From 10 January 2022 new, stricter regulations designed to slow down the effects of the Omicron variant will come into effect.
Italy’s ‘Super Green Pass’ (issued to those who are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19) will be required for all journeys on public transport, if you want a caffè at the counter, to dine at a restaurant whether inside or outside on the terrace, to stay in a hotel, to attend a wedding, fair or conference and to go to a ski resort. The regular Green Pass, given to those with a negative Covid test and valid for 48 or 72 hours, will not be accepted in these places.
Quarantine rules also change.
Those who come into contact with an infected person and who had been fully vaccinated or have received their booster do not require to quarantine but must wear the FFP2 mask everywhere, indoor and outdoors, for 10 days. They are prohibited from going to the cinema, theatre or museums during this time and must take a Covid test five days after initial exposure.
Those who have not yet received a booster vaccination within four months after the second jab must still quarantine for five days (reduced from seven).
Otherwise who have not been so vaccinated are obliged to self-isolate at home for ten days (reduced to seven for those who are asymptomatic) followed in both cases by a Covid test.
For information on testing see the Puglia Region website. Some pharmacies may be able to offer or recommend testing services and can provide additional support and assistance if needed.