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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Date:

08/10/2020


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 January 31 the Italian Government declared the state of emergency for 6 months on the entire national territory, which has been later extended until October 15. 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 are still 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

We draw the attention to the following points implementing the Decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers dated August 7 and the Ordnances of the Ministry of Health dated June 30 and July 30:

- Italian and foreigner citizens who reside in Italy or in another EU country, as well as their close relatives (i.e. spouse, partner, children up to 21 years old, cohabitant parents or other cohabitant relatives with health problems), who are currently abroad, can enter Italy and return to their home by presenting this form at the boarding of their plane/train/ship/bus;

- citizens residing in Western Australia can travel to Italy for any reason by presenting this form at the boarding of their plane/train/ship/bus; with this regard there is a provision of the Australian authorities imposing citizens residing in Australia (including double nationals) to apply for a specific authorization in order to leave Australia (click here);

- foreign citizens residing neither in Western Australia nor in Italy can travel to Italy only for proven reasons of absolute urgency, work, health or study and have to present this form at the boarding of their plane/train/ship/bus;

- until September 7 anyone entering Italy from Western Australia must use PPE during the travel, cannot use public transportation to go home from the airport/port/station, must communicate the arrival to the local ASL, must self-isolate for 14 days;

- the provisions listed at the previous point do not apply to citizens who spent the previous 14 days in any EU and Schengen country, as well as the UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City;

- Italian residence permits (permesso di soggiorno) expired between January 31 and July 31 are automatically extended until August 31. Those who need to travel back to Italy via a Schengen country must apply for a re-entry visa at our Consulate; those who will travel through a non-Schengen country must request a consular statement at our Consulate.

 

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

 

For further information please 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

 

CANCELLED FLIGHTS TO ITALY

Following the numerous cancellations of flight bound to Italy, the main airlines are often proposing alternative solutions to passengers, such as a re-routing to other European destinations. Transportations within the European Union are currently operational, therefore it is still possible to reach the final destination in Italy via air, rail, bus or by renting a car.

We strongly recommend to contact your own airline as soon as possible in order to check possible cancellation, change or problems that might happen also during the connecting flights.

As of now, Qatar Airways is the only airline ensuring flights between Australia and Europe. We encourage every passenger to verify with the airline or through a travel agency the possible connections with Italy. We also inform that passengers needing to return to Italy can benefit from a discounted fare until August 31 by visiting the following link: https://www.qatarairways.com/en-au/offers/we-will-get-you-home.html 

In case of transit through Frankfurt or Munich, we strongly advise you to have tickets or other documents proving your intention to leave Germany before you check-in in Perth. That is because entry to Germany is allowed only to residents and therefore every airline has the duty to ascertain the chosen way to transit through that country.

Emirates resumed its flights from Perth to Dubai once per week and from Dubai there are currently flights to Milan.

From Perth you can also fly to London with Qantas every week and London is connected with Rome through Alitalia flights.

Concerning possible alternative routes, we invite you to read what follows:

- transits via Bangkok are still suspended;
- transits via Kuala Lumpur are permitted only within the same terminal;
- transits via Singapore from Perth are permitted from June 11 (read here the announcement), while the opposite trip from overseas to Perth via Singapore is still not permitted;
- transits via Tokyo are permitted only within the international area of the same airport and an application for a shore visa on arrival is necessary.

 

EXPIRING AUSTRALIAN VISAS AND MEDICARE COVERAGE

Italian citizens facing an emergency situation related to the rescheduling of their flights to Italy and the incoming expiration of their Australian visa are kindly requested to contact their airline and check the availability of other solutions through Europe.

In case your airline does not offer any option of re-routing or there is no available flight before the expiration of the visa, your are encouraged to check the possibility of extending the current visa or applying for a new one. In case your visa doesn't foresee this possibility and it includes a ‘No Further Stay’ condition, you can apply to waive this condition.

In the meantime, we also suggest to inform the Australian Department of Home Affairs, Immigration and Citizenship of the above mentioned situation by sending a written note (contacts available here) or filing a Statutory Declaration at a Police station explaining the impossibility to fly back to Itay and the parallel expiration of the visa.

Nonetheless, we inform that the Australian Government has adopted specific measures for temporary visa holders, such as student or working holiday visas. Please click here for further information.

With regard to this, we also suggest to check out the FAQs section of the Immigration portal at this link: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/. You will find many information on how to extend your visa or apply for a new one.

As far as the expiration of the Medicare program is concerned, we inform that the relevant Australian Authorities have decided to extend the healthcare coverage until September 18 for those who are eligible. Under the same conditions, in case the coverage already expired, it has been reinstated from March 18 till September 18, 2020. Further information available on this website: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/reciprocal-health-care-agreements/when-you-visit-australia/visiting-from-italy

 

IN CASE YOU HAVE NO WAY TO FLY BACK TO ITALY AND/OR YOUR VISA IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE, WE INVITE YOU TO REGISTER ON THIS PORTAL MONITORED BY THE ITALIAN DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR NETWORK IN AUSTRALIA.

 

ENTRY TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Entry to Australia is temporarily limited to Australian citizens and permanent residents. From April 6 it is also forbidden to entry Western Australia from other Australian States, with limited exceptions for residents, essential workers and FIFO. We hence advise to carefully read this announcement. Starting from July 10 entry to Western Australia is strictly forbidden to those who have spent the previous 14 days in Victoria.
Entry is also denied to passengers of cruise ships, while crew members have to self-isolate onboard for 14 days before being allowed to disembark.
In order to apply for an exemption to travel to Western Australia from overseas click here.
In order to apply for an exemption to travel to Western Australia from another Australian State click here.
Anyone entering Western Australia from overseas or from another Australian State must spend 14 days of quarantine at his/her own expense in hotels instructed by local authorities.

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

 

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


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