No Re-Entry visa required for returning to Italy

Jun 09, 2020


Italian authorities have confirmed that a re-entry visa is not required for returning to Italy with an expired permit.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Italy has extended the validity of residence permit expiring between January 31st and July 31st until August 31st, 2020 (

However, if you are currently abroad you may have problems re-entering Italy without a valid visa/residence permit. Normally, the standard procedure would require to apply for a so called “re-entry visa” which allows the foreigner holding an expired permit (for which a renewal application has not been filed yet or other circumstances) to fly back to Italy. However, the Ministry of foreign affairs has confirmed – by means of an internal communication – that it will not be necessary to apply for a re-entry visa.

Foreign citizens with expired permits will be allowed to travel back to Italy, however should they have problems with the re-entry procedures they may contact the Italian consulate for assistance. For instance, the Italian Consulate in Canton has issued an alert inviting foreign nationals seeking to re-enter Italy to contact them for the issuance of a document confirming the extension of residence permits which can be used for travelling.


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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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