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Update on traveling to Italy during Covid times

Update on traveling to Italy during Covid times

Old Oct 29th, 2021, 07:21 AM
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Re: CDC card, we made a photocopy of each of our cards, cut them down to size, and put them in the plastic card holders, They were accepted *everywhere*. We had the original cards safely tucked away in case they were needed -- they never were.
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Old Oct 29th, 2021, 07:22 AM
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Thank you!! Great info!!
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Old Oct 29th, 2021, 07:26 AM
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The way we showed our cards (without the pen!)
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Old Oct 29th, 2021, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by annw
Re: CDC card, we made a photocopy of each of our cards, cut them down to size, and put them in the plastic card holders, They were accepted *everywhere*. We had the original cards safely tucked away in case they were needed -- they never were.
We had photocopies/scanned copy on phone rejected on our trip to Europe. Some countries did not want the card laminated.
Varied greatly, but seemed some were sticklers & some not.. Oddly customs was more lax that some restaurants.
Be sure you Date Of Birth is on the card (uploaded card to airline sites reject verification if there's no DOB)

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Old Oct 29th, 2021, 11:10 AM
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We were only in Italy, so our card experience limited to that country, though we were in Milan, Venice, Florence, hill towns, Amalfi Coast, and Naples.
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Old Nov 14th, 2021, 04:26 PM
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picture vs actual card

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Thanks so much for this - we leave in less than a month . Quick follow-up - do you know if they would take a picture of the card or did it have to be the physical card?
The answer to that one (at least in Italy) was definitely not - I watched a couple of people get into some unpleasant moments when they tried to use the picture instead of the card. So do bring the actual card with youl
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Old Nov 14th, 2021, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by lauramsgarden
The answer to that one (at least in Italy) was definitely not - I watched a couple of people get into some unpleasant moments when they tried to use the picture instead of the card. So do bring the actual card with youl
We took a good photocopy and placed it in a plastic holder, carrying the originals in a safe place. We also had copies on our phone (photos folder) if needed. Showing the copy in the plastic sleeve worked great.
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Old Nov 15th, 2021, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by annw
We took a good photocopy and placed it in a plastic holder, carrying the originals in a safe place. We also had copies on our phone (photos folder) if needed. Showing the copy in the plastic sleeve worked great.
In Rome my experience so far has been as follows: in some venues they've asked for the CDC card in the original. When I tried to show a photocopy or a digitized version of my card that I have on my phone it was not accepted. That was totally fine with me as I appreciate that some restauranteurs are being so careful. In a few places, despite a sign saying that the green pass is necessary, I have not been asked for documentation of any sort. I'm carrying my CDC card (original) in my wallet at all times--it fits well in what in the US is sold as a "snack" sized ziplock bag as I didn't order the handy card holder that others have shown in time for my departure. I do worry about losing the card, and find myself checking my wallet more than I probably should, but that's me! As others have mentioned earlier, it feels far safer in Italy than it felt in the US---people are really wearing their masks--no "chin masks," and a great many people seem to be wearing KN95s indoors, and even on crowded streets a large % of people are wearing at least surgical style masks What a relief. (Not to hijack this thread: but will post at a future point and in a different thread about my experiences studying Italian in Rome and staying in an apt near Piazza Barberini. In short: all IS beyond perfect in both regards. So appreciate the advice I've received from other here.)
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Old Nov 15th, 2021, 09:53 AM
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Thanks so much for all the info! Just scheduled our covid tests, 6 days and counting, it's a little overwhelming managing all the requirements but I know it will all be worth it!!
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Old Nov 15th, 2021, 12:51 PM
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Am currently in Rome. Getting boarding pass at JFK had to show CDC card and the passenger locator form but was not asked for the rapid antigen test that caused me quite a bit of angst as I live in the Poconos with not much access to places doing such testing. Finally found a place, got the test done for $60 and it was just a little swabbing of my nares. I thought they would have to go way down which is why I paid to have them do it. Anyway, waited 15 min for result. Am a bit annoyed that no one asked to see it even on arrival at Rome airport.
Have seen a few places with the tents for the rapid testing but we are going to Morocco next and since we are coming from a B category country we have to find a place to get the PCR test. Not many places doing it as far as I have been able to find out.

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