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Airlines Updates

Published on 15.11.2020
Alitalia resumes flights from Rome to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires from mid-December

Published on 09.11.2020
New Alitalia Set To Have 75 Aircraft: Eyes Far Reaching International Routes

Published on 02.11.2020
Alitalia To Sell Assets To New State-Owned Company

22.10.2020 Alitalia during the month of November 2020 schedules following International routes, effective 25OCT20 – 30NOV20. As of 21OCT20, some of the frequencies listed below will also be maintained in the first half of December. Additional changes remain possible.

Milan Linate – Amsterdam 7 weekly E175
Milan Linate – Brussels 6 weekly E175
Milan Linate – London Heathrow 7 weekly A319
Milan Linate – Paris CDG 7 weekly E175
Rome – Algiers eff 02DEC20 3 weekly E175
Rome – Amsterdam 7 weekly A319
Rome – Athens 5 weekly E175/190/A319
Rome – Barcelona 5 weekly E175
Rome – Cairo 5 weekly A319
Rome – Frankfurt 7 weekly E175
Rome – Geneva 7 weekly E175
Rome – London Heathrow 12 weekly A319
Rome – Madrid 5 weekly E190
Rome – Malta 3 weekly E175
Rome – Marseille 10 weekly E175/190
Rome – Munich 7 weekly E175/190
Rome – New York JFK 3 weekly A330
Rome – Nice 7 weekly E175
Rome – Paris CDG 12 weekly A319
Rome – Tirana 5 weekly E190/A319
Rome – Tunis 5 weekly E175
Rome – Zurich 7 weekly E175

20.10.2020 easyJet in winter 2020/21 season is closing 2 Italian bases on seasonal basis, impacting operations at Naples and Venice. Planned adjustment, based on the airline’s web booking system up to 18OCT20, as follows.

Frequency reduction during the period of 25OCT20 – 17DEC20 (selected routes will see reductions from 03NOV20):
Naples – Paris Orly
Venice – Berlin
Venice – Liverpool
Venice – London Gatwick (reduced frequency until 03DEC20)
Venice – Paris CDG (No operation 02NOV20 – 12NOV20)
Venice – Paris Orly

Following routes will continue to be served during winter 2020/21 season:
Naples – Athens (resumes from 12FEB21)
Naples – Geneva
Naples – London Gatwick
Naples – Milan Malpensa
Venice – London Luton (resumes from 04DEC20)

Following service cancelled between 25OCT20 – 17DEC20 (selected routes cancelled from 03NOV20):
Naples – Amsterdam
Naples – Basel
Naples – Berlin (reduced frequency scheduled 05JAN21 – 06FEB21)
Naples – Catania
Naples – Hurghada
Naples – London Luton (No flights scheduled 05JAN21 – 11FEB21)
Naples – Lyon
Naples – Nice
Naples – Palermo
Naples – Prague (No flights scheduled 01JAN21 – 04FEB21)
Naples – Tel Aviv
Naples – Tenerife South
Naples – Turin
Venice – Amsterdam
Venice – Aqaba
Venice – Bristol
Venice – Catania
Venice – Edinburgh
Venice – Hurghada
Venice – Lyon
Venice – Manchester
Venice – Marrakech
Venice – Marsa Alam
Venice – Naples
Venice – Nice
Venice – Prague
Venice – Sharm el Sheikh
Venice – Tel Aviv (cancelled until 16DEC20)

Following routes cancelled for entire winter season:
Naples – Barcelona
Naples – Bristol
Naples – Edinburgh
Naples – Vienna
Naples – Zurich
Venice – Bari
Venice – Basel
Venice – Brindisi
Venice – Geneva
Venice – Toulouse

20.10.2020 Volotea in winter 2020/21 season plans to operate Venice – Naples service, on board Airbus A319 aircraft. Operational frequency varies during winter season.

19NOV20 – 04DEC20 Day x236
05DEC20 – 11DEC20 Day x147
13DEC20 – 20DEC20 Day x23
21DEC20 – 11JAN21 Daily
12JAN21 – 08FEB21 Day x236
09FEB21 – 29MAR21 Day x6

Following schedule is effective 21DEC20 – 11JAN21.

V71621 VCE1400 – 1520NAP 319 D
V71620 NAP1555 – 1715VCE 319 D

Service operates daily in summer 2021 season, effective 30MAR21.

Published on 12.10.2020
How the new Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA will replace the current Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana

Published on 08.10.2020
Ryanair expands Turin network in late-Oct 2020

Published on 07.10.2020
Neos W20 Rome – Salalah aircraft changes

Published on 01.10.2020
Ryanair schedules new domestic links from Naples from late-Oct 2020

Published on 28.09.2020
Neos resumes Phuket service from late-Dec 2020

15.09.2020 Alitalia in recent inventory update closed reservation for service at Milan Malpensa, for travel between 01OCT20 and 27MAR21. The closure of reservation impacts following routes.

Milan Malpensa – New York JFK 5-7 weekly (Flights available for reservation on/after 01MAR21, as of 14SEP20)
Milan Malpensa – Rome 28 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Tokyo Narita 4 weekly

Published on 09.09.2020
Wizz Air adds domestic routes from Milan in Oct 2020

Published on 28.08.2020
Air Dolomiti adds seasonal Forli service from Dec 2020
Blu Express adds Milan Bergamo – Dakar link from late-October 2020

Published on 24.08.2020
Air Dolomiti adds Munich – Cuneo service from mid-Nov 2020

19.08.2020 Alitalia in the last few days filed inventory changes regarding its Intercontinental operation, for Northern winter 2020/21 season. Latest update as of 18AUG20 sees the airline closing reservations on selected routes.

Additional changes such as re-opening reservation, remains likely.

Milan Malpensa – Tokyo Narita Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 4 weekly A330
Rome – Delhi Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 30NOV20, 1 daily A330
Rome – Johannesburg Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 4 weekly A330
Rome – Los Angeles Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 3 weekly 777-200ER
Rome – Mauritius Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 3 weekly A330
Rome – Mexico City Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 3 weekly 777-200ER (Previously filed default schedule shows no operation 11JAN21 – 08MAR21)
Rome – Miami Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 13DEC20, 1 daily A330
Rome – Rio de Janeiro Galeao Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 1 daily A330
Rome – Washington Dulles Reservation closed 25OCT20 – 27MAR21, 3 weekly A330 (Previously filed default schedule shows no operation 10JAN21 – 07MAR21)

11.08.2020 Volotea in the last few weeks revised planned new routes for summer 2020 season. Due to various issues, the airline has delayed planned service launch, including certain routes being postponed to summer 2021 season.

Latest adjustment as of 07AUG20 as follows.

Bari – Kefallinia eff 07JUL21 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 08JUL20 – 30SEP20)
Bari – Split eff 07JUL21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 08JUL20 – 30SEP20)
Bilbao – Corvera eff 03JUL21 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 13JUN20)
Cagliari – Athens eff 28MAY21 2 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Cagliari – Bilbao eff 29MAY21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 13JUN20)
Cagliari – Deauville eff 27APR21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 16JUN20)
Cagliari – Hannover eff 29MAY21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 13AUG20)
Irakleion – Genoa eff 07JUL21 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 08JUL20 – 30SEP20)
Irakleion – Mykonos eff 28MAY21 2 weekly 717(Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Lyon – Bari eff 01APR21 2 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 15JUN20)
Lyon – Bilbao eff 02APR21 2 weekly 717 (A319/717 from 28MAY21; 1 flight operated in April 2020)
Lyon – Corfu eff 11APR21 2 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 14JUN20)
Lyon – Irakleion eff 10APR21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 13JUN20)
Lyon – Thira eff 14APR21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 17JUN20)
Madrid – Faro eff 30MAY21 2 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 14JUN20)
Marseille – Olbia eff 28MAY21 1 weekly 717 (A319 from 02JUL21; Previous plan: 12JUN20 – 02OCT20)
Mykonos – Dubrovnik eff 29MAY21 2 weekly A319/717 (until 03OCT20; Previous plan: 13JUN20 – 03OCT20)
Mykonos – Irakleion eff 28MAY21 2 weekly 717 (Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Mykonos – Turin eff 07JUL21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 07JUL20)
Naples – Alicante eff 27MAR21 2 weekly A319 (3 flights operated in April 2020)
Nantes – Varna eff 27APR21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 16JUN20 – 29SEP20)
Olbia – Marseille eff 28MAY21 1 weekly 717 (A319 from 02JUL20; Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Palermo – Dubrovnik eff 07JUL21 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 08JUL20 – 30SEP20)
Palma Mallorca – Strasbourg eff 28APR21 1 weekly A319(Previous plan: eff 17JUN20)
Toulouse – Hannover eff 18APR21 1 weekly A319 (1 flight operated in April 2020)
Toulouse – Madrid eff 16OCT20 2 weekly A319 (Previous plan: eff 03APR20)
Venice – Hannover eff 26MAR21 2 weekly 717 (2 flights operated in April 2020)
Venice – Kalamata eff 02JUN21 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: eff 17JUN20)
Venice – Luxembourg eff 18DEC20 2 weekly 717 (3 flights operated in April 2020)
Verona – Preveza eff 07JUL21 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 08JUL20 – 30SEP20)
Verona – Skiathos eff 06JUL21 1 weekly A319(Previous plan: 07JUL20 – 29SEP20)

Previously reported new routes (some with revised launch dates):
Alicante – Luxembourg eff 04APR20 2 weekly A319/717 (Resumed on 03JUL20)
Athens – Corfu 24JUL20 – 28AUG20 2 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 4 weekly from 03JUL20, 1 daily from 25JUL20)
Athens – Lyon eff 08JUL20 1 weekly 717 (2 weekly from 25JUL20, A319 from 02SEP20; Previous plan: eff 13JUN20)
Athens – Marseille eff 05AUG20 2 weekly 717/A319 (Previous plan: eff 13JUN20)
Athens – Split 08JUL20 – 22JUL20 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 2 weekly 717/A319 from 14JUN20)
Bastia – Lyon eff 02AUG20 4 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 4 weekly from 04JUL20, 1 daily 24JUL20 – 01SEP20)
Bastia – Paris Beauvais eff 04JUL20 2 weekly A319 (1 weekly from 01OCT20)
Bastia – Rennes eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319 (1 weekly from 01OCT20)
Biarritz – Lille eff 06JUL20 2 weekly A319
Biarritz – Rennes eff 27JUL20 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 06JUL20)
Biarritz – Strasbourg eff 07SEP20 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 06JUL20)
Bilbao – Castellon eff 15AUG20 1 weekly 717 (Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 11JUL20)
Bilbao – Mahon eff 22JUL20 2 weekly 717 (Previous plan: eff 22JUL20)
Bilbao – Valencia eff 09JUL20 2 weekly 717 (4 weekly from 04SEP20)
Ibiza – Alicante eff 12JUL20 1 weekly 717 (2 weekly from 03SEP20, until 27SEP20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 05JUL20)
Ibiza – Granada eff 03JUL20 1 weekly 717 (2 weekly from 27JUL20, until 28SEP20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 03JUL20)
Ibiza – Santiago de Compostela eff 03JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 28SEP20)
Ibiza – Zaragoza eff 04JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 26SEP20)
Lamezia Terme – Trieste eff 06JUL20 1 weekly 717 (2 weekly from 03SEP20, until 28SEP20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 06JUL20)
Lyon – Ajaccio eff 04JUL20 4 weekly A319 (1 daily 24JUL20 – 02SEP20)
Lyon – Caen eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A319/717 (1 flight operated in April 2020)
Lyon – Faro eff 16JUL20 1 weekly A319 (Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 15JUN20)
Lyon – Figari eff 04JUL20 4 weekly A319 (1 daily 24JUL20 – 03SEP20)
Lyon – Malaga eff 06JUL20 1 weekly 717(A319 from 07SEP20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 12JUN20)
Mahon – Alicante eff 03JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 25SEP20)
Mahon – Granada eff 06JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 28SEP20)
Mahon – Malaga eff 06JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 27SEP20)
Mahon – Santiago de Compostela eff 05JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 27SEP20)
Mahon – Seville eff 03JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 25SEP20)
Mahon – Valencia eff 06JUL20 3 weekly 717 (until 28SEP20)
Marseille – Castellon Planned 1 weekly A319 from 16JUN20 cancelled
Montpellier – Figari eff 05JUL20 2 weekly A319 (1 weekly from 02OCT20)
Nantes – Barcelona eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319
Nantes – Nice eff 19JUN20 2 weekly A319
Nice – Brest eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319
Nice – Caen eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319
Olbia – Ancona eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319 (until 02OCT20; Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Olbia – Bologna eff 03JUL20 1 daily A319 (2 daily 24JUL20 – 31AUG20, 2 weekly from 06OCT20)
Olbia – Pescara eff 06JUL20 2 weekly A319 (until 28SEP20)
Olbia – Pisa eff 03JUL20 3 weekly A319/717 (Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Olbia – Trieste eff 06JUL20 2 weekly A319 (until 28SEP20)
Palermo – Trieste eff 03JUL20 2 weekly 717
Palma Mallorca – Alicante eff 27JUL20 1 weekly 717 (2 weekly from 03SEP20, until 28SEP20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 06JUL20)
Palma Mallorca – Deauville eff 08JUL20 1 weekly A319 (717 from 02SEP20; Previous plan: eff 17JUN20)
Palma Mallorca – Valencia Planned 2 weekly 717 from 04JUL20 cancelled
Palma Mallorca – Zaragoza eff 04JUL20 3 weekly 717 (until 28SEP20)
Perpignan – Lille eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319
Rennes – Ajaccio eff 04JUL20 2 weekly A319 (1 weekly from 30SEP20)
Rennes – Bastia eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A319 (1 weekly from 03OCT20)
Rennes – Figari eff 04JUL20 2 weekly A319 (1 weekly from 30SEP20)
Strasbourg – Barcelona eff 09OCT20 2 weekly A319
Toulouse – Dubrovnik eff 29JUL20 1 weekly A319 (until 26AUG20; Previous plan: 2 weekly from 04APR20)
Thessaloniki – Irakleion eff 03JUL20 2 weekly 717 (Previous plan: eff 12JUN20)
Thessaloniki – Mykonos eff 04JUL20 2 weekly 717 (until 03OCT20; Previous plan: eff 13JUN20)
Thessaloniki – Thira eff 05JUL20 2 weekly 717 (3 weekly from 02SEP20; Previous plan: 3 weekly eff 05JUL20)
Turin – Alghero eff 04JUL20 2 weekly A319
Turin – Catania eff 03JUL20 4 weekly A319 (1 daily from 25JUL20)
Turin – Lamezia Terme eff 19JUN20 2 weekly A319/717 (4 weekly 28JUL20 – 31AUG20; 3 flights operated in April 2020)
Verona – Preveza eff 08JUL20 1 weekly A319 (until 30SEP20)
Verona – Skiathos eff 07JUL20 1 weekly A319 (until 29SEP20)
06.08.2020 Alitalia during the month of August 2020 plans to operate following European network, based on 02AUG20 OAG schedules listing. Latest update sees the airline once again operating most routes out of Linate Airport in Milan, instead of Malpensa.

Due to various travel restrictions, last minute modification may occur. Selected routes will see variation of weekly frequency on selected week.

Milan Linate – Alghero 21 weekly
Milan Linate – Amsterdam 7 weekly
Milan Linate – Bari 14 weekly
Milan Linate – Brindisi 21 weekly
Milan Linate – Brussels 6 weekly
Milan Linate – Cagliari 56-57 weekly
Milan Linate – Catania 43 weekly
Milan Linate – Corfu 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Ibiza 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Irakleion 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Lamezia Terme 21 weekly
Milan Linate – Lampedusa 2 weekly
Milan Linate – London Heathrow 7 weekly
Milan Linate – Mahon 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Naples 14 weekly
Milan Linate – Olbia 35-36 weekly
Milan Linate – Palermo 28 weekly
Milan Linate – Palma Mallorca 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Pantelleria 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Paris CDG 7 weekly
Milan Linate – Reggio di Calabria 7 weekly
Milan Linate – Rhodes 2 weekly
Milan Linate – Rome 35 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Cagliari 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Rome 14 weekly
Rome – Alghero 21 weekly
Rome – Amsterdam 7 weekly
Rome – Athens 14 weekly
Rome – Barcelona 7 weekly
Rome – Bari 7 weekly
Rome – Bologna 14 weekly
Rome – Brindisi 14 weekly
Rome – Brussels 7 weekly
Rome – Catania 42-43 weekly
Rome – Corfu 2 weekly
Rome – Florence 7 weekly
Rome – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Rome – Geneva 7 weekly
Rome – Genoa 7 weekly
Rome – Ibiza 2 weekly
Rome – Irakleion 2 weekly
Rome – Kefallinia 2 weekly
Rome – Lamezia Terme 14 weekly
Rome – Lampedusa 3 weekly
Rome – London Heathrow 21 weekly
Rome – Madrid 7 weekly
Rome – Mahon 2 weekly
Rome – Malaga 3 weekly
Rome – Malta 7 weekly
Rome – Marseille 10 weekly
Rome – Munich 7 weekly
Rome – Mykonos 2 weekly
Rome – Naples 7 weekly
Rome – Nice 7 weekly
Rome – Olbia 28-29 weekly
Rome – Palermo 42-43 weekly
Rome – Palma Mallorca 2 weekly
Rome – Pantelleria 3 weekly
Rome – Paris CDG 14 weekly
Rome – Reggio di Calabria 7 weekly
Rome – Rhodes 2 weekly
Rome – Tirana 7 weekly
Rome – Turin 14 weekly
Rome – Venice 14 weekly
Rome – Zakynthos 1 weekly
Rome – Zurich 5 weekly

29.07.2020 Air Dolomiti during the month of August 2020 schedules following service, on board Embraer E195 aircraft. Information listed below is based on OAG schedules updated on 26JUL20.

Bari – Munich 2 weekly
Bologna – Munich 1 daily
Florence – Bari 4 weekly
Florence – Cagliari 4 weekly
Florence – Catania 4 weekly
Florence – Frankfurt 3 weekly
Florence – Munich 10 weekly
Florence – Palermo 4 weekly
Olbia – Munich 3 weekly
Turin – Frankfurt 5 weekly
Turin – Munich 6 weekly (4 weekly from 08AUG20)
Venice – Munich 8 weekly
Verona – Berlin Tegel 3 weekly
Verona – Dusseldorf 2 weekly
Verona – Frankfurt 1 daily

27.07.2020 Alitalia in the last few days filed inventory changes for Intercontinental service, between 01SEP20 and 24OCT20. Planned operation as of 26JUL20, based on available flights for reservation, as follows. Additional changes remain highly possible, in particular with flights to North Africa.

Milan Malpensa – New York JFK 1 daily A330
Rome – Algiers 2 daily A319
Rome – Boston 3 weekly A330
Rome – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 1 daily 777-200ER
Rome – Cairo 2 daily A320/321
Rome – New York JFK 1 daily A330
Rome – Tel Aviv 4 daily A320/321
Rome – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly 777-200ER
Rome – Tunis 16 weekly A319/320
More from Alitalia
Published on 23.07.2020
Neos resumes Milan Malpensa – Nanjing service in 3Q20

Published on 19.07.2020
AlItalia resumes flights between Boston and Rome

Published on 14.07.2020
Air Dolomiti adds new German routes from late-July 2020

Published on 11.07.2020
Alitalia Adding Over 1,600 Flights in August – Including Tokyo- Haneda Launch

Published on 10.07.2020
Alitalia July/August 2020 Inter-continental network as of 09JUL20

07.07.2020 Italian carrier Neos starting this month gradually restores scheduled operation. Based on OAG schedules listing as of 03JUL20, planned operation for July and August 2020 as follows.

Various travel restrictions will impact the airline’s planned operation, in particular on Inter-continental routes.

Short-Haul network
Bologna – Cagliari eff 05JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Ibiza eff 26JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Irakleion eff 26JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Karpathos – Kos – Bologna eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Mahon eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Palma Mallorca eff 26JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Rhodes eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Catania eff 05JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Ibiza – Palma Mallorca eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Mahon eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Sharm el Sheikh eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Brindisi eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 30JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Cagliari eff 27JUN20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Catania eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 12JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Irakleion eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Irakleion – Rhodes – Milan Malpensa eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Karpathos eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Lampedusa eff 11JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Mykonos eff 17JUL20 1 weekly (Service on 17JUL20 operates via Kos on inbound)
Milan Malpensa – Olbia eff 04JUL20 2 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Palma Mallorca eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Rhodes eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (787 operates from 01AUG20)
Milan Malpensa – Skiathos – Kos – Milan Malpensa eff 24JUL20 1 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Irakleion eff 26JUL20 1 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Rhodes eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Brindisi eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 30JUL20)
Verona – Cagliari eff 27JUN20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 05JUL20)
Verona – Catania eff 05JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Ibiza eff 12JUL20 1 weekly (787 operates from 02AUG20)
Verona – Irakleion eff 12JUL20 1 weekly (787 operates from 02AUG20)
Verona – Karpathos eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Mykonos eff 17JUL20 1 weekly (Service on 17JUL20 operates via Kos on inbound)
Verona – Olbia eff 04JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Palma Mallorca eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Rhodes eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (787 operates from 01AUG20)
Verona – Skiathos – Kos – Verona eff 24JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Tenerife South – Fuerteventura – Verona eff 20JUL20 1 weekly

Inter-Continental network
Bologna – Marsa Alam eff 18JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Sharm el Sheikh eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Marsa Alam eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Dakar eff 10JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Havana – Cancun – Milan Malpensa eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Marsa Alam eff 18JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Mursa Matrah eff 21JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Rome – La Romana eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Rome – Zanzibar eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Sharm el Sheikh eff 19JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 02AUG20)
Milan Malpensa – Zanzibar – Nosy-Be eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Naples – Sharm el Sheikh eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Marsa Alam eff 18JUL20 1 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Sharm el Sheikh eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Mursa Matrah eff 11JUL20 1 weekly
Verona – Sharm el Sheikh eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
Published on 19.06.2020
Air Dolomiti 15JUN – 05JUL20 European operations

Blu Express this month is resuming scheduled service, initially on short-haul routes with Boeing 737 aircraft. As of 03JUL20, the airline’s operation calls for 87 weekly departure from Italy on 38 routes, instead of 150 weekly departure on 46 routes (Excluding domestic). Planned operation for July and August 2020 as follows, and is likely to be impacted by various travel restrictions.

Ancona – Tirana eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 19JUL20)
Bologna – Corfu eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Irakleion eff 23JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Karpathos eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Bologna – Kefallinia eff 17JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Kos eff 17JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Mykonos eff 18JUL20 2 weekly
Bologna – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Bologna – Skiathos eff 20JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Thira eff 17JUL20 1 weekly
Bologna – Tirana eff 02JUL20 4 weekly (6 weekly from 20JUL20)
Bologna – Zakynthos eff 23JUL20 1 weekly
Genoa – Tirana eff 03JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 19JUL20)
Milan Bergamo – Irakleion eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Kefallinia eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Karpathos eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Kos eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Mykonos eff 17JUL20 2 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Skiathos eff 20JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Thira eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Milan Bergamo – Tirana eff 02JUL20 3 weekly (6 weekly from 19JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Irakleion eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Kos eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Skiathos eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Tirana eff 03JUL20 3 weekly (6 weekly from 22JUL20)
Rome Fiumcino – Corfu eff 18JUL20 1 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Irakleion eff 17JUL20 2 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Kos eff 17JUL20 1 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Mykonos eff 17JUL20 5 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Rhodes eff 18JUL20 2 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Skiathos eff 18JUL20 2 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Thira eff 17JUL20 5 weekly
Rome Fiumcino – Tirana eff 03JUL20 3 weekly (6 weekly from 18JUL20)
Rome Fiumcino – Zakynthos eff 20JUL20 1 weekly
Turin – Tirana eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly form 23JUL20)
Verona – Tirana eff 03JUL20 3 weekly (6 weekly from 18JUL20)

Domestic service includes the following:
Bologna – Lampedusa eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16JUL20)
Milan Bergamo – Lampedusa eff 05JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Lampedusa eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 12JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Olbia eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Pantelleria eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Rome – Lampedusa eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 12JUL20)
Verona – Lampedusa eff 05JUL20 1 weekly

17.06.2020 Alitalia has outlined planned operation for the month of July 2020, where the airline restores various European service from Milan Malpensa. Additional routes from Rome is also restored, including service to North Africa. Planned operation as of 12JUN20 as follows.

Additional changes remain likely in the next few days.

Milan Malpensa – Alghero 14 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Amsterdam 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Bari 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Brindisi 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Brussels 6 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Cagliari 22 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Catania 14 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Lamezia Terme 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Lampedusa 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – London Heathrow 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Naples 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Olbia 14 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Palermo 14 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Pantelleria 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Paris CDG 7 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Reggio di Calabria 7 weekly
Rome – Alghero 14 weekly
Rome – Amsterdam 5 weekly
Rome – Athens 7 weekly
Rome – Barcelona 7 weekly
Rome – Bari 7 weekly
Rome – Bologna 14 weekly
Rome – Brindisi 7 weekly
Rome – Brussels 7 weekly
Rome – Cagliari 28 weekly
Rome – Catania 35 weekly
Rome – Florence 7 weekly
Rome – Frankfurt 5 weekly
Rome – Geneva 5 weekly
Rome – Genoa 7 weekly
Rome – Lamezia Terme 14 weekly
Rome – Lampedusa 2 weekly
Rome – London Heathrow 21 weekly
Rome – Madrid 7 weekly
Rome – Malta 3 weekly
Rome – Marseille 7 weekly
Rome – Milan Malpensa 35 weekly
Rome – Munich 5 weekly
Rome – Naples 7 weekly
Rome – New York JFK 4 weekly
Rome – Nice 3 weekly
Rome – Olbia 14 weekly
Rome – Palermo 35 weekly
Rome – Pantelleria 2 weekly
Rome – Paris CDG 14 weekly
Rome – Reggio di Calabria 7 weekly
Rome – Tel Aviv 5 weekly
Rome – Tirana 3 weekly
Rome – Tunis 5 weekly
Rome – Venice 14 weekly
Rome – Zurich 5 weekly

Published on 16.06.2020
Alitalia July 2020 Operations as of 12JUN20

Published on 12.06.2020
Alitalia will operate in July over 1,000 weekly flights to 37 destinations

Published on 11.06.2020
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan in July

Published on 10.06.2020

Air Dolomiti returns to Frankfurt and Munich

 

03.06.2020 Alitalia in the last few days filed additional changes to its planned operation in June 2020. As of 31MAY20, planned operation from 01JUN20 to 30JUN20 as follows.

Milan Malpensa – Alghero 2 daily A319
Milan Malpensa – Bari 1 daily A319
Milan Malpensa – Cagliari 2 daily A319/320/321
Milan Malpensa – Catania 1 daily A321
Milan Malpensa –Olbia 2 daily A319/320
Milan Malpensa – Palermo 1 daily A319
Rome – Alghero 2 daily A319/320
Rome – Barcelona 3 weekly E175/190
Rome – Bari 1 daily A319
Rome – Bologna 1 daily E190/A319/320
Rome – Brussels 1 daily A320
Rome – Cagliari 3 daily A319/320/321
Rome – Catania 4 daily A320/330
Rome – Frankfurt 5 weekly E190 (E175 from 16JUN20)
Rome – Geneva 5 weekly E175/190
Rome – Genoa 1 daily E190
Rome – Lamezia Terme 1 daily A319/320
Rome – London Heathrow 2 daily A320/330
Rome – Madrid 3 weekly E175/190/A320
Rome – Milan Malpensa 4 daily A319/320/321
Rome –Munich 5 weekly E175/190
Rome – Naples 1 daily E175/190/A320/321
Rome – New York JFK 2 weekly A330 (4 weekly from 18JUN20)
Rome – Olbia 2 daily A319/320
Rome – Palermo 4 daily A320/330
Rome – Paris CDG 10 weekly A320
Rome – Pisa 1 daily E190
Rome – Turin 1 daily A319/320
Rome – Venice 1 daily A319/320
Rome – Zurich 5 weekly E190

Published on 22.05.2020
Air Dolomiti outlines June 2020 operations as of 21MAY20

Published on 21.05.2020
Ryanair Italy 3Q20 operations as of 20MAY20

Published on 20.05.2020
Alitalia will restart New York, Spain flights as Italy’s lockdown eases; airline plans to operate 40 percent of its scheduled flights from July

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Italy
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Italy.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals and residents of Italy,
    • Nationals of the European Union, Schengen Area member states, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom or Vatican City State and their family members,
    • Passengers travelling from the European Union or the Schengen Area member states, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Japan, Korea (South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay,
    • Passengers in transit,
    • Passengers holding valid long-stay visas or residence permits for the Schengen Area,
    • Passengers travelling for work, study, health, emergency or humanitarian reasons,
    • Diplomats and staff of international organisations,
    • Passengers travelling to meet their European Union, Schengen or British national partner legally resident in Italy,
    • Participants of sports competitions (athletes, technicians, judges and race officials), provided holding a negative molecular or antigenic test obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival.
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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to 03 December 2020

On 3rd November 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.
The national measures introduced are valid from 5 November until 3 December and establish three ‘zones’ in Italy, based on contagion rates: Red (high risk) – Orange (intermediate risk) – Yellow (low risk). Each zone is subject to different restrictions. Red and orange regions are subject to both national and more stringent ‘regional’ restrictions, valid for a period of 15 days and subject to revisions.
Citizens must abide to a 22.00 – 5.00 night curfew (nationwide measure). Traveling to other regions or within a region is forbidden (red zone measure) unless it is for work, health or other reasons of necessity, including returning to a home residence. A self-declaration is required when leaving the house.

On 24 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. It is recommended to reduce to the minimum any movement, with public or private means of transport, in general; after 23:00, until 5:00, only movements due to urgency, work, study, health reasons are allowed and they have to be certified using a dedicated form in case of request by the public authorities. The closure to the public of urban centres at risk of gatherings after 9 p.m. may be ordered, without prejudice to the possibility of access and runoff of lawfully open shops and private homes.

On 18 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. Curfew at 9 p.m. in the nightlife areas where gatherings take place. Village festivals and fairs are forbidden, only national or international exhibitions are allowed. Within public administrations, meetings are held remotely, unless there are justified reasons. The decree recommends “strongly” that private meetings should also be held remotely.

On 13 October 2020 a new Decree was published by the national Government. As of 14 October, this new act made the use of face masks compulsory in all indoor spaces (with the only exception of private homes, where a strong recommendation is however made, to wear face-masks in presence of persons not living in the same house) and in all outdoor areas in which a complete isolation cannot be guaranteed (exemptions from this obligation are for children younger than 6 years old, patients with specific diseases, people practicing outdoor sport activities while keeping the social distance of 2m).

On 7 October 2020 the ongoing measures to contain Covid19 spreading were extended until 15 October and the declaration of national emergency conditions was extended until 31 January 2021. As of 7 October 2020, face maks are compulsory at all times, outdoor and indoor on the entire national territory.

UPDATE September 2020: on 7 September a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 October 2020. The use of face masks is compulsory in public indoor spaces, on public transport and in any situation in which the minimum distance of 1m among individuals cannot be ensured. Children under age of 6 and disabled people are exempt from this measure. The access to public parks and playgrounds is allowed, provided that the minimum distance of 1m among individuals is respected. For sports activities, the interpersonal minimum distance is 2 m. All other activities and public areas, including public beaches, are allowed provided that the regional specific guidelines are followed.

UPDATE August 2020: on 7 August a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 September 2020. The use of face masks is compulsory in public indoor spaces, on public transport and in any situation in which the minimum distance of 1m among individuals cannot be ensured. Children under age of 6 and disabled people are exempt from this measure.
The access to public parks and playgrounds is allowed, provided that the minimum distance of 1m among individuals is respected. For sports activities, the interpersonal minimum distance is 2 m.
All other activities and public areas, including public beaches, are allowed provided that the regional specific guidelines are followed.

UPDATE 3 June 2020: there are no more limitations to the movements within the Country, as long as the measures to contain the contagion are respected (e.g. wear a face-mask indoor, keep a distance of 1 m from other individuals, no mass gatherings allowed).

UPDATE 18 May 2020: movements within the same Region are now free, there is no need to justify any movement anymore within the regional boundaries.

With the National Act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020 the national movements are only partially banned since it is possible to move (only) within the boundaries of the Region (Admin level 1) for special reasons, i.e. work, health, specific needs (e.g. grocery, pharmacies,…), included (as a new element intoduced with this Act), the need of visiting relatives, as long as big gatherings are avoided, the minimum distance of 1m is assured and face-masks are weared. This Act also lift the compulsory closure of parks, villas, public gardens under the condition that big gatherings are avoided, the minimum distance of 1m is assured and face-masks are weared. Similarly, (only) individual sports/motoric activities are allowed, under the same condition of keeping a minimum distance from other people.

No recreational activities (e.g. parties, exhibitions, …) or sports events (e.g competitions) are allowed, either indoor or outdoor, nor in private or public areas. Athtlets training sessions are allowed only for those who are recognized as “national interest athlets” by the national sport authorities, to train for Olympic games and the national and international future competitions.
In all the Country the use of face-masks in compulsory in all public indoor areas, on public transportation means, in all situations (included outdoor) where the minimum distance among individuals cannot be guaranteed. Only exceptions are for kids younger than 6 years old and those affected by disabilities.

As of 5 April 2020 (until 13 April), within Lombardia region, it is forbidden to leave the house without a facial mask.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to 03 December 2020

On 3rd November 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.
The national measures introduced are valid from 5 November until 3 December and establish three ‘zones’ in Italy, based on contagion rates: Red (high risk) – Orange (intermediate risk) – Yellow (low risk). For travellers, the national Act identifies 6 different lists of countries, subject to different levels of restrictions. Additional limitations may be set for specific areas of the national territory or specific limitations in relation to origin from specific foreign states and territories. In addition, individual Regions may impose particular obligations on those coming from certain foreign states or territories. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs makes available a fact sheet for each country, which can be consulted at the following link: http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/documenti/FOCUS%20CORONAVIRUS.pdf

On 24 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. The new decree extended the measures adopted with the previous one until 24 November 2020.

On 13 October 2020 a new Decree was published by the national Government. As of 14 October the rules explained in this new act are valid for all travellers. Different rules are applying for different countries, depending in which of the 6 different lists of coutries the considered country is mentioned. The more strict rules are for those coutries to/from which travels are allowed only for work/health/urgency reasons or for reentering in the place of usual living. For other countries, a 14 days-long quarantene is requested, even if the individuals are asymptomatic; for others, there is an obligation of declaration in terms of countries of provenience and so on so forth.

On 7 October 2020 the ongoing measures to contain Covid19 spreading were extended until 15 October and the declaration of national emergency conditions was extended until 31 January 2021.

UPDATE September 2020: on 7 September a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 October 2020. The list of Coutries for which there are compulsory measures to be respected (e.g. compulsory quarantene for 14 days and/or compulsory testing) is specified in the Decree, according to 6 different groups of countries. In particular, it is forbidden to enter in Italy from: Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia Erzegovina, Brasile, Cile, Kuwait, Macedonia del Nord, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Perù, Repubblica Dominicana, Kosovo, Montenegro, Colombia. The list is susceptible to changes and updates.

UPDATE 12 August: on 12 August 2020 the Italian Ministry of Health published new urgent measures to contain and manage the current health emergency. These measures require people who have stayed or transited through Croatia, Greece, Spain or Malta in the fourteen days prior to entering Italian territory, to inform the competent local health authorities of their arrival. This Ordinance complements the provisions of the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of 7 August 2020. In particular, the persons concerned must either:
– present, at the time of boarding / to border control, a certificate that states that a swab test has been done within 72 hours before entry in Italy, and that said test has resulted negative;
– or to have a swab test done upon arrival at the airport, port or national border. Should this be impossible, they must do said test within 48 hours upon arrival in Italy, at the local health institution. While waiting for the test result, these people must self-isolate at home.
– as of 13 August, movements to and from the following States are also prohibited: Colombia

UPDATE August:
– Movements to and from States and territories NOT mentioned in the following list are prohibited: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Bulgaria, Romania, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
– as of 9 July, movements to and from the following States are also prohibited: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic
– as of 16 July, movements to and from the following States are also prohibited: Kosovo, Montengero and Serbia
Exemptions are foreseen for special reasons (e.g. urgency, working/health/study reasons) and special profiles (e.g. diplomats).

UPDATE July:
– until October 15, it is forbidden to enter Italy for those who, in the previous 14 days, have stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia (for Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia the ban applies from July 16, for all other countries on the list the ban applies from July 9).
– as of 1st of July, free travel to and from EU Member States, Schengen area, UK, Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. Those who enter from these countries will no longer have to justify the reasons for the trip and will not be subject to the obligation of fiduciary isolation for 14 days prior to entry into Italy (unless they have stayed in a country other than these in the 14 days prior to entry into Italy).
– From 1 July, travel to Italy by residents of the following countries is also freely permitted (unless they come from countries from which entry into Italy is temporarily prohibited): Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. In these cases, it is no longer necessary to justify the reasons for the trip.

UPDATE 3 June 2020: citizens from the Schengen area and from the UK can access the country without quarantene obligation.

National act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020: whoever enters the country out of necessity (e.g. work, health reasons), even if asintomatic, is obliged to communicate their arrival at the local health station and to stay isolated in thier residence for 14 days. This is not applicable to: personnel of the public transport operator; health operators coming to the country to exercise their profession; cross-border workers. Specific exceptions are also made for short-term transit/staying in the coutry (up to 72 hours).
Anyone entering the country is obliged to give the public transport operator a statement of the reasons for the journey (which must be out of necessity, e.g. work, health reasons), the place of residence in the country where the quarantine will be spent and the private means of transport to reach it, the telephone number to which you can be reached during the quarantine period.
The public transport operators collect the statements, check the temperature of passengers and allow them to access to the public transportation service only if everything is in order. They also organize the service so as to guarantee distances (1m) among individuals and use of face-masks by the personnel and passengers.

Reference acts: DPCM of 10 April 2020; Ministry of Transport Act of 28 March 2020.

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Flight Restrictions

published 30.10.2020

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Croatia, France (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur regions), Greece, Malta, Spain
Passengers arriving in Sicily from Croatia, France (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur regions), Greece, Malta or Spain are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test on arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in Belgium, Czechia, France, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom
Passengers who in the past 14 days have been to or transited through Belgium, Czechia, France, Netherlands, Spain or the United Kingdom and who arrive without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular or antigenic test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival, are subject to taking the test upon arrival or within 48 hours from arrival.

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter until 24 November 2020.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom or Uruguay.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals and of residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) arriving from any country other than Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru in the past 14 days.
– This does not apply to family members of British nationals and of residents of the United Kingdom arriving from any country other than Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru.
– This does not apply to passenger with proof of being partners of residents of Italy, arriving from any country other than Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling on business.
– This does not apply to passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence.
– This does not apply to students.

Passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom or Uruguay are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru.

Family members of nationals and of residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru.

Family members of British nationals and of residents of the United Kingdom are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru.

Passenger with proof of being partners of residents of Italy are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama or Peru.

Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form before boarding. The form can be obtained at: esteri.it

Passengers arriving in Sardinia must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at sus.regione.sardegna.it.

Passengers arriving in Calabria must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at home.rcovid19.it.

Passengers arriving in Puglia must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at regione.puglia.it.

Passengers arriving in Sicily must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at lasicilia.it.

Flights from/to Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia are suspended

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation-subject to category.

• Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: *Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
* Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom. * Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries. * EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
• a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
• b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
• Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.

Find out more:
Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy,
Covid-19 News

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to 03 December 2020

On 3rd November 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.
The national measures introduced are valid from 5 November until 3 December and establish three ‘zones’ in Italy, based on contagion rates: Red (high risk) – Orange (intermediate risk) – Yellow (low risk). Non-essential shops are closed in areas with highest contagion rates; as are bars and restaurants albeit with the possibility of offering a take-away service until 22.00 or a delivery service.

On 24 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. The new rules adopted at national level foresee the following:
– Obligation for all premises open to the public and for businesses to display a sign at the entrance with the maximum number of people admitted at the same time, on the basis of current protocols and guidelines.
– Bar, restaurants, ice-cream and pastry shops are open only from 5:00 until 18:00; home delivery in compliance with health and hygiene regulations and take-away until 24:00 is permitted; these rules do not apply to service areas and refuelling exercises of motorways, hospitals and airports, which are always oblged to enforce the interpersonal distance of 1 metre.
– Suspended all performances open to the public in theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other spaces, also outdoors.
– The activities of gyms, swimming pools, wellness and spa centres were suspended, with the exception of those that fall within the essential levels of care. Basic sports activities and motor activities in public and private clubs are permitted in compliance with the spacing rules.
– The activities that take place in dance halls, discos and similar premises also in the open air remain suspended, even in the case of civil and religious celebrations.
– Activities of amusement arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls and casino remain suspended.

On 18 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. The new decree foresees that the activities of catering services – bars, pubs, restaurants, ice-cream and pastry shops – are allowed from 5 a.m. until midnight with consumption at the table, and with a maximum of six people per table, and until 6 p.m. without consumption at the table. The restaurant must display a sign at the entrance of the restaurant with the maximum number of people admitted at the same time.

On 13 October 2020 a new Decree was published by the national Government, with new rules valid as of 14 October until 13 November 2020. Catering activities (e.g. restaurants, pubs/bars, ice-cream/pastry shops,…) are open only until 24:00 for customers sitting at the tables and only until 21:00 for standing customers. All retails shops are obliged to guarantee the social distance of 1 m among customers. Activities that take place in dance halls, discos and clubs are suspended, outdoors or indoors.

On 7 October 2020 the ongoing measures to contain Covid19 spreading were extended until 15 October and the declaration of national emergency conditions was extended until 31 January 2021.

UPDATE September: on 7 September a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 October 2020.

UPDATE August: on 7 August a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 September 2020. All activities are open and allowed, as long as the contagion containment measures are respected, such as wearing face masks in indoor public places/public transport and in any other situation in which the minimum distance of 1m cannot among individuals be respected.
As of 1st September, minor sports events can take place in the presence of public: maximum 1000 spectators for outdoor events and 200 spectators for indoor ones. Public demonstrations are allowed as long as they are static. Teather shows, music concerts, cinemas, …are allowed to perform their activities as provided that the thresholds of max 1000 people and 200 people are respected for, respectively, outdoor and indoor events. Discos, dancing rooms and similar places, both indoor and outdoor, remain closed. As of 1st September, congresses and fairs may take place, with appropriate contagion precautions. Religious gatherings are disciplined by specific guidelines attached to the national Decree of the 7 of August 2020. Cultural places, such as museums, can operate respecting the contagion prevention measures. Cruises can start again as of 15 August, respecting dedicated guidelines for contagion control.

UPDATE June: from June 15 summer centers for children, games rooms, betting rooms, bingo halls, as well as SPAs, cultural and social centers opened again. Performances open to the public, theaters, concert halls, cinemas and other spaces are also resumed but with some cautions/precautions. All activities that take place in dance halls, discos, and similar venues -both outdoors and indoors- are still suspended.

UPDATE 18 May 2020: as of 18 May all shops can open again, provided that they respect the social distancing measures foreseen. Museums can open again, religious rituals are allowed and also static public demonstrations. In all cases, specific social distancing measures are to be respected (e.g. minimum 1 m distance among individuals). As of the 20th of May, driving tests for driving licences will start again. Gym, training centres, SPAs will stay closed until 25 May 2020, when they may be opened again, provided that the epidemiological situation will not become worst. Social and cultural meeting centres are still closed.

With national act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020, the following is decided:
– all services in the sector of banking, financial, insurance and agricultural, animal husbandry, agri-food processing and related services and supply chains remain open
– newsstands, tobacconists, pharmacies, parapharmacies remain open
– all retail business activities continue to be compulsorily closed with the only exception of those selling groceries and essentials (a specific list is available in annex 1 of the national act)
– all street markets are forbidden with the expection of those selling food
– all restaurants, cafes, ice-cream shops, confectioneries remain closed with exception of cafeterias and caterings within working places; home delivery catering continue to be allowed
– all activities that provide services to the person (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauticians) remain closed (expections are listed in a dedicated annex)
– all training centres, swimming pools, thermal centres, SPAs continue to be compulsorily closed
– all cultural centres, social centres and leisure centres continue to be compulsorily closed
– public transportation means services are regulated by the Regional Authorities so as to guarantee the minimum risk of contagion
– all industrial and commercial PRODUCTION activities continue to be suspended (since 21 March 2020) with the exception of those considered essential and providing public utility services. Those suspended may continue in agile mode.
– Semi-residential centres for people with disabilities can be reopened according to specific territorial plans of the Regions.

Act “DPCM 10 April 2020”: as of 14 April 2020 some shops, which were closed until now, will be allowed to open again (bookstores, stationers and baby and children’s clothing stores). Forestry activities, the wood industry and computer production are also allowed to restart thier activities. However, some Italian regions decided not to implement this new opening permissions.

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to 03 December 2020

On 3rd November 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.
The national measures introduced are valid from 5 November until 3 December and establish three ‘zones’ in Italy, based on contagion rates: Red (high risk) – Orange (intermediate risk) – Yellow (low risk). For red regions, sport events and activities are suspended and only non-contact individual exercising is permitted in the vicinity of the home residence. Museums, theatres and exhibitions are closed and public transport can operate at a 50% seat capacity per vehicle.

On 24 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. The new rules adopted at national level foresee the following:
– The sporting events and competitions of any order or discipline, carried out in public places, are suspended with the exception of those of competitive athletes of individual sports or of team, recognized by the CONI and CIP, inside systems used with closed doors, in compliance with the protocols issued by the respective Sports Federations.
– The performance of contact sports is forbidden, without prejudice to the recognised competitions of national interest.
– Suspended amateur sports activities of base, schools and training activities of start-up related to contact sports, as well as all races,
competitions and activities related to contact sports having character recreational/amateur.
– Festivals, fairs and exhibitions and similar are prohibited.
– Conferences, congresses are suspended, with the exception of those that take place at a distance. Modality strongly recommended also for private meeting.
– Competition procedures suspended, public and private, with the exception of cases in which the evaluation of candidates exclusively occurs on a curricular and/or telematic basis. Excluded from the suspension are those for the health care staff and for that of the civil protection.

On 18 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. The decree provides that contact sports may only be carried out for individual and team sports recognised as being of national or regional interest. Basic amateur sports, schools and introductory training activities related to contact sports are allowed only in individual form and there is no green light for competitions and competitions. All competitions, contests and activities related to contact sports of a recreational-amateur nature are suspended. Gyms and swimming pools were given a week to comply with safety protocols. Then decisions will be made on closures for those who do not comply with the protocols. Within public administrations, meetings are held remotely, unless there are justified reasons. The decree recommends “strongly” that private meetings should also be held remotely.

On 13 October 2020 a new Decree was published by the national Government, with new rules valid as of 14 October until 13 November 2020. Only static public demonstrations are allowed, provided that the social distance of 1 m among individuals is respected. Cinemas, theaters, concert halls can operate only if they pre-assign distanced seats and with maximum number of people equal to 200 for indoor events and 1000 for outdoor ones. All gathering and parties are not allowed, indoor and outdoor. Only exceptions are for civil and religious ceremonies, with a maximum number of participants of 30 people. All contact sports for amateurs are suspended, only contact sports activities organized by sport clubs and/or for professionels are allowed. Public for football competitions in the stadiums is allowed up to 15% capacity of the facility and, in any case, never gathering more than 1000 spectators outdoor and 200 indoor (while respecting the social distance of 1 m and measuring the temperature at the entrance).

On 7 October 2020 the ongoing measures to contain Covid19 spreading were extended until 15 October and the declaration of national emergency conditions was extended until 31 January 2021.

UPDATE September: on 7 September a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 October 2020.

UPDATE August: on 7 August a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 September 2020. All activities are open and allowed, as long as the contagion containment measures are respected, such as wearing face masks in indoor public places/public transport and in any other situation in which the minimum distance of 1m cannot among individuals be respected.
As of 1st September, minor sports events can take place in the presence of public: maximum 1000 spectators for outdoor events and 200 spectators for indoor ones. Public demonstrations are allowed as long as they are static. Teather shows, music concerts, cinemas, …are allowed to perform their activities as provided that the thresholds of max 1000 people and 200 people are respected for, respectively, outdoor and indoor events. Discos, dancing rooms and similar places, both indoor and outdoor, remain closed. As of 1st September, congresses and fairs may take place, with appropriate contagion precautions. Religious gatherings are disciplined by specific guidelines attached to the national Decree of the 7 of August 2020. Cultural places, such as museums, can operate respecting the contagion prevention measures.

UPDATE June: as of 15 June performances open to the public, theaters, concert halls, cinemas and other spaces -also outdoors- are resumed but with some cautions/precautions. All activities that take place in dance halls, discotheques and similar places both outdoors and indoors remain suspended. From 12 June, sporting events and competitions resumed, behind closed doors or outdoor, without the presence of the public in compliance with the safety protocols issued by the respective sports federations. As of 25 June 2020, contact sports may also take place in the Regions and Autonomous Provinces which, in agreement with the Ministry of Health and the delegated government authority for sport, have previously verified the compatibility of the above activities with the epidemiological situation in their respective territories.

UPDATE 18 May 2020: as of 18 May museums can open again, religious rituals are allowed and also static public demonstrations. In all cases, specific social distancing measures are to be respected (e.g. minimum 1 m distance among individuals). As of the 15 of June, cinemas and theaters can open again, provided that they respect precise rules (e.g. pre-assigned and spaced seats respecting the interpersonal distance of at least one meter for both staff and spectators).

With the national Act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020, all events and shows which forsee a public (e.g. cinemas, theaters, pubs, dancing schools, discos…)are still banned, included private partyies in private areas. No recreational activities (e.g. parties, exhibitions, …) or sports events (e.g competitions) are allowed, either indoor or outdoor, nor in private or public areas. Athtlets training sessions are allowed only for those who are recognized as “national interest athlets” by the national sport authorities, to train for Olympic games and the national and international future competitions.
Opening of religious places of worship (e.g. churces) are allowed only if minimum distance among individuals is ensured and facial-maks are weared. No religious ceremonies are allowed, with the only exception of funerals, which can be celebrated with a maximum of 15 participants and outdoor whenever possible. All cultural places (e.g. museums) are still compulsory closed.
The access of visitors/escorts to long-term care facilities, hospitals, emergency rooms, elderly people’s residences or residences for those who are not self-sufficient is restricted in accordance with the provisions of the facility in question, aimed at minimising contagion from Covid-19. Analogous situation is adopted for limiting the access of visitors to penitentiaries.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to 03 December 2020

On 3rd November 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.
The national measures introduced are valid from 5 November until 3 December and establish three ‘zones’ in Italy, based on contagion rates: Red (high risk) – Orange (intermediate risk) – Yellow (low risk). Each zone is subject to different restrictions. Red and orange regions are subject to both national and more stringent ‘regional’ restrictions, valid for a period of 15 days and subject to revisions. In the red regions schooling will be online with the exception of pre-school, primary and 1st year secondary.

On 24 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. For schools, the foreseen measures are regarding the secondary schools, where an increase in digital didactics up to 75% is decided for the entire national territory. It is possible to modulate pupils’ entry and exit times.

On 18 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. For schools, the foreseen measures are regarding the secondary schools, where flexible forms in the organization of didactics are recommended: increase in digital didactics, push to the afternoon shifts and entrance from 9 am.

On 13 October 2020 a new Decree was published by the national Government. As of 14 October, this new act made the use of face masks compulsory in all indoor spaces (with the only exception of private homes, where a strong recommendation is however made, to wear face-masks in presence of persons not living in the same house) and in all outdoor areas in which a complete isolation cannot be guaranteed. The activities outside the education premises have been suspended.

On 7 October 2020 the ongoing measures to contain Covid19 spreading were extended until 15 October and the declaration of national emergency conditions was extended until 31 January 2021.

On 7 September a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 October 2020. Education activities started in presence at the beginning of the school year 2020/2021, according to the various education level’s calendars. In most cases education started on 14 September, with a delayed start date in some areas (e.g. on 24 September). Specific contagion containment measures are to be ensured in all education facilities.

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Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to 03 December 2020

On 3rd November 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.
The national measures introduced are valid from 5 November until 3 December and establish three ‘zones’ in Italy, based on contagion rates: Red (high risk) – Orange (intermediate risk) – Yellow (low risk).

On 24 October a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19.

On 18 October 2020 a new Decree introduced further measures to contain the ongoing second wave of infection by Covid 19. The measures there decided are valid from 19 October until 13 November 2020.

On 13 October 2020 a new Decree was published by the national Government, with new rules valid as of 14 October until 13 November 2020.

On 7 October 2020 the ongoing measures to contain Covid19 spreading were extended until 15 October and the declaration of national emergency conditions was extended until 31 January 2021.

The national emergency status has been extended until 15 October 2020.
On 7 September a new Decree of the President of Council of Ministers was issued, which extended the ongoing contagion containment measures until 7 October 2020.

LAW DECREE 25 March 2020, n. 19: this new law opened the possibility, for the Italian regions, to adopt at their level further and more strict restrictive measures, if needed in their own territory, in addition to the ones valid at national level. This will be decided on the basis of the epidemiolgical developments at their level. This is valid as from March 26, 2020 until (for the time being) July 31, 2020 (deadline of the current “Declaration of emergency status at national level”).

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Full Restrictions

  • Italy Latest News: Government loosens COVID-19 restrictions: Lombardy, Piedmont and Calabria are downgraded from red to orange zones; Sicily and Liguria drop from orange to yellow zone (Reuters, 27.11.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:

    The Italian Government has announced the latest classification of Regions by color, in accordance with their respective epidemiological situation and level of risk. They are as follows:
    • Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk have only the below (see bottom of message) standard measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lazio, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the province of Trento.
    • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Sicily, and Umbria.
    o Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the ‘maximum’ risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Calabria, Campania, Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Valle D’Aosta and the province of Bolzano.
    o All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the Annex 23 of the attached latest decree. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open.
    o Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    o Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed.
    o Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one’s residence and with the use of a mask
    o Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24.
    o Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.
    Standard measures applicable nation-wide except where stricter in Orange & Red Zones (just as a reminder):
    • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services.
    • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors.
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Events:
    o Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience;
    o Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned;
    o Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit;
    o Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies;
    o Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited;
    • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    • The following types of venues are closed:
    o Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences;
    o Shopping centers, malls, and markets on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open;
    o Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected;
    o Museums and other cultural institutions;
    o Ski areas;
    o Amusement parks, Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos (and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility);
    o Dance halls and nightclubs whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee;
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed;
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected;
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories;
    • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity;
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

    Additionally, for Rome based UN personnel, please note that the Mayor of Rome has introduced an ordinance in effect from today, 15 November 2020 – 3 December 2020 which opens all the Restricted Traffic Zones (ZTL) in the historic center of Rome (Tridente, Trastevere, Testaccio and San Lorenzo areas) 24 hours a day and seven days per week.
    As of 15 November Rome has introduced of a series of “Green Sundays”, where driving motor vehicles is prohibited between 7:30-12:30 and 16:30-20:30 within the “Green Belt”, illustrated by the Fascia Verde on this map. The remaining Green Sundays for this winter season are 24 January, 14 February, and 14 March 2021.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    *More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    .*Moreover, you can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    23.11.2020
  • Italy Latest News: National strike by public sector workers on 25 November expected to disrupt public transport; partial public transport strike may cause disruption in Rome (WiR, 19.11.2020). Lockdown measures imposed on region of Abruzzo after authorities declare it a COVID-19 ‘red zone’ (The Local Italy, 18.11.2020). Government increases COVID-19 restrictions in Tuscany, Basilicata, Bolzano, Puglia and Sicily regions (Reuters, 09.11.2020).

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:

    The Italian Government has announced the latest classification of Regions by color, in accordance with their respective epidemiological situation and level of risk. They are as follows:
    • Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk have only the below (see bottom of message) standard measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lazio, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the province of Trento.
    • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Sicily, and Umbria.
    o Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the ‘maximum’ risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Calabria, Campania, Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Valle D’Aosta and the province of Bolzano.
    o All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the Annex 23 of the attached latest decree. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open.
    o Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    o Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed.
    o Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one’s residence and with the use of a mask
    o Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24.
    o Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.
    Standard measures applicable nation-wide except where stricter in Orange & Red Zones (just as a reminder):
    • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services.
    • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors.
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Events:
    o Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience;
    o Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned;
    o Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit;
    o Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies;
    o Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited;
    • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    • The following types of venues are closed:
    o Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences;
    o Shopping centers, malls, and markets on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open;
    o Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected;
    o Museums and other cultural institutions;
    o Ski areas;
    o Amusement parks, Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos (and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility);
    o Dance halls and nightclubs whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee;
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed;
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected;
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories;
    • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity;
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

    Additionally, for Rome based UN personnel, please note that the Mayor of Rome has introduced an ordinance in effect from today, 15 November 2020 – 3 December 2020 which opens all the Restricted Traffic Zones (ZTL) in the historic center of Rome (Tridente, Trastevere, Testaccio and San Lorenzo areas) 24 hours a day and seven days per week.
    As of 15 November Rome has introduced of a series of “Green Sundays”, where driving motor vehicles is prohibited between 7:30-12:30 and 16:30-20:30 within the “Green Belt”, illustrated by the Fascia Verde on this map. The remaining Green Sundays for this winter season are 24 January, 14 February, and 14 March 2021.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    *More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    .*Moreover, you can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

    Read more
    19.11.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Lockdown measures imposed on region of Abruzzo after authorities declare it a COVID-19 ‘red zone’ (The Local Italy, 18.11.2020). Government increases COVID-19 restrictions in Tuscany, Basilicata, Bolzano, Puglia and Sicily regions (Reuters, 09.11.2020). Government imposes partial lockdown in Red (high risk) zones: Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Valle d’Aostaof region because of COVID-19 (Intelliguide, 05.11.2020). Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:

    The Italian Government has announced the latest classification of Regions by color, in accordance with their respective epidemiological situation and level of risk. They are as follows:
    • Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk have only the below (see bottom of message) standard measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lazio, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the province of Trento.
    • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Sicily, and Umbria.
    o Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the ‘maximum’ risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Calabria, Campania, Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Valle D’Aosta and the province of Bolzano.
    o All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the Annex 23 of the attached latest decree. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open.
    o Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    o Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed.
    o Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one’s residence and with the use of a mask
    o Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24.
    o Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.
    Standard measures applicable nation-wide except where stricter in Orange & Red Zones (just as a reminder):
    • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services.
    • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors.
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Events:
    o Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience;
    o Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned;
    o Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit;
    o Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies;
    o Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited;
    • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    • The following types of venues are closed:
    o Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences;
    o Shopping centers, malls, and markets on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open;
    o Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected;
    o Museums and other cultural institutions;
    o Ski areas;
    o Amusement parks, Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos (and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility);
    o Dance halls and nightclubs whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee;
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed;
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected;
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories;
    • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity;
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

    Additionally, for Rome based UN personnel, please note that the Mayor of Rome has introduced an ordinance in effect from today, 15 November 2020 – 3 December 2020 which opens all the Restricted Traffic Zones (ZTL) in the historic center of Rome (Tridente, Trastevere, Testaccio and San Lorenzo areas) 24 hours a day and seven days per week.
    As of 15 November Rome has introduced of a series of “Green Sundays”, where driving motor vehicles is prohibited between 7:30-12:30 and 16:30-20:30 within the “Green Belt”, illustrated by the Fascia Verde on this map. The remaining Green Sundays for this winter season are 24 January, 14 February, and 14 March 2021.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    *More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    .*Moreover, you can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

    Read more
    17.11.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government increases COVID-19 restrictions in Tuscany, Basilicata, Bolzano, Puglia and Sicily regions (Reuters, 09.11.2020). Government imposes partial lockdown in Red (high risk) zones: Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Valle d’Aostaof region because of COVID-19 (Intelliguide, 05.11.2020). Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:

    The Italian Government has announced the latest classification of Regions by color, in accordance with their respective epidemiological situation and level of risk. They are as follows:
    • Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk have only the below (see bottom of message) standard measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lazio, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the province of Trento.
    • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Sicily, and Umbria.
    o Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the ‘maximum’ risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Calabria, Campania, Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Valle D’Aosta and the province of Bolzano.
    o All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed.
    o Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the Annex 23 of the attached latest decree. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open.
    o Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
    o Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed.
    o Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one’s residence and with the use of a mask
    o Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24.
    o Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.
    Standard measures applicable nation-wide except where stricter in Orange & Red Zones (just as a reminder):
    • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services.
    • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors.
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Events:
    o Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience;
    o Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned;
    o Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit;
    o Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies;
    o Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited;
    • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
    • The following types of venues are closed:
    o Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences;
    o Shopping centers, malls, and markets on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open;
    o Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected;
    o Museums and other cultural institutions;
    o Ski areas;
    o Amusement parks, Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos (and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility);
    o Dance halls and nightclubs whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee;
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed;
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected;
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories;
    • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity;
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

    Additionally, for Rome based UN personnel, please note that the Mayor of Rome has introduced an ordinance in effect from today, 15 November 2020 – 3 December 2020 which opens all the Restricted Traffic Zones (ZTL) in the historic center of Rome (Tridente, Trastevere, Testaccio and San Lorenzo areas) 24 hours a day and seven days per week.
    As of 15 November Rome has introduced of a series of “Green Sundays”, where driving motor vehicles is prohibited between 7:30-12:30 and 16:30-20:30 within the “Green Belt”, illustrated by the Fascia Verde on this map. The remaining Green Sundays for this winter season are 24 January, 14 February, and 14 March 2021.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    *More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    .*Moreover, you can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    15.11.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government increases COVID-19 restrictions in Tuscany, Basilicata, Bolzano, Puglia and Sicily regions (Reuters, 09.11.2020). Government imposes partial lockdown in Red (high risk) zones: Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Valle d’Aostaof region because of COVID-19 (Intelliguide, 05.11.2020). Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:

    In an ordinance from the Mayor of Rome of 22 October 2020, has ordered the closure of the following public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays between 21:00-midnight, effective immediately: • Campo de’ Fiori;• The stairs beneath the Fontanone Acqua Paola at Piazza Trilussa (in Trastevere); • Piazza Madonna de’ Monti; • The pedestrian stretches of Via del Pigneto & Via Pesaro; Access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences in these spaces will continue to be allowed. These closures will apply until 13 November 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
    The Host Government has issued a new legislative decree. It replaces the provisions of the 24 October decree and is in effect from 6 November – 3 December 2020, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services. • Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences. • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities. • Shopping centers: Commercial activities may continue as long as an interpersonal distance of 1 meter is ensured, entrances are regulated, and customers are not allowed to remain inside longer than the time needed to make a purchase. However, malls, shopping centers, and markets are closed on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open. • Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos are closed and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility. • Museums and other cultural institutions are closed. • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity. • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

    • Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk have all of the above standard measures in place. These regions (in reality, all the regions in Italy that have not been classified as Orange or Red) have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Tuscany, Molise, Marche, Sardinia, Umbria, Veneto and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano.


    • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Puglia and Sicily. o Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed. o Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons. o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.


    • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the ‘maximum’ risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lombardy, Piedmont, Calabria and Valle D’Aosta. o All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed. o Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the attached Annex 1. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open. o Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities. o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue. o Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed. o Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one’s residence and with the use of a mask. o Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24. Activities suspended include hair salons, barber shops, and beauty salons. o Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.


    • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times. • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor. • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. • Amusement parks are closed. • Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas are closed. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected. • Events: • Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience. • Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned. • Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies. • Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited. • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited. • Ski areas are closed. • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee. • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed. • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected. • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit. • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors. • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinance of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available. Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services. From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are in place: • Social distancing of one metre must be observed.• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.• Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.• Some regions have introduced nightly curfews or restrictions on movement; you should check regional websites to see if these will apply to you.• Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.• Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Measures may also vary between towns; local mayors were recently given powers to close some public spaces from 9pm if they choose. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    09.11.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government imposes partial lockdown in Red (high risk) zones: Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Valle d’Aostaof region because of COVID-19 (Intelliguide, 05.11.2020). Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:

    In an ordinance from the Mayor of Rome of 22 October 2020, has ordered the closure of the following public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays between 21:00-midnight, effective immediately: • Campo de’ Fiori;• The stairs beneath the Fontanone Acqua Paola at Piazza Trilussa (in Trastevere); • Piazza Madonna de’ Monti; • The pedestrian stretches of Via del Pigneto & Via Pesaro; Access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences in these spaces will continue to be allowed. These closures will apply until 13 November 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
    The Host Government has issued a new legislative decree. It replaces the provisions of the 24 October decree and is in effect from 6 November – 3 December 2020, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services. • Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences. • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities. • Shopping centers: Commercial activities may continue as long as an interpersonal distance of 1 meter is ensured, entrances are regulated, and customers are not allowed to remain inside longer than the time needed to make a purchase. However, malls, shopping centers, and markets are closed on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open. • Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos are closed and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility. • Museums and other cultural institutions are closed. • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity. • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

    • Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk have all of the above standard measures in place. These regions (in reality, all the regions in Italy that have not been classified as Orange or Red) have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Tuscany, Molise, Marche, Sardinia, Umbria, Veneto and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano.


    • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Puglia and Sicily. o Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed. o Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons. o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.


    • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the ‘maximum’ risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lombardy, Piedmont, Calabria and Valle D’Aosta. o All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed. o Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the attached Annex 1. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open. o Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities. o Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue. o Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed. o Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one’s residence and with the use of a mask. o Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24. Activities suspended include hair salons, barber shops, and beauty salons. o Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.


    • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times. • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor. • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. • Amusement parks are closed. • Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas are closed. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected. • Events: • Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience. • Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned. • Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies. • Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited. • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited. • Ski areas are closed. • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee. • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed. • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected. • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit. • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors. • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinance of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available. Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services. From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are in place: • Social distancing of one metre must be observed.• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.• Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.• Some regions have introduced nightly curfews or restrictions on movement; you should check regional websites to see if these will apply to you.• Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.• Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Measures may also vary between towns; local mayors were recently given powers to close some public spaces from 9pm if they choose. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    06.11.2020
  • Italy The Vatican Museums will be closed from 5 November under new pandemic restrictions imposed by the Italian government.

    The museum at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence outside Rome and tours of the tombs and excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica will also be suspended, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

    The sites will remain closed until December 3.

    On Wednesday, the Italian government ordered the closure of all museums in the country as part of a comprehensive package of Covid-19 measures.

    Italy has reported more than 750,000 cases of Covid-19 and 39,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
    CNN.

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    05.11.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions. .
    .
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: .
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. Find out more: here and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:
    In an ordinance from the Mayor of Rome of 22 October 2020, has ordered the closure of the following public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays between 21:00-midnight, effective immediately: • Campo de’ Fiori;• The stairs beneath the Fontanone Acqua Paola at Piazza Trilussa (in Trastevere); • Piazza Madonna de’ Monti; • The pedestrian stretches of Via del Pigneto & Via Pesaro; Access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences in these spaces will continue to be allowed.. These closures will apply until 13 November 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. Effective 23 October, the Lazio Region issued an ordinance, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between midnight and 5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health, or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form (attached). This is in effect from midnight on 23 October for a period of 30 days.
    • Distance learning: Upper secondary schools (or high schools) must increase provision of distance learning to 50% of students, not including first year students. Universities must increase provision of distance learning to 75% of registered students, apart from learning activities that require physical attendance or the use of special equipment (e.g. activities in scientific laboratories, training in clinics, internships in the health sector). This is in effect from 26 October for a period of 30 days.
    Additional regions have adopted/ are in the process of adopting similar restrictive measures, as detailed below. However, as this list is not exhaustive, please ensure that personnel of UNSMS Organizations based in Italy are always familiar with the latest guidance from respective local authorities.
    • Campania has imposed the same curfew hours and schools of all levels remain closed. They have taken measures further, restricting travel between provinces to exclusively the following reasons: work, health, education, caregiving, or for the purchase of essential goods. A self-certification form must also be provided in these cases.
    • Liguria has imposed a curfew only in Genoa between 21:00-6:00, which only allows persons to be out if they are going to a specific commercial establishment, restaurant, or cafe. Such places may only be frequented for leisure if they have seating. The region has also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including for first year students.
    • Lombardy has imposed a curfew between 23:00-5:00. Upper secondary schools must shift to 100% distance learning. On weekends, shopping centers will be closed, except for stores selling foodstuffs and pharmacies.
    • Piedmont also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including first year students. Shopping centers will be closed on weekends.

    The latest Italian government legislative decree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates: • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences. • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00. • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited. • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks. • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed. • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00. • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee. • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinance of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available. Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services. From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are in place: • Social distancing of one metre must be observed.• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.• Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.• Some regions have introduced nightly curfews or restrictions on movement; you should check regional websites to see if these will apply to you.• Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.• Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Measures may also vary between towns; local mayors were recently given powers to close some public spaces from 9pm if they choose. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    27.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions. .
    .
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: .
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    In an ordinance from the Mayor of Rome of 22 October 2020, has ordered the closure of the following public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays between 21:00-midnight, effective immediately: • Campo de’ Fiori;• The stairs beneath the Fontanone Acqua Paola at Piazza Trilussa (in Trastevere); • Piazza Madonna de’ Monti; • The pedestrian stretches of Via del Pigneto & Via Pesaro; Access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences in these spaces will continue to be allowed.. These closures will apply until 13 November 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. Effective 23 October, the Lazio Region issued an ordinance, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between midnight and 5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health, or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form (attached). This is in effect from midnight on 23 October for a period of 30 days.
    • Distance learning: Upper secondary schools (or high schools) must increase provision of distance learning to 50% of students, not including first year students. Universities must increase provision of distance learning to 75% of registered students, apart from learning activities that require physical attendance or the use of special equipment (e.g. activities in scientific laboratories, training in clinics, internships in the health sector). This is in effect from 26 October for a period of 30 days.
    Additional regions have adopted/ are in the process of adopting similar restrictive measures, as detailed below. However, as this list is not exhaustive, please ensure that personnel of UNSMS Organizations based in Italy are always familiar with the latest guidance from respective local authorities.
    • Campania has imposed the same curfew hours and schools of all levels remain closed. They have taken measures further, restricting travel between provinces to exclusively the following reasons: work, health, education, caregiving, or for the purchase of essential goods. A self-certification form must also be provided in these cases.
    • Liguria has imposed a curfew only in Genoa between 21:00-6:00, which only allows persons to be out if they are going to a specific commercial establishment, restaurant, or cafe. Such places may only be frequented for leisure if they have seating. The region has also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including for first year students.
    • Lombardy has imposed a curfew between 23:00-5:00. Upper secondary schools must shift to 100% distance learning. On weekends, shopping centers will be closed, except for stores selling foodstuffs and pharmacies.
    • Piedmont also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including first year students. Shopping centers will be closed on weekends.

    The latest Italian government legislative decree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates: • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences. • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00. • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited. • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks. • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed. • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00. • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee. • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinance of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available. Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services. From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are in place: • Social distancing of one metre must be observed.• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.• Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.• Some regions have introduced nightly curfews or restrictions on movement; you should check regional websites to see if these will apply to you.• Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.• Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Measures may also vary between towns; local mayors were recently given powers to close some public spaces from 9pm if they choose. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    26.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: -Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom.
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions – unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions. .
    .
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: .
    • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. .
    • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
    • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
    • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
    • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
    • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
    • Contact sports: Training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
    • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations – see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    In an ordinance from the Mayor of Rome of 22 October 2020, has ordered the closure of the following public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays between 21:00-midnight, effective immediately: • Campo de’ Fiori;• The stairs beneath the Fontanone Acqua Paola at Piazza Trilussa (in Trastevere); • Piazza Madonna de’ Monti; • The pedestrian stretches of Via del Pigneto & Via Pesaro; Access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences in these spaces will continue to be allowed.. These closures will apply until 13 November 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. Effective 23 October, the Lazio Region issued an ordinance, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between midnight and 5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health, or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form (attached). This is in effect from midnight on 23 October for a period of 30 days.
    • Distance learning: Upper secondary schools (or high schools) must increase provision of distance learning to 50% of students, not including first year students. Universities must increase provision of distance learning to 75% of registered students, apart from learning activities that require physical attendance or the use of special equipment (e.g. activities in scientific laboratories, training in clinics, internships in the health sector). This is in effect from 26 October for a period of 30 days.
    Additional regions have adopted/ are in the process of adopting similar restrictive measures, as detailed below. However, as this list is not exhaustive, please ensure that personnel of UNSMS Organizations based in Italy are always familiar with the latest guidance from respective local authorities.
    • Campania has imposed the same curfew hours and schools of all levels remain closed. They have taken measures further, restricting travel between provinces to exclusively the following reasons: work, health, education, caregiving, or for the purchase of essential goods. A self-certification form must also be provided in these cases.
    • Liguria has imposed a curfew only in Genoa between 21:00-6:00, which only allows persons to be out if they are going to a specific commercial establishment, restaurant, or cafe. Such places may only be frequented for leisure if they have seating. The region has also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including for first year students.
    • Lombardy has imposed a curfew between 23:00-5:00. Upper secondary schools must shift to 100% distance learning. On weekends, shopping centers will be closed, except for stores selling foodstuffs and pharmacies.
    • Piedmont also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including first year students. Shopping centers will be closed on weekends.

    The latest Italian government legislative decree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates: • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences. • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00. • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited. • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks. • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed. • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00. • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee. • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinance of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available. Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services. From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are in place: • Social distancing of one metre must be observed.• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.• Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.• Some regions have introduced nightly curfews or restrictions on movement; you should check regional websites to see if these will apply to you.• Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.• Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Measures may also vary between towns; local mayors were recently given powers to close some public spaces from 9pm if they choose. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    25.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.
    Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
    • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries:
    o Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    o Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    o Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult the link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:
    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal.

    Internal Restrictions:

    In an ordinance from the Mayor of Rome of 22 October 2020, has ordered the closure of the following public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays between 21:00-midnight, effective immediately: • Campo de’ Fiori;• The stairs beneath the Fontanone Acqua Paola at Piazza Trilussa (in Trastevere); • Piazza Madonna de’ Monti; • The pedestrian stretches of Via del Pigneto & Via Pesaro; Access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences in these spaces will continue to be allowed.. These closures will apply until 13 November 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
    Effective 23 October, the Lazio Region issued an ordinance, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between midnight and 5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health, or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form (attached). This is in effect from midnight on 23 October for a period of 30 days.
    • Distance learning: Upper secondary schools (or high schools) must increase provision of distance learning to 50% of students, not including first year students. Universities must increase provision of distance learning to 75% of registered students, apart from learning activities that require physical attendance or the use of special equipment (e.g. activities in scientific laboratories, training in clinics, internships in the health sector). This is in effect from 26 October for a period of 30 days.
    Additional regions have adopted/ are in the process of adopting similar restrictive measures, as detailed below. However, as this list is not exhaustive, please ensure that personnel of UNSMS Organizations based in Italy are always familiar with the latest guidance from respective local authorities.
    • Campania has imposed the same curfew hours and schools of all levels remain closed. They have taken measures further, restricting travel between provinces to exclusively the following reasons: work, health, education, caregiving, or for the purchase of essential goods. A self-certification form must also be provided in these cases.
    • Liguria has imposed a curfew only in Genoa between 21:00-6:00, which only allows persons to be out if they are going to a specific commercial establishment, restaurant, or cafe. Such places may only be frequented for leisure if they have seating. The region has also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including for first year students.
    • Lombardy has imposed a curfew between 23:00-5:00. Upper secondary schools must shift to 100% distance learning. On weekends, shopping centers will be closed, except for stores selling foodstuffs and pharmacies.
    • Piedmont also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including first year students. Shopping centers will be closed on weekends.

    The latest Italian government legislativedecree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates:
    • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
    • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited.
    • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks.
    • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00.
    • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee.
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services. From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.

    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are in place: • Social distancing of one metre must be observed.• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.• Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.• Some regions have introduced nightly curfews or restrictions on movement; you should check regional websites to see if these will apply to you.• Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.• Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people.Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Measures may also vary between towns; local mayors were recently given powers to close some public spaces from 9pm if they choose. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    23.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government will impose nightly (00:00-05:00) curfew from 23 October in Lazio region, including Rome, due to COVID-19 resurgence (Reuters, 21.10.2020). Italian government orders COVID-19 testing on travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom (Reuters, 07.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    Effective 23 October, the Lazio Region issued an ordinance, which contains the following requirements:
    • Curfew: Between midnight and 5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health, or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form (attached). This is in effect from midnight on 23 October for a period of 30 days.
    • Distance learning: Upper secondary schools (or high schools) must increase provision of distance learning to 50% of students, not including first year students. Universities must increase provision of distance learning to 75% of registered students, apart from learning activities that require physical attendance or the use of special equipment (e.g. activities in scientific laboratories, training in clinics, internships in the health sector). This is in effect from 26 October for a period of 30 days.
    Additional regions have adopted/ are in the process of adopting similar restrictive measures, as detailed below. However, as this list is not exhaustive, please ensure that personnel of UNSMS Organizations based in Italy are always familiar with the latest guidance from respective local authorities.
    • Campania has imposed the same curfew hours and schools of all levels remain closed. They have taken measures further, restricting travel between provinces to exclusively the following reasons: work, health, education, caregiving, or for the purchase of essential goods. A self-certification form must also be provided in these cases.
    • Liguria has imposed a curfew only in Genoa between 21:00-6:00, which only allows persons to be out if they are going to a specific commercial establishment, restaurant, or cafe. Such places may only be frequented for leisure if they have seating. The region has also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including for first year students.
    • Lombardy has imposed a curfew between 23:00-5:00. Upper secondary schools must shift to 100% distance learning. On weekends, shopping centers will be closed, except for stores selling foodstuffs and pharmacies.
    • Piedmont also called for an increase in distance learning to 50% for upper secondary school students, not including first year students. Shopping centers will be closed on weekends.

    The latest Italian government legislativedecree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates:
    • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
    • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited.
    • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks.
    • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00.
    • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee.
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    Exemptions: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
    • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries:
    o Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    o Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    o Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult the link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent, and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown; however, the following measures are still in place:
    Social distancing of one metre must be observed.
    The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.
    Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.
    Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people.
    Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.
    Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.
    Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.
    Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    22.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government orders COVID-19 testing on travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom (Reuters, 07.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The latest Italian government legislativedecree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates:
    • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
    • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited.
    • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks.
    • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00.
    • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee.
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    Exemptions: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
    • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries:
    o Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    o Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    o Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult the link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    Transit through Italy: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent, and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown; however, the following measures are still in place:
    Social distancing of one metre must be observed.
    The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.
    Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.
    Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people.
    Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.
    Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.
    Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.
    Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    20.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government orders COVID-19 testing on travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom (Reuters, 07.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The latest Italian government legislativedecree in effect from 19 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates:
    • Squares and streets in urban centers prone to crowding and gatherings may be closed off after 21:00 by respective Mayors, while guaranteeing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
    • Schools and educational institutions (measure in effect from 21 October): Elementary or primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt flexible teaching arrangements to allow more distance learning to complement in-person teaching activities and, in any case, not admit students until 9:00.
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are only allowed between 5:00-midnight if providing table service and with a maximum of 6 occupants per table. Establishments without table service must close by 18:00. Delivery services continue to be allowed, with takeaway services being allowed until midnight, though consumption of takeaway at or near establishments is prohibited.
    • Access to parks, public gardens and playgrounds: Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and closely monitored. Parents and accompanying guardians must respect social distancing and appropriately use a mask at all times; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that for children above the age of 6, the minimum interpersonal distance is respected as well as the continuous use of masks.
    • Contact sports: training for children and youth’s amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
    • Arcades and bingo halls may operate only between the hours of 8:00-21:00.
    • Festivals and fairs are prohibited although national or international trade shows continue to be allowed with the adoption of protocols recommended by the Scientific Committee.
    • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
    Exemptions: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
    • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries:
    o Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    o Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    o Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult the link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy: All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent, and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown; however, the following measures are still in place:
    Social distancing of one metre must be observed.
    The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.
    Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing.
    Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are limited to 30 people.
    Only six people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. These venues must close by midnight and from 6pm can only serve customers who are seated at a table.
    Seating will be preassigned within theatres, cinemas and concert venues and has been limited to permit social distancing.
    Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted.
    Museums and archaeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above. Note that many restaurants and venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    19.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government orders COVID-19 testing on travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom (Reuters, 07.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The latest Italian government legislativedecree in effect from 14 October to 13 November 2020, stipulates:
    • Masks: It is now mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors.
    • Parties: Parties are prohibited. Celebrations following civil or religious ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 30 persons and must respect the applicable protocols and guidelines. It is strongly recommended that private residential parties are avoided and, in any case, no more than 6 visitors at any time.
    • School trips and academic exchange programs are suspended at all levels. (Regular in-person teaching activities may continue.)
    • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities must close by 21:00 or by midnight if providing table service. Delivery and takeaway services continue to be allowed though consuming takeaway near establishments is prohibited after 21:00.
    International travel restrictions have been updated as below:
    • Work, health, study needs or other urgent motives continue to be required for traveling to and from States outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom. In any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence as well as for persons entitled to a long-term European visa and their family members, continues to be allowed.
    • Exemptions: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
    • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries:
    o Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    o Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom
    o Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
    • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
    • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy:
    o Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended.
    o Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 – as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours – OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult the link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    International Restrictions: From within the EU: Entry Restrictions: Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri. *Travelling from Italy or returning to Italy: Specific rules for each destination are available at ViaggiareSicuri. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a here self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italyand here
    Viaggiare Sicuri. *Contact point for Italy: Online Inquiries and Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    Transit: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy , FAQs, Viaggiare Sicuri.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay are allowed to enter for any reason (including tourism). Travellers from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic are allowed to enter only if they are EU citizens (including their family members) who have been resident in Italy. For travellers coming from third-countries other than those mentioned above, travel is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study or in general absolute urgency as well as if they have a proven and stable affective relationship with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with people who are legally resident in Italy and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling. In all the described cases, travellers have to: – provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers; – self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; – reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal). *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy, FAQs
    and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy-
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the European Union’s and Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services-
    Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed
    • the use of masks is mandatory when leaving ones domicile. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times. For more information, check with the website for the region you are visiting
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.
    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    13.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government orders COVID-19 testing on travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom (Reuters, 07.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    On 7 October 2020, the Ministry of Health issued an ordinance requiring individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland in the previous 14 days, to EITHER:
    a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. The Ordinance’s provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19 and they have not visited or transited in the last 14 days also through Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro, Romania and Colombia.

    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    International Restrictions: From within the EU: Entry Restrictions: Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri. *Travelling from Italy or returning to Italy: Specific rules for each destination are available at ViaggiareSicuri. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a here self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italyand here
    Viaggiare Sicuri. *Contact point for Italy: Online Inquiries and Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    Transit: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy , FAQs, Viaggiare Sicuri.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay are allowed to enter for any reason (including tourism). Travellers from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic are allowed to enter only if they are EU citizens (including their family members) who have been resident in Italy. For travellers coming from third-countries other than those mentioned above, travel is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study or in general absolute urgency as well as if they have a proven and stable affective relationship with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with people who are legally resident in Italy and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling. In all the described cases, travellers have to: – provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers; – self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; – reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal). *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy, FAQs
    and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy-
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the European Union’s and Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services-
    Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed
    • the use of masks is mandatory when leaving ones domicile. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times. For more information, check with the website for the region you are visiting
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.
    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    08.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government orders COVID-19 testing on travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom (Reuters, 07.10.2020). Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until 31 January 2021. On the national level, it is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person anytime you leave your residence (to be worn in enclosed areas and whenever crowding occurs outdoors), though regions may apply stricter requirements. Please be aware that the use of masks in public at all times continues to be mandatory in Lazio (including Rome). Violations are subject to fines starting at 400 EUR. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at restaurants and bars only when consuming food or beverages.

    The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.
    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.
    on 21 September the Italian Minister of Health announced the signature of an Ordinance that states that anyone arriving in Italy from specific areas/regions of France is required to undergo a swab in order to check for possible contagion from Covid-19. The regions are: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (including Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Ordinance, which will enter into effect from 22 September 2020, provides for the obligation to present a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result, carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours before entering Italy, or the obligation to undergo a swab upon arrival in Italy (through quick tests available in major airports, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery), in analogy to what is already in effect for individuals entering Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
    As of 21September 2020, persons entering Italy from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Bulgaria, are not anymore required to a quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days, as it was requested so far; persons from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Serbia, can enter Italy only for work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives. For them, in any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    International Restrictions: From within the EU: Entry Restrictions: Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri. *Travelling from Italy or returning to Italy: Specific rules for each destination are available at ViaggiareSicuri. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a here self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italyand here
    Viaggiare Sicuri. *Contact point for Italy: Online Inquiries and Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    Transit: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy , FAQs, Viaggiare Sicuri.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay are allowed to enter for any reason (including tourism). Travellers from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic are allowed to enter only if they are EU citizens (including their family members) who have been resident in Italy. For travellers coming from third-countries other than those mentioned above, travel is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study or in general absolute urgency as well as if they have a proven and stable affective relationship with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with people who are legally resident in Italy and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling. In all the described cases, travellers have to: – provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers; – self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; – reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal). *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy, FAQs
    and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy-
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the European Union’s and Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services-
    Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed
    • the use of masks is mandatory when leaving ones domicile. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times. For more information, check with the website for the region you are visiting
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.
    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

    Read more
    07.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The Government of Italy has launched a national contact tracing app called Immuni (the “App”). Its use is voluntary, but the Government has underlined that its effectiveness will depend on how many download and use it. The App is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google. It uses Bluetooth technology to create a record of codes sent on a continuous basis by devices using the App. When two users enter in close contact with each other, their devices exchange their random codes, recording the contact in the device memory. The random codes are transferred to a server located in Italy and managed by the Ministry of Health. If one user tests positive for Covid-19, this information is voluntarily sent to the server and from there downloaded on all the devices where the App is installed. The App will notify the users with “matching” codes of the risk of infection and provide recommendations. To read more about the App, including FAQs, visit the Immuni official website (available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish). All WFP HQ employees who wish to download the App may click here.

    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.
    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.
    on 21 September the Italian Minister of Health announced the signature of an Ordinance that states that anyone arriving in Italy from specific areas/regions of France is required to undergo a swab in order to check for possible contagion from Covid-19. The regions are: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (including Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Ordinance, which will enter into effect from 22 September 2020, provides for the obligation to present a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result, carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours before entering Italy, or the obligation to undergo a swab upon arrival in Italy (through quick tests available in major airports, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery), in analogy to what is already in effect for individuals entering Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
    As of 21September 2020, persons entering Italy from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Bulgaria, are not anymore required to a quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days, as it was requested so far; persons from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Serbia, can enter Italy only for work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives. For them, in any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    International Restrictions: *From EU: Entry Restrictions- Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri; Travelling from Italy or returning to Italy- Specific rules for each destination are available at ViaggiareSicuri.*Mandatory Travel Documentation- All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a here
    self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy and Viaggiare Sicuri * Contact point for Italy: Online Inquiries

    *Transit: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation. For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal. *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy, FAQs and Viaggiare Sicuri.

    *From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay are allowed to enter for any reason (including tourism). Travellers from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic are allowed to enter only if they are EU citizens (including their family members) who have been resident in Italy. For travellers coming from third-countries other than those mentioned above, travel is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study or in general absolute urgency as well as if they have a proven and stable affective relationship with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with people who are legally resident in Italy and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling. In all the described cases, travellers have to: – provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers; – self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; – reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal). *Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy; Viaggiare Sicuri; FAQs.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Italy-
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the European Union’s and Re-Open EU page.
    *Public spaces and services-
    Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed
    • the use of masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces
    • some regions have also introduced mandatory wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times. For more information, check with the website for the region you are visiting
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.
    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    If you are a British national resident in Italy, we advise carrying proof of your residence in Italy when transiting through airports or other transport hubs.
    You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    06.10.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Government to extend state of emergency through 31 January (Reuters, 01.10.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.
    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.
    on 21 September the Italian Minister of Health announced the signature of an Ordinance that states that anyone arriving in Italy from specific areas/regions of France is required to undergo a swab in order to check for possible contagion from Covid-19. The regions are: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (including Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Ordinance, which will enter into effect from 22 September 2020, provides for the obligation to present a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result, carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours before entering Italy, or the obligation to undergo a swab upon arrival in Italy (through quick tests available in major airports, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery), in analogy to what is already in effect for individuals entering Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
    As of 21September 2020, persons entering Italy from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Bulgaria, are not anymore required to a quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days, as it was requested so far; persons from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Serbia, can enter Italy only for work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives. For them, in any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    International Restrictions: Specific entry rules for each country are available at ViaggiareSicuri. All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers. Find out more: Esteri.it: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy and ViaggiareSicuri.

    Transit: Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation.
    For third-country nationals as well as travellers from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Montenegro, airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay are allowed to enter for any reason (including tourism). Travellers from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic are allowed to enter only if they are EU citizens (including their family members) who have been resident in Italy. For travellers coming from third-countries other than those mentioned above, travel is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study or in general absolute urgency as well as if they have a proven and stable affective relationship with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with people who are legally resident in Italy and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling. In all the described cases, travellers have to: – provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers; – self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; – reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal).

    Internal Restrictions:
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.

    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed
    • the use of masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces.
    • masks must be worn in all outdoor spaces between the hours of 6pm and 6am. On the island of Sardinia and in Campania, these measures apply 24 hours a day. You should pay close attention to signage and carry a mask with you at all times.
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.
    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    If you are a British national resident in Italy, we advise carrying proof of your residence in Italy when transiting through airports or other transport hubs.
    You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    01.10.2020
  • Italy Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.
    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.
    on 21 September the Italian Minister of Health announced the signature of an Ordinance that states that anyone arriving in Italy from specific areas/regions of France is required to undergo a swab in order to check for possible contagion from Covid-19. The regions are: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (including Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Ordinance, which will enter into effect from 22 September 2020, provides for the obligation to present a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result, carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours before entering Italy, or the obligation to undergo a swab upon arrival in Italy (through quick tests available in major airports, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery), in analogy to what is already in effect for individuals entering Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
    As of 21September 2020, persons entering Italy from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Bulgaria, are not anymore required to a quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days, as it was requested so far; persons from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Serbia, can enter Italy only for work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives. For them, in any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    Internal Restrictions:
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.
    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.
    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.

    *Public spaces and services: Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed
    • the use of masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces.
    • masks must be worn in all outdoor spaces between the hours of 6pm and 6am. On the island of Sardinia and in Campania, these measures apply 24 hours a day. You should pay close attention to signage and carry a mask with you at all times.
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.
    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    If you are a British national resident in Italy, we advise carrying proof of your residence in Italy when transiting through airports or other transport hubs.
    You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

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    24.09.2020
  • Italy Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.
    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.
    on 21 September the Italian Minister of Health announced the signature of an Ordinance that states that anyone arriving in Italy from specific areas/regions of France is required to undergo a swab in order to check for possible contagion from Covid-19. The regions are: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (including Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Ordinance, which will enter into effect from 22 September 2020, provides for the obligation to present a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result, carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours before entering Italy, or the obligation to undergo a swab upon arrival in Italy (through quick tests available in major airports, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery), in analogy to what is already in effect for individuals entering Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
    As of 21September 2020, persons entering Italy from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Bulgaria, are not anymore required to a quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days, as it was requested so far; persons from, or having stayed (in the previous 14 days) in Serbia, can enter Italy only for work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives. For them, in any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    Internal Restrictions:
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent, and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.

    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.

    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.

    Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed;
    • the use of masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces. In all outdoor spaces, mask must be worn between the hours of 6pm and 6am throughout most of Italy, and at all times on the island of Sardinia. You should pay close attention to signage and carry a mask with you at all times;
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing;
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms;
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing;
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open-air venues;
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.

    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    You can find more information on measures on the here
    Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

    Read more
    22.09.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government adds Colombia to travel ban list, requires COVID-19 test for travelers from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain (Wanted in Rome, 13.08.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Bulgaria and Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.

    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro, Serbia, and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.

    The Italian Minister of Health has just announced the signature of an Ordinance that states that anyone arriving in Italy from specific areas/regions of France is required to undergo a swab in order to check for possible contagion from Covid-19. The regions are: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (including Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Ordinance, which will enter into effect as of tomorrow 22 September 2020, provides for the obligation to present a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result, carried out by means of a swab, within 72 hours before entering Italy, or the obligation to undergo a swab upon arrival in Italy (through quick tests available in major airports, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery), in analogy to what is already in effect for individuals entering Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.

    Internal Restrictions:
    All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent, and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available.

    Rail services are returning to their usual timetables, but there are still some reduced domestic services and international travel is limited. Some cross-border bus companies have cancelled their services.

    From 15 August, Italian flagged cruise ships can recommence sailings, available to residents of Schengen countries. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your transport provider for the latest information.
    More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the European Union’s Re-Open EU page.

    Italian society has broadly reopened following the initial Coronavirus lockdown, however the following measures are still in place:
    • social distancing of one metre must be observed;
    • the use of masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces. In all outdoor spaces, mask must be worn between the hours of 6pm and 6am throughout most of Italy, and at all times on the island of Sardinia. You should pay close attention to signage and carry a mask with you at all times;
    • parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing;
    • funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms;
    • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are open, as are libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing;
    • from 16 August, dance activity has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open-air venues;
    • museums and archeological sites are open but entry must be pre-booked.
    Regional authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply in addition to the restrictions listed above.

    Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services.
    You can find more information on measures on the here
    Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).

    Read more
    21.09.2020
  • Italy Latest News: Italian government adds Colombia to travel ban list, requires COVID-19 test for travelers from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain (Wanted in Rome, 13.08.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Bulgaria and Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.

    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro, Serbia, and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.

    Internal Restrictions:
    **The Italian Ministry of Health has extended its current ordinance until the 30 September. The ordinance reiterates suspension and/or limitation of the following activities, with a reiteration of the following measures:
    Social distancing continues to be required: 1-meter interpersonal distance at all times.
    Masks continue to be mandatory both indoors and outdoors, if social distancing of 1 meter is not possible to be maintained. In particular, mandatory use of masks from 6 pm to 6 am is confirmed, in case of gatherings and when not possible to ensure social distancing.
    Schools will resume in accordance with their own calendar (public schools as of 14 September), following the specific Protocol issued by the Ministry of Health.
    Stadiums: existing restrictions are renewed, with the closure of stadiums extended until 30 September.
    Night clubs: the ordinance passed by the Italian Minister of Health on 15 August is confirmed. This prohibits dancing in public places and imposes the obligation to wear a mask also outdoors, in the areas of nightlife, from 6 PM to 6 AM.
    Use of trains: the obligation to maintain a social distance of 1 meter remains, both for high speed and for regional and inter-regional trains, with passengers’ using alternate seating.
    Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.
    Places of worship: will continue to take measures to avoid gatherings.
    Cinemas, Theaters, and Auditoriums: continue to have pre-assigned and alternate seating, respecting the distance of at least 1 meter (with the exception of cohabitants) and with a maximum of 1.000 spectators for outdoor shows and 200 indoors.
    Children: will be allowed to play outdoors, as long as it is safe, while sports activities in the open air and in gyms continue to be authorized, provided that safety distance of at least 2 meters is respected.
    Bars, pubs, restaurants, etc.: can continue to operate, provided that the concerned Regions and Autonomous Provinces have ascertained their compatibility with the epidemiological trend.
    Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are now allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed.
    If travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to to demonstrate that you have received a negative COVID test in the last 48 hours, or agree to take one when you arrive in Sardinia. You also need to register your trip in advance. More information on these requirements is available on the regional website of Sardinia.

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    11.09.2020
  • Italy Italian government adds Colombia to travel ban list, requires COVID-19 test for travelers from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain (Wanted in Rome, 13.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has extended the current ordinace of 13 August, until the 30 September. The ordinance requires a mandatory COVID-19 swab for people who, during the previous two weeks, have been or transited to Greece, Croatia, Malta or Spain. Persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days are still required to EITHER: a) upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b) take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. Such provisions do not apply to officials of international organizations, provided that they have not visited or transited also through Bulgaria and Romania and any of the countries listed below in the paragraph “Entry ban”, and they are not suffering any symptoms of COVID-19.
    An entry Ban on people who have visited countries at risk within the last 14 days (Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Montenegro, Serbia, and Colombia), are prohibited from entering Italy. Prohibition of entry is enforced through immediate repatriation. As of 8 September 2020, to participants to international sport events and trade fairs, upon authorization of competent health authorities and providing at the boarding evidence that a COVID-19 swab has been taken in the last 72 hours with negative results. Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.For more information visit the: Italian Foreign Ministry website. International arivals are obliged to fill in a self-declaration form if stopped and checked.

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    Internal restrictions:

    **The Italian Ministry of Health has extended its current ordinance until the 30 September. The ordinance reiterates suspension and/or limitation of the following activities, with a reiteration of the following measures:
    Social distancing continues to be required: 1-meter interpersonal distance at all times.
    Masks continue to be mandatory both indoors and outdoors, if social distancing of 1 meter is not possible to be maintained. In particular, mandatory use of masks from 6 pm to 6 am is confirmed, in case of gatherings and when not possible to ensure social distancing.
    Schools will resume in accordance with their own calendar (public schools as of 14 September), following the specific Protocol issued by the Ministry of Health.
    Stadiums: existing restrictions are renewed, with the closure of stadiums extended until 30 September.
    Night clubs: the ordinance passed by the Italian Minister of Health on 15 August is confirmed. This prohibits dancing in public places and imposes the obligation to wear a mask also outdoors, in the areas of nightlife, from 6 PM to 6 AM.
    Use of trains: the obligation to maintain a social distance of 1 meter remains, both for high speed and for regional and inter-regional trains, with passengers’ using alternate seating.
    Flights: no limitation is imposed, and all seats can be occupied, thanks to the air recirculation system on board the aircraft and the seating arrangement, which prevents passengers from sitting opposite one another. Before boarding, all passengers shall have their temperature taken.
    Places of worship: will continue to take measures to avoid gatherings.
    Cinemas, Theaters, and Auditoriums: continue to have pre-assigned and alternate seating, respecting the distance of at least 1 meter (with the exception of cohabitants) and with a maximum of 1.000 spectators for outdoor shows and 200 indoors.
    Children: will be allowed to play outdoors, as long as it is safe, while sports activities in the open air and in gyms continue to be authorized, provided that safety distance of at least 2 meters is respected.
    Bars, pubs, restaurants, etc.: can continue to operate, provided that the concerned Regions and Autonomous Provinces have ascertained their compatibility with the epidemiological trend.
    Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are now allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed.

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    07.09.2020
  • Italy Italian government adds Colombia to travel ban list, requires COVID-19 test for travelers from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain (Wanted in Rome, 13.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has issued an ordinance, which takes effect from13 August, until the end of the present legislative decree of the Host Government, or 7 September 2020. The ordinance requires that all persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days to EITHER: a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. In any case, persons who have stayed in the aforementioned countries should inform the competent health authorities upon entering Italy. Should symptoms of COVID-19 arise, subjects must inform health authorities in a timely manner through one of the dedicated hotlines and observe quarantine. Finally, Colombia has been added to the list of countries with a travel ban. As a reminder, this list now includes: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Serbia. This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions. Exemptions: All international arrivals are required to fill out and present a self-declaration form [https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/07/modulo_rientro_da_estero_17_luglio_eng.pdf]. You must provide this to your airline/transport provider, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks. For more information visit the Italian Foreing Ministry website: [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    Internal restrictions:

    **The Italian Ministry of Health has issued an ordinance, which takes effect from tomorrow, 17 August, until the end of the present legislative decree of the Host Government, or 7 September 2020. The ordinance reiterates the suspension of activities in nightclubs and dance halls, whether indoors or outdoors, and imposes a new requirement with implications for the entire Italian population: Between the hours of 18:00 and 6:00, masks must always be worn in any area open to the public – even outdoors. This includes in piazzas, streets, and any other open spaces where gatherings may easily form spontaneously or by chance. Individual regions may not make exceptions.
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times. Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier (which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose) may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate provided that the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate as long as the prescribed protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    The following main modifications should be noted:
    In-person teaching activities: are expected to resume as per their respective academic calendars, with virus containment measures in place. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences: From 1 September, trade shows, fairs, and conferences will be allowed to take place as long as the prescribed protocols are followed, ensuring that 1-meter interpersonal distance can be respected at all times. Preparations for these events may begin from 9 August.
    Sports events: From 1 September, audiences may attend sports events, with a maximum of 1000 spectators in outdoor stadiums and a maximum of 200 spectators in indoor venues. Seats must be pre-assigned and respect social distancing requirements, body temperatures must be checked at the entrance and masks must be worn.
    Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are now allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine due to their recent travel destinations – see below international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

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    18.08.2020
  • Italy Italian government adds Colombia to travel ban list, requires COVID-19 test for travelers from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain (Wanted in Rome, 13.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has issued an ordinance, which takes effect from13 August, until the end of the present legislative decree of the Host Government, or 7 September 2020. The ordinance requires that all persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days to EITHER: a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. In any case, persons who have stayed in the aforementioned countries should inform the competent health authorities upon entering Italy. Should symptoms of COVID-19 arise, subjects must inform health authorities in a timely manner through one of the dedicated hotlines and observe quarantine. Finally, Colombia has been added to the list of countries with a travel ban. As a reminder, this list now includes: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Serbia. This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions. Exemptions: All international arrivals are required to fill out and present a self-declaration form [https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/07/modulo_rientro_da_estero_17_luglio_eng.pdf]. For more information visit the Italian Foreing Ministry website: [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    Internal restrictions:

    **The Italian Ministry of Health has issued an ordinance, which takes effect from tomorrow, 17 August, until the end of the present legislative decree of the Host Government, or 7 September 2020. The ordinance reiterates the suspension of activities in nightclubs and dance halls, whether indoors or outdoors, and imposes a new requirement with implications for the entire Italian population: Between the hours of 18:00 and 6:00, masks must always be worn in any area open to the public – even outdoors. This includes in piazzas, streets, and any other open spaces where gatherings may easily form spontaneously or by chance. Individual regions may not make exceptions.
    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times. Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier (which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose) may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate provided that the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate as long as the prescribed protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    The following main modifications should be noted:
    In-person teaching activities: are expected to resume as per their respective academic calendars, with virus containment measures in place. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences: From 1 September, trade shows, fairs, and conferences will be allowed to take place as long as the prescribed protocols are followed, ensuring that 1-meter interpersonal distance can be respected at all times. Preparations for these events may begin from 9 August.
    Sports events: From 1 September, audiences may attend sports events, with a maximum of 1000 spectators in outdoor stadiums and a maximum of 200 spectators in indoor venues. Seats must be pre-assigned and respect social distancing requirements, body temperatures must be checked at the entrance and masks must be worn.
    Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are now allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine due to their recent travel destinations – see below international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

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    16.08.2020
  • Italy Italian government adds Colombia to travel ban list, requires COVID-19 test for travelers from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain (Wanted in Rome, 13.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    The Italian Ministry of Health has issued an ordinance, which takes effect from13 August, until the end of the present legislative decree of the Host Government, or 7 September 2020. The ordinance requires that all persons who have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous 14 days to EITHER: a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must observe quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority. In any case, persons who have stayed in the aforementioned countries should inform the competent health authorities upon entering Italy. Should symptoms of COVID-19 arise, subjects must inform health authorities in a timely manner through one of the dedicated hotlines and observe quarantine. Finally, Colombia has been added to the list of countries with a travel ban. As a reminder, this list now includes: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Serbia. This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions. Exemptions: All international arrivals are required to fill out and present a self-declaration form [https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/07/modulo_rientro_da_estero_17_luglio_eng.pdf]. For more information visit the Italian Foreing Ministry website: [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    Internal restrictions:

    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times. Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier (which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose) may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate provided that the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate as long as the prescribed protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    The following main modifications should be noted:
    In-person teaching activities: are expected to resume as per their respective academic calendars, with virus containment measures in place. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences: From 1 September, trade shows, fairs, and conferences will be allowed to take place as long as the prescribed protocols are followed, ensuring that 1-meter interpersonal distance can be respected at all times. Preparations for these events may begin from 9 August.
    Sports events: From 1 September, audiences may attend sports events, with a maximum of 1000 spectators in outdoor stadiums and a maximum of 200 spectators in indoor venues. Seats must be pre-assigned and respect social distancing requirements, body temperatures must be checked at the entrance and masks must be worn.
    Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are now allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine due to their recent travel destinations – see below international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

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    13.08.2020
  • Italy More than 8,000 passengers had rail journeys canceled over the weekend 8/9 August after the Italian government announced that trains could only travel half full. (The Local, 03.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    On 7 August 2020, the Italy issued a new legislative decree, the provisions of which enter into effect on 09 August 2020 and extends the provisions of the 11 June 2020 – already prorogated by the 14 July 2020 legislative decree – until 7 September 2020. The signed decree in Italian is available at the following link [https://www.certifico.com/component/attachments/download/18991]. International travel restrictions largely remain the same, but slight adjustments to country lists should be noted: Work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives continue to be required for traveling to and from States outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom. In any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed. Exemptions: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries: Bulgaria, Romania , Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom. Exemptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes are exempt from this requirement. Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven’t stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days. Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Serbia. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended. Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.
    For more information visit the Italian Foreing Ministry website: [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    Internal restrictions:

    The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted: Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times! Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier (which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose) may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate provided that the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate as long as the prescribed protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
    The following main modifications should be noted:
    In-person teaching activities: are expected to resume as per their respective academic calendars, with virus containment measures in place. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences: From 1 September, trade shows, fairs, and conferences will be allowed to take place as long as the prescribed protocols are followed, ensuring that 1-meter interpersonal distance can be respected at all times. Preparations for these events may begin from 9 August.
    Sports events: From 1 September, audiences may attend sports events, with a maximum of 1000 spectators in outdoor stadiums and a maximum of 200 spectators in indoor venues. Seats must be pre-assigned and respect social distancing requirements, body temperatures must be checked at the entrance and masks must be worn.
    Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are now allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine due to their recent travel destinations – see below international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven’t stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days.

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    08.08.2020
  • Italy More than 8,000 passengers had rail journeys canceled over the weekend 8/9 August after the Italian government announced that trains could only travel half full. (The Local, 03.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    You should complete a self-declaration form [https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/07/modulo_rientro_da_estero_17_luglio_eng.pdf] before you travel to Italy. You must provide this to your airline/transport provider, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to register your trip in advance: [https://sus.regione.sardegna.it/sus/covid19/regimbarco/init?lang=en].
    Travelers arriving in Calabria must present a completed Health Declaration Form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://home.rcovid19.it/]
    Travelers arriving in Puglia must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://www.regione.puglia.it/web/salute-sport-e-buona-vita/-/riapertura-delle-regioni-regole-per-gli-spostamenti-da-e-per-la-puglia].
    Travelers arriving in Sicily must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://www.lasicilia.it/userUpload/moduloregione.pdf]

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government has extended the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 until 15 October 2020. It was originally issued on 31 January and it was supposed to expire on July 31st. Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    07.08.2020
  • Italy More than 8,000 passengers had rail journeys canceled over the weekend 8/9 August after the Italian government announced that trains could only travel half full. (The Local, 03.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to register your trip in advance: [https://sus.regione.sardegna.it/sus/covid19/regimbarco/init?lang=en].
    Travelers arriving in Calabria must present a completed Health Declaration Form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://home.rcovid19.it/]
    Travelers arriving in Puglia must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://www.regione.puglia.it/web/salute-sport-e-buona-vita/-/riapertura-delle-regioni-regole-per-gli-spostamenti-da-e-per-la-puglia].
    Travelers arriving in Sicily must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://www.lasicilia.it/userUpload/moduloregione.pdf]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government has extended the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 until 15 October 2020. It was originally issued on 31 January and it was supposed to expire on July 31st. Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    04.08.2020
  • Italy More than 8,000 passengers had rail journeys canceled over the weekend 8/9 August after the Italian government announced that trains could only travel half full. (The Local, 03.08.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to register your trip in advance: [https://sus.regione.sardegna.it/sus/covid19/regimbarco/init?lang=en].
    Travelers arriving in Calabria must present a completed Health Declaration Form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://home.rcovid19.it/]
    Travelers arriving in Puglia must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://www.regione.puglia.it/web/salute-sport-e-buona-vita/-/riapertura-delle-regioni-regole-per-gli-spostamenti-da-e-per-la-puglia].
    Travelers arriving in Sicily must present a completed “Health Declaration Form” upon arrival. The form can be obtained at [https://www.lasicilia.it/userUpload/moduloregione.pdf]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government has extended the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 until 15 October 2020. It was originally issued on 31 January and it was supposed to expire on July 31st. Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    03.08.2020
  • Italy Government to extend state of emergency until 15 October (The Local, 28.07.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to register your trip in advance: [https://sus.regione.sardegna.it/sus/covid19/regimbarco/init?lang=en].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government has extended the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 until 15 October 2020. It was originally issued on 31 January and it was supposed to expire on July 31st. Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    29.07.2020
  • Italy Government to extend state of emergency until 15 October (The Local, 28.07.2020)

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to register your trip in advance: [https://sus.regione.sardegna.it/sus/covid19/regimbarco/init?lang=en].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    28.07.2020
  • Italy Italy imposes quarantine on travelers from Bulgaria, Romania (Reuters, 24.07.2020). Italian health authorities extend COVID-19 travel ban to Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. (The Local Italy, 17.07.2020). Authorities ban entry from 16 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020).

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to register your trip in advance: [https://sus.regione.sardegna.it/sus/covid19/regimbarco/init?lang=en].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    27.07.2020
  • Italy Italy imposes quarantine on travelers from Bulgaria, Romania (Reuters, 24.07.2020). Italian health authorities extend COVID-19 travel ban to Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. (The Local Italy, 17.07.2020). Authorities ban entry from 16 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020).

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    24.07.2020
  • Italy Authorities ban entry from 16 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020).

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020:
    From 9 to 31 July anyone who, in the previous 14 days, has stayed or transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo is forbidden from entering Italy. This ban does not apply to: Italian citizens; EU citizens; Citizens of countries included in the Schengen Area, Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or citizens of the Vatican City State . Close family members (descendants and relatives in the direct ascending line living together, spouse, civil partner, and/or stable partner) of the above categories, provided that they have been resident in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 (Order of the Minister of Health of 9 July 2020, DPCM 14 July, 2020). Persons other than those specifically indicated in the above list will not be allowed to enter or transit Italy until 31 July 2020.
    Consequently, staff of international organizations and their family members, holding a valid Identity card issued by the MAECI (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) but that do not fall into one of the above categories of persons, will not be allowed to enter Italy until 31 July 2020 if they have stayed in or transited through one of the above-mentioned 16 countries in the previous 14 days. We must wait for further instruction from the Italian government to understand whether entry will be allowed beyond 31 July 2020.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    16.07.2020
  • Italy Authorities ban entry from 13 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama and Peru) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020).

    *****Incoming International travel:
    Provisions of the 11 June 2020 legislative decree are extended until 31 July 2020: Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days. As per the EU Council recommendation of 30 June, citizens of the following countries may enter Italy for any reason: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Marocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. However, visitors from these countries shall still be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days. Travel to and from States other than those listed in the above bullet point continues to be limited to the following purposes: work, health, verifiable study needs, or other urgent purposes. In any case, travel into Italy to return to one’s residence continues to be allowed. Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, as well as their family members may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories. Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended. Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended. For more information, see [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

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    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed.
    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures.
    Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. Events, shows, and gatherings;Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point. Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended. Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences. In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended. Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are now allowed. Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Public protests: are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected. Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended. Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors. Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    15.07.2020
  • Italy Authorities ban entry from 13 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama and Peru) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020).

    *****Incoming International travel:
    ***1. From July 9 to 14, all persons who – in the previous 14 days – travelled to or transited / stayed in the following countries are not allowed to enter Italy, namely: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic. The only exception to this rule is for Italian citizens or nationals of EU and Schengen Member States, UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican City State and their close family members (cohabiting lineal relatives, spouse, civil or cohabiting partner), provided that they were resident in Italy since before July 9, 2020. All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide the carrier, or law enforcement officers if they are stopped for checks, a self-declaration that can be downloaded here [https://www.esteri.it/MAE/resource/doc/2020/07/modulo_rientro_da_estero_08_07_2020.pdf]
    These are the principal new measures in force from July 1: travel within the Member States of the European Union will continue to be unrestricted (in addition to Italy the following Countries are EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden), Schengen Members States (non-EU Countries that are Schengen Members States are: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State. People travelling to Italy from any of the above Countries will not be required to justify their reasons for travelling and will not be subject to a 14-day quarantine period in self-isolation (unless they stayed in any other Country during the 14 day period prior to travelling to Italy); from July 1, all restrictions on travel to Italy will be lifted with regard to the residents of the following Countries (unless they come from Countries travel from which to Italy is temporarily banned): Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. In these cases the reasons for travelling will no longer have to be provided; travel to Italy is freely allowed, without having to justify their reasons for travelling, to the citizens of EU Member States, Schengen Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican, as well as foreign nationals residing in the above mentioned States and members of their household (spouse, civil or cohabiting partner, dependent children aged below 21 years, other dependent lineal relatives). Specific restrictions apply to persons who transited or stayed in Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic (see above); travel is allowed to and from any other Countries for reasons of work, health or absolute necessity, or to return home or to one’s place of residence or dwelling, as well as for reasons of study. All other reasons for travelling shall continue to be prohibited; People travelling to Italy from all Countries other than EU Member States, Schengen Member States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republicof San Marino or Vatican City State will still be required to observe a 14-day quarantine period in self-isolation, with several exceptions (see points 2 and 3). Before undertaking travel abroad check the rules and restrictions that apply in the Country of destination or transit.
    ***2. I have travelled to Italy from abroad. Am I required to self-isolate? It depends on when you travel to Italy and which Country you are travelling from. If you travel to Italy from June 3, from an EU or Schengen Member State or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or the Vatican City State, you will not be required to self-isolate, provided that you did not stay in a Country other than those listed above prior to 14 days before travelling to Italy. Self-isolation for 14 days remains obligatory if you travel to Italy from any of the following Countries: from any Country except for the following: EU or Schengen Member State or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or the Vatican City State;
    from any foreign Country (except San Marino and the Vatican), if you stayed in any Country other than the following prior to 14 days before travelling to Italy: EU or Schengen Member State or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino or the Vatican City State. There are, however, exceptions to these rules (see point 3 below).
    ***3. Which are the exceptions to mandatory self-isolation when travelling to Italy from abroad? Mandatory self-isolation does not apply to the following persons: transport crew members; travel staff members; persons travelling for proven work reasons, if citizens of or resident in one of the following countries: Italy, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; health personnel travelling to Italy for professional purposes; cross-border workers entering the country to work and then returning home; employees of companies with their main or secondary headquarters in Italy, returning to the country after travelling abroad, for work, for no more than 120 hours (5 days); travel to and from the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State; officials and other servants of the European Union, international organisations, diplomatic missions and consulates, military personnel in the performance of their duties; students attending study programmes abroad and returning home at least once a week; persons travelling to Italy for a short stay (up to 120 hours in total) for proven work, urgent or health reasons; transit passengers; persons travelling through the country for no more than 36 hours to reach their country of residence (e.g. entering Italy by ferry from Greece to continue by car to their home in Germany). From June 3, besides the cases listed above, mandatory self-isolation no longer applies for persons travelling to Italy from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. However, mandatory self-isolation shall continue to be required if, during the 14-day period prior to entering Italy they had stayed for any length of time in a Country other than those listed above. For example, persons travelling to Italy from France on July 1 will be required to self-isolate if they had travelled to France from the United States, for example, on June 20, but will not be required to self-isolate if they travelled from the United States to France before June 10, or if they stayed in Germany between June 15 and 30.
    In any case, persons who – in a 14-day period prior to travelling to Italy – stayed or transited in any of the following countries, are required to observe a 14 day quarantine in self-isolation, namely: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic. Travel to Italy by people in these circumstances is nevertheless restricted (see point 1).
    ***4. Can I travel to or from a foreign country for tourism? From June 3, all travel restrictions (including those applying to tourism) have been dropped to and from the following Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Travel to and from any other Country for tourism will not be allowed (see FAQ 1 above). Before travelling abroad for tourism, Italian nationals and foreign nationals resident in Italy, are advised to check the Covid-19 measures and restrictions in force in the country of destination and any transit countries. From July 1, the following are also allowed to travel to Italy : citizens of EU Member States, Schengen Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican; foreign nationals residing in EU Member States, Schengen Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican;
    members of the household of the citizens of the above mentioned States or of foreign nationals residing in the above mentioned States (spouse, civil or cohabiting partner, dependent children aged below 21 years, other dependent lineal relatives). However, people travelling to Italy from all Countries other than EU Member States, Schengen Member States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino or Vatican City State will still be required to observe a 14-day quarantine period in self-isolation. Specific restrictions apply to persons who stayed or transited in Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic (see point 1).
    ***5. When am I required to start self-isolating after arriving in Italy, where mandatory?
    As a rule, immediately after entering the country. You are only allowed to reach the address where you have chosen to self-isolate, by the shortest possible route and without using any means of public transport other than the means used to travel to Italy (for example, if you fly into Fiumicino Airport you are not allowed to catch a train into Rome or for any other destination). Transit passengers are not required to self-isolate: if you are on a short stopover between flights and do not leave the airport you are free to board a connecting flight to any other domestic or international destination. You may rent a car (with or without a driver) or use a taxi. Furthermore, persons travelling to Italy from abroad for reasons of work, health or absolute necessity may postpone the start of the self-isolation period for up to 120 hours. The delay must be justified by the same reasons that justified your travelling to Italy in the first place. For the cases of exemption from mandatory self-isolation see the previous point 3.
    ***6. I am a foreign resident and need to pass through Italy to go home. What am I required to do? Transit through Italy, from one foreign country to another, to return home along the fastest possible route and without intermediate stopovers that are not strictly necessary, is allowed. For example:
    airport transits are allowed (for example, if travelling from Caracas to Frankfurt, with a stopover in Fiumicino), as long as you do not leave the airport; cruise passengers disembarking in Italy at the end of the cruise are allowed to return to the Country where they live (at the expense of the ship owner);
    ferry passengers with a vehicle (travelling from Tunisia or Greece to Italy, for example), may continue on their vehicle to their home country (the Netherlands or Germany, for example). In this case, they are allowed to remain in Italy for no more than 36 hours. Before boarding the airplane/ferry to Italy, you will be required to complete a self-certification form (link to Foreign Ministry form) clearly indicating that you are only passing through Italy on your way to your final destination in a foreign country. If you have developed, or develop Covid-19 symptoms while in Italy, you must immediately notify the competent health authorities, by calling the dedicated helplines and await instructions. Before undertaking any travel you are advised to search for information regarding travel restrictions in place in Italy, as well as in the countries of origin, transit and destination. When travelling through Italy you are advised to keep in touch with your consular authorities. From June 3, there will be no travel restrictions in place to Italy from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If during the 14 days prior to entering Italy you spent any length of time in countries other than those listed above, you shall be required to continue to observe the above mentioned transit rules.
    ***7. I am travelling to Italy by air. Can I catch a connecting or other flight for another domestic or international destination?
    Yes, airport transit is allowed. However, you are not allowed to leave the airport if you are travelling from any Country except the following: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. You are not allowed to leave the airport if you are travelling from any of the above Countries but stayed in a different Country prior to 14 days before the date of travel. Specific restrictions apply to persons who stayed or transited in Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic (see point 1).
    ***8. I am a foreign / Italian citizen temporarily in Italy. Can I travel to the country where I live? Yes, travel to return home is always allowed. You are advised to search for information regarding travel restrictions to and in your country of destination, in respect of the Covid-19 emergency. Foreign nationals are also advised to keep in touch with your consular authorities in Italy. Specific restrictions apply to persons who stayed or transited in Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic (see point 1).
    ***9. I am travelling to Italy from abroad.Can I ask someone to come and pick me up by car, on arrival at the airport / railway station / port? Yes, but one person only and only if he or she is a member of your household and is possibly wearing personal protective equipment. However, before departing you are advised to check the Covid-19 measures and restrictions in force in the region of destination. Except if you are exempted for any reason (see point 3 above) you must immediately notify your arrival in Italy to the Disease Prevention Department of your local health authorities and spend a period of time in supervised self-isolation. You must also immediately report the development of Covid-19 symptoms to the health authorities.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 3 June, the Italian government relaxed some coronavirus measures restricting travel within Italy. Currently, the following measures are in place: social distancing of 1 metre must be observed, using masks remains mandatory in enclosed public spaces (and in all public spaces in Lombardy and Piedmont)
    parks have reopened and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing, funerals have recommenced, with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms, restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches have been given permission to open, as have libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing, museums and archeological sites have been given permission to open. Entry must be prebooked online, travel between Italian regions is permitted, schools are expected to remain closed until September, Regional authorities in Italy are empowered adjust these measures in keeping with local requirements; regional differences may therefore apply to the restrictions listed above. Note that many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking patrons to provide their name and contact details before using their services. See the MFA for more information [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

                                                                                                                    

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    14.07.2020
  • Italy Authorities ban entry from 13 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama and Peru) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020). The Italian government put restrictions on entry to passengers from Bangladesh until 5 October. (The Daily Star, 09.07.2020).

    A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].
    The Italian government has modified its entry regulations to allow exceptions for several categories of visitors, including students, business persons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens. Please review the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    On Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains resumed between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

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    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

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    After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    10.07.2020
  • Italy Authorities ban entry from 13 countries (Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama and Peru) because of COVID-19 threat (Reuters, 09.07.2020). The Italian government put restrictions on entry to passengers from Bangladesh until 5 October. (The Daily Star, 09.07.2020).

    A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].
    The Italian government has modified its entry regulations to allow exceptions for several categories of visitors, including students, business persons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens. Please review the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    On Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains resumed between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

    *****

    Self-certification form: not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    09.07.2020
  • Italy Italian authorities have announced they are suspending flights from Bangladesh for one week after surge in COVID-19 positive passengers. (EuroWeekly, 07.07.2020)

    A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].
    The Italian government has modified its entry regulations to allow exceptions for several categories of visitors, including students, business persons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens. Please review the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].
    On Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains resumed between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

    *****

    Self-certification form: not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    07.07.2020
  • Italy From Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains will again run between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

    A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].
    The Italian government has modified its entry regulations to allow exceptions for several categories of visitors, including students, business persons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens. Please review the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website [https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

    *****

    Self-certification form: not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    02.07.2020
  • Italy From Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains will again run between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

    A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

    *****

    Self-certification form: not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    01.07.2020
  • Italy From Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains will again run between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

    A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

    *****

    Self-certification form: not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    23.06.2020
  • Italy A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed above continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs. Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.

    Self-certification form: not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    15.06.2020
  • Italy A new decree was issued by the Italian Government on 11 June, which is in effect from 15 June-14 July 2020.
    Persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days), countries other than the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and other than officials of international organizations and diplomatic missions shall be subjected to self-isolation and observation for a period of 14 days; Until 30 June 2020, travel to and from states other than those listed in the above bullet point continues to be limited to work, health or other urgent purposes. In any case, returning to one’s residence continues to be allowed.

    *****Incoming International travel: Passengers are not allowed to enter – This does not apply to: – nationals or residents of Italy; – passengers traveling on business; – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons; – healthcare personnel traveling on duty; – passengers traveling for emergency reasons; – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence; – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020. 3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. 4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs.***********Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks continue to be mandatory in enclosed spaces open to the public, including public transport, and in all cases where it is not possible to continuously guarantee the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter. This does not apply to children under the age of 6 or persons with disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. Single-use, washable, or homemade masks in multilayered materials suitable for providing an adequate barrier which provide coverage from the chin to above the nose may be used. The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures. Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible .Events, shows, and gatherings: Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may open to the public so long as seats are pre-assigned and spaced out, with a maximum capacity of 1000 audience members for outdoor shows and 200 audience members per indoor hall. Events which involve gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, remain suspended where it is not possible to respect social distancing as well as the prescriptions of the above bullet point[ Trade shows, fairs, and conferences remain suspended until 14 July 2020; Regions may establish different dates for the resumption of these activities as well as different maximum capacities for audiences; In-person teaching activities: continue to be suspended; Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed from 25 June 2020; Gyms, pools, sports centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Public demonstrations are allowed only in static form and as long as social distancing is respected; Arcades and bingo halls may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed; Dance halls and nightclubs continue to be suspended; Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors; Wellness centers, spas, and cultural centers may operate so long as the prescribed protocols are followed and as long as regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.
    Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships continue to be suspended.
    .
    *****Quarantine: Persons subject to quarantine are prohibited from leaving their own residence unless they are hospitalized or their recovery is confirmed. Precautionary quarantine may be applied by health authorities to persons having had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    Gatherings: are prohibited in public or places open to the public. Demonstrations, events, and shows of any type with the presence of an audience, including cultural, recreational, sports or trade show events or any conference or convention activity can ONLY take place where it has been determined that it is possible based on epidemiological data trends and with the adoption of the provisions of Article 2 of the 25 March 2020 decree.
    Mayors may temporarily close areas open to the public in which it isn’t possible to ensure that the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter is respected
    Meetings: must respect minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter and preferably should be held remotely
    Religious services: are conducted in compliance with the protocols and appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion
    In-person Teaching activities: of schools of educational institutions of all grades and levels continue to be suspended
    Economic, productive, and social activities: are permitted so long as they comply with national guidelines or protocols suitable for preventing of reducing the risk of contagion. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of the activity until safe conditions are restored

    Self-certification form – not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    13.06.2020
  • Italy Government announces all airports will start reopening from 3 June (CNN,20.05.2020). Also, inter-region train travel is permitted from 3 June. (Ansa, 02.06.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    . Passengers are not allowed to enter
    – This does not apply to:
    – nationals or residents of Italy;
    – passengers traveling on business;
    – passengers traveling for urgent health reasons;
    – healthcare personnel traveling on duty;
    – passengers traveling for emergency reasons;
    – passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence;
    – passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom.
    2. Residence permits issued by Italy which have expired between 31 January and 31 July 2020, are considered valid until 31 August 2020.
    3. Passengers must present a completed self-declaration form to the transporting carrier and must communicate their entry to the Department of Prevention at local health units (ASL) of the entrance district.
    – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom.
    4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom.
    – This does not apply to passengers traveling on business if their stay in Italy does not exceed 72 hours and if granted, the additional 48 hours of a justified extension for specific needs.

    Please note that these travel restrictions do not apply to civil servants and representatives of international organizations, diplomats, administrative and technical staff belonging to diplomatic missions.

    Outbound International travel:
    Until 2 June, international travel is prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. From 3 June, international travel to and from the following will be allowed without restrictions or quarantine requirements:
    a) European Union member states; b) Schengen area member states; c) United Kingdom; d) Andorra and Monaco; e) Republic of San Marino and Vatican City [article 6, para.1 of DPCM of 17 May]
    More restrictive provisions may be applied in relation to specific States and territories, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk. International travel will also be governed by limits placed by EU rules.
    For travel from all other countries, self-certification and quarantine requirements as above remain in force until at least 15 June. [article 6, para.2 and 3 of DPCM of 17 May]

    Internal restrictions:

    Within your region: Movements within regions will no longer be restricted; more restrictive measures may be applied to specific areas, subject to worsening of the epidemiological situation. Inter-regional travel: Until 2 June, journeys outside of one’s region, are prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. A self-certification form will be needed for such journeys. From 3 June, journeys across the national territory will be allowed; however, more restrictive provisions may be applied in specific geographical areas, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk.

    Quarantine: Persons subject to quarantine are prohibited from leaving their own residence unless they are hospitalized or their recovery is confirmed. Precautionary quarantine may be applied by health authorities to persons having had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    Gatherings: are prohibited in public or places open to the public. Demonstrations, events, and shows of any type with the presence of an audience, including cultural, recreational, sports or trade show events or any conference or convention activity can ONLY take place where it has been determined that it is possible based on epidemiological data trends and with the adoption of the provisions of Article 2 of the 25 March 2020 decree.
    Mayors may temporarily close areas open to the public in which it isn’t possible to ensure that the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter is respected
    Meetings: must respect minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter and preferably should be held remotely
    Religious services: are conducted in compliance with the protocols and appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion
    In-person Teaching activities: of schools of educational institutions of all grades and levels continue to be suspended
    Economic, productive, and social activities: are permitted so long as they comply with national guidelines or protocols suitable for preventing of reducing the risk of contagion. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of the activity until safe conditions are restored

    Self-certification form – not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. No gatherings or crowds, even in one’s private residence. 1-meter interpersonal distance must still be respected and 2 meters when engaging in sports activities. Where this is not possible, a mask must be worn. Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or enclosed places open to the public such as in stores, on public transit, or at the hairdresser. Gloves are always required when food shopping. Body temperature must be read in order to access certain places open to the public. Reservations will often need to be made in advance in order to do certain things like go to the gym or visit the hairdresser. Personal details must be given to stores and restaurants that request them in order to enable potential contact tracing. International travel will still be limited to countries that accept visitors from Italy. Quarantine must be respected if one comes into close contact with a positive case.

    National movement restrictions: free
    Restrictive measures mandatory between 03 June 2020 to 31 July 2020.

    UPDATE 3 June 2020: there are no more limitations to the movements within the Country, as long as the measures to contain the contagion are respected (e.g. wear a face-mask indoor, keep a distance of 1 m from other individuals, no mass gatherings allowed).

    UPDATE 18 May 2020: movements within the same Region are now free, there is no need to justify any movement anymore within the regional boundaries.

    With the National Act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020 the national movements are only partially banned since it is possible to move (only) within the boundaries of the Region (Admin level 1) for special reasons, i.e. work, health, specific needs (e.g. grocery, pharmacies,…), included (as a new element intoduced with this Act), the need of visiting relatives, as long as big gatherings are avoided, the minimum distance of 1m is assured and face-masks are weared. This Act also lift the compulsory closure of parks, villas, public gardens under the condition that big gatherings are avoided, the minimum distance of 1m is assured and face-masks are weared. Similarly, (only) individual sports/motoric activities are allowed, under the same condition of keeping a minimum distance from other people.

    No recreational activities (e.g. parties, exhibitions, …) or sports events (e.g competitions) are allowed, either indoor or outdoor, nor in private or public areas. Athtlets training sessions are allowed only for those who are recognized as “national interest athlets” by the national sport authorities, to train for Olympic games and the national and international future competitions.
    In all the Country the use of face-masks in compulsory in all public indoor areas, on public transportation means, in all situations (included outdoor) where the minimum distance among individuals cannot be guaranteed. Only exceptions are for kids younger than 6 years old and those affected by disabilities.

    As of 5 April 2020 (until 13 April), within Lombardia region, it is forbidden to leave the house without a facial mask.

    Non-essential shops closure: open
    Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to 31 July 2020.

    UPDATE 18 May 2020: as of 18 May all shops can open again, provided that they respect the social distancing measures foreseen. Museums can open again, religious rituals are allowed and also static public demonstrations. In all cases, specific social distancing measures are to be respected (e.g. minimum 1 m distance among individuals). As of the 20th of May, driving tests for driving licences will start again. Gym, training centres, SPAs will stay closed until 25 May 2020, when they may be opened again, provided that the epidemiological situation will not become worst. Social and cultural meeting centres are still closed.

    With national act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020, the following is decided:
    – all services in the sector of banking, financial, insurance and agricultural, animal husbandry, agri-food processing and related services and supply chains remain open
    – newsstands, tobacconists, pharmacies, parapharmacies remain open
    – all retail business activities continue to be compulsorily closed with the only exception of those selling groceries and essentials (a specific list is available in annex 1 of the national act)
    – all street markets are forbidden with the expection of those selling food
    – all restaurants, cafes, ice-cream shops, confectioneries remain closed with exception of cafeterias and caterings within working places; home delivery catering continue to be allowed
    – all activities that provide services to the person (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauticians) remain closed (expections are listed in a dedicated annex)
    – all training centres, swimming pools, thermal centres, SPAs continue to be compulsorily closed
    – all cultural centres, social centres and leisure centres continue to be compulsorily closed
    – public transportation means services are regulated by the Regional Authorities so as to guarantee the minimum risk of contagion
    – all industrial and commercial PRODUCTION activities continue to be suspended (since 21 March 2020) with the exception of those considered essential and providing public utility services. Those suspended may continue in agile mode.
    – Semi-residential centres for people with disabilities can be reopened according to specific territorial plans of the Regions.

    Act “DPCM 10 April 2020”: as of 14 April 2020 some shops, which were closed until now, will be allowed to open again (bookstores, stationers and baby and children’s clothing stores). Forestry activities, the wood industry and computer production are also allowed to restart thier activities. However, some Italian regions decided not to implement this new opening permissions.

    Events stop: banned
    Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to 31 July 2020.

    UPDATE 18 May 2020: as of 18 May museums can open again, religious rituals are allowed and also static public demonstrations. In all cases, specific social distancing measures are to be respected (e.g. minimum 1 m distance among individuals). As of the 15 of June, cinemas and theaters can open again, provided that they respect precise rules (e.g. pre-assigned and spaced seats respecting the interpersonal distance of at least one meter for both staff and spectators).

    With the national Act (DPCM) of 26 April 2020, all events and shows which forsee a public (e.g. cinemas, theaters, pubs, dancing schools, discos…)are still banned, included private partyies in private areas. No recreational activities (e.g. parties, exhibitions, …) or sports events (e.g competitions) are allowed, either indoor or outdoor, nor in private or public areas. Athtlets training sessions are allowed only for those who are recognized as “national interest athlets” by the national sport authorities, to train for Olympic games and the national and international future competitions.
    Opening of religious places of worship (e.g. churces) are allowed only if minimum distance among individuals is ensured and facial-maks are weared. No religious ceremonies are allowed, with the only exception of funerals, which can be celebrated with a maximum of 15 participants and outdoor whenever possible. All cultural places (e.g. museums) are still compulsory closed.
    The access of visitors/escorts to long-term care facilities, hospitals, emergency rooms, elderly people’s residences or residences for those who are not self-sufficient is restricted in accordance with the provisions of the facility in question, aimed at minimising contagion from Covid-19. Analogous situation is adopted for limiting the access of visitors to penitentiaries.

    Other: partially closed/partially cancelled
    Restrictive measures mandatory between 26 March 2020 to 31 July 2020.

    LAW DECREE 25 March 2020, n. 19: this new law opened the possibility, for the Italian regions, to adopt at their level further and more strict restrictive measures, if needed in their own territory, in addition to the ones valid at national level. This will be decided on the basis of the epidemiolgical developments at their level. This is valid as from March 26, 2020 until (for the time being) July 31, 2020 (deadline of the current “Declaration of emergency status at national level”).

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    03.06.2020
  • Italy Government announces all airports will start reopening from 3 June (CNN,20.05.2020). Also, inter-region train travel is permitted from 3 June. (Ansa, 02.06.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    All land, sea and air borders will remain partially closed until 3 June. However there are exceptions for work, health or absolute urgency needs. These apply for:
    Italian citizens and residents who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or otherwise) or had been forced to leave a foreign country. This exception doesn’t apply for those who normally reside abroad and wish to visit Italy.
    Foreign travellers who wish to transit through Italy to reach their country of residence. The transit must not exceed 24 hours (extendable in exceptional circumstances by additional 12 hours).
    Foreign travellers wishing to enter Italy for work reasons.
    The travellers should preferably check with the airline/courier if they present the essential reasons for travelling, since further health/documentation checks could be imposed before boarding.
    All travellers entering Italy are required to fill-in a certificate (link) stating the reasons for their travel and the address where they will spend a 14-day mandatory quarantine period. The same certificate is required to be filled in by all travellers transiting through Italy.
    All arrivals are required to report to the local health authorities and undergo a 14-day self-isolation quarantine and health-monitoring period [Medical has clarified that “isolation” is for those who are already ill, and the correct term is quarantine]. Those without an appropriate location where to spend the quarantine will be accommodated in designated government facilities. Those who enter Italy for work for a maximum period of 72 hours (exceptionally extendable for another 48 hours) are exempt from the requirement to report to the health authorities and observe the quarantine.

    All travellers entering Italy are required to reach their home or the chosen address with a private means of transport (personal vehicle, taxi, organised shuttle or member of the family who is living in the same chosen address). Those unable to arrange this will be quarantined in government designated facilities.
    Cross-border workers, healthcare workers, passengers and freight crews are excluded from these rules.

    A new decree has been issued by the Italian government, which will be in effect from 18 May to 31 July 2020:

    Outbound International travel:
    Until 2 June, international travel is prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. From 3 June, international travel to and from the following will be allowed without restrictions or quarantine requirements:
    a) European Union member states; b) Schengen area member states; c) United Kingdom; d) Andorra and Monaco; e) Republic of San Marino and Vatican City [article 6, para.1 of DPCM of 17 May]
    More restrictive provisions may be applied in relation to specific States and territories, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk. International travel will also be governed by limits placed by EU rules.
    For travel from all other countries, self-certification and quarantine requirements as above remain in force until at least 15 June. [article 6, para.2 and 3 of DPCM of 17 May]

    Internal restrictions:

    Within your region: Movements within regions will no longer be restricted; more restrictive measures may be applied to specific areas, subject to worsening of the epidemiological situation. Inter-regional travel: Until 2 June, journeys outside of one’s region, are prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. A self-certification form will be needed for such journeys. From 3 June, journeys across the national territory will be allowed; however, more restrictive provisions may be applied in specific geographical areas, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk.

    Quarantine: Persons subject to quarantine are prohibited from leaving their own residence unless they are hospitalized or their recovery is confirmed. Precautionary quarantine may be applied by health authorities to persons having had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    Gatherings: are prohibited in public or places open to the public. Demonstrations, events, and shows of any type with the presence of an audience, including cultural, recreational, sports or trade show events or any conference or convention activity can ONLY take place where it has been determined that it is possible based on epidemiological data trends and with the adoption of the provisions of Article 2 of the 25 March 2020 decree.
    Mayors may temporarily close areas open to the public in which it isn’t possible to ensure that the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter is respected
    Meetings: must respect minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter and preferably should be held remotely
    Religious services: are conducted in compliance with the protocols and appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion
    In-person Teaching activities: of schools of educational institutions of all grades and levels continue to be suspended
    Economic, productive, and social activities: are permitted so long as they comply with national guidelines or protocols suitable for preventing of reducing the risk of contagion. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of the activity until safe conditions are restored

    Self-certification form – not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form.
    Gatherings – Not allowed in public spaces and 1m-distance must also be respected inside homes. Distances will be indicated in locations open to the public. Private and public parties and events of any size continue to be prohibited.
    Visits with friends are allowed, but 1-m distance must be respected. Masks – required in enclosed spaces and in shops. Gloves will also be required in grocery stores. Masks recommended in open but crowded areas
    Shopping centers – will reopen, with entrances staggered. Cafes & restaurants – to reopen with new safety protocols.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    02.06.2020
  • Italy Government announces all airports will start reopening from 3 June (CNN,20.05.2020)

    Incoming International travel:
    All land, sea and air borders will remain partially closed until 3 June. However there are exceptions for work, health or absolute urgency needs. These apply for:
    Italian citizens and residents who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or otherwise) or had been forced to leave a foreign country. This exception doesn’t apply for those who normally reside abroad and wish to visit Italy.
    Foreign travellers who wish to transit through Italy to reach their country of residence. The transit must not exceed 24 hours (extendable in exceptional circumstances by additional 12 hours).
    Foreign travellers wishing to enter Italy for work reasons.
    The travellers should preferably check with the airline/courier if they present the essential reasons for travelling, since further health/documentation checks could be imposed before boarding.
    All travellers entering Italy are required to fill-in a certificate (link) stating the reasons for their travel and the address where they will spend a 14-day mandatory quarantine period. The same certificate is required to be filled in by all travellers transiting through Italy.
    All arrivals are required to report to the local health authorities and undergo a 14-day self-isolation quarantine and health-monitoring period [Medical has clarified that “isolation” is for those who are already ill, and the correct term is quarantine]. Those without an appropriate location where to spend the quarantine will be accommodated in designated government facilities. Those who enter Italy for work for a maximum period of 72 hours (exceptionally extendable for another 48 hours) are exempt from the requirement to report to the health authorities and observe the quarantine.

    All travellers entering Italy are required to reach their home or the chosen address with a private means of transport (personal vehicle, taxi, organised shuttle or member of the family who is living in the same chosen address). Those unable to arrange this will be quarantined in government designated facilities.
    Cross-border workers, healthcare workers, passengers and freight crews are excluded from these rules.

    A new decree has been issued by the Italian government, which will be in effect from 18 May to 31 July 2020:

    Outbound International travel:
    Until 2 June, international travel is prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. From 3 June, international travel to and from the following will be allowed without restrictions or quarantine requirements:
    a) European Union member states; b) Schengen area member states; c) United Kingdom; d) Andorra and Monaco; e) Republic of San Marino and Vatican City [article 6, para.1 of DPCM of 17 May]
    More restrictive provisions may be applied in relation to specific States and territories, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk. International travel will also be governed by limits placed by EU rules.
    For travel from all other countries, self-certification and quarantine requirements as above remain in force until at least 15 June. [article 6, para.2 and 3 of DPCM of 17 May]

    Internal restrictions:

    Within your region: Movements within regions will no longer be restricted; more restrictive measures may be applied to specific areas, subject to worsening of the epidemiological situation. Inter-regional travel: Until 2 June, journeys outside of one’s region, are prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. A self-certification form will be needed for such journeys. From 3 June, journeys across the national territory will be allowed; however, more restrictive provisions may be applied in specific geographical areas, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk.

    Quarantine: Persons subject to quarantine are prohibited from leaving their own residence unless they are hospitalized or their recovery is confirmed. Precautionary quarantine may be applied by health authorities to persons having had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    Gatherings: are prohibited in public or places open to the public. Demonstrations, events, and shows of any type with the presence of an audience, including cultural, recreational, sports or trade show events or any conference or convention activity can ONLY take place where it has been determined that it is possible based on epidemiological data trends and with the adoption of the provisions of Article 2 of the 25 March 2020 decree.
    Mayors may temporarily close areas open to the public in which it isn’t possible to ensure that the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter is respected
    Meetings: must respect minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter and preferably should be held remotely
    Religious services: are conducted in compliance with the protocols and appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion
    In-person Teaching activities: of schools of educational institutions of all grades and levels continue to be suspended
    Economic, productive, and social activities: are permitted so long as they comply with national guidelines or protocols suitable for preventing of reducing the risk of contagion. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of the activity until safe conditions are restored

    Self-certification form – not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form.
    Gatherings – Not allowed in public spaces and 1m-distance must also be respected inside homes. Distances will be indicated in locations open to the public. Private and public parties and events of any size continue to be prohibited.
    Visits with friends are allowed, but 1-m distance must be respected. Masks – required in enclosed spaces and in shops. Gloves will also be required in grocery stores. Masks recommended in open but crowded areas
    Shopping centers – will reopen, with entrances staggered. Cafes & restaurants – to reopen with new safety protocols.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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    01.06.2020
  • Italy Incoming International travel: All land, sea and air borders will remain partially closed until 3 June. However there are exceptions for work, health or absolute urgency needs. These apply for: Italian citizens and residents who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or otherwise) or had been forced to leave a foreign country. This exception doesn’t apply for those who normally reside abroad and wish to visit Italy. Foreign travellers who wish to transit through Italy to reach their country of residence. The transit must not exceed 24 hours (extendable in exceptional circumstances by additional 12 hours). Foreign travellers wishing to enter Italy for work reasons. The travellers should preferably check with the airline/courier if they present the essential reasons for travelling, since further health/documentation checks could be imposed before boarding. All travellers entering Italy are required to fill-in a certificate (link) stating the reasons for their travel and the address where they will spend a 14-day mandatory quarantine period. The same certificate is required to be filled in by all travellers transiting through Italy. All arrivals are required to report to the local health authorities and undergo a 14-day self-isolation quarantine and health-monitoring period [Medical has clarified that “isolation” is for those who are already ill, and the correct term is quarantine]. Those without an appropriate location where to spend the quarantine will be accommodated in designated government facilities. Those who enter Italy for work for a maximum period of 72 hours (exceptionally extendable for another 48 hours) are exempt from the requirement to report to the health authorities and observe the quarantine. All travellers entering Italy are required to reach their home or the chosen address with a private means of transport (personal vehicle, taxi, organised shuttle or member of the family who is living in the same chosen address). Those unable to arrange this will be quarantined in government designated facilities. Cross-border workers, healthcare workers, passengers and freight crews are excluded from these rules. A new decree has been issued by the Italian government, which will be in effect from 18 May to 31 July 2020: Outbound International travel: Until 2 June, international travel is prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. From 3 June, international travel to and from the following will be allowed without restrictions or quarantine requirements: a) European Union member states; b) Schengen area member states; c) United Kingdom; d) Andorra and Monaco; e) Republic of San Marino and Vatican City [article 6, para.1 of DPCM of 17 May] More restrictive provisions may be applied in relation to specific States and territories, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk. International travel will also be governed by limits placed by EU rules. For travel from all other countries, self-certification and quarantine requirements as above remain in force until at least 15 June. [article 6, para.2 and 3 of DPCM of 17 May]

    Internal restrictions:

    Within your region: Movements within regions will no longer be restricted; more restrictive measures may be applied to specific areas, subject to worsening of the epidemiological situation. Inter-regional travel: Until 2 June, journeys outside of one’s region, are prohibited except for proven work needs, situations of urgent need, or health reasons. A self-certification form will be needed for such journeys. From 3 June, journeys across the national territory will be allowed; however, more restrictive provisions may be applied in specific geographical areas, depending on their appropriateness and in proportion with the current epidemiological risk. Quarantine: Persons subject to quarantine are prohibited from leaving their own residence unless they are hospitalized or their recovery is confirmed. Precautionary quarantine may be applied by health authorities to persons having had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Gatherings: are prohibited in public or places open to the public. Demonstrations, events, and shows of any type with the presence of an audience, including cultural, recreational, sports or trade show events or any conference or convention activity can ONLY take place where it has been determined that it is possible based on epidemiological data trends and with the adoption of the provisions of Article 2 of the 25 March 2020 decree. Mayors may temporarily close areas open to the public in which it isn’t possible to ensure that the minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter is respected Meetings: must respect minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter and preferably should be held remotely Religious services: are conducted in compliance with the protocols and appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion In-person Teaching activities: of schools of educational institutions of all grades and levels continue to be suspended Economic, productive, and social activities: are permitted so long as they comply with national guidelines or protocols suitable for preventing of reducing the risk of contagion. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of the activity until safe conditions are restored Self-certification form – not necessary within one’s region, but required to go to another region until 2 June (justification will be required – either work, health, or other urgent needs). After 2 June, movements within Italy will be allowed without a self-certification form. Gatherings – Not allowed in public spaces and 1m-distance must also be respected inside homes. Distances will be indicated in locations open to the public. Private and public parties and events of any size continue to be prohibited. Visits with friends are allowed, but 1-m distance must be respected. Masks – required in enclosed spaces and in shops. Gloves will also be required in grocery stores. Masks recommended in open but crowded areas Shopping centers – will reopen, with entrances staggered. Cafes & restaurants – to reopen with new safety protocols.

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    19.05.2020
  • Italy Italy to allow travel to and from abroad from June 3 (Reuters, 16.05.2020). Ciampino in Rome and Vespucci Airport in Florence will reopen as of 4 May. (Reuters, 01.05.2020) 1. Travel to Italy by any means of transport is possible only for one of the following reasons: a) documented work exigencies, b) health reasons or c) absolute urgency 2. A completed self-declaration form must be handed to the airline before departing for Italy. The declaration is available at this link (please copy and paste it into your browser): https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/04/modulo_rientro_da_estero_28mar20_eng.pdf 3. The form must specify: one of the three permitted reasons for travel, duration of stay in Italy, full address in Italy, the means of transport which will be used to reach this location from the point of entry (if using multiple dwellings, the complete address of each must be provided, and an indication of the means of transport to be used), telephone numbers- including mobile telephone. 4. All passengers must report their arrival to the Local Health Authority of their destination address, and are subject to health surveillance and quarantine for 14 days at this address. For those entering for only 3 days up to a maximum of 5 days self-quarantine is not required. Only if exceeding the 5 days quarantine is required. 5. Travellers entering Italy using their own or private means of transport are required to immediately report their entrance into Italy to the Local Health Authority at their place of entry and follow steps 2. to 4. above 6. Transit-passengers, upon embarking for travel to Italy, must submit the self-declaration which indicates- the carrier will verify- the following: i) reasons for travel and length of stay in Italy; ii) the place in Italy or another country (EU or non-EU) which is the passenger’s final destination, their travel document number and the means of transport used to reach their final destination; iii) telephone numbers, including a mobile one, at which the individual can receive any communications during their stay in Italy. 7. In the event that transit passengers develop Covid-19 symptoms, they must communicate this promptly to the Local Health Authority; they must also undertake quarantine if the Health Authority subsequently deems it necessary. 8. Carriers will obtain and verify the documentation referred to in points 3. and 4. before allowing passengers to board. They will also take the temperature of passengers and prohibit boarding to anyone who has a fever or for whom the aforementioned documentation is incomplete. Transport carriers are also required to take organizational measures to ensure an interpersonal distance, promote the use of personal protective equipment and crew and provide indications as to situations in which this equipment might be taken off. Air carriers shall equip passengers with personal protective equipment upon embarking.

    International restrictions:

    All land, sea and air borders will remain partially closed until 3 June. However there are exceptions for work, health or absolute urgency needs. These apply for: Italian citizens and residents who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or otherwise) or had been forced to leave a foreign country. This exception doesn’t apply for those who normally reside abroad and wish to visit Italy. Foreign travellers who wish to transit through Italy to reach their country of residence. The transit must not exceed 24 hours (extendable in exceptional circumstances by additional 12 hours). Foreign travellers wishing to enter Italy for work reasons. The travellers should preferably check with the airline/courier if they present the essential reasons for travelling, since further health/documentation checks could be imposed before boarding. All travellers entering Italy are required to fill-in a certificate (https://www.esteri.it/mae/it/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti) stating the reasons for their travel and the address where they will spend a 14-day mandatory self-isolation period. The same certificate is required to be filled in by all travellers transiting through Italy. All arrivals are required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation. Those unable to self-isolate will be quarantined in designated government facilities. Those who enter Italy for work can postpone the start of the quarantine for 72 hours (extendable for another 48 hours). All travellers entering Italy are required to reach their home or the chosen address with a private means of transport (personal vehicle, taxi, organised shuttle or member of the family who is living in the same chosen address). Those unable to arrange this will be quarantined in government designated facilities. Cross-border workers, healthcare workers, passengers and freight crews are excluded from these rules.

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal movement restrictions were relaxed on 4 May and will be reviewed on 18 May, depending on the health situation in the country. People are still advised against all internal travel except for shopping for food or medicine, for proven work-related reasons, health reasons or emergencies. A new version of self-declaration stating the reason of movement should still be filled in by commuters and travellers (link). Public parks, factories have been allowed to reopen. Movement within a person’s region will be allowed, while movement between different regions will remain prohibited. Exercising in public will be allowed, while bars and restaurants will reopen for take-away services. Public transport will be allowed to travel at local and intra-regional level. Social gatherings between small groups of relatives, as well as funerals and weddings between limited groups of people are allowed to resume. The use of face masks is compulsory in public spaces and when using public transport, as well as in all the places where the social distancing cannot be implemented. From 18 May, travel will be permitted within a person’s region of residence without them needing to carry a self-declaration form. More retail shops (that haven’t yet been allowed to reopen), museums and libraries will be allowed to reopen. Sports teams will also be allowed to hold group training. Bars, restaurants, and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen from 1 June. Travel between different regions will be allowed from 3 June. EU citizens will be able to enter Italy from 3 June for tourism without having to self-quarantine for 14 days. Schools are to remain closed until September, while religious gatherings are to remain banned until further notice. For more detailed information for local measures implemented by each Region, we recommend to monitor for updates and contact the local authorities.

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    18.05.2020
  • Italy Italy to allow travel to and from abroad from June 3 (Reuters, 16.05.2020). Ciampino in Rome and Vespucci Airport in Florence will reopen as of 4 May. (Reuters, 01.05.2020) 1. Travel to Italy by any means of transport is possible only for one of the following reasons: a) documented work exigencies, b) health reasons or c) absolute urgency

    2. A completed self-declaration form must be handed to the airline before departing for Italy. The declaration is available at this link (please copy and paste it into your browser): https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/04/modulo_rientro_da_estero_28mar20_eng.pdf

    3. The form must specify: one of the three permitted reasons for travel, duration of stay in Italy, full address in Italy, the means of transport which will be used to reach this location from the point of entry (if using multiple dwellings, the complete address of each must be provided, and an indication of the means of transport to be used), telephone numbers- including mobile telephone.

    4. All passengers must report their arrival to the Local Health Authority of their destination address, and are subject to health surveillance and quarantine for 14 days at this address. For those entering for only 3 days up to a maximum of 5 days self-quarantine is not required. Only if exceeding the 5 days quarantine is required. 5. Travellers entering Italy using their own or private means of transport are required to immediately report their entrance into Italy to the Local Health Authority at their place of entry and follow steps 2. to 4. above 6. Transit-passengers, upon embarking for travel to Italy, must submit the self-declaration which indicates- the carrier will verify- the following: i) reasons for travel and length of stay in Italy; ii) the place in Italy or another country (EU or non-EU) which is the passenger’s final destination, their travel document number and the means of transport used to reach their final destination; iii) telephone numbers, including a mobile one, at which the individual can receive any communications during their stay in Italy. 7. In the event that transit passengers develop Covid-19 symptoms, they must communicate this promptly to the Local Health Authority; they must also undertake quarantine if the Health Authority subsequently deems it necessary. 8. Carriers will obtain and verify the documentation referred to in points 3. and 4. before allowing passengers to board. They will also take the temperature of passengers and prohibit boarding to anyone who has a fever or for whom the aforementioned documentation is incomplete. Transport carriers are also required to take organizational measures to ensure an interpersonal distance, promote the use of personal protective equipment and crew and provide indications as to situations in which this equipment might be taken off. Air carriers shall equip passengers with personal protective equipment upon embarking.

    International restrictions:

    All land, sea and air borders will remain partially closed until 3 June. However there are exceptions for work, health or absolute urgency needs. These apply for: Italian citizens and residents who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or otherwise) or had been forced to leave a foreign country. This exception doesn’t apply for those who normally reside abroad and wish to visit Italy. Foreign travellers who wish to transit through Italy to reach their country of residence. The transit must not exceed 24 hours (extendable in exceptional circumstances by additional 12 hours). Foreign travellers wishing to enter Italy for work reasons. The travellers should preferably check with the airline/courier if they present the essential reasons for travelling, since further health/documentation checks could be imposed before boarding.

    All travellers entering Italy are required to fill-in a certificate (link) stating the reasons for their travel and the address where they will spend a 14-day mandatory self-isolation period. The same certificate is required to be filled in by all travellers transiting through Italy. All arrivals are required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation. Those unable to self-isolate will be quarantined in designated government facilities. Those who enter Italy for work can postpone the start of the quarantine for 72 hours (extendable for another 48 hours). All travellers entering Italy are required to reach their home or the chosen address with a private means of transport (personal vehicle, taxi, organised shuttle or member of the family who is living in the same chosen address). Those unable to arrange this will be quarantined in government designated facilities. Cross-border workers, healthcare workers, passengers and freight crews are excluded from these rules.

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal movement restrictions were relaxed on 4 May and will be reviewed on 18 May, depending on the health situation in the country. People are still advised against all internal travel except for shopping for food or medicine, for proven work-related reasons, health reasons or emergencies. A new version of self-declaration stating the reason of movement should still be filled in by commuters and travellers (link). Public parks, factories have been allowed to reopen. Movement within a person’s region will be allowed, while movement between different regions will remain prohibited. Exercising in public will be allowed, while bars and restaurants will reopen for take-away services. Public transport will be allowed to travel at local and intra-regional level. Social gatherings between small groups of relatives, as well as funerals and weddings between limited groups of people are allowed to resume. The use of face masks is compulsory in public spaces and when using public transport, as well as in all the places where the social distancing cannot be implemented. From 18 May, travel will be permitted within a person’s region of residence without them needing to carry a self-declaration form. More retail shops (that haven’t yet been allowed to reopen), museums and libraries will be allowed to reopen.

    Sports teams will also be allowed to hold group training. Bars, restaurants, and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen from 1 June. Travel between different regions will be allowed from 3 June. Schools are to remain closed until September, while religious gatherings are to remain banned until further notice. For more detailed information for local measures implemented by each Region, we recommend to monitor for updates and contact the local authorities.

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    16.05.2020
  • Italy

    International restrictions:

    All land, sea and air borders remain partially closed, however there are exceptions for work, health or absolute urgency needs. These apply for:
    Italian citizens and residents who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or otherwise) or had been forced to leave a foreign country. This exception doesn’t apply for those who normally reside abroad and wish to visit Italy.
    Foreign travellers who wish to transit through Italy to reach their country of residence. The transit must not exceed 24 hours (extendable in exceptional circumstances by additional 12 hours).

    Foreign travellers wishing to enter Italy for work reasons.
    The travellers should preferably check with the airline/courier if they present the essential reasons for travelling, since further health/documentation checks could be imposed before boarding.

    All travellers entering Italy are required to fill-in a certificate (link) stating the reasons for their travel and the address where they will spend a 14-day mandatory self-isolation period. The same certificate is required to be filled in by all travellers transiting through Italy.
    All arrivals are required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation. Those unable to self-isolate will be quarantined in designated government facilities. Those who enter Italy for work can postpone the start of the quarantine for 72 hours (extendable for another 48 hours).
    All travellers entering Italy are required to reach their home or the chosen address with a private means of transport (personal vehicle, taxi, organised shuttle or member of the family who is living in the same chosen address). Those unable to arrange this will be quarantined in government designated facilities.
    Cross-border workers, healthcare workers, passengers and freight crews are excluded from these rules.

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal movement restrictions were relaxed on 4 May and will be reviewed on 18 May, depending on the health situation in the country. People are still advised against all internal travel except for shopping for food or medicine, for proven work-related reasons, health reasons or emergencies. A new version of self-declaration stating the reason of movement should still be filled in by commuters and travellers (link). Public parks, factories have been allowed to reopen. Movement within a person’s region will be allowed, while movement between different regions will remain prohibited. Exercising in public will be allowed, while bars and restaurants will reopen for take-away services. Public transport will be allowed to travel at local and intra-regional level. Social gatherings between small groups of relatives, as well as funerals and weddings between limited groups of people are allowed to resume.

    The use of face masks is compulsory in public spaces and when using public transport, as well as in all the places where the social distancing cannot be implemented.
    More retail shops (that haven’t yet been allowed to reopen), museums and libraries will reopen on 18 May, sports teams will also be allowed to hold group trainings.
    Some shops that can implement social distancing measures have been allowed to resume operations; these include book shops and stores selling stationary and children’s clothes.
    Bars, restaurants, and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen from 1 June.

    Schools are to remain closed until September, while religious gatherings are to remain banned until further notice.
    For more detailed information for local measures implemented by each Region, we recommend to monitor for updates and contact the local authorities.

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    14.05.2020
  • Italy Ciampino in Rome and Vespucci Airport in Florence will reopen as of 4 May. (Reuters, 01.05.2020)

    1. Travel to Italy by any means of transport is possible only for one of the following reasons: a) documented work exigencies, b) health reasons or c) absolute urgency
    2. A completed self-declaration form must be handed to the airline before departing for Italy. The declaration is available at this link (please copy and paste it into your browser): https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/04/modulo_rientro_da_estero_28mar20_eng.pdf
    3. The form must specify: one of the three permitted reasons for travel, duration of stay in Italy, full address in Italy, the means of transport which will be used to reach this location from the point of entry (if using multiple dwellings, the complete address of each must be provided, and an indication of the means of transport to be used), telephone numbers- including mobile telephone.
    4. All passengers must report their arrival to the Local Health Authority of their destination address, and are subject to health surveillance and quarantine for 14 days at this address.

    For those entering for only 3 days up to a maximum of 5 days self-quarantine is not required. Only if exceeding the 5 days quarantine is required.

    5. Travellers entering Italy using their own or private means of transport are required to immediately report their entrance into Italy to the Local Health Authority at their place of entry and follow steps 2. to 4. above
    6. Transit-passengers, upon embarking for travel to Italy, must submit the self-declaration which indicates- the carrier will verify- the following: i) reasons for travel and length of stay in Italy; ii) the place in Italy or another country (EU or non-EU) which is the passenger’s final destination, their travel document number and the means of transport used to reach their final destination; iii) telephone numbers, including a mobile one, at which the individual can receive any communications during their stay in Italy.
    7. In the event that transit passengers develop Covid-19 symptoms, they must communicate this promptly to the Local Health Authority; they must also undertake quarantine if the Health Authority subsequently deems it necessary.
    8. Carriers will obtain and verify the documentation referred to in points 3. and 4. before allowing passengers to board. They will also take the temperature of passengers and prohibit boarding to anyone who has a fever or for whom the aforementioned documentation is incomplete. Transport carriers are also required to take organizational measures to ensure an interpersonal distance, promote the use of personal protective equipment and crew and provide indications as to situations in which this equipment might be taken off. Air carriers shall equip passengers with personal protective equipment upon embarking.

    Train companies are reducing services, for both domestic and international travel. Some cross-border bus companies are also cancelling their services. Ports remain open although we understand that passengers on cruise ships will not be allowed to disembark for tourism purposes. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations.

    Internal restrictions:

    Citizens are advised to stay at home except for work and emergencies. People nationwide will only be able to travel inside their home Region for proven work-related reasons, health reasons or emergencies with a self-certification. All travellers who are temporarily in another Region, can go back to their home Region. Infractions may be punished with fines and up to three months’ imprisonment. Lockdown measures were relaxed on 4 May 20. For more specific internal movement measures in place in Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto, all travellers should check within the Region website in case of stricter measures adopted. For more specific internal movement measures in place in Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto, all travellers should check within the Region website in case of stricter measures adopted. All public gatherings have been barred.
    Nationwide, all museums, cinemas and theatres and other cultural and educational institutions are closed. All shops, bars, pubs and restaurants are closed. Pharmacies, food outlets and factories remain open.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Internal movement restrictions were relaxed on 4 May. Public parks, factories will be allowed to reopen. Movement within a person’s region will be allowed, while movement between different regions will remain prohibited. Exercising in public will be allowed, while bars and restaurants will reopen for take-away services. More retail shops (that haven’t yet been allowed to reopen), museums and libraries will reopen on 18 May, sports teams will also be allowed to hold group trainings.Some shops that can implement social distancing measures will be allowed to resume operations; these include book shops and stores selling stationary and children’s clothes. Schools are to remain closed until September, while religious gatherings are to remain banned until further notice.

    As of May 4th, three posts between Italy and Switzerland that have been shut down since mid-March are operational again. The three crossings will be in use from Monday to Friday only:
    • Ponte Cremenaga: from 6 am to 10 am, and from 4 pm to 7 pm
    • Brusino: from 5 am to 9 am, and from 4 pm to 8 pm
    • Ligornetto: from 6 am to 10 am, and from 4 pm to 7:30 pm (Te Local, 04.05.2020)

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    09.05.2020
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