Latest Update, July 27, 2021

As of 6 August 2021, everyone over the age of 12 must present the COVID-19 digital green certificate to access gyms, swimming pools, museums, cinemas, theatres, sports stadiums, and other public venues, including indoor seating areas at bars and restaurants.

Update, July 7, 2021

Wearing masks outdoors in Italy is no longer required from Monday 28th June as the entire country now is in the lowest-risk ‘white zone’ category under the national system of coronavirus restrictions. People in Italy are no longer obliged to wear masks outdoors, provided they are not in a crowded area, however the requirement to carry a mask remains in place.

Within white and yellow regions there are no limitations for night movements. In orange and red regions, during curfew hours, from 12 am to 5 am., all unnecessary movements are still prohibited and allowed only by carrying a self-certification.

Before entering Italy, from any country of origin and for any travel reason, the digital European Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) must be compiled. Passengers travelling on COVID-tested flights authorized by the Ministry of Health can enter Italy without having to comply with health surveillance and fiduciary isolation obligations.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation or Green Pass Regulation entered into application on 01 July 2021. It is a digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test or recovered from COVID-19. Holders of a valid EU digital COVID certificate should in principle not be subject to testing or quarantine when travelling within the EU.

It will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place in the EU can be lifted in a coordinated manner.

CDC COVID-19 certificates are fully recognized to travel to Italy. Students vaccinated in the United States can prove it via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo available from the CDC app V-Safe, at the vaccination center or at the doctor’s office.

Patients' and students' safety is our first priority

In response of the current pandemic the Doctors in Italy Crisis Management Team has worked hard to set up new policies, procedures, and action plans that will help us mitigate the new types of risks and respond to an ever changing global situation, offering experiential learning programs in hospitals that meet the highest standards of safety and security, and ensuring appropriate duty of care to our participants.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have carefully monitored the health advisories issued by key public agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Italian Ministry of Health and National Health Service. We continue to monitor these channels as we make decisions about our on-site programs.

Our protocols and policies will continue to be revised monitoring the national and international sources of information and we’ll continue to update you with relevant high-level information. 


International Health Insurance

Our fellowship tuition includes international health insurance and coverage for physical and mental health issues, counseling, medical evacuation and repatriation as well as security evacuations should they become necessary. Learn more about your comprehensive coverage through CISI 


In addition to the vaccination records required to attend the shadowing activities, we strongly encourage all fellows to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, in Italy, there is no mandatory vaccination decree but students who are vaccinated protect themselves and others against COVID-19 and the possibility of last minute travel restrictions imposed by local governments. All students are recommended to carry carry written or digital proof of vaccination when traveling

Mandatory pre-departure and on-site orientation

All students are required to participate in a comprehensive mandatory virtual and on-site orientation session that focuses on health, safety procedures and hospital partner protocols. 

24/7 On-site emergency support staff

Our on- site coordinators staff are well trained on our safety and COVID-19 protocols, Furthermore, our on-site Crisis Management Team receives real-time safety and security alerts. Should a serious event arise, we will immediately communicate with you and your family. 

The Doctors in Italy Medical Assistance Team

Fellows are entitled to access top notch medical care through the DoctorsinItaly network of doctors and clinics. This means that, if need be, fellows will receive medical care by the highly specialized and vetted English speaking doctors of the network. 

Hospital safety protocol

Our hospital partners have put in place strict safety guidelines to follow in order to attend the shadowing activities. Students will need to undergo regular checks of their body temperature, symptom checking, and weekly COVID-19 testing.

Quarantine and Isolation Plan

Students required to quarantine or isolate will receive assistance and detailed guidance with up to date information on norms and measures in place.

Excursions and independent travel

To reduce the risk of infection, all excursions and extra-curricular activities have been arranged within a shorter travel distance with safe transportation options.