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 08.01.2020

Travel to Italy

New rules apply for those traveling to Italy.


Here is the widget by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for personalized information on travelling or returning to Italy


See the relevant page by the Ministry of Health

If you are unsure about requirements and obligations for returning to Italy, contact the Prefecture or competent Local Health Authority. For travel from Italy to foreign countries, it is recommended to consult the Country Sheet of interest 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 for the country of the stopover.

If students have been over 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 decide 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)

Residence Permits

permessi di soggiorno

According to Law159 del 27 novembre 2020 27

The validity of residence permits expired between august 31st and December,31st of December are extended to January 31. 

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.

If you are coming from UK / Ireland

As per the Ordinance 318 of the Minister of Health 23 December 2020

If you are coming from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, you can enter Italy only if registered as resident or for a reason of absolute necessity (you will provide a self declaration)

a) you must present a certificate of negative molecular or antigenic test done in the 72 hours before entering Italy

b) you must undergo a test upon your arrival in airport or by 48 hours from your arrival in the facilities of the public health systems where you reside.

c) no matter the result of the test, undergo sanitary surveillance and self isolation for 14 days  and register your arrival with your local Dipartimento di prevenzione

Register your arrival with the Milano health authorities here 

If for any reason you could not get the test in the airport, you can book one near to you here

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


Passengers coming from the aforementioned countries who cannot exhibit a negative swab test certificate for COVID-19, as well as passengers coming from other foreign countries, are required to register their arrival in Italy to the Department of prevention of the local health agency (see below) and 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.

Once you reach the place you have chosen for the 14 days of self-quarantine, you have to register your arrival at health authorities with this ONLINE FORM.* Upon registration, you will receive instructions on what to do and contacts for reaching out in case of necessity.


*In case of problems with filling the form :

- If you don't have got an Italian tax code yet, fill in the tax code field with 'N/A' to proceed with the registration.

- Write to or call your General Practitioner, or choose one in Milan if you don't have a family doctor.

- Contact health authorities by writing the ATS 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

During the 14 days of quarantine

What to do:

  • Stay home and relax:) (it is a great opportunity for incoming students to take a 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 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)

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 gels. Try to avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose.

See more info on the City of Milan's regulations

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

Medical advice

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.

When GPs are off-duty and for all people that need medical advice or to enter Covid-19 surveillance without EHIC or SSN enrollment, call the after-hours Medical Assistance Continuity Service (116117) open from 8:00pm to 8:00am all days and 24h on holidays and days before holidays.

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

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.

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 .

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.

National 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: send an email (write down your telephone number too) to the nearest office according to the Municipio where you reside: 

ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco Municipi 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 

ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda Municipio 9

ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo Municipi 5, 6, 7 

you'll be given a physical appointment at the scelta e revoca office to apply for it. Remember to include in the e-mail your personal data, tax code, and telephone number.
Or use the online form

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

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

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.

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.