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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) - UPDATES AND INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLERS

Date:

02/25/2020


COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) - UPDATES AND INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLERS

Last update: 27/07/2020, 16.00

 

From the early stages in which the epidemic was identified, the Italian Government was quick to respond and continues to adopt all of the measures, deemed scientifically necessary to contain it.

The DPCM (Government Decree) of May 17, 2020 introduced the so-called "phase 2" with various developments, in particular regarding the resumption of some production activities and the movement of people within Italy.

Since the 1st of July of 2020 all restrictions on travel to and from Italy will be lifted with regard to Australia and reasons for travelling from Australia to Italy shall not be any longer provided/justified. Travellers from Australia (and in general from all Countries other than EU Member States (except, from July 24, Bulgaria and Romania), Schengen Member States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino or Vatican City State) will still be required to observe a 14-day quarantine period in self-isolation, unless they fall in one of the exemptions (please check here https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html ).

Persons entering Italy from July 24, coming from Bulgaria or Romania, or have stayed/transited in Bulgaria or Romania in the last 14 days, will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

On the 9 July 2020 the Italian Minister of Health has issued an ordinance to introduce  the following limitations regarding travelling FROM and TO abroad valid until the 14 July 2020, extented until the 31 July 2020:

1. Travel ban to enter Italy to whom in the last 14 days has been in or transited in one of the following Countries: Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia Erzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Perù, Dominican Republic, Serbia.

2. This ban does not apply to European citizens (UE, Schengen, UK, European Microstates) and their family members (direct ascendents and descendents, spouses and same sex spouses, partners) who have been residents in Italy prior to July 9, 2020. Please note that a period of 14 days quarantine is compulsory in these cases.

3. Interruption of direct and non direct flights from the above mentioned Countries.

4. All those entering Italy must complete the self-certification form which can be found in the link below. 

Transboundary workers and persons travelling to and from San Marino and the Vatican City are exempted.

For more information on "PHASE 2", please click on the following link: Frequently asked questions on the measures adopted by the Italian government

ENTRY TO ITALY

From July 1, travel to Italy by the following persons will be allowed: Italian and EU citizens; foreign nationals residing in Australia (and other 14 Countries), foreign nationals residing in an EU Member State; household members of EU citizens and foreign nationals residing in an EU Member States (household members include spouse, civil or cohabiting partner, dependent children aged below 21 years and other dependent household members). People travelling to Italy from Australia (and in general from all Countries other than EU Member States, Schengen Member States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino or Vatican City State) will still be required to observe a 14-day quarantine period in self-isolation that starts immediately after entering the country. You are only allowed to reach the address where you have chosen to self-isolate, by the shortest possible route and without using any means of public transport other than the means used to travel to Italy (airport transit is allowed without leaving the airport area). Please make sure that you have the following self-certification (last updated 16 July 2020)ready to show it to Italian border authorities and the carrier's staff. Please sii also: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy-FAQ

 

If you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption (you do not need an exemption if for example you are ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia, i.e. you’ve spent more time outside Australia than inside for the last 12 to 24 months). Please check at the following link https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia  and refer to the rules of the Australian Authorities.

Transit through Italy, from one foreign country to another, to return home along the fastest possible route and without intermediate stopovers that are not strictly necessary, is allowed. Transit passengers are not required to self-isolate provided that they are travelling through Italy within 36 hours. If you are on a short stopover between flights and do not leave the airport you are free to board a connecting flight to any other domestic or international destination. You may rent a car (with or without a driver) or use a taxi. Before boarding the airplane/ferry to Italy, you will be required to complete a self-certification form clearly indicating that you are only passing through Italy on your way to your final destination in a foreign country. If you have developed, or develop Covid-19 symptoms while in Italy, you must immediately notify the competent health authorities, by calling the dedicated helplines and await instructions. Before undertaking any travel you are advised to search for information regarding travel restrictions in place in Italy, as well as in the countries of origin, transit and destination. When travelling through Italy you are advised to keep in touch with your consular authorities.

 

For any further information about the Covid-19, please visit the World Health Organisation's webpage:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ITALIAN NATIONALS WILLING TO RETURN TO ITALY FROM NEW ZEALAND WITH TRANSIT IN SYDNEY:

- For transits in Australia with a waiting time of less than 8 hours, no type of visa or quarantine exemption is required. We recommend that you carefully read the information and requirements listed at the link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/transit-771/travellers-eligible-to-transit-without-visa.

Please note that Sydney International Airport does not remain open at night therefore all passengers who have a connecting flight the day after their arrival must enter Australia and must have the two authorizations referred to in the links below:

- https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/hotel-quarantine.aspx

- https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form.

- For transits with a waiting time between 8 and 72 hours a transit visa (Transit Visa subclass 711) is required. We suggest to read carefully the information and the requirements listed at the link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/transit-771  keeping in mind the processing time for the issuing of the visa by the competent Australian authorities (it could take up to 2/3 weeks).

Travelling towards Australia, renewal/extension of Australian visas and Medicare.

The Australian Government has introduced entry restrictions for travellers who have stayed or transited in Italy in the previous 14 days. Those restrictions, entered into force as of Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 6.00pm (AEST), do not apply to Australian citizens and to permanent residents and their immediate family members (strictly: spouses, minor children, legal guardians - no parents). Those categories are required to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Australia.

For further information please visit the websites of the Department of Home Affairs, the competent Australian Authority:  https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-subsite/files/coronavirus-general-20200201.pdf

The situation is continuously changing thus we recommend to monitor the abovementioned websites.

The Australian Authorities have extended the validity of Medicare until the 18th of September 2020 to those who are entitled. In the case Medicare has already expired the validity has been reactivated from the 18th of March 2020 to the 18th of September 2020.

For more details, please visit the following webpage:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/reciprocal-health-care-agreements/when-you-visit-australia/visiting-from-italy.

IN CASE YOU CANNOT TRAVEL BACK TO ITALY AND/OR YOUR AUSTRALIAN VISA IS EXPIRING, YOU ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO REGISTER YOUR OWN DETAILS IN THE PORTAL OF THE ITALIAN CONSULAR NETWORK IN AUSTRALIA.

 

Travelling towards other Countries.

Restrictions to enter or transit some Countries might be decided or modified at the very last minute by the competent Authority of those Countries. We therefore suggest to get in touch as soon as possible with the airline company you intend to travel with and with the Consulate/Embassy of the Country of transit and/or destination to avoid any disruption and/or possible problem when checking in or travelling.

 


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