Entering the Vatican: only with a Vaccination Passport

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Exception for those attending liturgical celebrations.

Newsdesk (21/09/2021 12:00, Gaudium Press) The Vatican will require all visitors and officials to have a Green Pass (vaccine passport) proving they have been vaccinated, recovered from coronavirus or recently tested negative for Covid, to enter the city-state, starting October 1.

Tourists and other visitors, officials and employees will have to show a digital or paper Covid certificate issued by the Vatican or another country, according to an ordinance published on September 20.

Pope Francis called for “taking all appropriate measures to prevent, control and combat the current public health emergency in Vatican City.”

Under the new decree, Catholics attending liturgical celebrations in the Vatican will not need a Green Pass “for the time strictly necessary for their performance”, following the rules of distancing themselves and wearing masks.

This decree was signed on September 18, a day after Italy’s government made vaccination mandatory for the public and private sectors.

City-state police officers will be responsible for checking vaccine passports at the entrances to Vatican territory.

With CNA information.

 

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