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 other EU and Schengen countries, as well as the U.K., will be permitted. 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 has 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.

Analysis & Comments: 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. The validity extension of some documents will ease immigration compliance for affected employees, however. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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