Italy Phase 2: Travel and Movement

1. WHAT IS RECOMMENDED TO TRAVELLERS?

Travel to and from abroad from  May 18 to June 2
Until June 2, 2020, travel to and from abroad by public and private transport is prohibited, unless:

  • for proven work needs of absolute urgency
  • for health reasons
  • further cases identified by the relevant measures.
  • returning to your home, domicile, or legal residence.

Travel to and from abroad from  June 3
From June 3, 2020, travel to and from abroad is permitted.

Movements may only be restricted by measures taken in relation to specific States and territories, in accordance with the principles of adequacy and proportionality to the epidemiological risk and in compliance with the constraints arising from EU law and international obligations.

Travel between the Vatican City State or the Republic of San Marino and neighbouring regions
Travel between the Vatican City State or the Republic of San Marino and neighbouring regions are not subject to any restrictions.

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2.WHAT MEASURES ARE PLANNED FOR ENTRY IN ITALY

Until June 2, whoever intends to enter Italy by air, sea, lake, rail or land transport or by private means, is required, for the purpose of access to the service, to deliver to the carrier a detailed and clear certification upon boarding, in order to allow verification by carriers or shipowners, to:

  • reasons for travelling
  • full address of the house or dwelling in Italy where the period of health surveillance and  fiduciary isolation will be carried out
  • any private means of transport that will be employed to travel
  • Landline or mobile telephone number where communications can be received during the entire period of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

All travellers entering Italy, even if asymptomatic, are obliged to immediately notify the Prevention Department of the competent territorial health service and are subject to health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for a period of fourteen days at the home or residence stated at the time of boarding.

In the event of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, travellers are obliged to report this situation promptly to the Health Authority via the dedicated telephone numbers.

Obligations for carriers and shipowners

Carriers and shipowners shall obtain and verify the documentation required from travellers before boarding, taking care to take temperature measurements of individual passengers and forbidding boarding in case of fever, as well as because of incomplete documentation.

Carriers and shipowners are also required to adopt any necessary measures to ensure at all times an interpersonal distance of at least one meter between passengers during the journey, and to promote the use of individual means of protection by the crew and passengers, providing clear directions concerning  any situations in which such protections may be temporarily removed. Air carriers shall ensure that all passengers without protection are provided with personal protective equipment upon boarding.

The above provisions shall not apply to:

  • transport crew
  • travelling personnel belonging to companies with registered offices in Italy
  • health personnel entering Italy to practice activities connected to their professional health qualifications, including temporary practice
  • cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven reasons of work and the consequent return to their residence, dwelling or homestay.

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3. Are foreign nationals required to observe the same travel limitations as Italian citizens?

Yes, the restrictions to travel and movement apply to all persons in or entering/exiting Italy, regardless of their nationality.

Covid19: Containment Measures in Italy- Phase 2

The Decree-law of May 16, 2020, n. 33  outlines the framework of the so-called “Phase 2”. These measures apply from  May 18 to July 3, 2020.

The decree defines the new prevention and containment measures for co-existing with the coronavirus during the resumption of productive, commercial, and social activities.

WHAT IS RECOMENDED TO ALL ITALIAN CITIZENS?

RESTRICTIONS:

It is forbidden to citizens with a respiratory infection characterized by fever (higher than 37.5° C) to leave their home or place of residence. These citizens are required to immediately contact their doctor.

The gathering of people in public places or places open to the public is prohibited.

It is forbidden to citizens who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority to leave their home or place of residence

Sports events and competitions of any order and discipline, in public or private places, are suspended.

All conference or convention activities are suspended.

PERMITTED ACTIVITIES WITH LIMITATIONS

Access to parks, villas and public gardens is allowed, subject to strict compliance with the ban on assembly, as well as with the interpersonal safety distance of at least one metre; minors are allowed access, even together with family members or other persons habitually living together or in charge of their care, to play areas in parks, villas and public gardens, to carry out outdoor leisure or recreational activities.

Outdoors sports and exercise activities are permitted, also in equipped areas and public parks, where accessible, provided that the interpersonal safety distance of at least two metres for the sports activity and at least one metre for any other activity is respected, unless the presence of an accompanying person is necessary for minors or persons who are not completely self-sufficient.

Training sessions for professional and non-professional athletes, individual and team sports are allowed, in compliance with the rules of social distancing and without any gathering, behind closed doors. Only athletes, professionals and non-professionals, recognized as being of national interest by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) and their respective federations, with a view to their participation in competitions at national and international level, may travel from one region to another, subject to being summoned by the federation to which they belong.

Public events shall be permitted or held, only in static form, provided that the prescribed social distances and other restraint measures are observed.

Access to places of worship is permitted, avoiding assembly of large groups and taking into account the size and characteristics of the facilities, which must guarantee a distance of at least one metre between visitors.

Religious functions with the participation of people are permitted, in compliance with the protocols signed by the Government and the respective confessions, containing the appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion.

Museums and other cultural institutes are open and their services are guaranteed, taking into account the size and characteristics of the premises open to the public, as well as the visitors flow, with restricted access and avoiding large crowds, by ensuring a on metre minimum distance between visitors.

Educational/school activities carried out remotely are permitted.

From May 20, 2020, courses and theory/practice tests carried out by the Department of Motor Vehicles and driving schools will resume.

From May 25, 2020, basic sports activities and general training/exercise activities are permitted in gyms, swimming pools, sports centres and clubs, both public and private, or in other facilities, where activities aimed at the wellbeing of the individual are carried out through physical exercise, in compliance with the rules of social distancing and without any assembly.

From June 15, 2020, performances open to the public in theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other open-air spaces with pre-assigned and distanced seats are permitted, ensuring respect for the interpersonal distance of at least one metre for both staff and audience, with a maximum number of 1000 spectators for outdoor performances and 200 people for indoor performances, for each individual hall. The Regions and Autonomous Provinces may set a different date, in relation to the epidemiological situation in their own territories.

It is also advised that all citizens respect simple preventive recommendations.

WHICH SHOPS AND SERVICES ARE OPEN ?

Starting from May 18, economic, productive, and social activities are resuming, in compliance with protocols and/or guidelines aimed at preventing or reducing contagion.

To ensure that the activities are carried out safely, Regions will monitor the epidemiological situation in their territories daily. Conditions and suitability of each regional health system shall be reassessed accordingly, in relation to the development of the epidemiological situation in the regional territory. The situation shall be ascertained according to the criteria established by the Decree of the Minister of Health, April 20, 2020.

Each Region, after informing the Minister of Health, may introduce derogatory, extensive, or restrictive measures.

The following activities will remain closed:

– Skiing facilities

– Amusement arcades, betting, and bingo halls

– Activities taking place in dance halls, discotheques and similar premises, outdoor or indoor

– Trade fairs and congress facilities

– Wellness centres, spas (except for the provision of services falling within the essential levels of care)

– Activities taking place in cultural and social centres.

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