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Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now? (Update May 2021)

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now? (Update May 2021)

Updated May 3, 2021 Since November 2020 Italy was assigned a new color code classification system classifying the Covid-19 risk of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. White, indicating low risk had been introduced and applied briefly (in Sardinia) but was promptly removed. […]Read More

Can US citizens travel to Italy? Update May 2021

Can US citizens travel to Italy? Update May 2021

Readers want to know: Can US citizens travel to Italy? Update May 3, 2021 | Due to Covid-19 restrictions, non-essential travel (i.e., tourism) to Italy from most non-EU countries (and including the United States) is prohibited. Essential travel is allowed and includes students, businesspersons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens. A 5-14 days of […]Read More

Health Alerts – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (2021)

Health Alerts – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (2021)

All Health Alert bulletins are from the U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy. For further information see embassy and consulate contact details at the end of the page. Italy Travel Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel April 20, 2021 Do not travel to Italy due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you […]Read More

Update: Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, (for Easter) what now?

Update: Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, (for Easter) what now?

Updated 02/04/2021: Lombardy classified as Red Zone from March 15 and over the Easter holiday until April 6, 2021. Unlike the previous round of “red zone” lockdowns where hairdressers and businesses could remain open, this time around all commercial activities that are considered “non-essential” have been closed. Restaurants and other commercial retailers can provide “take […]Read More

Strengthened Orange Zone for All of Lombardy from March 5, 2021

Strengthened Orange Zone for All of Lombardy from March 5, 2021

(MILAN, March 7, 2021) As of March 6, 2021, an area will automatically be designated a high risk “Red Zone” when statistics indicate 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. At the moment Lombardy is “dark orange”, meaning there is strengthened enforcement, road blocks and schools are closed. (MILAN, March 4, 2021) Attilio Fontana, governor of Lombardy, […]Read More

How to Find Covid-19 Info for Italy

How to Find Covid-19 Info for Italy

Since November 2020 when the Italian government and Minister of Health implemented a color-coded tier system indicating Covid-19 criticality of each region, restrictions and regulations seem to change as frequently as the weather.   White – low risk areas, no restrictions, wearing a mask is obligatory Yellow – moderate risk areas with some restrictions Orange […]Read More

Milan is in the Covid-19 Orange Zone (again), What Now?

Milan is in the Covid-19 Orange Zone (again), What Now?

(MILAN, updated February 27,2021) Italy was assigned a new color code classification system in November 2020 classifying the Covid-19 criticality of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. Color codes are assigned by the government and Minister of Health and will depend on the […]Read More

Covid -19:  Local Red Zones in Lombardy

Covid -19: Local Red Zones in Lombardy

(MILAN) – With the rise of new cases and new coronavirus variants local lockdown restrictions have been instated in 4 cities of Lombardy. Four cities of Lombardy have been classified as “RED ZONES,” meaning there are more stringent lockdown restrictions and rules for those cities. Roadblocks are in place limiting entrance and exit to these […]Read More

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now?

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now?

Italy was assigned a new color code classification system in November 2020 classifying the Covid-19 criticality of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. Color codes are assigned by the government and Minister of Health and will depend on the degree of risk and […]Read More

Returning to Italy from Abroad during Covid-19 Lockdown – What to do

Returning to Italy from Abroad during Covid-19 Lockdown – What to do

Instructions for travelers returning to Italy Returning from Belgium, France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain Travelers returning to Italy from 14 October to 3 December, and are domiciled in the provinces of Milan and Lodi,  must register by filling out the form at the following link:  Italian HERE   English HERE […]Read More

South Africa updated list of high risk countries, Italy is on the list

South Africa updated list of high risk countries, Italy is on the list

Just days after the announcement that South Africa was open for business made by the South African Consulate General of Milan, an updated list of high risk countries has been issued and Italy is now on the list. Italian citizens and permanent residents of Italy are not allowed to enter South Africa for tourism or […]Read More

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith UniversityMain image: www.shutterstock.com Australia is a nation of enthusiastic travellers, it is one of our defining national characteristics. At any given time, around a million of us are living and working overseas. In 2019, a record 11.3 million Australian residents went on short-term trips, double the figure of ten years earlier. […]Read More

South African borders opened for business

South African borders opened for business

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON VISA INFORMATION A Message from Consular OfficeSouth African Consulate General Dear All, Kindly note that we have just been informed that all visa exemptions that were withdrawn, have now been re-instated. Thus NO visa is required for travellers from: USA, UK, France; Spain; Italy; Germany; Portugal; Singapore; South Korea; Iran & Hong Kong, […]Read More

Covid-19: Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Covid-19: Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Wearing masks indoors and outdoors is once again obligatory in Italy (Rome, 7 October 2020) The Council of Ministers approved the extension of the state of emergency in Italy to 31 January 2021 and approved, the Law Decree “Urgent measures connected with the extension of the declaration the state of epidemiological emergency from Covid-19 and for the operational […]Read More

Covid Swab Testing Centers in Milan for Students & School Personnel

Covid Swab Testing Centers in Milan for Students & School Personnel

Source: Regione Lombardia, 18 September 2020 (Partial automated translation) The ATS and ASST allow, within the current supply network, access to the test (swab) without reservation, free of charge and with self-certification of motivation, both for students (starting from early childhood), and for teaching and non-teaching school staff, who present symptoms at school or outside the […]Read More

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (2020)

All Health Alert bulletins are from the U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy. For further information see embassy and consulate contact details at the end of the page. Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (Nov. 5, 2020) Communications from the U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (November 5, 2020) for all U.S. citizens living in Italy or planning […]Read More

For Italy Free Covid-19 Vaccines This Autumn

For Italy Free Covid-19 Vaccines This Autumn

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza and ministers from Germany, France and the Netherlands met to sign an agreement with UK based bio-pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca for the supply of up to 400 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed at the University of Oxford. Deliveries are expected to start by the end of 2020. Minister of […]Read More

How the COVID-19 crisis inspired this major Italian city to transform its polluted streets – for good

How the COVID-19 crisis inspired this major Italian city to transform its polluted streets – for good

Milan wants to avoid going back to its polluted ways when the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. The city is planning to build 35km of new cycle routes and to give pedestrians more space by widening pavements. Even the metro will get new measures to allow passengers to practise social distancing. Work on this ambitious transformation […]Read More

Staying calm: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Expat in Milan

Staying calm: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Expat in Milan

By Karen Rigatti, Certified Professional Counselor As if there weren’t already enough hurdles to navigate while living abroad, expats are now having to deal with the added stress, confusion and uncertainty of the coronavirus here in Italy. Being far from home and perhaps not speaking the language – and therefore not fully understanding the constantly […]Read More

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