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Covid-19 information

Although aware of the significant uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we are optimistic that the program will proceed as planned. Case counts are falling steadily in Italy, and on March 1st the Italian Minister of Health eased Covid rules for non-EU arrivals. Rest assured that the health and safety of our students is paramount. The Summer School has been monitoring the situation and will continue to do that with Harvard Global Support Services; please read their Advice for Travelers.


In the absence of Covid-19 symptoms, for entry into Italy, it is necessary to present any ONE of the following:

  1. Proof of complete vaccination with a vaccine authorized by the EMAcarried out less than 9 months ago (EU Digital Certification, CDC Vaccination Record Card or equivalent certification for the Italian authorities)

  2. Proof of complete vaccination and booster dose with a vaccine authorized by the EMA, in EU Digital Certification format, CDC Vaccination Record Card or equivalent certification for the Italian authorities.

  3. Proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 6 months (EU Digital Certification format or equivalent certification for the Italian authorities).

  4. Negative molecular (PCR) test conducted with a swab in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy, OR a negative antigen test conducted in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy.

For more information, check the site of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or that of the Italian Ministry of Health.


Although rules will probably change in the coming months, it is possible that proof of vaccination may be necessary to access public transportation, restaurants, classrooms, and other venues while you are in Italy. Please store a picture of the CDC Vaccination Record Card or equivalent certification on your phone and, if possible, download the digital vaccine card and QR code now available in many states. If you registered your vaccination in Massachusetts, access the new tool at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov, For other states, check the websites of their health departments.


Please note that as of April 20, 2022 the United States still require that all air passengers with a flight departing to the U.S. from a foreign country, including U.S. citizens, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, show a negative Covid-19 antigen test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from Covid in the past 90 days, before they board their flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true. Please visit the CDC webpages for updated information on the requirement for passengers arriving in the United States.


The CDC vaccine cards should be a part of student travel documentation, where it is suggested that three copies be made and kept separate, but easily accessible.
The download of a digital copy of your record is recommended. Students, however, should not rely on QR codes generated by states and healthcare providers to be recognized outside the United States. The paper CDC White Card remains the only federal document available to those traveling outside the U.S.
You can find a list of states and systems that issue a Smart Health Card here:
You can get the QR certificates online from any state that does it via this website: You cannot do this across all 50 states, however. If you received some of your vaccines in different states, you have to register with both states and ideally with different email addresses otherwise the “system” will only recognize your latest one.
If a student received their vaccines through MA, they can go to here:
Walgreens and CVS will digitize vaccines administered through them.
Make sure to keep a clear digital copy of their white cards: take a picture and/or add it to a mobile wallet or scan your white CDC card and email it to yourself.
Do not laminate the CDC card.

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