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Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy



Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy





  • Which rules apply to persons travelling to Italy from March 28?

1. Before boarding, the carrier's staff is required to check the self-certification (to download the form) setting out the following detailed information: the reasons for travelling to Italy (health needs, work requirements, reasons of absolute necessity), the place of self-isolation for 14 days, own or otherwise private means of transportation used to get to the place of self-isolation and a mobile/land phone number. The reasons of "absolute necessity" are as specified in the FAQs previously posted on the website.

2. All persons entering Italy, whether at an airport, ferry port or railway station, 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.  

3. All persons entering Italy are required to self-isolate, including persons with their own transport. Persons travelling to Italy for work may postpone the start of the self-isolation period by 72 hours (which can be extended for a further 48 hours), albeit only if strictly necessary.

4. All persons entering Italy, including persons with their own transport, are required to report to the local health authorities on arrival at their destination. 

5. All persons entering Italy may self-isolate either at home or other place of their choice.

6. 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.

7. The above rules do not apply to the following persons: cross-border workers, health services personnel, passenger/freight transport crews.

Ordinance by the Ministry of Health, in agreement with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, issued on 28.03.2020

  •  I'm an Italian expat or a foreign national resident in Italy, may I return to Italy?

Yes, but only for emergency reasons. For example, Italian nationals, or foreign nationals resident in Italy, who are abroad temporarily (for tourism, business or other reasons) are allowed to return to Italy. Italian nationals obliged to leave the foreign country where they were working or studying (because they've lost their job or home, or because the study programme they were attending has been suspended) are likewise allowed to return to Italy. On entering their national territory, they must travel directly home in the shortest possible time. Any emergency, work or health-related reasons for returning to Italy must be self-certified. The self-certification must be prepared before departure, stating the specific reasons for returning, the address of the place where self-isolation will be spent for the 14 days following the arrival and a landiline or mobile contact where to be reached during self-isolation. Please use the self-certification form available at the Interior Ministry website. On returning to Italy, all interested persons must immediately report their return to the Prevention Department of the competent local health authority and shall be required to self-isolate for 14 days, subject to health surveillance. Self-isolation and health surveillance do not apply to the other members of the household already present in Italy.

  • I'm a foreign national in Italy, may I return to my home country?

Yes, but only if it is absolutely necessary and observing the same conditions that apply to Italian nationals returning from abroad (see the FAQ). The temporary suspension of work, or switching to a home working arrangement, are not sufficient reasons for travelling. Before departing, you are advised to check the measures put into place in the country of destination to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to contact your embassy in Italy as well.

  • I'm returning to Italy from abroad. May I ask someone to pick me up at the arrival airport, railway station or port?

Yes, but only one person living in the same home as you and possibly wearing protective equipment. This type of movement is considered a matter of the "utmost urgency" and indicated as such on the self-certification form that can be downloaded at the Interior Ministry website. The self-certification must be fully compiled and must specify the journey and the destination place of residence. You are obviously required to immediately report your return to the Prevention Department of the competent local health authority and shall be subject to health surveillance and self-isolation, and to promptly report the development of any symptoms of Covid-19 infection to the healthcare services.