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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Date:

03/16/2021


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 for 6 months on the entire national territory, which has been later extended until the 30th April 2021. 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 your kind attention on the main points foreseen by the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers dated 02.03.2021, which is valid until April 6;

- Italian and foreign 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;

- foreign 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 we remind that 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;

- 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;

- 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;

- Italian residency permits (permesso di soggiorno) expiring between January 31 and December 31, 2020 are automatically extended until April 30, 2021. Citizens who have a permit under these conditions and wish to travel to Italy must ask the Consulate for a re-entry visa in case their flight will have a stopover in another Schengen country or for a specific consular statement in case their flight will have a stopover in a non-Schengen country.

 

To read the FAQs about the implementation of the said 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.

The main options to travel to Italy are with Qatar Airways. We encourage every passenger to verify with the airline or through a travel agency the possible connections with Italy, also checking the airline's policies and fares on the following website: https://www.qatarairways.com/en-au/we-will-get-you-home.html.

In case of transit through other countries, we strongly advise you to preemptively check the measures adopted by local Governments to transiting passengers.

Emirates resumed its flights from Perth to Dubai once per week and from Dubai there are currently flights to Milan. As of now, Emirates allows boarding only to passengers who can present a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours before the flight schedule.

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 are permitted only to passengers arriving from a limited number of cities (including Milan and Perth), whose list is available here;
- 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;
- transits via Jakarta are permitted without visa only within the international area of the airport.

 

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 17th September 2021 for those who are eligible. 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

 

ENTRY TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Entry to Australia from overseas is temporarily limited to Australian citizens and permanent residents. A few exceptions are made for essential workers, such as FIFO. We hence advise to carefully read this announcement.
Entry is also denied to passengers of cruise ships.
In order to enter Australia from overseas it is necessary to apply for a federal exemption: click here.
In order to enter Western Australia both from overseas and from any other Australian State it is necessary to apply for a State exemption: click here.
Starting from January 22 anyone authorized to travel will have to present at the check-in desk a negative COVID-test (in English) undertaken within 72hrs prior to the departure time (excluding kids under 5 years of age); moreover, they must spend 14 days of quarantine at their own expense in hotels instructed by local authorities.

The use of the mask is compulsory onboard any flight to/from Western Australia and within the airport premises.

Regarding the internal borders between WA and the other States and Territories, we inform that the WA Government has adopted a flexible approach based on the epidemiological situation in each State or Territory. In light of its volatility, before planning your trip you are strongly encouraged to check the measures foreseen by the WA Government on the official website available here.

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

 

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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