. I was glad we registered before we left as this makes filing in form on the phone easier, so recommend creating an account before you leave. We were in a hotel for the night before the flight so following advice elsewhere on snowheads we had them print out the completed PLF and test certificate. The lady checking us in was very happy to see these as it is much easier than messing about with copies on phones, took her less than a minute to check whereas others were taking ages. If we had to do electronically I’d use a tablet if you have one with you. Note she manually checked and didn’t scan any QR codes. Check in queues for the return flight were long because of this.

On our travels there were a few covid testing centres in town centres and we evidently could have obtained a free test.

We weren’t asked for any covid documentation on entering the UK. Queues were long at Heathrow but moved steadily and almost all the automatic passport gates were in use (shock !) so maybe 15-20 minutes to get through passport control (then another 45 mins waiting for baggage)
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Thanks for the name of the Verifac19 app. I had been trying to find the right one recently, but ended up with their track and trace.

Quick question regarding the Covid QR codes, which someone may be able to answer from experience in the next few weeks.
I am booked in for a booster. Presumably, the QR code for the latest vaccine would be the most acceptable?
or should I have both with me?
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Thanks for this. I’m not going to Italy, but it has thrown up a thought on my mind. I will be going through Italy on my way to Montgenevre. This will either be on a train from Paris to Oulx then a cab from Oulx ro Montgenevre.

Presumably I’ll have my vaccination and test results viewed at St Pancras for entry into France, but it makes me wonder if I need to do anything extra for the bit going into Italy (on the train) or back into France in a cab?!

If the train isn’t doable then I’ll reluctantly have to fly to Turin then get a transfer to Montgenevre. The entry requirements to Italy would be done in the U.K. by the airline staff presumably, and may differ to that needed for France where I am actually going. What a headache.

Or am I overthinking it? Is it likely that Covid checks between schengen countries will either be streamlined or just ignored in cases such as mine?
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@Timmycb5, we drove from Munich to Tuscany and back over the summer, no checks anywhere. I have heard about the odd place where there have been some checks (coming into Austria from Slovenia but that was during the summer peak with concerns about folk partying in Croatia) though suspect that has now stopped. What you might find is getting onto public transport there are checks that you have been vaccinated etc though the regulations on this vary from country to country. For entry requirements when entering Schengen, generally if you are fully vaccinated that is enough, some places want a pre departure test too. It is not really any great stress.
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@munich_irish, cool, thanks. I’ll probably arrange private transfer from Oulx to Montgenevre, so that might be even easier.
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Hi all.

Regarding the passenger locator form on the gov.uk site. It is blooming different on the PC and on a phone.
On the phone and PC it asks to scan in your QR code. However in the small print you realise if you have a document with 2 QR codes it doesn't work. So you tick I can't scan in.

Then on the phone it offers you a chance to upload the pdf file. Guess what. The NHS pdf file is too small. It has to be a minimum size. You would think that the minimum size would be less than the NHS doc. Jeeeezzz.

However, on the PC you can tick no I can't scan it it simply says bring a printed copy of the CoViD vaccination form with you.

I recommend doing all of the PLF in advance then when you have <48 hours to go, you add in the last details about date and landing time.
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@richb67, thanks for posting (and everyone else) - I will be really interested in your future update... prior to 20th Nov - after which I will hope to contribute!!
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Thanks for the info. Have a trip booked to pila over Christmas
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GlasgowCyclops wrote:
Hi all.

Regarding the passenger locator form on the gov.uk site. It is blooming different on the PC and on a phone.
On the phone and PC it asks to scan in your QR code. However in the small print you realise if you have a document with 2 QR codes it doesn't work. So you tick I can't scan in.

Then on the phone it offers you a chance to upload the pdf file. Guess what. The NHS pdf file is too small. It has to be a minimum size. You would think that the minimum size would be less than the NHS doc. Jeeeezzz.

However, on the PC you can tick no I can't scan it it simply says bring a printed copy of the CoViD vaccination form with you.

I recommend doing all of the PLF in advance then when you have <48 hours to go, you add in the last details about date and landing time.


yep exactly the problem we had. It was a bit disconcerting but TBH didn't seem to make any difference. Maybe it would if you were coming back from a red country. It was annoying that you couldn't even start the UK PLF until 48 hrs before so couldn't do that stuff before travel. Whereas the Italian one could all be done well ahead and then just tweaked when you had the extra info e.g. seat numbers
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Oh and one more thing. Check you can transit. I'm on BA so GLA to LHR then direct from Heathrow. However if I went KLM via Amsterdam I would need a confirmation that Sweden would let me in or I couldn't clear the border control into Shengen.

Sweden won't do that so I would be stuck if I accidentally booked KLM.

Worth everyone checking if they have an EU transit.
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so, NHS app has been updated and the new QR code now isn't recognised by the Italian green pass app, anyone else had a similar problem? The old code is recognised and correctly given as invalid as it's expired but the new code gives a "can't be read" error message.

FYI, you can now add the travel passes to your Apple wallet which will be handy once the QR code is valid Confused
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Similar problem but I may have a solution.

I discovered that my NHS QR code is accepted by the Italian Green Pass App BUT if you print this out (or photograph it) the Italian verification App VerificaC19 (which will be used by Restaurants etc.) doesn't recognise it as a valid code.
If you look carefully you will see that the QR code that appears in the Green Pass App is NOT the same as the NHS QR code. Some kind of processing/conversion is taking place but it may be be flawed.
With a bit of tinkering I discovered that if you scan the NHS Covid Pass QR Code into the French TousAntiCovid App and then scan an image of that into the Italian Green Pass App the Italian VerificaC19 App recognises it as a valid code and you can eat.

This may all change of course when the NHS Covid Pass QR Code is accepted into the EU Digital Framework.
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What’s the Italian green pass app - is it an official app, or a third party one, and is it needed for anything specifically in Italy?

If you just scan your nhs qr code (eg from a saved pdf or a screenshot) with VerificaC19 does it work?
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Just checked and something has changed or maybe I wasn't using the App correctly. The VerificaC19 App now recognises the Green Pass QR Code that I got from the NHS Covid Pass QR Code and it also recognises the NHS Covid Pass QR Code.

For information : The GreenPass App is the official Italian App for visitors/tourists to load up their Covid Vaccination data (e.g. NHS QR Code). The VerificaC19 App is the official Italian App which will be used by Restaurants etc. to scan the QR Code in the Green Pass App to check it's veracity. I'm booked into a hotel in February and they told me that I MUST have the Green Pass in order to access their restaurant. But as the NHS Code seems to be recognised by the VerificaC19 App maybe not. To be safe though...
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First of all I hadn’t come across the green pass app so thanks for that. For others it’s called GreenPass Italia.

I’m guessing that the NHS are currently doing some updates because it looks like the QR codes have been transposed. So earlier today none were verified by verifac but now dose1 validates and shows the data for dose 2. The dose 2 QRcode doesn’t validate as it shows the data for dose 1 Embarassed

I didn’t need to use the GreenPass app just the Apple wallet. This is pretty ridiculous!
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 Poster: A snowHead
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I don’t think that’s an ‘official’ app, it’s just a random company that’s produced one for the Italian market ?
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That makes sense as I tried both official apps from the Italian gov web site and hadn’t heard of this one.
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