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Coronavirus. Travel advice for Italy



Coronavirus. Travel advice for Italy

On 9 March, the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy issued a Decree containing urgent measures to contrast and contain the Covid-19 virus. The Decree extends the measures previously envisaged for the Lombardy Region and surrounding areas to the whole national territory.
Traveling within the national territory is prohibited, except for work, health or situations of necessity (such as assistiting a family member who is not self-sufficient or going to buy groceries).
There are also restrictions on public activities (sports, catering, entertainment, etc.) and any form of gathering of people in public places. Schools and museums will remain closed and public events are suspended. It is recommended to always keep a distance of at least one meter from other people ("social distancing").
Among the most important measures for citizens and permanent residents of Italy and for all those who need to travel to Italy, there are:
1) Italian (as well as foreign citizens) living in Italy who are currently abroad can - if the means of transport are operational - return to their homes; in the same way, Italian Citizens living abroad (as well as foreign citizens, including tourists), who are now in Italy, can - if the means of transport are operational - leave to return to their homes;
2) entry and exit are also allowed for professional necessities that cannot be postponed (this provision also covers cross-border workers);
3) on the other hand, entry for tourism reasons must be avoided.
4) once, in Italy, for those arriving from areas with epidemiological risk, as identified by the WHO, it is mandatory to communicate their whereabouts to the Prevention Department of the local health authority.