Our School follows the Italian government and WHO regulations and instructions for dealing with the current Covid-19 situation.

Please refer to the information below in order to collect more information on Covid regulations and check back regularly on this page for new updates.

About this page
In this page, you will find updates and information on governmental provisions and regulations to halt the spread of the virus, travel information, useful websites and our services in this period.

 

Last updated June 28, 2022

Discover the School prevention and protection measures.

The International Students Office aims at supporting the student community during the current health emergency and associated travel restrictions.

The information available at this page can also be found at the following official websites:

Lombardy Region website on Covid-19
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Travelling regulations in Italy
Ministry of Health on traveling
ANSA: Updates on Covid-19 in Italy

Travel & Quarantine Requirements
All travelling restrictions have been lifted as of June 1, 2022

Currently, all travellers are allowed to enter Italy, regardless of their covid-19 vaccination status.

Please note that other countries, both EU and Non-EU, may have stricter covid-19 regulations in place in regards to entry or transit. For this reason, we recommend to always check with the relative authority in the country of transit or destination, to learn about their entry requirements.

Current situation in Italy
The state of national emergency has ended on March 31, 2022 and, in accordance with the government’s reopening plan, many restrictions have now been lifted.

From June 16:

Face masks are recommended indoors.
In particular, FFP2 masks are mandatory to access:

  • all transport (flights excluded)
  • hospitals and other health structures

Green Passes are no longer required, except for health workers and visitors of hospital wards, health centers and elderly care structures. You can read the details here.

Green Pass
The Covid-19 Green Certificate (or “Green Pass”) is a certificate that attests your status of vaccination, recovery or negativity in relation to covid-19.

Until May 31, it allowed citizens to access certain services or entry in Italy. Currently, the Green Pass is only mandatory for health workers and visitors of elderly care structures. We leave the below information available for your reference.

 

The Green Pass can be issued by the Italian health authorities to attest you have either:

  • been vaccinated against Covid-19 with the first dose (or a single dose) of a vaccine approved by EMA or the Italian Ministry of Health, since more than 15 days
  • been vaccinated against Covid-19 with 2 doses of a vaccine approved by EMA or the Italian Ministry of Health (validity 6 months)
  • been vaccinated against Covid-19 with the booster dose of a vaccine approved by EMA or the Italian Ministry of Health (unlimited validity)
  • recovered from Covid-19 and completed the mandatory self-isolation (validity 6 months)
  • recovered from Covid-19 and completed the mandatory self-isolation, after having completed the primary vaccination cycle (unlimited validity)
  • received the negative result to a rapid antigen test (validity 48 hours) or a molecular test (validity 72 hours) for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • The Green Pass obtained from vaccination or recovery is called “Super Green Pass” or “Green Pass Rafforzato”.
  • The Green Pass obtained from a negative swab test is called “Green Pass Base”.

The Italian Green Certificate is also valid internationally, making it easier to travel within the EU. However for international travel, make sure to have a Green Pass that is compliant with the EU regulations. When it comes to vaccination, some Schengen countries may not accept the Italian Green Pass obtainable after one vaccine shot or one that has been obtained after a Covishield vaccination, but only one that attests you have completed your vaccination cycle with an EMA approved vaccine since at least 14 days.

The regulations are in continuous evolution. For more information contact greenpass@gsom.polimi.it

With regard to accepted vaccination certificates, note that, according to what is set out in Recommendation (EU) no. 2021/816 dated 20 May 2021, vaccination certificates must indicate the following:

  • Data identifying the certificate holder (name, surname, date of birth).
  • Data about the vaccine (vaccine name and batch number).
  • Date/s when the vaccine was administered.
  • Data identifying the certificate’s issuer (Country, Health Authority).

Vaccination certificates, both digital and on paper, must be written in one of the following languages:

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German

Should the student’s certificate not be written in one of these languages, it must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Vaccination certificates have the same validity as the Covid-19 Green Pass (EU Digital COVID Certificate) issued by Italy’s authorities.

For the purposes above, as of today, the vaccines accepted in Italy:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
  • Covishield (Serum Institute of India, licensed by AstraZeneca)
  • R-CoVI (R-Pharm, licensed by AstraZeneca)
  • Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant (Fiocruz, licensed by AstraZeneca).

Certificates stating that the holder has recovered from Covid-19 (Certificate of Recovery) must contain the following:

  • Data identifying the certificate holder (name, surname, date of birth).
  • Information of the holder’s previous infection from SARS-CoV-2, after receiving a positive test result (date of first positive test).
  • Data identifying the certificate’s issuer (Country, Health Authority).
  • Certificates of Recovery from Covid-19, both digital and on paper, must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Certificates of Recovery have the same validity as Italy’s Covid-19 Green Pass.

Please note: even if you have a foreign vaccination or recovery certificate that has the same validity as an Italian Green Pass, you should still request to the local health office (ATS) the conversion of your certificate into a Green Pass.

If you need an equivalent Green Pass, please go to this link. 

The link will open up a questionnaire, and you must fill in all the fields. If you have received the vaccine abroad, please answer YES to the question “Are you already vaccinated?”. This will open up a menu where you can insert the data about your vaccination and upload the certificate stating that you have been vaccinated.

If, instead, you have recovered from Covid-19, please answer YES to the question “Have you been infected with Covid-19 within the past year?”. Here also, you will be shown a menu where you can input information about your recovery and upload your positive and negative tests.

ATS Milano will process your information and, if the certificate from a foreign issuer complies with the Italian Ministerial Circular’s requirements, you will be issued with an equivalent Green Pass.

Vaccination
All students who have a fiscal code can book an anti-Covid-19 vaccination through the dedicated platform of the Lombardy Region

You can book an appointment at www.prenotazionevaccinicovid.regione.lombardia.it:

  • for the first vaccination cycle
  • for the booster dose (4 months must have passed since your last shot)

You can write to greenpass@gsom.polimi.it to receive further guidance.

BOOSTER DOSE FOR CITIZENS VACCINATED WITH NON-EMA APPROVED VACCINES

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved by EMA in the last 180 days, you do not need to book through the platform: you can visit any vaccination hub with your passport and fiscal code to receive your booster dose.

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved by EMA since more than 180 days, you need to book an appointment through the platform.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION: STUDENTS WITH AN ITALIAN HEALTH CARD (“tessera sanitaria”)

To book your vaccination, go to www.prenotazionevaccinicovid.regione.lombardia.it and click on “Book the vaccine” (“Prenota il vaccino anti covid-19”). A new page will open where you are asked for your fiscal code and Italian health card number. You can find this number on the back of your health card. Input these data and proceed.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION: STUDENTS NOT ENROLLED IN THE ITALIAN NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

To book your vaccination, you need to have your Italian fiscal code. You should have received instructions from the ISO on how to obtain it. For more information,  you can write to iso@gsom.polimi.it

Go to www.prenotazionevaccinicovid.regione.lombardia.it and click on “Book the vaccine” (“Prenota il vaccino anti covid-19”).

A new page will open. Click on “If you are a foreign citizen in possession of the STP/ENI code, an Italian Tax Code… you can book your appointment at the following link.”

In the next page, you will to select one of the options:

  • If you are an Italian student registered as AIRE, select “Italian registered AIRE with Tax Code”.
  • If you are a foreign student, select “Foreign citizen with Tax Code/Unique Code” and insert your fiscal code. This will give you access to the booking page. Select the preferred appointment date and confirm the booking.

Should you be unable to access the booking page with this method, it means you must pre-register first, by clicking on “If you are unable to log in, you will need to request the booking enablement at the following link.”

In the new page, fill out the fields with your data. Please note that you should insert an Italian phone number.

The pre-registration process takes 24 to 48 hours, after which you will be able to book your vaccination on the platform following the instructions outlined above.

For any trouble with the booking, you have to call the regional number 800 894545 (from an Italian phone number only).

OBTAIN THE GREEN PASS AFTER VACCINATION IN ITALY

Within a few days of your vaccination, you will be able to download your Green Pass at https://www.dgc.gov.it/spa/public/home. Click on “Utente non iscritto al SSN vaccinato in Italia” and insert your fiscal code and date of vaccination.

Covid-19 testing
We have compiled a general list of pharmacies and private clinics that offer many types of covid-19 testing, for any need.

ACCREDITED PHARMACIES IN MILAN

Farmacia Aperta – Look for the one closest to you. An appointment is usually required.

These pharmacies have signed an agreement with the Italian government to provide antigen rapid tests, valid for the issue of digital certifications, at lower prices (€15).

ACCREDITED PHARMACIES CLOSE TO POLIMI GSOM (BOVISA)

Farmacia San Luca – Via Antonio Carnevali, 70.

E-mail: farmacia.sanluca@libero.it

Farmacia Imbriani – Via degli Imbriani, 35.

E-mail: farma.imb@gmail.com

CENTRO MEDICO SANTAGOSTINO

Covid-19 tests at Centro Medico Santagostino

PCR test – 75€ (result in 3 working days)

PCR test Express – 90€ (result on the next day, before midnight)

Antigen rapid test – 30€

Serological test – 30€

ISTITUTO AUXOLOGICO ITALIANO

Covid-19 tests at Istituto Auxologico Italiano

PCR test – 90€ (result on the next day)

Antigen rapid test – 45€

Serological test – 40€ (result in 24 hours)

*Patients who do not have a tax code, can fill out the lab results delivery form with the temporary tax code they were given upon admission and that is shown in the invoice.

CUP SOLIDALE

Covid-19 tests at CUP Solidale

PCR test – starting at 90€ (test result ready the next day)

Antigen rapid test – 45€

Serological test – 35€

GRUPPO SAN DONATO

Covid-19 tests at Gruppo San Donato

Go to the booking page. In the search bar, write “sars-cov” and choose among the 3 available options.

PCR test – starting at 75€ (result in 72h)

Antigenic rapid test – starting at 15€

Serological test – 46€ (result in 48h)

SYNLAB ITALIA

Covid-19 tests at Synlab Italia

PCR test – 50€ (result starting from 24 hours later)

PCR test with guaranteed result – 100€ (result in 24 hours, downloadable online)

Result in English – surcharge 10€

PCR and serological tests can be booked through the APP MYSYNLAB or at www.syncoda.synlab.it.

Covid-19 Information and Emergency Contacts
Here you can find instructions on what to do if you are worried about the virus outbreak, if you are showing respiratory infection symptoms, or if an acquaintance was diagnosed with the COVID-19.

CONTACTS

  • The School has appointed Simona Strepparola as “Contact person for Covid-19” (e-mail: strepparola@gsom.polimi.it; ph. +39 331 889 2068)
    The Covid representatives’s role is to interact with the Department of Prevention (DdP) of local health authorities for the management of any suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19.
  • Health Ministry Number (for general information in Italian, English and Chinese): 1500
  • After hour on-call doctor (“National Continuing Care service”), active on evenings and weekends: 116 117
  • Regional Healthcare Number: 800 89 45 45
  • Emergency Number: 112

WHAT TO DO

If you suspect you have contracted the virus, do not go to the hospital. Instead, contact by phone your general practitioner (if you are enrolled in the NHS) or the National Continuing Care service ( ph. 116 117 ).

Follow the instructions you receive from them. In the meantime, you should stay at home and try to keep a distance from your flatmates, if any. Call the national emergency number 112 only if you need immediate assistance, that is, if you need an ambulance straight away.

As soon as you can, please write to strepparola@gsom.polimi.it and to receive support.

If you do contract the virus, you will have to follow the guidelines of the health authority who has assessed you. If you have minor or no symptoms, as a rule, you can expect to be required to do the following:

  • Self-isolate at home
  • Wear the face mask provided at the start of the monitoring
  • Keep a distance from your flatmates, close the door to your bedroom and ventilate it regularly
  • Remain available to go through the necessary health checks.

Please write to strepparola@gsom.polimi.it to inform us and to receive support.

In addition to the general healthcare glossary on the ISO webpage, find here a glossary pertaining to the covid-19 emergency, which will help you communicate your needs or issues to sellers and doctors.

Fever – Febbre
Headache – Mal di testa
Dry cough – Tosse secca
Cold – Raffreddore
Flu – Influenza
Lungs – Polmoni
Short breath – Respiro corto
Fatigue – Affaticamento
I feel pain here – Ho un dolore qui
Face mask -Mascherina
Hand sanitizer – Gel disinfettante
Do you speak English? – Parla inglese?

Below you find general information on what to do in case you are a positive case or a close contact, but please note that you should follow the instructions your GP or the health authority gives you.
A note: “self-isolation” refers to the period of isolation for confirmed positive cases; “quarantine” refers to the period of isolation for healthy people, necessary to monitor suspected cases.

WHAT IF I’M A POSITIVE CASE?
You must undergo a a period of self-isolation for:

  • at least 10 days from the first positive test (or from the start of the symptoms, if symptomatic)
  • at least 7 days from the first positive test, if you have received the booster shot or have completed your vaccination cycle in the last 120 days

Self-isolation can end with a negative molecular or antigen swab test. The test to end self-isolation can be taken at:

  • your general practitioner
    one of the ASST testing centers or accredited private testing centers (showing either the communication of self-isolation issued by the ATS, the booking made by ATS or the general practitioner, or the prescription by the general practitioner)
  • pharmacies (showing the communication of self-isolation issued by the ATS).

WHAT IF I’M A CONTACT OF A POSITIVE CASE?

You must remain under health surveillance for 10 days from the last contact with the positive case, which means that you must use only FFP2 masks for that period.

If you are asymptomatic, you don’t need to interrupt your work activities. If you start showing symptms, you should take an antigen or molecular test and, if you are still symptomatic, take another test on the 5th day after your last contact with the positive case.

Source: Regione Lombardia

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