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COVID-19. Update on the rules of entry into Italy from India and on the flights available to return to Italy from India.

Date:

04/26/2021


COVID-19. Update on the rules of entry into Italy from India and on the flights available to return to Italy from India.

We inform you that the current epidemiological situation in India has led to the adoption of new measures relating to the arrival in Italy from Indian territory.

By the Ordinance of 25 April 2021, the Minister of Health has established that, from 27 April 2021, it is forbidden to enter and transit in the national territory to persons who in the fourteen (14) days before the entry into force of the Ordinance have stayed or transited in India. The measure, launched to contain the spread of the Sars-Cov-2 virus, is temporary and is currently in force until 12 May 2021.

According to the Ordinance, entry into the national territory and air traffic from India are allowed to those who:

a) have their registered residence in Italy from a date before 26 April 2021;

b) intend to reach the domicile, home, or residence of minor children, spouse or part of the civil union;

c) are authorized by the Ministry of Health to enter Italy for imperative reasons of necessity.

Such entries are possible as long as the subjects do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Those entitled to enter the national territory are also subject to:

a) obligation to present to the carrier, at the time of boarding, and to anyone appointed to carry out the checks, of the certification proving that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test in the seventy-two (72) hours before entry into the national territory, carried out through a swab, which has given a negative result;

b) obligation to undergo a molecular or antigen test, to be carried out through a swab, upon arrival at the airport (port or border place) where possible, or within forty-eight (48) hours of entry into the national territory at the local health unit of reference. In case of entry into the national territory by flight from India, the swab referred to must be carried out at the airport upon arrival;

c) obligation to undergo - regardless of the outcome of the test referred to in letter b) - to health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for ten (10) days at the home or residence, upon notification of their entry in the national territory to the Prevention Department of the competent health authority for the territory;

d) obligation to carry out a further molecular or antigen test at the end of the ten (10) days of quarantine.

Entry into the national territory is also allowed for:

- business or health reasons for a stay of up to 120 hours;

- workers of companies with registered or secondary offices in Italy for a stay of up to 120 hours;

- officials of the EU or OO.II, foreign diplomats accredited to the Italian Republic and other personnel,

The admissions are allowed with the authorization of the Ministry of Health or, according to current health protocols, validated as per the following regulations:

a) fulfillment of the obligation to submit the declaration to the carrier, upon boarding, and to anyone appointed to carry out checks, on the countries visited in the previous fourteen (14) days and the reasons to visit Italy, according to art. 50 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021;

b) presentation to the carrier at the time of embarkation and to anyone appointed to carry out the checks, of the certification of having undergone, in the forty-eight (48) hours before entry into the national territory, to a molecular or antigenic test, carried out through swab and negative result;

c) subjected to a molecular or antigen test, to be carried out through a swab, upon arrival at the airport, port, or border place, where possible, or within forty-eight (48) hours of entry into the national territory at the local health unit of reference.

International flights from India

The Indian authorities have extended the suspension of international flights to and from India until 30 April 2021: international air mobility is ensured only by special flights. Consequently, regular commercial flights from India to Italy are currently not operational, and to reach Italy from India, it is generally necessary to use flights with a stopover.

Lufthansa and AirFrance/KLM currently operate their flights between India and Europe. Those airlines operate some flights a week departing from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Concerned nationals who wish to return to Italy are invited to contact the airlines mentioned above to verify their effective operation to and from India.

It should be noted that, starting from 26 April 2021, Germany has banned Schengen transit for those arriving at German airports from India. Consequently, Italian nationals are invited to consider alternative flight routes that allow them to reach Italy.

The Embassy of Italy in New Delhi and the Consulates General of Italy in Calcutta and Mumbai remain available for information and assistance.


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