Pope Francis orders no entry to the Vatican City unless coronavirus Green Pass is presented, effective October 1.
The Vatican states that the Green Pass can be obtained by showing proof of coronavirus vaccination, demonstrating recovery from the coronavirus, or establishing a negative result on rapid antigen or PCR test.
The Pope’s decree also declares the mandated Green Pass extends to the Vatican’s extraterritorial properties included in the 1929 Lateran Treaty, Vatican-owned churches throughout Italy are included.
The pope himself instructed the Governorate of Vatican City State to issue the mandate “to prevent, control, and combat the public health emergency” in Vatican territory.
According to the decree, Francis did so while asserting the necessity of “ensuring the health and well-being of the working community with respect for the dignity, rights, and fundamental freedoms of each of its members.”
The Vatican’s internal police force or “gendarmerie” will be entrusted to enforce the mandate.
“These provisions apply to citizens and residents of the State, personnel in service of any sort of the Governorate of the State of Vatican City and of the various bodies of the Roman Curia and the institutions connected to it, to all visitors and users of services,” the decree stipulates.
The Vatican rule makes an exception for those who participate in liturgical celebrations “for the time strictly necessary for the performance of the rite,” while ensuring that such people adhere to health regulations on social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment, the limitation of movement, and gathering size.
The Vatican’s doctrinal office has declared the coronavirus should be “voluntary,” but Pope Francis thas stated “ethically everyone should take the vaccine” and that refusing the vaccine manifests “suicidal denialism.”
The Green Pass will be required for anyone wishing to work. Anyone who works without the certificate will be considered unjustifiably absent and unpaid, subject to punitive fines.