“Emergency” grounds for extending your stay in Italy

Feb 26, 2020


How can I extend my stay in Italy if due to the coronavirus outbreak I cannot return to my home country and my visa is expiring?

According to the Schengen Visa Code, Article 33, if someone is unable to leave before the expiry of his visa for reasons of force majeure, humanitarian reasons or serious personal reasons, can request for an extension of the visa. However, the extension of a visa should not result in a total stay going beyond 90 days in any 180-day period. In other cases, the foreigner should consider submitting application for a temporary residence permit for “calamity” reasons (Art. 20-bis of Italian Immigration law). Such a permit can be issued when the country to which the foreigner should return has a situation of contingent and exceptional calamity that does not allow a safe return and stay. The permit is valid for 6 months, can be renewed for additional 6 months and allows to work. However, it cannot be converted into a permit for work allowing a longer stay.

For further information and guidelines on how to apply, please contact the local Police Immigration Office . https://questure.poliziadistato.it/servizio/dovesiamo


Giuditta Petreni

Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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