The Vatican will prohibit persons without a COVID-19 digital certificate from entering its sovereign territories starting Oct. 1, the Holy See Press Office announced Monday.
The ordinance issued by Cdl. Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, was promulgated on the express orders of Pope Francis in his audience Sept. 7, the statement said.
Francis said he was prepared “to adopt all appropriate measures to prevent, control and combat the ongoing public health emergency,” even though there are currently zero cases of COVID-19 in the Vatican and no deaths caused by the disease.
The digital certificate or “Green Pass” requires the individual to be double vaccinated, have undergone a PCR or rapid antigen test with negative results in the last 48 hours, or possess a medical certificate proving recovery from SARS-CoV-2.
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