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HELP! . EU digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)

Hi everyone,
We will be in Italy (if they let us in) from 8/28 to 9/11. We arrive in Venice, take a train to Milan, train to Lake Como, train to Cinque Terre, train to Florence, train to Rome, fly to back to US. We do not yet have train tickets or even know which carriers we will be using. However, the EU-dPLF application requires you to name the rail carriers, train numbers, carriage numbers, etc.. Does anyone know what should be entered in these fields? A couple of years ago when we were there, we simply bought a train ticket and went where we wanted, when we wanted to go, with no pressure. But now... we literally have no idea when we will want to leave each town/area yet. Has anyone been since August 6th when this was implemented, who could give me some tips? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, GK

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Enter the data of the trains you'll presumably take. Some routes are served only by Trenitalia, for instance all the Milan-Monterosso lnteRcity trains.
By looking up the schedules in advance you could decide to enjoy a few discounts, I doubt you don't know the day you'll have to take the train from Florence to Rome.

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From what I was told from people on here you only need to let them know how you got in the country. Not your destinations via train each time. So it would be just your flight to Venice. If that’s your case. We are flying Delta from PDX to ATL to Venice and that’s all I put on the form for my wife and I. No train travel when in country.

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I completed our form this morning as edryer4356 describes with no issues.

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Ditto to what edryer4356 states. Only need to show your inbound flight details on the dPLF form. Just completed our forms for Italy trip Sept 12-28.

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No one has asked for our dplf or our green certificates in the last five days in the north of Italy. do your best. its likely to be unasked and unchecked.

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How far in advance are you supposed to fill the form out? I haven’t done mine yet. Leaving in 2 weeks.

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Thanks to everyone, (especially Bouthie... since you are the only one who has been to Italy since August 6th and tried out your dPLF in real life). That said, I do appreciate all who took the time to give me tips/opinions/advice. My biggest concern is that we will be taking 5 trains all over the country and if Frank is correct and they will want a record to trace everywhere we go then my paperwork will be grossly unprepared. I'm going to do my best and roll the dice anyway though. If Bouthie didn't get asked or checked in the last 5 days there, I'd hope we'll be okay too.

Say Bouthie, did you travel by train or bus any while in Italy?

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No one has asked for our dplf or our green certificates in the last five days in the north of Italy. do your best. its likely to be unasked and unchecked.

Nobody is supposed to check your dplf after the airline employees during the check-in. What made you think it would be different?
If you entered a Museum they should have checked the CDC card, but I assume you are an obvious tourist. The CDC card will be necessary to travel only on high speed trains and only after September 1. In short bouthie, what's happening to you in August is only partially relevant for gk who's travelling in September.

then my paperwork will be grossly unprepared.

Do You really think that making an unplanned train trip... like from Venice to Padua... would be illegal because you did not write about it in the dplf and your paperwork would be unprepared? Fill what you can, the best you can.

Open for tourism means open for tourism, and tourists take last minute decisions and make day-trips by train while touring.

After September 1, Train conductors of bullet trains and Museum staff will check your CdC cards, I doubt they even know what the dplf is.

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Here (https://adpics.com/images/1a_dplf.png) is the first page. It asked everything about 'Ground Transport', 'Station of Boarding', 'Point of Entry - destination country'. And the accompanying drop-downs don't help. If all of you have already completed yours, I'd love to look at it, because this is insane.

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How are you getting to Venice?? If you are flying you do not need to worry about ground transportation. You only need to enter how you are getting into the country. Not how you will be going from place to place via train. Only how you are getting into country!!!!!!!!! If you are flying into Venice from the USA you only need to select air transportation. And fill out accordingly!

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This is the website I used: https://app.euplf.eu/#/

Under "Transportation Type" you are being asked how you are coming into Italy. As you are flying in you check aircraft. Then you are asked if it's a direct flight or not. I'm entering by ferry so for me it asks ferry line, ship name, departing port with date and time, arrival port with date and time, seat/cabin number which if unknown you just put UKN. I'm traveling to 3 cities and all that's asked for are the hotel names (if any) and addresses. Doesn't ask how I'm getting from city to city or any dates.

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Okay, now I see. Italy really doesn't care what I do after I get there... they just want to know how I got into the country. Got it. We depart the US on Friday, we're spending a few days in Paris and then flying to Venice. (We take trains to all other Italian cities after that - though this info is irrelevant to Italy) Hmmm, I suppose my 'departure" location is actually France then, huh? Or would it be U.S. since that was my original departure? I just want to do everything properly and get it all right to keep hassle to a minimum.

I'm already preparing myself for this to be the worst vacation ever because of all the covid scares, daily new threats, fearful restaurants and attractions not opening, etc.. But, I'm hopeful that the majority of the trip will be enjoyable. Our Italy vacation got scrapped last year, so we re-booked everything for this year. And not this year has turned out to be sketchy too. Oh well, I suppose we'll just roll with the punches and pray. Thanks again!

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Very helpful info- I completed my form and not leaving until 9/30.

Question do you need one per family- traveling with mother and daughter or does each person need own?

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Does anyone know of an official site that tells the time frame in which to fill out and this form? I read “somewhere” that it needs to be filled out within 48hours of boarding flight but have no idea if that is accurate.

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I was told the window is 72 hours before boarding... but it too has not been confirmed.

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Interested in hearing others experiences over the next few weeks. Departing US 9/29 flying into Rome for 2 weeks in Italy.

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I'm trying to fill out the form - my permanent residence is in Italy, so it wants to know my temporary residence before I get there, but when I try to put in my US address (from which I'll be leaving to go to Italy) it is rejected by the app and erased. I can't move forward.
Has anyone run into this problem? Any ideas how to get around it?

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Hi: I completed the form and it was accepted very quickly. I printed a hard copy to have just in case I need it for trains, etc., although I shouldn't.

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If you go to the web site to fill in the form there is an instruction manual. I suggest everyone read it before starting to fill out the form.

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How far in advance are you supposed to fill the form out? I haven’t
done mine yet. Leaving in 2 weeks.

I completed my form and not leaving until 9/30.

Does anyone know of an official site that tells the time frame in
which to fill out and this form? I read “somewhere” that it needs to
be filled out within 48hours of boarding flight but have no idea if
that is accurate.

I was told the window is 72 hours before boarding... but it too has
not been confirmed

We are flying United. Their instructions under the Travel Ready section say to upload the form at 72 hours pre-flight.
I believe from scanning the manual that you can fill out the form sooner, just don't need to upload to your airlines til later.

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Question do you need one per family- traveling with mother and
daughter or does each person need own?

Each adult needs their own form and own account.

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Hi, we are leaving for Venice on 9/5 so i was in the process of filling out the dPLF and it was going fine until i typed in the flights getting there, and for each of the flights the response came "please fill out a correct time and date". They were correct. I read the manual... has anyone run into this problem?
Thanks

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In the FAQ section of the euplf website, for airflight---it says to fill it out "after check in and before embarkation."
In 2 weeks we fly from Atlanta to Venice
questions:
1) are these forms available to the check-in? Do we get a paper copy? Digital?

2) has anyone filled them out and submitted them PRIOR to departure?

Thanks

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gk - When you fill in the form you will check the "indirect flight". It will then ask you where you departed from (US), visited/transit countries (France) and where you are entering Italy.

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hey hey gk
please let us know how this adventure is going??
it's been a while!!
aloha

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If anyone has had recent experience on how far in advance the locator form can be filled out would love to hear. We fly Delta to Rome next week and I did mine a few weeks ago. think it’s fine but the info is not clear and Delta doesn’t know either for sure. I can go in and revise it and generate a new email if I have to but I’m told it will keep the same QR code so I really don’t think it’s necessary but so unclear. Thanks.

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I filled mine out about two weeks before our flight. It wasn’t my intention to fill it out that soon. I was just going to take a look at it because so many people seem to be having problems with it but it turned out to be easy so I went ahead and did it. Later after online check-in, I went in and edited my form to include my wife’s seat assignment. I did not upload the form to the Delta website but handed the agent a paper copy.

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My wife and I entered Italy from Atlanta to Venice Sept 10. Adolf and negative COVID within 72 hrs of flight presented at airport. We tried to enter the arena in Verona today and when the QR code was scanned it came back invalid. We had to show our negative test results to gain entry. Why would our QR code submitted Aug 8 be invalid?? Should we complete a new dPLF?

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Pretty sure the dPLF does not include or indicate your vaccination status

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Okay, we JUST returned from our 16-day whirlwind visit to Paris and Italy. First of all, nobody (customs people or anyone else) asked for our dPLF.. stateside nor in Venice (but best to complete it, print it, and have it with you just in case). Actually, very little was asked of us besides our passports. The airline agents asked for the CDC vaccination card or either a negative covid test (taken within 72 hours of arrival or departure). The trains, museums, and several restaurants asked for the same. But for the most part, the people of Paris and Italy appear to be getting back to normal. We hardly saw any masks being worn anywhere in public. For instance, the Trevi Fountain was packed and we didn't see one mask -on a Saturday afternoon. Look for yourself here to get an idea of what it's like at any given time.

We did Paris, Venice, Milan, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome (in that order). One hotelier asked if we were being chased by the police lol. All areas were crowded, perhaps less so than pre-covid, but crowded just the same. Funny side note: one tourist 'Karen' on the train from Manarola to Vernazza was walking down the aisle telling people who were not wearing their masks to put one on. Most ignored her and many passengers clapped when she got off the train.

The weather was beautiful all 17 days. Paris was cool so you needed a jacket or sweater. But, every spot in Italy was in the 80s every day and 70s in the evening. Customs getting out of Rome and into the U.S. seemed slower and more cluster-filled than in past trips - even though there supposedly are fewer people traveling these days.

To sum up: It was a great trip. Before we left, we were told that western Europe was on the verge of shutting down again. However, in more than 2 weeks, we so zero signs of that. In fact, it looked like everyone was enjoying the crowds and all that fresh money pouring into the continent. Merchants seemed happy and busy again... and tourists, as well as locals, were eating it up.

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Thanks for your detailed and informative post. Regarding the proof of negative COVID test that you provided, could you say more about what form of document you provided? For example, you can get a simple COVID test for $40-60 (I'm not sure what kind of document you get for the result) or you can buy the "travel package" which generally costs $125 and comes with an official embossed document. I don't see references to requirements for the latter, but I'm wondering whether the document for the former would suffice. Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

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The test that we got before leaving the U.S. was the Rapid Antigen test. You can get the test at most pharmacies. In France and Italy, they are even easier to get. We got one in Paris two days before we flew to Venice (there is a 72-hour window before flying in which you must have a negative covid test). We got another test in Florence 3 days (72 hours) before we were to fly out from Rome to the U.S..

If you don't have the CDC vaccination card you might have to get a test every 72 hours just to be covered if you're asked. But quite frankly, we were told twice "no problem, it's just for looking". We took this to mean that if Health Officials were to show up they could prove that we showed them something. All museums want to see your "green pass". This is the European version of the CDC vaccination card. However, for Americans, the CDC card is accepted everywhere. If you don't have a CDC card (if you haven't been vaccinated) and there is a must-see museum for which you have tickets, go to a Pharmacia and get the test. They will give you a paper version of the negative results and also email the same to you that you should be able to get on your phone. The tests cost ranged from 24 euros to 50 euros, depending on the pharmacy. Hope this answered your questions.

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GK

Funny side note: one tourist 'Karen' on the train from Manarola to Vernazza was walking down the aisle telling people who were not wearing their masks to put one on. Most ignored her and many passengers clapped when she got off the train.

Thanks for your trip report and the useful information
However.... Respectfully ,I do not find your funny side note to be funny at all.
This is not meant to scold but rather as food for thought.
There is a legal requirement to wear masks on public transportation throughout Italy.
This open defiance is upsetting in of itself but the seeming celebration of that is disheartening.

Shouldn't we as travelers anywhere but especially in a foreign country be diligent in our respect of local custom and law?

Do others have any thoughts ?

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Thanks for the good info. We are vaccinated (and have the CDC card). Regarding the Rapid Antigen test, a few more follow-up questions: (1) what is the form of "proof" you provided - an official-looking paper document, a QR code, an email, etc.? (2) who did you provide the proof to - the airline (upon boarding), someone else at the airport, ...? (3) which airline did you use (if you don't mind saying so), as I gather from others that it is the airline that does the checking, and so perhaps they have different standards (I happen to be flying American)?

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Hmm... different strokes, I guess. But to address your last point, it was mostly Italians who were clapping. They seem to be even sicker of the masks than the Americans or other foreigners in Italy.

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@pasquale: The proof we provided was a paper 'negative test' document that the pharmacist will give you. In fact, they will give you a signed paper copy and also email one to you that you should be able to view on your phone. No QR code was necessary, though the European "Green Pass" has one. Your CDC card will work everywhere the Green Pass does. At least that was our experience everywhere we went.

We were asked to show the negative test document to every airline and also at customs. The airlines we flew were United, KLM, Alitalia, and EasyJet. Our friends flew Delta.

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Quote: "Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs) are used by public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case travellers are exposed to an infectious disease during their travel by airplane or aircraft, ship (cruise/ferry), rail, bus or automobile."

This website answers many of the questions raised by various people in this forum:
https://www.euplf.eu/en/home/index.html

For those of you who're visiting Italy; you will also need to fill up this self-declaration form:
https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/08/modulo_rientro_da_estero__26_08_20_inglese.pdf

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For those of you who're visiting Italy; you will also need to fill up this self-declaration form:
https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/08/modulo_rientro_da_estero__26_08_20_inglese.pdf

This is no longer true. The dPLF replaced the self-declaration form. Info quoted and linked below.

"The digital Passenger Locator Form replaces the declaration referred to in Art. 50, paragraph 1 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021."

https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioContenutiNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&id=5412&area=nuovoCoronavirus&menu=vuoto&tab=11