Please see below resources from Fairfield University and our Florence Team regarding their COVID-19 preparedness plan and student resources. In addition to the Florence policies and procedures, we’d like to remind all students of the Fairfield Responsible Engagement Policies.
Florence COVID Updates
latest update May 11, 2022
As you prepare for your study abroad experience in Italy, we would like to share with you some up to date information about testing and the current Covid19 mitigation strategies in place in Italy at this time. Please check this page for regular updates and refer also to the pages of the Italian Ministry of Health and the US Embassy in Italy for up to date information.
CURRENT REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL TO ITALY
Travel requirements have recently been simplified. At the time of check in you will be asked to show proof of vaccination. If you have recently recovered from Covid after having been vaccinated, please be prepared to show both your CDC card and certification of your positive test result or date of recent positivity.
CURRENT MANDATES, RESTRICTIONS AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES IN ITALY
MASKS - Please check with your airline about current mask requirements for the flight abroad. The mask requirement has been partially lifted but FFP2 or KN95 masks are still required in certain indoor spaces In Italy such as classrooms, theaters, stadiums and on public transportation (bus, trains, underground).
FFP2/KN95 Masks are required when riding public transportation.
Italy will recognize vaccinations as valid for up until 6 months after the administration of a first cycle of a recognized Covid vaccine. Italy considers the third dose or booster of a recognized Covid vaccine as the completion of vaccination and has not imposed a time limit/expiration of the validity of the vaccine. Make sure that you have submitted your most up to date vaccination information to email@example.com.
Your CDC card is your proof of vaccination. Please make sure that you have digital and print copies of the card in case the card is lost or stolen.
COVID ISOLATION & QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
In Italy, if you have been vaccinated or boostered within the last 120 days and test positive, you must isolate for a minimum of 7 days after which you are tested. If you continue to test positive you must isolate for a further 7 days and then test again. If you continue to test positive, isolation will continue for a maximum of 21 days. Isolation is regulated by the local department of health: patients are required to report the results of their Covid tests.
Close contacts of positive cases are not required to quarantine if they have received a booster or completed their full vaccination cycle no more than 120 days before contact with the positive case. Individuals who were vaccinated more than 120 days before the event must quarantine for a total of five days after which they may test with a PCR or rapid antigen test. A negative test result allows close contacts to resume their normal activities immediately.
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID BEFORE DEPARTURE TO ITALY
Please contact both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com We will work with our academic partner, Florence University of the Arts to initiate asynchronous remote learning only until you are able to test negative, arrive in Italy and begin classes in person at FUA.
Please also contact the travel agency, Scholartrip - 855-452-0376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of your situation and request a change in your booking for a later arrival in Florence.