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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Date:

06/01/2022


COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Italian authorities have promptly adopted a series of response measures to COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency and continue to monitor the situation carefully, by constantly liaising with all regional, local institutions and entities involved, as well as neighbouring countries, European and international institutions.

On the 31st January 2020 the Italian Government declared the state of emergency on the entire national territory, which has been later extended until the 31st March 2022. Within this framework the Government has adopted several measures affecting the Italians abroad and the foreign citizens wishing to travel to Italy (see below).

The response of the Italian Government to tackle epidemiological emergency from COVID-19 has been timely, as also acknowledged by the WHO and the EU and it has been mainly based on maximum transparency and clarity towards the national community and international partners.

Factories in Italy have been always operational and there is no scientific evidence that the virus may spread through goods or food & beverage products: www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/coronavirus-no-evidence-food-source-or-transmission-route.

 

ENTRY TO ITALY

As of the 1st June 2022 entry to Italy is permitted without any COVID-19 requirement. However, the use of PPE during the travel and inside airports is still compulsory.

Moreover, travelers are advised to check with their own airline whether the latter independently requires additional documentation or any negative swabs as a compulsory requirement for boarding.

Anyone traveling to Italy is encouraged to download on their mobile phone the app "Immuni" and always bring along a mask to be used whenever it is not possible to ensure the proper social distancing.

 

To read the FAQs about the implementation of the said regulation click here and here.

 

For further information please fill in the online form or check out the following websites:
- Thematical focus by the Crisis Unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/contenuti/FOCUS%20CORONAVIRUS.pdf   
- Australian Government's instructions https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/italy     
- General information by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority https://www.enac.gov.it/news/coronavirus-covid-19-informazioni-ai-passeggeri 
- General information and FAQs by the Italian Ministry of Health http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioFaqNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=italiano&id=228

 

FLIGHTS TO/FROM ITALY

Currently there are international flights to Perth operated by the following airlines: Qatar Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Malaysian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Air New Zealand.

Some flights might be reserved for citizens of the destination countries or be subject to other restrictions.

In consideration of the constant evolution of the epidemiological situation and the consequent travel restrictions, cancellations or other changes to flights may occur. It is recommended that you keep informed with your airline.

We also inform that from 22 June to 7 October 2022 Qantas will connect Perth to Rome with a direct flight.

 

VACCINATION CAMPAIGNS AND "GREEN PASS"

Italian citizens who are in Australia both permanently and temporarily are included in the Australian Government's vaccination plan. To check your eligibility and get more information on booking times and procedures, you have to connect to https://www.australia.gov.au/ or https://rollup.wa.gov.au/.

Italian citizens residing in Australia belonging to categories such as temporary workers (including ministers of worship), workers who have temporarily lost their jobs, holders of an Italian pension temporarily abroad, holders of scholarships, public employees and their family members may be progressively included in the vaccination campaigns carried out in Italy. For more information click here.

Italian citizens residing in Australia and regularly registered with AIRE who are temporarily in Italy can request, in light of the Ordinance 7/2021 of the Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government for the COVID-19 emergency, the inclusion in the vaccination plan of their own Region. To this end, interested parties are invited to consult the appropriate websites of the respective Regions. 

We also inform that Italian citizens vaccinated in Australia who intend to travel to Italy and obtain the European Green Pass will have to personally go to the local Azienda Sanitaria Locale once in Italy and present: ID, codice fiscale (if available), Australian vaccination or recovery certificate, which must include: details of the beneficiary, details of the vaccine (including batch number and injection dates), details of the issuing authority.
The Astrazeneca vaccine produced and injected in Australia is equated with the vaccines approved by EMA.
Those who received abroad any vaccine that is not approved by EMA are entitled to receive the third dose ("booster") in Italy with the aim to obtain the issuance of the Green Pass.
At the moment it is not possible to request the Green Pass before travelling to Italy.

Compatriots who, once landed in Italy, need to use public transport (plane, train, ship) to reach their home, can show the Australian international vaccination certificate as a temporary substitute for the Green Pass. In this case, the circumstance that sees the interested party without a Green Pass must be clarified and, in the event of problems, a copy of this Circular of the Ministry of Health can be shown to the controllers / operators.

Australian or third countries' citizens who are fully vaccinated do not need the Green Pass to access those services for which the Green Pass is required. They will have to show the Australian international vaccination certificate clearly indicating: details of the beneficiary, details of the vaccine (including batch number and injection dates), details of the issuing authority.

For further information and updates, please monitor also the dedicated website: https://www.dgc.gov.it/web/faq.html

 

ENTRY TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA

From the 29th April 2022 entry to Western Australia from overseas is possible as per the following scheme:

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS: complete the Australia Digital Passenger Declaration; undergo a rapid antigen test after the arrival only in case of Covid-related symptoms, register the positive result and spend 7 days in self-isolation.
During their staying in Western Australia, in order to access many public venues, if required, Italian visitors will be able to show their Italian Green Pass or similar certification in English together with a valid ID indicating the same name and surname of the holder of the Green Pass/certificate.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS: apply for a federal exemption (click here); complete the Australia Digital Passenger Declaration; spend 7 days of quarantine at their own expense in hotels indicated by local authorities (also undertaking several tests, as directed by the health authorities).

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has published an useful checklist for passengers, which the latter have to refer to regarding requirements and documents necessary to enter Australia.
"Fully vaccinated" means 2 doses of vaccine (for a 2-dose cycle) or 1 dose of vaccine (for a 1-dose cycle). Further info here.
Proof of vaccination has to comply with the criteria explained here.

The use of surgical masks is still compulsory on board any transportation means, at hospitals, aged care facilities and prisons.

We also inform that since the 18th April foreign cruise ships have been permitted again to dock at Australian ports.

 

Entry to Western Australia from other States and Territories is possible as per the following scheme:

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS: permitted without restrictions.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS: permitted without restrictions.

 

The use of the mask is compulsory onboard any flight to/from Western Australia and within the airport premises (unless for minors under 12 years).



For further information, please check out the following websites:
- Crisis Unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/country/AUS
- Department of Home Affairs of the Australian Government https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia
- Department of Health of the Australian Government https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-international-passengers

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For further information on the current situation in Western Australia and on the measures adopted by the State Government, please click here.


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