Authorities in the Vatican announced that from October 1, all people wishing to enter this region must present a COVID-19 passport upon arrival.
This decision was announced on Monday by the Vatican City State’s Papal Commission and will be implemented in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus and its new strains in response to an earlier request from Pope Francis, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to authorities in the Vatican, entry will only be allowed for people who have obtained a Green Pass, European Green Pass or another COVID-19 Green Pass that confirms that the travelers have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus disease.
Authorities in the Vatican have announced, however, that travelers who have tested negative for the coronavirus will be allowed to enter the Vatican State.
The document that proves travelers have been fully immunized against the virus, known as the Green Passage, is already mandatory for people who plan to visit the Vatican and Skavi Museums from August 1.
Based on data provided by the World Health Organization, the Vatican has reported a total of 27 cases of the COVID-19 virus, and no deaths have been reported since the start of the pandemic, based on Reuters figures.
New preventive measures will be applied to “all citizens, residents of the state, employees working in any capacity in the prefecture of the Vatican State and in the various bodies of the Roman Curia and related institutions, and to all visitors and users of services,” as reported by Vatican News.
However, the authorities in the Vatican also made it clear that people participating in the liturgical ceremonies would be exempted from the existing rules; However, they will be obligated to strictly follow imposed health regulations to stop the virus from spreading further.
In order to facilitate the travel process, amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation, in August, the European Union Commission announced that COVID-19 documents issued by the authorities in the Vatican State as well as in San Marino will be recognized as equivalent to documents released for the same purpose by European Union member states.
This decision was confirmed by a press release issued by the European Commission, while the same decision confirmed that both countries would be effectively linked to the European Union COVID Digital Certificate (EUDCC) and documents released for the same purpose by the authorities in the Vatican City State and San will be recognized. Marino is also in the European Union countries, under the same conditions as the EUDCC.
“Certificates of vaccination against COVID-19 issued by the State of Vatican City/San Marino in accordance with the “VA-EUDCC-GW” scheme, for the purpose of facilitating the right of free movement within the Union, shall be treated as equivalent to those issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021/953 , revealed the statement published by the European Commission at the time.
Therefore, all citizens of Vatican City and San Marino who obtain a valid vaccination document, a negative coronavirus test result, or a virus recovery document will be obligated to follow the same requirements that European citizens with COVID from the EU must pursue certification.