You might have wondered how to get the anti-Covid vaccine in a foreign country, as a tourist or a non-resident person currently living abroad. The concern around the anti-Covid vaccination meets doubts and concerns also around the volunteers that, under the European Solidarity Corps, are already carrying out their activities in another country or are about to.
No worries, we’ve got you covered.
Based on our experience, we are able to give you the details to get the anti-Covid vaccine as a foreigner in Italy.
Our experience area covers just Italy, so if you are currently volunteering as foreigner in another EU country please refer to your National Agency or ask directly to your hosting organisation for help.
Moreover, the vaccination process may vary from region to another. Keep in mind to check on the process that best suits your situation.
The very first thing to do, is to get a Fiscal Code, if you don’t have one already.
In Italy, the Anti-Covid vaccine is available to anyone with a National Fiscal Code, which is your reference identification number. The Fiscal Code is a code made up of letters and numbers on the basis of your first name, family name, date and place of birth and it is used by the Public Administration to identify the citizens living in Italy. All those living in Italy need to have their own.
The first step is therefore, if you don’t have one already, to get your Fiscal Code from Agenzia delle Entrate, the fiscal agency of the public administration.
To receive your Fiscal Code it is necessary to fill out the Form called “Modello AA4 8“, that you can easily find for download. After that, the process goes entirely online.
The second step is to send by email (your personal email) the “Modello AA4 8” to the Agenzia delle Entrate office closest to you. To find out which offices are near you, check out the website. In 1-working day you will receive an email attesting your Fiscal Code, which is mandatory to book an anti-Covid vaccine.
In Lombardy Region, once obtained your Fiscal Code, you have to access the Vaccination Portal. You will see different option. Click on “Clicca qui” as showed below.
Scroll down, click on the green button “Prenota Vaccino” and in the middle of the page you will see the following copy:
Click on “link” in green. This is necessary to pre-register and validate your Fiscal Code. Insert the information required: your new Fiscal Code, your First and Second Name (“Nome”, “Cognome”), your birth date (“Data di nascita”), and your telephone number (“Numero di telefono”) (when providing your telephone number, please remember that it must be an Italian telephone number. If you don’t have one already, you can use someone else’s number, as long as it is an Italian one). Eventually, click on “Invia“. Your Fiscal Code can take up to 72 hours to be validated.
We invite you to keep on trying to book your anti-Covid vaccine in any case, as the public administration will not tell you when your Fiscal Code is ready to be used.
Once your Fiscal Code is validated, go back to the Vaccination Portal. Click on “Prenota Vaccino” (do not insert your data here) and scrolling down, in the middle of the page, you will see the following copy:
Click on “link” in green.
Going further, you will see the following page in which you have to select “Cittadino straniero in emersione” under “Seleziona tipologia”. And then to insert you Fiscal Code, under “Codice Fiscale o Codice Univoco”.
Remember to flag the Data Protection release.
And finally click on “Accedi“, on the bottom of the page. You will be asked to provide further information on the area where you are living in, therefore the city/town/village and the related postal code.
You will then be able to see which time-slots are available for booking and choose the one that your prefer.
The online process to book an anti-Covid vaccine in Italian regions other than Lombardy do not vary. The only difference is that the online process must go through the following Vaccination Portal: Vaccinazione in Italia. The steps showed above are exactly the same on this (even) different website.
Once booked your anti-Covid vaccine, you will receive a QR code. Such QR code must be shown when going to your appointment. Please also remember to bring your identification documents and your Fiscal Code.
We do not have enough information about getting the second vaccine dose in a different country, meaning that if you have already been vaccinated in your home country and willing to get the second dose in Italy, this is still not possible, as the European public administration are still on the way to be coordinated.