As the situation evolves under the ongoing outbreak, here are some of the latest news:


Please note that while we try to be as accurate as possible, the situation for travelling to Milano and Italy is constantly evolving, so stay tuned for the latest updates published on the websites of the Italian Ministry of Interiors Ministry of Foreign AffairsMinistry of Health. Milano ATS This webpage does not substitute official information released by government authorities.

Last update 31.05.2021

Covid-19 Vaccination

for students

Please let us know your vaccine situation and your questions through this form.

Below we share the instructions provided by Regione Lombardia.

EU students with EHIC (TEAM) should call the number 800 894545.

Students would voluntarily enrolled with the Italian NHS should be able to book online. As a backup resources, you can call the number 800 894545.

Students that have neither the EHIC nor National Health System card cannot register for the vaccination at the moment.

Source: Regione Lombardia- Direzione Welfare Infosanità.

General info on the portal

For inquiries:

 Call center 800 894 545.

Regione Lombardia has launched the Covid vaccination campaign in the manner planned by the National Commissioner.

The vaccine will be offered free of charge and progressively to the entire population.

Information about  the vaccination campaign against SARS-COV-2 is at this link (Italian)

If you got vaccinated in your country of origin, it is advisable to obtain and bring with you a vaccination certificate, stating lot and type of vaccine, so that you can register your vaccination to your local health authority and tell  them if you needed the second dose HERE the instructions

It is advisable and possible for all international students in Milan to enroll in the National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale).

Please let us know your vaccine situation and your questions through this form.

Pre-booking for Students with no health card

e.g privately insured

You can pre-book for vaccine following this procedure:

On the booking platform, click Prenota il vaccino

Scroll the page until you get the phrase "effettua una richiesta di abilitazione alla prenotazione al seguente link."

Fill in the personal data form ans submit.

This procedure is valid for students not enrolled in the Italian Public Healthcare, with a Tax Code. Stuedents enrolled, with EHIC, or who already had the first dose in their home country, follow the instructions above.

Travel to Italy

New rules apply for those traveling to Italy.

You can collect all the relevant information about your ability to travel to Italy and the requirements for entering our Country through a widget by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: click here for updated info on travelling to Italy 

See also the relevant page by the Ministry of Health

If you are unsure about requirements and obligations for returning to Italy, contact directly the Prefecture or competent Local Health Authority.

For travel from Italy to foreign countries, it is recommended to consult the Country profile on ViaggiareSicuri and also to contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate in Italy.

Students and visas

Students with an expired residence permit should be able to return to Italy with the expired permit and the receipt of the renewal request issued by the post office:
- without obtaining a re-entry visa in the case of a direct flight to Italy (without a stopover at another Schengen airport).
- with a re-entry visa, if the return flight involves a stopover in another Schengen country.
- if the flight involves a stopover in a non-Schengen airport, a re-entry visa may be required by the Country of the stopover.

If students have been more than six months outside Italy, they must apply for a re-entry visa. E.g.: if a student decides to follow the first semester online and decides to return for the second semester, a re-entry visa is required. Re-entry can take place within six months from the date of issue of the re-entry visa.

(Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

Digital Passenger Locator Forms (dPLF).

Digital Passenger Locator Forms (dPLF).

These are forms with which you provide contact information the address of your stay in Italy  to allow the Italian Health Authority to contact you promptly if exposed to a diffusive infectious disease during a trip by plane.

It will be the responsibility of the carrier to verify that the dPLF has been completed before boarding the passenger.

Failure to complete will result in denial of boarding.

Passengers are also required to register on their arrival (see below).

For more information, it is recommended to consult the above-mentioned Ordinances, the website of the Ministry of Health and the airlines concerned.

To fill in the dPLF it is necessary:

  • Connect to the site
  • Follow the guided procedure to get to the dPLF
  • choose Italy as the destination country
  • register on the site by creating a personal account with username and password (you need to do it only the first time)
  • fill in and send the dPLF following the guided procedure

Once the form has been sent, the passenger will receive the dPLF in pdf and QRcode format at the e-mail address indicated during registration, which must be shown directly from his smartphone upon boarding. Alternatively, the passenger can print a copy of the dPLF to show at boarding.

The dPLF must be submitted before boarding.

However, the field relating to the seat number assigned on the flight will always be editable.

One form must be completed for each adult passenger; accompanied minors can be registered on the form of the accompanying adult.



Passengers coming from countries subject to mandatory test who cannot exhibit a negative swab test certificate for COVID-19, as well as passengers coming from other foreign countries subject to mandatory quarantine, are required to register their arrival in Italy to the Department of prevention of the local health agency (Arrivals in Milano use this ONLINE FORM.*) Upon registration, you will get basic instructions on what to do and contacts for reaching out in case of necessity. and you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Upon arrival, you are only allowed to go straight to your domicile identified as the place of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation in the shortest possible time. Use of public/shared transport is not permitted on this route, but car rentals and taxi rides are permitted.

See the relevant page on the ATS Milano website (in Italian) for details and updates.


*we provide a courtesy translation of the form 

(mandatory fields are marked with *)
Personal data
First name *
Surname *
Gender * Male /  Female
Do you have an Italian tax code? *  Yes/ No
Tax Code
Birth place *
Date of birth *  E.g., dd/mm/yyyy
Citizenship *  Italian / Other (specify below)
Specify Citizenship
Telephone number * Type only numbers with no spaces or dividing symbols
Email address *
Country of residence * (select)
Street and house number abroad*

Arrival information
Arrival date * dd/mm/yyyy
From which state did you arrive * (select)
City or Region of origin *
Province of domicile upon arrival * (select Milano)
Street and house number in Milano where you stay for self-isolation
Telephone number for communications in isolation or for other important communications 
Type only numbers with no spaces or dividing symbols e.g.0044235656323)
If in the 14 days prior to the date of your entry into Italy you stayed or transited in one of the states in list C, did you carry out a swab (antigenic or molecular test) in the 48 hours prior to entering the national territory? *  No /  Yes
In the 14 days preceding the date of your entry into Italy, did you stay in another foreign country other than the one you come from? (E.g. I enter Italy on December 16 from France, but I arrived in France from the United States on December 2, 2020 or in the following days)
 No / Yes (Please specify where)
Specify where: 

Reason for return (select COMPROVATI MOTIVI DI STUDIO)

in the text box: Briefly describe the reason for the return / any exemptions from the obligation of isolation and / or swab

MARK:  I declare that I have read and accepted the following Privacy Policy *
Math question *
e.g 2 + 10 = 12
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.s. 1 + 3, enter 4.

If you have any problems registering:

- Write to or call your General Practitioner if you are enrolled in the NHS, or get in touch with any GP in your area if you have an EHIC.

- Contact health authorities by writing to the ATS Health Surveillance office:

Your email message should contain:

  • Your personal details
  • Where you are arriving from
  • The address of the place where you will spend your quarantine
  • What means of transportation you used for your travel and to reach your final destination in Milan
  • Your phone number and email address

Residence Permits

permessi di soggiorno

According to Law 159 del 27 novembre 2020, as modifyed by Law decree 14 January 2021, n. 2

The validity of residence permits expired between august 31st and December,31st of December are extended to April, 30th 2021 - according to Article 5 of Law Decree No. 23/2031.

This decree has only national validity, so if students have to go to Schengen area. they must have a valid residence permit.

For individual questions, inquire with Questura of Milano,


Appointments for the renewal of residence permits are regularly scheduled according to distancing and safety measures. 

Application Kits for application and renewal are available and can be submitted at Post offices. Be aware that waiting times for the procedure and the appointments may be longer than standard.

Since operations at post offices slow down for safety reasons, you can take an appointment / skip the queue ticket via the Ufficio Postale app.

If you have to apply for Residence Permit, you can do so after the self-isolation period.

Police stations will contact all holders of permits already issued and assigning an appointment for collection: you may, however, check anytime  if your permit is ready on the Police website

International students are receiving registered mail indicating a new appointment for the collection of the permit.

Among the documents to be attached for renewal of the permit: students can attach the certification of the exams taken also on plain paper (without signature and stamp) that can be printed by students from their University website student area.

Brexit: Travel & stay in Italy

The United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union on 31 January 2020.

What does this imply for UK students and professionals staying or coming to Milano: see our focus on Brexit

Medical information If you are in Milano

Free walk-in Covid-19 rapid antigenic test

A Red Cross facility opened up in Stazione Centrale

You can get a free COVID-19 swab test at a free walk-in test center in Piazza Duca d'Aosta, before the entrance archways of the Central Railway Station (Stazione Centrale). 

You do not need an appointment or a referral from a GP and the test is totally free of charge.

To undergo the rapid antigenic swab just walk in in the tensile structures set up by the Red Cross at  in collaboration with Ferrovie dello Stato. 

If you do not have symptoms, you can access the testing facility. 

If you have symptoms that may be related to Covid-19, stay home and contact a doctor on the phone (see below). 

No documents are required to get tested. If you wish to request the written documentation of the test result,  bring your health card or your tax code

The testing facility is open from 8am to 8pm every day. English-speaking personnel is always available.



Mask mandate

In the city, it is mandatory to maintain social distancing and always wear a mask, covering mouth and nose, except:

- while doing individual sports activities outdoors while staying at least 2 meters away from other people;
- while eating or drinking in public places, where and when this is allowed;
- when you are home alone or just with your cohabitants.

Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based products. Try to avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose.

See more info on the City of Milano regulations

Medical advice (including for Covid-19 related symptoms)

If you have doubts, questions, or need medical advice on swabs and other forms of testing for Covid, and you have a European Health Insurance Card, get in contact with a General Practitioner (GP) in your area (Medico di Medicina Generale /MMG in Italian, you can consult this database)

If you are enrolled in the Italian National Health System/SSN (details on how to enroll as students here), refer to your assigned family doctor.

If you have symptoms that can be associated with Covid-19, call your doctor or the toll-free regional number 800894545.

When GPs are off-duty and for all people that need medical advice or to enter Covid-19 surveillance even without EHIC or SSN enrollment, call the after-hours Medical Assistance Continuity Service (dial 116117) open from 8:00pm to 8:00am all days and 24h on holidays and days before holidays. The answering voice menu is in Italian: press number 1 ("continuità assistenziale") and hold on until the triage operator answers. English-speaking personnel is available.

ONLY if symptoms are severe and/or life-threatening, such as high fever and respiratory difficulty, call the emergency number 112 but don't show up independently in a hospital's ER. Read our guide on How to place a 112 emergency call

During the 14 days of quarantine

What to do:

  • Stay home and relax:) (it is a great opportunity for incoming students to face their paperwork, meet the welcome staff at their University, take a YesMilano One-Stop-Shop appointment)
  • Measure your body temperature twice a day - morning and evening.
  • If you share your apartment, all occupants must quarantine 14 days with you.
  • Limit as much as contacts with cohabitants: stay in different rooms, don't share personal objects, wear a mask whenever possible.
  • PCs, tablets and smartphones, and personal objects should not be shared.

Medical advice:

see above

Residence Permit:

If you have to submit your application for Residence Permit, you can do so by 8 days after the end of the self-isolation period

A useful guide to quarantine (courtesy of PoliMi)

Immuni tracking app

The app sends notifications to people who were in close contact with a user who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, alerting them of the risk of infection. Thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy technology, this occures without the app gathering any personal data on the identity or location of users.

More info on Immuni website

Private Covid tests

Private diagnostic labs and hospitals do molecular swabs and serological testing for pay. We are not able to provide a full list of private medical operators in Lombardy, but we recommend you consult a doctor or your private medical insurance to verify whether you need to test and what kind meets your needs.

Also, if the test is required for travelling, consult with the airline or the competent Consulate.


The Minister of Health issued the Ordinance of 23 November 2020 , containing urgent measures for the experimentation of  "Covid-tested" flights .

Flights are considered "Covid-tested" flights for which passengers are allowed to board following an  obligatory rapid antigen test performed before boarding  or following the presentation of    certification  certifying the  negative result of a molecular test (RT-PCR ) or antigenic , carried out by means of a swab,  no later than 48 hours prior to boarding .

In the event of non-boarding on the "Covid-tested" flight, due to a positive COVID-19 result, the air carrier will refund the ticket or issue a voucher of the same amount upon the passenger's request, within fourteen days from the date of the withdrawal and valid for eighteen months from the issue.

For information on the actual operation of “Covid-tested”  flights on the routes for which testing is underway, it is necessary to contact the airlines directly .

More Administrative Updates:

Covid-19 refunds of lease payments for non-resident students

"Rimborsi canoni di locazione Covid-19"

The Lombardy region has announced the granting of an extraordinary reimbursement to non-resident public University students for the rent sums paid from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020, as long as they are in possession of a regularly registered contract for an apartment/room in the city (or province) where the public University is located for the same time period.

International students studying too are eligible for such reimbursement.

To find out specifically what are the requirements for making a refund application and how to obtain a refund, please contact your academic institution directly.

Below are links containing details about the refund process published by some Milanese public universities /academies on their websites.

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca.

Università degli Studi di Milano.

Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.

Politecnico di Milano.



Tax Code & Revenue Agency operations

The territorial branches of the Italian Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate) Branches can be reached through e-mail, as they operate in distance working mode. Many operations can be made online through simplified procedures.

Getting the Tax Code /Codice Fiscale is possible by sending an email to your nearest Revenue Agency Office (see which Ufficio Territoriale is closest to you of the six available in Milano).

For all incoming students who are still in their home country, unless the University can provide it for you, the Tax Code has to be requested at the nearest Italian Consulate. The same procedure applies to foreign professionals.

When in Italy, the Codice Fiscale can be requested to the nearest Revenue Agency office.

Students can get full assistance on the Fiscal Code Number in their One-Stop-Shop appointment.

Public Health System

If you have to apply for your first Voluntary registration, or register with your S1 form, you have to take an in-person appointment.

See this article for the step-by-step procedures for enrolling to the National Health System depending on your nationality and situation.

For other requests, such as renewals, change of doctor, duplicates of the health card, this web portal that has to be used.


The Registry Offices

If you need to request your ID card, or request your residence, you have to do that through the Milano registry offices.

Residenza can be applied for completely online.

They are reopening their offices by appointment only read more here.or consult with the YesMilano Students One-Stop-Shop.

More Help And Questions?

Take an online one-to-one appointment

Remember that the One-stop-Shop is available for all International Students in Milano for a one- to- one appointment.

Sign up or log in and go to to get an appointment.