Italy – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: April 20th, 2020

Government eases lockdown, extends ID, permit validity

What is the change?

Italy has begun easing lockdown restrictions, and recently extended the validity of ID documents and residence permits.

Key points

  • As of May 18, the government has ended the lockdown in all regions of Italy, and most business are permitted to open, provided they follow social distancing and other COVID-19-related protocols.
  • Until June 3, those traveling from one region of Italy to another must continue to provide documentation for their reasons for travel. After June 3, however, they will no longer be required to justify their travel.
  • After June 3, travel between Italy and the other EU and Schengen countries, as well as the U.K., will be permitted. Nevertheless, third-country travel to and from Italy will continue to be restricted until at least June 15.
  • The validity of residence permits and entry clearances for work permits and family reasons has been extended until Aug. 31. Renewal applications can be filed from Aug. 31 and thereafter.
  • The period for converting study permits to work permits have also been extended until Aug. 31.
    Additionally, the validity of Italian identification documents such as passports and identity cards that expired on March 17 or afterwards has been extended to Aug. 31.

In the last week of April, Italy extended travel restrictions and quarantine measures and extended the suspension of residence and work permit application processing pending on Feb. 23 or afterwards from April 15 to May 15. The government also announced the reopening of some business sectors beginning May 4.

Travel to and from Italy remains restricted with mandatory 14-day quarantine for those allowed to enter the country. The suspension of permit application processing will impact the movement of people into Italy. Nonetheless, the validity extension of some documents will ease immigration compliance for affected employees.

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