[updated 18/05/2020] ITALY COVID-19 – Rolling updates on the emergency coronavirus measures

May 18, 2020

[latest updates 18/05/2020]

Italy  – a light at the end of the tunnel?

 

Italy is switching to the second part of Phase II and lockdown measures shall be mitigated starting from today, May 18.  Further to the publication of Law decree May 16 2020 no. 33  and  decree May 17 2020 the Government has lifted the lockdown within each Italian region. This means that people will no longer need to justify the reason for being outside – a justified reason and self-certification is required only if travelling to another region and until June 3. After this date, it will be possible to travel within Italy without limitations. Most businesses are allowed to reopen (Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and shops) as long as they are able to respect social distancing (a set of rules has been agreed for the businesses that will reopen, such as distance required from one client to another, face mask-wearing, etc.).

 

Regarding the rules for travelling to/from Italy the new decree confirms the measures already in place (travel only for health needs, work requirements, reasons of absolute necessity; 14 days quarantine and report to local health authority obligations; this measures, however, do not apply to certain categories of travellers such as cross-border workers, health services personnel, transport crews, EU/Schengen countries citizens/residents with documented work reasons, etc.) but only until June 3 when it will be possible to travel freely (without being subject to quarantine obligations and without the need to justify the purpose of travel) from/to the EU and Schengen countries (and also the UK). In fact, starting from June 3 travel limitations will be lifted for travels to/from EU and Schengen countries, UK and Ireland, Andorra, Monaco san Marino and Holy See. Form June 3 to June 15 travel limitations remain in place only for travel to/from other countries not listed above unless it is for documented work reasons, an absolute necessity, health needs or to travel back to the place of residence.

 

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[28/04/2020]

COVID 19 – Italy moves to Phase II

On 26 April 2020 the Italian government published the “phase two” decree with the set of rules that will apply from 4 May to 17 May 2020 (www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2020/04/27/20A02352/sg). The new provisions are not significantly different from the ones already in force: the government has extended the “lockdown” though the rules have been somehow relaxed and the list of businesses which are authorised to re-open has been significantly extended (the list can be found in attachment 3 of the decree; businesses are identified by the specific industry code called Codice Ateco).

 

Business activities allowed to reopen must ensure compliance with the health protection protocol (against Covid-19 outbreak in the workplaces) signed between the government and the “social parties”. Businesses that are not yet allowed to reopen can continue their activity in the smart working regime.

 

Regarding the rules for travelling to Italy from abroad, the new decree confirms the measures already in place (travel only for health needs, work requirements, reasons of absolute necessity; 14 days quarantine and report to local health authority obligations)

 

Regarding the other measures, travel within Italy remains strictly limited and it will still be necessary to justify the reason for being outside (an updated version of the self-certification form will be released). It is allowed to leave the house for buying essentials, work reasons, health reasons and reasons of absolute necessities, however, from May 4 it will be also possible to leave the house for visiting “relatives”. The definition of “relatives” remains unclear (will it be possible to visit partners?) but the government will issue further guidelines shortly. What is already clear is that big family gatherings will not be allowed, social distancing must continue to be respected.

 

In addition to the above, parks will reopen and individual outdoor exercise will no longer be limited (currently outdoor exercise is allowed only nearby one’s house) provided social distancing is maintained (team sports are not yet allowed). Also, people who are currently staying outside their place of permanent residence will be allowed to travel back home. Restaurants, bars, cafes will be allowed to reopen for takeaway. Funerals will be allowed, with a maximum 15 people attending and preferably outdoors

 

It is to be noted that each region may decide to apply more severe restrictions and that the local majors may also decide, for instance, not to reopen parks if they deem impossible to have social distancing respected.

 


[17/04/2020]

COVID-19 – Lockdown extended until May 3 and rules for travelling to Italy

On April 10 the Italian Government issued a new decree extending the lockdown until 3 May but allowing some commercial activities (stationery shops, bookshops, and children clothing shops) and some businesses to reopen starting from 14 April. However, the social distancing measures, as well as the restrictions on travel and movement, remain in place (see also: COVID-19 Summary – for foreigners and travelers in Italy | FAQs on the #iorestoacasa Decree of 9 March ).

 

The decree also outlines the rules which apply to travellers from abroad (keeping in mind that any travel to or within the country is allowed solely for work or health reasons or reasons of real necessity and that the EU Commission recommends avoiding non-essential travel to the EU at least until May 15.

 

Anyone travelling to Italy is subject to the following rules:

  1. Travelers are required to fill out and sign a selfcertification form with the following information :
    • the reasons for travelling to Italy (health needs, work requirements, reasons of absolute necessity),
    • the place of self-isolation for 14 days
    • means of transport used to get to the place of self-isolation and a mobile/land phone number
  2. Before boarding, the carrier is required to check the self-certification of anyone entering Italy, whether at an airport, ferry port or railway station
  3. Traveller must avoid using public transport and must, therefore, make arrangements to be picked up, take a taxi, if and as allowed, or hire a car, with or without a driver.
  4. anyone entering Italy is required to self isolate for 14 days (including people who entered with a private vehicle). Self-isolation is possible at home or at an address of choice
  5. anyone entering Italy is required to report to the local health authorities on arrival at their destination. If a person entering Italy has no place for self-isolation, or is unable to travel to their place of self-isolation (if they have no one to pick them up, if there are no available hotel rooms, etc.), they will be required to self isolate at a location established by the Civil Protection Service, at the interested person’s expense.

 

In case of travel for work reasons for up to 72 hours (which can be extended for a further 48 hours), the self-isolation is not required, provided that the traveller leaves the country within the deadline

 

The above rules do not apply to certain categories of workers, namely:

  • cross border workers
  • health services personnel
  • transport crew members
  • employees of companies having registered office in Italy

 

At this government link, it is possible to download the required self-certifications. The self-certification is not required only for entering Italy but also for any movement within the country.

 


[12/03/2020]

COVID-19 Emergency measures extended nationwide

On March 11th, following the March 9th decree that put the entire country of Italy on lockdown, the Italian government has published a further decree extending and reinforcing those restrictive measures in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Italy. The entire country is now on lockdown, with the new “I stay at home” Decree, limiting all social activities, with all public events and indoor activities (e.g. concerts, fitness centers, theaters) suspended; schools and universities will remain closed until April 3rd; starting March 12th, also restaurants and bars have to stay closed, as well as all businesses and retail stores, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, tobacco shops, newsstands (with the appropriate safety distances).

It is forbidden for individuals who are quarantined or positive to the virus to leave their homes and to travel. Travel is allowed only for documented work reasons, health reasons, or other serious reasons. Those travelling outside their region or their cities can only do so out of serious necessity. It is mandatory to provide a signed self-certification on the reason for travel. Travel is only permitted for compelling business reasons, health reasons, or because they have to return home. The required self-certification can also be signed in front of the police officer, who shall provide the required form. At the airport, travellers are required to show not only the travel document but also the signed self-certification. Individuals landing in Italy will be required to declare the reason for travel upon entry.

Download self-certification form here: https://www.interno.gov.it/sites/default/files/allegati/nuovo_modello_autodichiarazione_23.03.2020_compilabile.pdf

 


[10/03/2020]

On March 9th, the Italian government has published a further decree extending restrictive measures to the entire country in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Italy. New measures implemented in the Red Zones only a day ago, are now applied nationwide.  Italy is now on lockdown, with the new “I stay at home” Decree, limiting all social activities, with all public events and indoor activities (e.g. concerts, fitness centers, theaters) suspended; schools and universities will remain closed until April 3rd; restaurants and bars can only be open until 6 PM and must follow strict health guidelines (e.g. safety distance between people) or will be fined.

It is forbidden for individuals who are quarantined or positive to the virus to leave their homes and to travel. Travel is allowed only for documented work reasons, health reasons, or other serious reasons. Those travelling outside their region or their cities can only do so out of serious necessity. It is mandatory to provide a signed self-certification on the reason for travel. Travel is only permitted for compelling business reasons, health reasons, or because they have to return home. The required self-certification can also be signed in front of the police officer, who shall provide the required form. At the airport, travellers are required to show not only the travel document but also the signed self-certification. Individuals landing in Italy will be required to declare the reason for travel upon entry.

 


[08/03/2020]

ITALY – New decree introduces COVID-19-related measure

On March 8th, the Italian government has published a decree with new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Italy. The government has extended the Red Zones and implemented new measures on those areas in the North of Italy.
The entire region of Lombardy is now on lockdown, as well as the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro, Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padova, Treviso, and Venice.

Measures applied to the “red zones” are meant to contain the spread of the virus across the entire country. It is recommended to stay home and avoid social interactions; it is forbidden for individuals who are quarantined or positive to the virus to leave their homes and to travel. All public events and indoor activities (e.g. concerts, fitness centers, theaters) are suspended; schools and universities will remain closed until April 3rd; restaurants and bars can only be open until 6PM and have to follow strict health guidelines (e.g. safety distance between people) or will be fined.

Travel in and out of the restricted area should be avoided, as well as travel within the area. Travel may be allowed only for documented work reasons, health reasons, or other serious reasons. Individuals who are resident or domiciled outside the area are however allowed to return back to their homes.

Travelers who are residents or domiciled in the restricted area are required to provide a signed self-certification on the reason for travel. The required self- certification can also be signed in front of the police officer, who shall provide the required form. At the airport, travelers leaving the “red-zone” are required to show not only the travel document but also the signed self-certification.
Individuals landing at “red-zone” airport will be required to declare the reason for travel upon entry.

The decree has extended some of the new measures to the rest of the country as well, especially those that limit or forbid public gathering and in general social interaction, however, for the moment there’s no restriction on travel for people living outside the “red zone”.

 

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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