COVID-19 updates for Monash Prato Centre
Last updated 14 June 2022
All Monash travellers (students and staff) must:
- be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (inclusive of any government booster doses required for domestic or international destinations - see Requirements to access the Monash Prato Centre and to enter Italy below);
- ensure they have access to and are covered under the University’s travel insurance policy; and
- avoid destinations that require a period of hotel quarantine (for Italy, hotel quarantine is not required - see Requirements to access the Monash Prato Centre and to enter Italy below).
Read the Monash travel advice web page for further details.
- Until 15 June 2022, all visiting teaching staff and Prato-based staff are required to have the equivalent of a 'Super Green Pass' in order to enter the Monash Prato Centre. A Super Green Pass is issued when an individual has either (1) been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with either three doses or two doses no more than four months prior, or (2) recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. The Super Green Pass has unlimited validity.
- Monash students are required to have had two doses (primary vaccination series) to study at the Monash Prato Centre, and booster doses are strongly recommended.
- To enter Italy, from 1 June 2022, travellers are no longer required to present the COVID-19 Green Certificate or equivalent. However, please note that:
- once you are in Italy, the COVID-19 Green Certificate is still required to teach at our centre (see above) and to access certain venues (see below); and
- you should check what vaccination or other COVID-19 requirements your transit destination or airline may have.
- Once you are in Italy, you can enter most venues and access most services without needing to show your vaccination status except for certain visits to hospitals, aged care or similar facilities (a basic Green Pass is required for these locations, i.e., you must test negative to a rapid antigen or PCR test). Information about the Green Pass, and venues and services that require it, can be found on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
- We recommend you carry a copy of your vaccination certificate (digital and print) with you at all times when in Italy and also a copy of the statement 'Recognition of Australian-issued COVID-19 vaccination certificates (ICVC) in Italy' (downloadable from the Australian Embassy in Rome’s COVID-19 Portal for Travellers under 'What to do if you don't have a 'Super' Green pass?').
- Vaccination certificates issued abroad are recognised in Italy if the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (including Pfizer-BioNtech Comirnaty, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Nuvaxovid (Novavax)) or is considered equivalent by the Italian legislation (Covishield, Fiocruz, R-Covi)) and if the certificate contains the following information: personal details of the holder, details of the vaccine, date(s) of administration of the vaccine, identity of the certificate issuer. The above information must be written in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish or German. If issued in a different language, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.
- A vaccination exemption for medical reasons only is permitted upon presentation of required documentation.
Travel outside Italy
- We advise you to avoid personal travel outside of Italy prior to the start of and during your program, but if you decide to travel to other destinations you will be responsible for checking any COVID-related restrictions or measures at your destination location as well as between those countries and Italy. You should also ensure your travel insurance policy covers personal travel.
- European countries have relatively widespread COVID-19 vaccination checks. You can find out more about the EU Digital COVID Certificate on the European Commission’s website. COVID-19 testing is no longer required for travel within Europe.
- Some countries may require a Passenger Locator Form to be completed before entry. Check the Smartraveller website for details.
- Entry into Italy: Covid-19 green certificates, equivalents and exceptions, Italian Ministry of Health
- Visa information
- Monash travel advice
- Travel and safety advice for Italy, Smartraveller website, Australian Government
- Students must check in daily with a swipe card that we’ll provide at the orientation.
- Conference convenors are required to keep a daily register of participant attendance.
- All other visitors (including visiting teaching staff) must register each day at our Reception on the first floor.
- Daily attendance registration is required by law in Italy for use by centre staff for health and safety purposes such as coronavirus contact tracing and in the event of an emergency evacuation. Data will be stored and managed in accordance with the relevant privacy legislation.
- You must wear a fitted FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of our centre. FFP2 face masks are also required on public transport, in taxis and in some venues such as theatres and cinemas. Face masks are strongly recommended indoors, and outdoors if you can’t physically distance.
- You can buy face masks at pharmacies, supermarkets, perfumeries and hardware stores.
- We are applying distancing measures of at least one metre where possible in classrooms, meeting rooms and all communal areas in the centre.
- In our staff offices, only one visitor is allowed at a time.
- You are encouraged to use the hand sanitiser stations located throughout the centre.
- Sanitiser wipes are provided in all computer laboratories and visiting staff offices so you can wipe down the keyboard and mouse before and after use.
- If there is a positive COVID-19 case at the centre, we will arrange any additional onsite cleaning if required.
- You must not attend the centre if you are feeling unwell, awaiting test results and/or have symptoms.
- If you have symptoms, you should do a rapid antigen test (RAT). You can buy a RAT from pharmacies or supermarkets (for approximately 5-10 euro each). The closest pharmacies are Lloyds Farmacia in Piazza Mercatale 147a and in via Cavour 91.
- If you test positive for COVID-19:
- Monash students and staff must inform the centre’s health practitioner (we will provide the health practitioner’s phone number at your orientation) who will arrange a follow-up certified antigen test at selected pharmacies (the closest pharmacies are Lloyds Farmacia in Piazza Mercatale 147a and in via Cavour 91) or at the Istituto Santo Stefano (Misericordia) in via Francesco Ferrucci 55. Should this test return positive, the centre’s health practitioner will inform the centre. Monash students and staff must also notify the University’s travel insurance provider Global 24 Assistance. The centre’s health practitioner will monitor your health status and prescribe medication and/or recommend hospital admission if necessary.
- Non-Monash conference participants should have a follow-up certified antigen test at either selected pharmacies (the closest pharmacies are Lloyds Farmacia in Piazza Mercatale 147a and in via Cavour 91) or at the Istituto Santo Stefano (Misericordia) in via Francesco Ferrucci 55. Should this test return positive, you must inform your conference convenor (who must in turn inform either the centre Senior Events Officer or the centre Manager) and your travel insurance provider.
- All other visitors should have a follow-up certified antigen test at either selected pharmacies (the closest pharmacies are Lloyds Farmacia in Piazza Mercatale 147a and in via Cavour 91) or at the Istituto Santo Stefano (Misericordia) in via Francesco Ferrucci 55. Should this test return positive, you must inform the centre Manager.
- If the centre is advised of a positive case, we will notify all centre visitors by email with instructions for close contacts.
- See Isolation requirements and arrangements below for next steps
- If you test positive to COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated and have received a booster in the last 120 days, you must isolate for seven days of which the last three days must be without symptoms. All other positive cases must isolate for at least 10 days, of which the last three days must be without symptoms.
- Isolation ends only with a negative certified rapid antigen or PCR test result (or, if you continue to test positive and have no symptoms after seven days, isolation ends after 21 days).
- After your isolation period, you can re-enter the centre following presentation of the COVID recovery certificate issued by the local health authorities (i.e., the pharmacy or the Istituto Santo Stefano (Misericordia) in Via Francesco Ferrucci 55).
- Close contacts of a probable or confirmed COVID-19 positive case are required to self-monitor, wear an FFP2 mask for 10 days from the day of first contact, and, at the first sign of symptoms, do a rapid antigen test (RAT) (see Symptoms and testing above for full testing requirements). In Italy, a close contact of a probable or confirmed COVID-19 positive case is someone who fits any of the following categories:
- lives in the same house (or shared accommodation) as a COVID-19 case
- has had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case (e.g., handshake)
- has had direct unprotected contact with secretions from a COVID-19 case (e.g., touching used tissues with bare hands)
- has had direct contact (face-to-face) with a COVID-19 case at less than 2 metres in distance and for at least 15 minutes
- has been in a closed space (e.g., classroom, meeting room, hospital waiting room) with a COVID-19 case, without adequate personal protective equipment
- is a health worker or other person who provides direct assistance to a COVID-19 case or laboratory staff who handle COVID-19 testing specimens without adequate personal protective equipment
- has travelled by train, plane or any other mode of transport seated within two places from a COVID-19 case; travel companions and staff near a COVID-19 case are also close contacts
- We will provide support to students and visiting staff if you have to isolate, including informing your accommodation provider and those who may have been sharing a room or staying at the same property with you. For students, we have booked a room or mini-apartment for isolation purposes. If necessary and in the event of multiple positive cases, positive cases will isolate together. We can provide a list of food delivery outlets. We can also assist you with obtaining medications through the health physician.
- Our centre is equipped to continue course and conference activities remotely through facilitating recordings or live streaming (according to the room being used). Our IT services staff are available to assist students, teaching staff and conference convenors with this.
- If a student’s isolation period coincides with a field trip, the teaching staff and our Academic Programs and Internships Coordinator will determine what alternative activities could be arranged.
Monash students and staff can access free and confidential telephone counselling 24 hours a day 7 days a week from Italy by calling 800 791 847 (toll free)
Monash students and staff can access the University’s travel insurance provider’s Global 24 Advisory Assistance Accident & Health 24/7 Emergency Hotline by calling +61 2 9312 5191 (reverse charges)
- To Australia: There is currently no requirement for inbound passengers to Australia to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Please refer to the COVID-19: Re-entry and quarantine measures on the Smartraveller website to check the latest information.
- To Malaysia: Please refer to the traveller’s checklist on the MySafeTravel website for the latest information on re-entry requirements for Malaysia.
- For re-entry to other countries, please refer to the relevant government website to check any COVID-19 testing or other requirements.