Beginning October 1st all in the Vatican will be required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery within the past six months, or recent negative test result of COVID19.
The mandate applies to anyone entering the Vatican City State, except for those attending liturgical celebrations “for the time strictly necessary for the conduct of the rite.”
President of the Vatican City State Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello issued the ordinance after Pope Francis asked him to “take all appropriate measures to prevent, control and combat the ongoing public health emergency” to ensure “the health and well-being of the working community while respecting the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of each of its members.”
Social distancing, mask-wearing, and other health norms will remain in place for celebrations open to the public, such as Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica or Pope Francis’ General Audience.
The Vatican’s “Green Pass” mandate came a day after Italy became the first European country to mandate COVID-19 passes nationwide.