Health and Safety

LdM was one of the first international institutions to welcome students back to Florence in Fall 2020.

LdM has worked diligently to create a safe environment that allows students to make the most of their study abroad experience, in compliance with the guidance from the Italian government and the local health authorities.

The LdM staff is committed to assisting and guiding students through their stay in Florence and at LdM, while prioritizing their health and personal safety.

LdM continues to monitor the pandemic and update its safety and health protocols according to the guidance of the Italian (national, regional, and local) and global health authorities. All members of the LdM community will be advised of any such changes.

In this page, latest COVID updates will be continuously published throughout the semester.

LATEST COVID UPDATES - JANUARY 10TH, 2022

Super and Basic Green Pass

Starting from Monday, December 6 the Italian government has introduced a new categorization of Green Passes. 

  • Super Green Pass – It applies to individuals who have been vaccinated (started from the first dose of the vaccination cycle) who have been fully vaccinated or had a follow-up third booster shot within the last 9 months of an EU-approved COVID-19 and/or have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 180 days. The validity of the Super Green Pass is 9 months until January 31, 2022 and 6 months starting from February 1, 2022.
  • Basic Green Pass – It applies to individuals who have a COVID swab test performed every 48/72h.

Starting from January 10, 2022 the Super Green Pass must be shown to access the following venues:

  • LdM premises, courses, and related services.
  • Public transportation.
  • Museums and exhibition centers.
  • Gyms, pools, indoor sport centers, and spas.
  • Hotels.
  • Recreational establishments (i.e., sport event venues, restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas, theaters, etc.).
  • Consume food/beverages at the counter. 
  • Amusement parks.

And the Basic Green Pass grants access to:

  • LdM premises, courses, and related services.

Booster Shots

The decree prosecutes the Italian vaccination campaign of booster shots. Getting a booster shot in Italy requires individuals to be part of the Italian public health system. Due to the complexity of the process, students who consider getting a booster should take care of it in their home country prior to the arrival in Italy and upon consultation with their general practitioner.

Additional measures in place

Starting from December 25 the Italian government released new regulations. Please see below.

  • Upon arrival in Italian airports, harbors, and stations either rapid or PCR COVID-19 swab sample tests may be conducted on individuals entering Italy. In case of a positive result, there will be a mandatory 10-day isolation in a COVID hotel at the passenger’s expenses.
  • Until January 31, 2022 face masks are mandatory to wear indoors and outdoors even in the White zones.
  • Inside theaters, cinemas, concert halls, indoor and outdoor sport venues the FFP2 face masks are required and consuming food and/or drinks indoors is not allowed.
  • Until January 31, 2022 parties, concerts, and public gatherings are banned. The discos are closed.
  • The Basic Green Pass requirement will be extended to additional services:
    • Starting from January 20 to access hair dressers, barbers, and estheticians.
    • Starting from February 1 to enter public offices (i.e., post offices, banks, etc.).

Traveling to Italy

On December, 14th 2021 the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new ordinance, effective December, 15th  through , January 31st  2021. Please note that this information is specific to those entering Italy from the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Based on this ordinance, passengers entering Italy from the above mentioned countries are required to complete the following three steps.

  1. Fill out prior to the departure the Digital Passenger Locator Form available at https://app.euplf.eu/. Once the passenger has registered, the DPLF form in pdf and QR code format will be received via email and will have to be presented when boarding the flight. Further information can be found here.
  2. Present a certificate of completion of the anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination at least 14 days beforehand either in paper or digital format, OR a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months. Documents must be issued by health authorities of the United States of America and recognized as equivalent to European Green Pass according to the Art. 3 of the decree-law of July 23, 2021.
  3. A negative PCR swab test result performed within 72 hours before entering Italy or antigenic swab test result performed within 24 hours before entering Italy.

Travelers who cannot submit one of the certificates described in #2 above may still enter, but are required to self-isolate for 5 days at the location they specified in the Digital Passenger Locator Form and obtain a negative PCR or antigenic swab test result at the end of the 5 days isolation, in order to terminate the isolation. LdM will provide students with further information on isolation protocol and testing.

In addition, students should verify with their airline which documentation is required to board. In the event of any discrepancy between airline requirements and those above, students should be prepared to provide all necessary documentation.

We will continue to share updates on arrival in Italy on this page.


General Information and Color-coded System in Italy

Italy is still using a four-tier system that classifies its regions into color-coded zones that correspond to the critical nature of the current COVID-19 rate of transmission. The colors are red, orange, yellow, and white. Red indicates areas with the highest transmission rates while white represents regions with the lowest transmission rate. The colors themselves are important to determine what restrictions are in place in any location.

According to the Ministero della Salute website (last updated 10 Jan.), the Yellow Zones are now as follows:

  • Calabria
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Liguria
  • Marche
  • PA Bolzano
  • PA Trento
  • Veneto
  • Lombardia
  • Lazio
  • Sicilia
  • Piemonte
  • Emilia Romagna
  • Abruzzo
  • Tuscany
  • Valle d’Aosta

For further information regarding the Color-Coded system in Italy, please view the Italian and Regional Guidance Section below.

PRE-ARRIVAL/ARRIVAL

  • LdM will facilitate the students’ arrival and will send relevant arrival information via email, including instructions to complete any forms required by the Italian government/authorities.
  • Students who are required to quarantine upon arrival will receive specific instructions via email before they arrive in Italy. LdM staff will assist them on-site during the self-isolation period and the LdM emergency line will be available 24/7 should the students need any help.

QUARANTINE

Students may be subject to quarantine, depending on current Italian government regulations. Students arriving via confirmed COVID-tested flights are exempt from the quarantine requirement. As of now COVID-tested flights are extended until January 31. 2022.

LdM is continually monitoring travel guidelines, including entry/quarantine requirements and COVID-tested flight options. LdM will provide the most updated travel-related guidance from the Italian government, but advises students to consult to their home country, airline, and local Italian Consulate for further/additional detail.

Students who should need to quarantine upon arrival in Florence will be required to follow procedures according to current COVID-19 regulations. The period of quarantine includes restrictions on the movement of people and remaining separated from others to help protect the public by preventing exposure to and spread of COVID-19. Students must follow guidelines which include remaining in their quarantine lodging and preventing non-residents/visitors from entering the lodging. Additionally, leaving the quarantine lodging (including for shopping, exercise, or to visit friends) and use of public transportation are prohibited during this time.

LdM staff will assist the students and provide support throughout the period of quarantine with practical guidance, resources for ordering meals/groceries from food and grocery delivery providers, contact with Student Advising Team, medical care (if needed), and a 24/7 emergency line.

LdM HOUSING

  • LdM will offer double and single rooms in shared apartments. In case of any requirements for the COVID-19 emergency evolution (quarantine, etc.), the accommodation arrangement may be subject to change.
  • Common areas and bathrooms in the apartments will be professionally cleaned every 2 weeks during the semester. Additionally, apartments will be furnished with sanitizing products and students will be instructed on best practices regarding the sanitizing of the apartment, with particular attention to the common areas.
  • Prior to their arrival, the LdM Housing Office will provide students with guidance for following health and safety measures in their apartment.

LdM CAMPUS FACILITIES

At the entrance of all premises, the front desks will serve as checkpoints that will:
  • require all students, faculty, and staff members to present their Green Pass or equivalent document and have their body temperature taken;
  • provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • and distribute face masks as needed.

Please note:

  • It is mandatory to wear FFP2 face masks (provided by LdM) inside all LdM premises at all times.
  • Students may access the LdM building where their courses are held no earlier than 20 minutes prior to the start of the class.
  • Classroom capacity follows social distancing protocols among students and the professor.
  • Classroom layouts are in compliance with social distancing regulations. Physical barriers, such as plastic flexible screens, have been installed where the social distancing rules cannot be guaranteed.
  • LdM manages the use of space and provides physical guides and signs to ensure that social distancing rules are respected when entering and exiting the LdM premises and accessing the common areas.
  • Alcohol-based sanitizer stations are continuously available inside all LdM premises.
  • In addition to constant ventilation and aeration, routine cleaning and sanitization are conducted.
  • Open Studio hours are available for practical courses. After the start of the courses, the school will announce the official schedule for Open Studios. To ensure proper social distancing, only a limited number of students are permitted to access the studios. Safety and health protocols apply to all Open Studio hours on the LdM campus. Students are responsible for sanitizing their seating/lab workstation, including any shared lab equipment/materials, before, during, and after their session. LdM staff monitor and reinforce safety protocols during Open Studio hours.

ACADEMICS

  • Students must have a laptop or other suitable technological device (i.e., tablet) to access and complete coursework as assigned.
  • Shared lab course equipment/materials will be sanitized before, during, and after the lesson.
  • All courses are currently being held in-person. LdM is continually monitoring the pandemic conditions and will update students regularly on the government measures regarding the containment and management of COVID-19.
  • To the extent possible, do not use material that comes into contact with other people, unless otherwise specified.
  • Students experiencing flu-like symptoms (i.e., sore throat, cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc.) should stay home and not go to school or to other places. Students should inform the school by calling and/or emailing their LdM Advisor during office hours (Mon-Thu 8:30am-5:00pm and Fri 9:00am-1:00pm) or calling the LdM emergency line outside of advising hours and/or when the school is closed. Students should seek immediate medical attention with the support of their LdM Advisor and maintain consistent communication with LdM, informing the school of any development regarding their health. See also Student Health and Well-being.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will receive assistance to complete their courses remotely until they have completely recovered and are able to attend classes in-person. Learning plans will be arranged on an individual basis.

STUDENT SERVICES

  • The office for LdM Advisors is located on Via Faenza 71red (2 doors to the right of Via Faenza 43). Students who wish to meet in-person with their LdM Advisor should book an appointment. During office hours, LdM Advisors are available in-person, via email, telephone, video call, and/or chat. Outside of office hours, students who need assistance can call the LdM emergency line available 24/7.
  • LdM Advisors will send weekly COVID-19 updates to students via email, including all applicable updates related to decrees that are instituted by the Italian government, including travel restrictions.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Students must wear face masks during LdM-sponsored activities.
  • The number of available spots per activity has been adapted in compliance with social distancing protocols.
  • The use of public transportation for LdM-sponsored activities has been limited.
  • Students will have their temperature will be taken at the meeting point for each activity. Following safety precautions, any student with a temperature above 37.5° C (99.5° F) will not be permitted to participate.

LdM is dedicated to offering quality student activities to the extent permitted by current government decree. Prioritizing their health and safety, the LdM Activity Coordinator organizes activities aligned with all regulations in place at the time of the activities, which might include:

  • Guided tours of the city;
  • Thematic tours;
  • Urban hikes;
  • Cooking activities – discovering Italy’s regional food tradition;
  • Visits to local markets;
  • Historical palaces and museum visits;
  • Artisan boutiques and artist studios visits;
  • Hands-on creative workshops;
  • Online meditation activities.

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, LdM will facilitate their quarantine/self-isolation and comply with the protocols recommended by local health authorities. The period of isolation may extend up to 21 days as per the Italian health protocol. In order to return to campus, students must obtain a negative PCR swab test result.
  • During a student’s period of quarantine/self-isolation, LdM staff will assist the student by:
    • providing practical guidance for ordering meals and groceries from food and grocery delivery providers;
    • purchasing medications on behalf of the student (if needed);
    • facilitating laundry service;
    • and reinforcing guidelines for cleaning/sanitizing procedures.
    • If a medical professional advises that a student with COVID-like symptoms be removed from their LdM shared apartment to self-isolate, LdM will accommodate the recommendation.
    • LdM recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic might impact the students’ mental health and well-being. LdM counselors and psychiatrist are available to students.
    • For aiding students in the case of any illness (COVID-related or otherwise), LdM facilitates access to/coordinates with English-speaking medical professionals.
    • The city of Florence has four hospitals located in different areas. Santa Maria Nuova, the hospital in the city center, is 10 minutes walking distance from the main LdM building. Some private clinics perform PCR and antigenic (rapid) swab tests. The private clinics closest to the LdM Campus is Fanfani Ricerche Cliniche (on Piazza dell’Indipendenza 18/b).  Antigenic swab tests can be performed in some pharmacies in the city center (Reale Croci pharmacy on Via del Proconsolo 22/r). 
    • Persons accompanying patients to emergency rooms are not permitted to remain in the waiting rooms.
    • Hospital visiting hours are possible once per day with prior authorization from the hospital ward.

ITALIAN AND REGIONAL GUIDANCE

In compliance with the latest Italian government decrees, Italian regions have been divided and classified into four different risk levels according to the Ministry of Health, and will be monitored and periodically updated. The Italian government and the national health authorities will take into consideration the RT factor (reproduction number – COVID spread) as well as other criteria when classifying a region’s risk level.

A region’s level of risk is identified by one of the following colors: Red (high risk), Orange (medium risk), Yellow (lower risk) or White (low risk). Each color signifies different regulations that apply within the color-coded region.


White Zone

Below are the regulations in place in the White Zone.

  • Face masks are mandatory to wear indoors. Outdoors, face masks are no longer compulsory to wear when social distancing regulations can be maintained, unless they are mandated by the local authorities.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least one meter (~3.3 feet).
  • All bars, cafes, restaurants, and pizzerias are open for indoors and outdoors lunch and dinner. Distance among tables must still be respected as well as the reduced capacity of the eatery.
  • Malls are regularly open 7/7.
  • Gyms and sporting centers (including indoor swimming pools) are regularly open with reduced capacity and reservation required to access them.
  • It is allowed to travel between Italian Yellow and White regions.
  • Practicing outdoor individual sport activity is allowed.
  • Gathering either outdoors or indoors is not permitted, and social distance must always be kept.
  • Museums and temporary exhibitions are open 7/7, but the reservation is recommended. The 1-meter social distance regulations have been lifted.
  • Theaters, cinemas, and concert halls are open to the public with full capacity both indoors and outdoors.
  • Sport event venues allows 65% capacity indoors and 75% capacity outdoors.
  • Discos and clubs reopened with 50% capacity indoors and 75% capacity outdoors. Face masks are mandatory at all times except when dancing.

As of October 12, 2021, a Green Pass is required to access a number of the above listed services/venues. To learn more, please read carefully the section Latest Covid Updates available on the upper part of this page.


Yellow Zone

Below are the regulations in place in the Yellow Zone.

  • Face masks are mandatory to wear indoors and outdoors.
  • All bars, cafes, restaurants, and pizzerias are open for indoors and outdoors lunch and dinner. A maximum of four persons can sit together, unless more than 4 people all live together.
  • Cinemas and theatres are open with 50% capacity.
  • Malls are regularly open 7/7.
  • Gyms and sporting centers are regularly open with reduced capacity and reservation required.
  • Discos are closed.
  • Travel between Italian Yellow and White regions is allowed.
  • Practicing outdoor individual sport activity is allowed.
  • Gathering either outdoors or indoors is not permitted.
  • Museums and temporary exhibitions are open 7/7, but the reservation is recommended.

As of October 12, 2021,, a Green Pass is required to access a number of the above listed services/venues. To learn more, please read carefully the section Latest Covid Updates available on the upper part of this page.


Orange Zone

Below are the regulations in place in the Orange Zone.

  • Mandatory curfew from 10:00pm to 5:00am, seven days/week. During this time, you are not allowed to leave your apartment unless you have a health emergency.
  • Face masks are mandatory to wear indoors and outdoors.
  • All bars, cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, and gelato stores are open daily until 6:00pm only for take-away.  Between 6:00pm and 10:00pm, some may remain open for take-away, and delivery service is possible. After 10:00pm delivery is the only option available.
  • It’s not possible to travel outside of the city limits.
  • All gyms, sporting centers, pools, discos, theaters, movie theaters, and museums remain closed.
  • Practicing outdoor individual sport activity is allowed.
  • Gathering either outdoors or indoors is not permitted.

As of October 12, 2021, a Green Pass is required to access a number of the above listed services/venues. To learn more, please read carefully the section Latest Covid Updates available on the upper part of this page.


Red Zone

Below are the regulations in place in the Red Zone.

  • Mandatory curfew from 10:00pm to 5:00am, seven days/week. During this time, you are not allowed to leave your apartment unless you have a health emergency.
  • Face masks are mandatory to wear indoors and outdoors.
  • All bars, cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, and gelato stores are open daily until 6:00pm only for take-away.  Between 6:00pm and 10:00pm, some may remain open for take-away, and delivery service is possible. After 10:00pm delivery is the only option available.
  • It’s not possible to travel outside of the city limits.
  • All gyms, sporting centers, pools, discos, theaters, movie theaters, and museums remain closed.
  • Practicing outdoor individual sport activity is allowed.
  • Gathering either outdoors or indoors is not permitted.

As of October 12, 2021, a Green Pass is required to access a number of the above listed services/venues. To learn more, please read carefully the section Latest Covid Updates available on the upper part of this page.

As of January 10, 2022, Tuscany is classified as Yellow in addition to Calabria, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Veneto, Lombardia, Lazio, Sicilia, Piemonte, Emilia Romagna, Abruzzo and Valle d’Aosta regions and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano.

FLORENCE

Florence has adopted the following measures for the safe cohabitation of its residents:

  • Crowds in both public and private places are banned, and it is required to keep a social distance of at least 1 meter (~3.3 feet) of space between yourself and others (who are not from your household) at all times.
  • While utilizing public transportation, it is necessary to respect the regulation of each bus/taxi/tram company regarding service access and to maintain a social distance of at least one meter (~3.3 feet) and wear a face mask.
  • It is recommended to buy public transit tickets online, at the automatic vending machines or through the appropriate app.
  • When possible, it is advisable to move about the city by foot.
  • In some circumstances/locations, the measurement of body temperature could be required for entrance (e.g., in some shops, hotels, public offices, museums etc.).
  • All bars, cafes, restaurants, and pizzerias are open for outdoor and indoor lunch and dinner.
  • Museums and temporary exhibitions are open 7/7, but a reservation is recommended.
  • Cinemas and theatres are open with full capacity.
  • It is permissible to exercise and practice outdoors sports individually while respecting the social distance of at least 1 meter (~3.3 feet). While practicing outdoor sports and exercise, wearing a mask is not required, but individuals should always carry one. 
  • Gyms, pools, and sporting centers are regularly open. The Green Pass and the reservation are required to access them.
  • Sporting events and competitions are open to the public with at 65% of maximum capacity indoors and 75% of maximum capacity outdoors. 
  • Access to places of worship and religious functions is allowed in compliance with national protocols and respecting proper distancing.
  • Friday through Sunday from 4pm to 11pm, some city center areas will have a limited access, meaning that people cannot stand outside in the following places: Borgo La Croce, Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, Via Pietrapiana, Via Giuseppe Verdi, Via dell’Agnolo; Piazza S. Spirito, via dei Michelozzi, via del Presto di San Martino; Piazza Strozzi, Via degli Anselmi, Via dei Sassetti, Piazza dei Davanzati, Via Pellicceria, Piazza di Parte Guelfa, Piazza della Repubblica, Via dei Brunelleschi, Via di Porta Rossa, Via Calimala, Via dei Lamberti, Via dei Cavalieri, Via San Miniato fra le Torri. In the above-mentioned streets/squares, it’s only possible to walk by, or to stand ONLY if you want to access a store/eatery.
  • It’s not allowed to sit and/or consume food/beverages on the steps outside of the Santo Spirito church 24/7.

CARRY A FACE MASK AT ALL TIMES, as it is mandatory to wear one:

  • in indoor public or private (open to public) spaces, when multiple people are present;
  • in outdoor public or private (open to public) spaces, when multiple people are present, if it is not possible to keep a social distance;
  • on local means of transportation, taxis, and private driver service.

Fines may apply to those who fail to observe the face mask regulations.

(NOTE: Single-use face masks must be disposed of in the “indifferenziata” trash cans.)

Should any region color changes be mandated by the Italian government, more restrictive measures may be in place.

Further information is available on the Comune di Firenze website.

TRAVEL

Traveling during a pandemic requires planning and careful consideration of the status of the virus in the destination. The Italian government monitors the pandemic spread and updates its guidelines regarding travel from/to Italy. The latest information is available on the Crisis Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

As per the current Italian government decree, it is possible to travel through the country.

Starting from September 1, 2021, the Italian government requires the EU Green Pass or equivalent document to access to the following means of public transport within the national borders.

  • Planes
  • Boats and ferries
  • High-speed trains (AV, IC, ICN)
  • Buses connecting more than two regions

On December 14 the Ministry of Health issued an ordinance to implement the regulations to enter Italy and updated the country’s lists. The ordinance went into effect on December 16 and will be valid until January 31, 2022.

List C Countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Danmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Principality of Monaco)

When boarding travelers are required to present the following documentation:

  1. The filled Digital Passenger Locator Form either in paper or digital format (the form is available at https://app.euplf.eu/. Once the passenger has registered, the DPLF form in pdf and QR code format will be received via email. Further information can be found here.)
  2. The Green Pass either in paper or digital format, OR a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months.
  3. A negative PCR or antigenic swab test results performed within 48 or 24 hours before entering Italy.

Travelers without Green Pass or equivalent will have to adhere to the following rules.

  • When boarding, present the filled Digital Passenger Locator Form either in paper or digital format and a negative PCR or antigenic swab test results performed within 48 or 24 hours before entering Italy. 
  • Upon arrival, they will have to isolate themselves for 5 days at the address indicated on the DPLF and obtain a negative COVID test result of either a PCR or a rapid antigenic swab performed at the end of the 5-day isolation period.

List D Countries (Argentina, Australia, Bahrein, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Ruanda, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Korea, United States of America, Arabian Emirate, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao)

When boarding travelers are required to present the following documentation:

  1. The filled Digital Passenger Locator Form either in paper or digital format (the form is available at https://app.euplf.eu/. Once the passenger has registered, the DPLF form in pdf and QR code format will be received via email. Further information can be found here.)
  2. Proof of vaccination. The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must be with one of the European Medicines Agency’s approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson). Individuals coming from the United States of America, Canada, and Japan can also present a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months issued by health authorities of their home country. Documentation is accepted either in paper or digital format.
  3. A negative PCR or antigenic swab test results performed within 72 or 24 hours before entering Italy.

Travelers without proof of vaccination or certificate of recovery will have to adhere to the following rules.

  • When boarding, present the filled Digital Passenger Locator Form either in paper or digital format and a negative PCR or antigenic swab test results performed within 48 or 24 hours before entering Italy. 
  • Upon arrival, they will have to isolate themselves for 5 days at the address indicated on the DPLF and obtain a negative COVID test result of either a PCR or a rapid antigenic swab performed at the end of the 5-day isolation period.

List E includes all countries not included in the previous lists.

Entering Italy from those countries is allowed only for work, health, study, residency, or urgent reasons.

When boarding travelers are required to present the following documentation:

  1. 1.The filled Digital Passenger Locator Form either in paper or digital format (the form is available at https://app.euplf.eu/. Once the passenger has registered, the DPLF form in pdf and QR code format will be received via email. Further information can be found here.)
  2. 2.A negative PCR or antigenic swab test results performed within 72 or 24 hours before entering Italy.

Upon arrival, they will have to isolate themselves for 10 days at the address indicated on the DPLF and obtain a negative COVID test result of either a PCR or a rapid antigenic swab performed at the end of the 10-day isolation period.

Entering Italy from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini remains prohibited until January 31, 2022.

If students choose to travel, they are responsible for gathering updated COVID-19 information of their travel location. LdM will send updates on COVID-19 status, but it is important to consider that any country in the Schengen area may change entry requirements and restrictions according to their current COVID-19 virus spread. These could include required COVID-19 testing, quarantine, non-essential travel limitations (i.e., tourism, visiting friends, etc.) and unfortunately, it is not possible to predict these changes. Although the school understands a desire to explore and travel, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have many uncertainties and it is imperative that students make informed decisions.

The health and personal safety of our students are a priority for LdM. As such, students will receive a weekly travel notification form via email to complete and submit to LdM indicating whether they are planning on traveling outside of Florence or remaining in town.

To use public transport correctly, it is fundamental to follow some important rules:

  • Buy your ticket online whenever possible.
  • When travelling, maintain 1 meter (~3.3 feet) physical distance from other people.
  • Sit only in the places allowed and indicated by appropriate signs.
  • Wear face masks to cover your nose and mouth.

During travel, everyone should wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, and try to maintain a physical distance of at least one meter (~3.3 feet) from others. Travelers should follow the recommendations of the travel authorities regarding policies in the airport, as well as those of the airline/s.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

Students are expected to do their part in the collective effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and to take individual responsibility for complying with measures set forth by the Italian government and LdM, both on and off campus (including but not limited to those within LdM Housing and/or related to travel).

LdM will review all COVID-related guidelines and expectations as well as all general LdM rules and regulations (e.g., Academic Regulations and Rules of Conduct) with students during Orientation. Students will be advised of governmental and institutional consequences for failing to adhere to such guidance.

Accordingly, students will sign a commitment form/waiver, whereby they recognize their obligation to their own health and safety as well as to the overall health and safety of the Florence and LdM communities.

SUPER GREEN PASS AND BASIC GREEN PASS EQUIVALENCY

The Italian government has adopted the Super and Basic Green Pass system that has gone into effect on December 6, 2021, and is applicable throughout Italy.

As of now, the following documents will be considered equivalent to the Super Green Pass:

Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days beforehand with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In order for COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued outside of the EU to be considered equivalent to the EU Green Pass, it must include the following information:

  • Last name and first name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the vaccine
  • Date(s) of the dose(s)
  • Identification info of the authority who issued the vaccination certificate

The COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be either in paper or digital format and has to be Italian, English, French, German, or Spanish. Otherwise, a sworn official translation in one of these languages is required.

OR

Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the past six months. In order for COVID-19 certificate of recovery issued outside of the EU to be considered equivalent to the EU Green Pass, it must include the following information:

  • Last name and first name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the vaccine
  • Date of the first COVID-19 positive test results
  • Identification info of the authority who issued the vaccination certificate

The COVID-19 certificate of recovery can be either in paper or digital format and has to be Italian, English, France, German, or Spanish. Otherwise, a sworn official translation in one of these languages is required.

The Basic Green Pass will be equivalent to the negative results of either a PCR or an antigenic COVID test performed within 72/48 hours respectively.

The Italian government has also updated the parameters to assess infection levels across the Italian regions and to designate the four color-coded areas. Please see the section “Italian and Regional Guidance” to get the latest information.

Per the new regulations, the Italian government underlines the importance of all eligible individuals getting fully vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines.

Recognizing that there will be significant limitations to their academic program, participation, mobility, and overall cultural experience (and acknowledging the difficulty in performing a swab test every 48/72 hours), students who have yet to do so, should consider obtaining a Super Green Pass or equivalent document that covers them for their entire stay in Italy.

Fully vaccinated students should bring the original vaccination certificate with them to Italy (along with copies- digital and print). Alternatively, those who’ve recovered should bring an original certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the past six months (along with copies- digital and print).

Please see the section “December 27, 2021, Update” for information on the use of the Super and Basic Green Pass.

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Throughout the past semesters, LdM students demonstrated responsibility in following guidance communicated by LdM staff, adapting to any applicable changes in health and safety measures on and off campus.

We are proud of the cohesive and respectful response of the entire LdM community and we expect the commitment and resilience of LdM students, faculty, and staff to continue for the success of Spring 2021 semester and of upcoming sessions.