What is the update? All of Italy is now under quarantine and, beginning March 9, all immigration offices in Italy will remain closed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

What does the update mean? Travel in Italy will be limited to work and family-related emergencies. Foreign nationals will not be able to complete procedures or appointments that require in-person visits such as work permit approval and collection and document submission.

  • Implementation time frame: March 9; ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Potentially all work-related permits and visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals with pending visas, permits and appointments, and their employers.
  • Business impact: Employers may face disruptions and delays affecting the employee work permit process in Italy.

Additional Information: Italy currently has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Europe. All immigration offices in Italy are currently closed. Immigration appointments that were previously scheduled will be postponed to a later date.

Analysis & Comments: Italy is taking dramatic steps to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus that will have a significant effect on immigration and travel within the country. Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes as information becomes available.

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