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Travel and COVID-19

You can find the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel to Italy on the Re-open EU website and via the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. COVID-19 travel information can change frequently, but you can find out what you should be looking out for on the front page of this guide.

Entry visa requirements

Not required

“The exemption from the requirement for a short-stay visa will also apply in cases where British citizens enter Italy to perform paid work, subject to reciprocal arrangements for Italian citizens in the U.K.” Source

Article 6(3) states, ‘[not required] Subject to reciprocity and overall EU-UK relations.’

Working fewer than 90 days?

A residence permit is not required for stays of fewer than 90 days. However, a ‘declaration of presence’ is required within 3 working days of entry into Italy.

Information confirmed by the Italian Government to DCMS

Working for more than 90 days?

For stays of more than 90 days, a National Visa will be also be required. There are different requirements for employees and the self-employed.

Additional requirements

In the case of British citizens entering Italy to undertake paid work, there is a separate requirement to apply for a residence permit within eight working days of entering Italy.


€16 for electronic stamp duty

€30 for postage

€30.46 for residence permit (more than 90 days)

€40-€100 as ‘a contribution for the issue of the residence permit’ (varies according to duration and type)

(Police website – last updated April 2019)

Contact details

The Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies has an online questionnaire to help you determine for which documents you need to apply. This also includes options for self-employed freelancers.

Italian Embassy Website
14 Three Kings Yard
London W1K 4EH

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7312 2200
[email protected]

Italian Consulate General
32 Melville Street
Edinburgh EH3 7HA

Tel: +44 (0) 131 220 3695; +44 (0) 131 226 3531

[email protected]

Planning a tour?

The information provided in this guide is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice. The ISM recommends that if you have any doubts about your eligibility to enter any country, you contact a suitably qualified migration expert for each individual country in good time prior to intended arrival.