ICTP's COVID-19 Response

Precautions taken to prevent spread of virus


Italian Government Actions

NOTE: Decrees and travel restrictions are frequently changing. Here ICTP summarizes the latest government decrees, while earlier ones are archived in this pdf. For the latest Italian travel restrictions, visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 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.

25 October:

The Host Government has issued today a new legislative decree (Annex) (summary brochure in Italian). It replaces the provisions issued on 13 October - which had been modified on 18 October - and is in effect from  26 October- 24 November 2020.

The following main modifications should be noted:

  • Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds/gatherings may be closed from 21:00, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
  • Amusement parks are closed.
  • Gyms, pools, sports centers, wellness centers and spas are closed. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected. 
  • Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos are closed.
  • Events:
    • Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience.
    • Theaters, concert halls and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned.
    • Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies.
    • Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.
  • Schools: Pre-school, primary school and middle schools teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (high schools) and higher education will adopt distance learning for at least 75% of activities. In any case, students must not be admitted before 9:00.
  • Commercial activities may continue as long as an interpersonal distance of 1 meter is ensured as before, but entrances must also be regulated, and customers are not allowed to remain inside longer than the time needed to make a purchase. 
  • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until midnight, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited.
  • Ski areas are closed.

International travel restrictions have been updated, with country lists changing slightly: 

  • Work, health, study needs, or other urgent motives continue to be required for traveling to and from States outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom. In any case, travel into Italy to return to one's residence as well as for persons entitled to a long-term European visa and their family members, continues to be allowed. 
    • Exemptions: Travel to and from the following countries is allowed for any reason: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. 
  • Quarantine and health surveillance period of 14 days required for persons entering Italy from, or having stayed in (in the previous 14 days) the following countries:
    • Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    • Any other country outside of the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom
    • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions - unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
  • EU Freedom of movement: Citizens of EU states, countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the United Kingdom and their family members as well as long-term EU residents or those holding national long-term visas, including their family members, may freely travel among EU member states and within their national territories so long as they haven't stayed in any of the countries in the above bullet point in the last 14 days.
    • HOWEVER, TESTING IS REQUIRED as follows: individuals traveling to Italy, who have stayed or transited through Belgium, the Czech Republic, France (including Guadalupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte but excluding other territories outside the EU), the Netherlands, Spain (including territories in African continent), and the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland (including Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Mann, and British bases in Cyprus, but excluding other territories outside the EU) in the previous 14 days, must EITHER:
      • a. upon boarding a means of transport to Italy, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours OR
      • b. take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at an Italian airport, port, or border crossing, where possible. Alternatively, the test must be taken within 48 hours of arriving in Italy through their local health authority; in such cases, persons must quarantine at their own residence until the test can be administered by their local health authority.
      • Exceptions: Persons entering Italy for work purposes, regulated by special safety protocol, including officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions - unless COVID-19 symptoms arise OR unless they have stayed in or transited through the below banned countries.
  • Travel ban for certain countries: Persons who have stayed in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy: 
    • Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, and Peru. Direct and indirect flights to and from these countries are thus suspended. 
    • Exemptions: This ban does not apply to EU citizens and their family members with a registered residence in Italy prior to 9 July 2020 - as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with the previous 72 hours - OR to officials of international organizations or diplomatic missions.

Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree:

The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:

  • Masks:It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one's person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or at while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one's own residence in the presence of visitors.
  • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
  • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
  • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
  • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
  • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
  • Contact sports: Training for children and youth's amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
  • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
  • Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
  • Museums and other cultural institutions may open to the public so long as they can guarantee a 1-meter interpersonal distance between visitors
  • Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
  • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships allowed so long as the prescribed protocols are followed. Services may only be enjoyed by persons not subject to quarantine (including those who are required to quarantine OR undergo testing due to their recent travel destinations - see above international travel restrictions). Cruise ships from the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom may enter Italian ports provided that their passengers haven't stayed in countries outside of the EU, Schengen area, etc. in the last 14 days