08 Sep TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EASE FOR LOVERS (AT LEAST IN ITALY)
If you are aware of the hashtag #loveisnotturism, you’ve also probably heard the latest news in terms of international travel bans due to Covid-19.
The new DPCM (Italian Prime Ministerial Decree), effective September 7, 2020, updates previous lists in Annex 20 of the Presidential Decree of the past August 7, and continues to identify six groups of countries for which different travel restrictions are outlined.
The most important part of the September 7 DCPM (introduced under art. 4, par.1, letter c), added the possibility of entry into Italy for people who must reach the home / domicile / residence of the partner (in Italy) when coming from one of the countries on List E. The traveling party must prove a stable emotional relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian / EU / Schengen citizens or with individuals legally residing in Italy (as long-term residents).
“Dopo la lettera i), del dPCM 7/8/2020, è aggiunta la seguente: «i-bis) ingresso nel territorio nazionale per raggiungere il domicilio/abitazione/residenza di una persona di cui alle lettere f) e h), anche non convivente, con la quale vi sia una comprovata e stabile relazione affettiva»;
September 7 DCPM, art. 4, par.1, letter c
We await more detailed information about how exactly to prove that the reason for the trip and entry into the national territory is to reunite with the partner, given that it is required. Further clarifications from the competent institutions will be provided, we hope without undue delay.
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Here are the current country groups as outlined for the purpose of the travel restriction and as defined by the new decree DPCM of 7 September 2020:
A – San Marino and Vatican City: no limitations.
B – EU COUNTRIES (except Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spain; Romania and Bulgaria), SCHENGEN, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco: allowed to travel without proving motivation (and therefore also for tourism, and without the obligation to isolate upon return), travel to / from EU countries (except Romania and Bulgaria). The obligation to complete a self-declaration remains.
Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spain: those who enter / re-enter Italy from these countries (after stay or even transit in the 14 days prior to entry into Italy), in addition to completing a self-declaration, must also:
a) submit a certificate of having undergone, in the 72 hours prior to entry into the national territory, a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and negative result;
b) undergo a molecular or antigen test, to be carried out by means of a swab, upon arrival at the airport, port or border place (where possible) or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at the local health authority of reference.
People who have stayed or passed through these four (4) countries in the 14 days prior to arriving in Italy must also communicate their entry into the Italian territory to the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority. The same cases of exception indicated by the Prime Ministerial Decree of 7 August 2020, in Article 6, paragraphs 6 and 7, for isolation and health surveillance, also extend to the obligation of a swab. For details, see the website of the interior ministry, ViaggiareSicuri.it
The Prime Minister’s Decree in force since 7 September permits the reunification for international couples, even when unmarried and non-cohabiting. But how are you going to prove the “stable relationship”?
C – Bulgaria and Romania: movements from/to these countries are allowed for any reason but, upon return to Italy, there is the obligation of fiduciary isolation and health surveillance (check online for further limitations)
D – Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay: allowed to travel without proving motivation (and therefore also for tourism, and without the obligation to isolate upon return). However, upon returning to Italy, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, complete the self-declaration, and with the assurance that you can reach your final destination in Italy by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the airport ). The removal of restrictions on travel from Italy to some countries does not exclude them from placing their own limits on entry into those countries.
E – Rest of the world, INCLUDING THE U.S.:
travel to / from these locales is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to one’s home or residence, OR (this is the big news) a proven and stable emotional relationship.
Therefore, travel for tourism from any locale on List E is not yet allowed.
The return / entry into Italy from this group of countries is always allowed to Italian / EU / Schengen citizens and their family members, as well as to holders of regular residence permits and their family members.Upon entry / return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to complete a self-declaration form in which you indicate the reason for the entry / return. The self-declaration form must be shown to any authority responsible for completing the checks. Be ready to show relevant supporting documentation and to answer any questions from the personnel in charge of the controls. You can reach your final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the airport). You also need to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance.
It is recommended to always consult the data sheet of the country of interest on ViaggiareSicuri.it, the website of the Ministry of External Affairs dedicated to provide updated information for any restrictions on entry by the local authorities.