Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, November 5, 2020

Location:  Italy

Event: The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy.

On November 3, 2020, the Italian government issued a decree enacting new health measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Valid until December 3, 2020, this decree imposes a nationwide curfew, extends protections in place requiring the use of masks country-wide, permits regional officials to restrict access to public locations, and requires the closure of facilities such as gyms, museums, swimming pools, cinemas, and theaters, amongst others.

During this time, it is important to remain aware of restrictions in place within your region.  For example, movement outside your city of residence/domicile and to/from other regions may be prohibited except for work, study, health reasons or for emergencies.  See link here.  A self-certification form may be required.  Travelers can visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on Italian government decrees.

Given the COVID-19 situation in Italy, the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Consulates General in Milan, Florence and Naples have limited the level of consular staffing and appointments for routine American Citizen Services, including passport and notarial services. In addition, as of November 9, 2020, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy will restrict immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

All individuals entering consular buildings must wear a face covering in accordance with Italian government decrees mandating social distancing. In additionindividuals who have traveled within the past 14 days to acountry requiring self-isolationor a negative COVID-19 test upon return to Italy will not be allowed to enter the U.S. embassy or consulates in Italy.

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