What International Students Need to Know

Travelling in the time of COVID-19

Check below the latest updates regarding travels to and from Italy.

Discover which requirements apply to your specific situation in the following website


SCHENGHEN AREA

  • Entering or returning to Italy is allowed for any reason
  • You are not required to quarantine after your arrival in Italy
  • You must fill in a self-declaration form
  • Travelling from Italy to these countries is possible for any reason

N.B.: always check if the local Authorities of your destination country have applied entry restrictions.

Exceptions:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain

If in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Italy you have dwelled or transited in one of the above-mentioned countries, you must:

Travelling from Italy to these countries is possible for any reason.

N.B.: Always check if the local Authorities of your destination country have applied entry restrictions.


 ARRIVAL FROM/TRAVELS TO NON-EU COUNTRIES

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Republic of Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

Returning to Italy

Travelling from Italy

  • Travelling from Italy to these countries is possible for any reason

N.B.: always check if the local Authorities of your destination country have applied entry restrictions.

  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Kuwait
  • North Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Dominican Republic
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • Colombia 

Returning to Italy

  • Unfortunately, it is still not possible to travel back to Italy from one of the above-mentioned countries, as the temporary ban is still in place.
    The only exception are EU citizens (including Italian citizens) and their family members who have been resident in Italy since before 9 July 2020. They can fly back to Italy and comply with the following provisions:
  • Self-isolation for 14 days communicating your arrival to Health Authorities
  • You must fill in a self-declaration form

Travelling from Italy

Travelling from Italy to these Countries is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study, or absolute urgency, returning to one’s home, domicile, or dwelling. Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed.

N.B.: Always check if the local Authorities of your destination country have applied entry restrictions


REST OF NON-EU COUNTRIES

Returning to Italy

  • You can travel back to Italy only for specific reasons: fill in the self-declaration and indicate that you are attending a course of study in our country.
  • You are required to self-isolate for 14 days, communicating your arrival to Health Authorities

Travelling from Italy

  • Travelling is allowed only for specific reasons (work, health or study, or absolute urgency, returning to one’s home, domicile)
  • You are not allowed to travel for tourism

N.B.: Always check if the local Authorities of your destination country have applied entry restrictions


TRAVELLING WITH POSTAL RECEIPT (RICEVUTA)

First Year Students (NON-EU)

If you have sent your first residence permit application and you have been given the Postal receipt (ricevuta) you can travel with it.

Please, remember that travelling with ricevuta outside the Schengen area is permitted, while travelling within the Schengen area is possible only if your VISA is still valid.

All Other Students (NON-EU)

If you have sent your residence permit renewal application and you have been given the Postal receipt (ricevuta) you can travel with it.

Please, remember that travelling with ricevuta outside the Schengen area is permitted, but you are not authorized to travel within the Schengen area.


Fingerprint Appointment 

During these months, the Interior Ministry had established that students who submit their residence permit request/renewal can obtain a fingerprint appointment with more urgency than other applicants.

If possible, we suggest you wait for the appointment and then fly back home, as postponing it is not an easy process.

In order to postpone the appointment, you can try to phone the competent Local Police Station/ Police Headquarter (you can find it on the document you received at the Post Office) and ask to change your appointment date.


IMMUNI

Immuni is an app that helps us contain pandemic.

The app sends a notification to users who were in close contact with a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, alerting them of the risk of infection.

In this way, users can contact their practitioner and then self-isolate to avoid infecting others.

Find more information in the official website

Tax Code Application

What is it?

The Italian Tax code is an alphanumeric code which allows Italian authorities to identify any person.

Having your own Tax code is indispensable, as you will need it for many operations: e.g. signing a rental contract, registering at Registry Office (Ufficio Anagrafe) and at the National Healthcare Service (SSN).

How can I obtain it?

If you are still in your home country, you can apply for it at the competent Italian Embassy or Consulate.

If you are already in Italy, you have to contact Agenzia delle Entrate (Revenue Agency).

Please download here the tax code application sample and the application form.

First Residence Permit

According to Italian Immigration Law (D.lgs. 25/07/1998, n. 286), non-EU citizens must apply for residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) within 8 working days from their arrival.

As the measures to contain the pandemic establish a self-isolation period of 14 days for non-EU citizens, you can submit your application after quarantine.

  • Application is presented via the so-called KIT, an envelope in which you can find the application form (modulo 1) and a payment slip. Verify if the International Student Office have one for you. Alternatively, ask for it at one of the following Post Offices around Milan.
  • Fill in the application form (modulo 1) and the payment slip.
  • Prepare the required documents by following the key steps here and send your KIT at one of the above mentioned Post Offices.
  • At the Post Office you will be given a receipt and you will be assigned an appointment for fingerprints at Police Headquarter (link google maps – via Montebello, 26) (if you live outside Milan municipality e.g. Camplus) or at one of Police Stations (if you live within Milan municipality).

As the receipt certifies that your have applied for residence permit, it is extremely important not to lose it. You can use the codes you find on it to check your application status at the following page

  • About 1 month after the fingerprint appointment, you will receive a text message with information regarding day, time, and place where you can collect your electronic residence permit.
  • Your study permit will be valid for maximum 1 year: you must apply for Permesso di Soggiorno (Residence Permit) renewal each year.

Residence Permit Renewal

When do I need to apply?

You can apply starting from 90 days before the expiry date of your residence permit and no longer than 60 days after the expiry date.

How do I apply?

You can ask for an application KIT at one of the following Post Offices

Fill in the KIT and payment slip (€70,46) and send it to the Post Office.

A black and white copy of the following documents must be included with your application:

  • Passport (VISA + personal information page)
  • Expiring residence permit (permesso di soggiorno)
  • Evidence of adequate economic resources for living: minimum €6.000
    • report of movements and updated balance of your bank account
    • if the bank account is abroad, currency must be Euro anyway
  • Humanitas enrollment certificate
  • Transcript of records with proof of 1 exam successfully passed in case of the 1st renewal and 2 exams successfully passed for each following renewal
  • Health insurance:
    •  if you have registered with Italian Health System you have to attach the receipt of payment of the voluntary contribution of €149,77 (IMPORTANT: remember to write the year you are paying for on the payment slip)
    • if you have a private health coverage, you can attach the receipt of payment

Can I travel outside Italy with my receipt?

You can travel back to your home country, but you are not allowed to travel to other Schengen countries nor to stop for a flight connection in any of them.

Municipality of Residence

Registering as Permanent or Non-Permanent Resident

EU STUDENTS who wish to stay in Italy for a period exceeding 3 months should register with the Anagrafe (Register Office) of the Municipality of residence.

Registration does not per se imply that you lose your resident status in the country where you live. In other words, dual residence is possible (and it is also regulated by the law in most countries).

You can choose to be registered as a NON-PERMANENT (12 months validity to be renewed each year) or PERMANENT resident.

Following the registration, your Municipality will send an Urban Police Officer to check and confirm that you do reside there (put your name on the intercom and mailbox to facilitate the process).


How Can I Register?

Municipalities have adopted different registration methods.

COMUNE DI MILANO

It is possible to register ONLINE on the official website

  1. The service requires a registration.
  2. You have to upload the needed documents (see the below list) in PDF format.

COMUNE DI PIEVE EMANUELE – via Viquarterio, 1

COMUNE DI BASIGLIO – Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 1

COMUNE DI ROZZANO – Piazza Giovanni Foglia, 1


Which Documents Do I Need to Prepare?

NON-PERMANENT

  • ID/Passport
  • Fiscal code
  • Humanitas enrollment certificate
  • European Health Insurance Card issued by your country of residence and a copy
  • Self-declaration (pdf economic resources self-declaration) regarding your economic resources (minimum 6000€)

PERMANENT

  • Dichiarazione di residenza (not needed for Milan Municipality)
  • ID/Passport
  • Fiscal code
  • Humanitas enrollment certificate
  • 1-year valid health insurance (S1 form/private insurance/voluntary registration to the Italian Healthcare system)
  • Self-declaration (pdf economic resources self-declaration) regarding your economic resources (minimum 6000€)
  • Registered rent contract/Camplus supporting letter/hospitality declaration

Italian Identity Card

  • Once you have completed your registration, you can obtain an Italian ID.
  • The ID is issued by the Municipality exclusively in electronic format
  • You must book an appointment HERE
  • To have your ID issued, you will have to pay 22,20€ the day of the appointment

Health Insurance EU Students (European Economic Area and Switzerland included)

SHORT STAYS: the European Health Insurance card (EHIC)

If you are planning to stay in Italy for a short period (maximum 3 months), your EHIC card will be sufficient to freely access the Italian Health System (SSN).

The EHIC card is issued for free by national health insurance provider in your home country and certifies that you are entitled to receive medical treatment on a temporary stay abroad from public healthcare system of the host country.

LONG STAYS: registering with the Italian Health National System

S1 FORM HOLDERS

If you move to Italy for more than 3 months, your EHIC card will not be sufficient: you should have with you S1 form, which proves that your health coverage was temporary moved to Italy.

Before travelling to Italy, contact your Health insurance authority, find the relevant Institution issuing the S1 form and obtain it. S1 form contains indications regarding the exact period you will spend in Italy.

With form S1, you can register with the Italian Health System for free and choose your General Practitioner by making an appointment at the nearest ASST office Scelta e revoca:

At the appointment, you will have to bring the following documents (originals + black and white copies):

  • Humanitas enrollment certificate
  • Valid Passport/ ID
  • Tax code

You will be enrolled to SSN for 1 year and you will be given a temporary health card: the following years you can renew your registration by carrying out the same procedure.

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HOLD S1 FORM

If you have not requested and obtained S1 form before travelling to Italy, you can register with the Italian Health System (SSN) by paying the annual fee of 149,77€, like non-EU students. You will be enrolled for one calendar year (1st January – 31st December).

Here are the steps to follow to complete your registration:

1) Ask at any Post Office for a blank payment slip and fill it as in attachment and pay. N.B. Do not lose the receipt of payment!

2) Make an appointment at the nearest Local Health Office – Ufficio scelta e revoca – if you live at Camplus/Pieve Emanuele/Rozzano/Basiglio send an email to Rozzano office (via dei Glicini): sr.rozzano@asst-melegnano-martesana.it or make a phone call at: 02.98118357 or send a whatsapp message to 334.1100618. Do not forget to include in the email/whatapp message your tax code, personal details and telephone number.

If you live in Milan, check which Municipio you reside in and write an email to:

sceltarevoca.info@asst-fbf-sacco.it  (Municipi 1, 2, 3, 4, 8)

sceltaerevoca.livigno@ospedaleniguarda.it  (Municipio 9)

sceltarevoca.bandenere@asst-santipaolocarlo.it   (Municipi 5, 6, 7)

3) Fill in the registration form and prepare a copy of the following documents for the appointment at Ufficio scelta e revoca:

  • Humanitas enrolment certificate
  • Valid Passport/ID
  • Tax code
  • Receipt of payment for SSN subscription

Each year you will have to renew your registration by paying 149,77€ at the Post Office via payment slip.

The second step will take place at the nearest Local Health Office – Ufficio scelta e revoca: you will bring the registration form and a copy of the following documents:

  • Humanitas enrolment certificate
  • Valid Passport/ID
  • Fiscal code
  • Receipt of payment for SSN subscription

Health Insurance Non-EU Students

In order to obtain a residence permit for study purposes, Non-EU students must present an individual health insurance.

There are three viable options:

  • Private health insurance policy purchased before travelling to Italy
  • Private health insurance policy purchased after the arrival in Italy
  • Registration with the Italian National Health System (SSN)

Due to the current pandemic situation, registration with the Italian National Health System is warmly suggested.

1) OBTAINING A PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY BEFORE TRAVELLING TO ITALY

You can subscribe to a private health insurance policy in your home country before travelling to Italy.

Remember that your policy must satisfy the following requirements:

  • be in your name
  • be valid for a period not inferior to your study Visa
  • be approved by the Italian Embassy/Consulate and translated into Italian or English

2) PURCHASING A PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE UPON ARRIVAL

Another available option is taking out a private health insurance upon arrival.

W.A.I (Welcome Association Italy) offers a convenient package: it costs €71 for a period of 6 months and €120 for 12 months.

Check the details on W.A.I official website

Another insurance company which provides solutions for international students is Aon

3) REGISTERING WITH THE ITALIAN NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM (SSN)

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGISTERING WITH THE ITALIAN NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM (SERVIZIO SANITARIO NAZIONALE-SSN)?

Being registered gives you the right to get the same medical services provided to Italian citizens. Above all, you will have the chance to choose a GP, who will visit you free of charge and who will refer you to specialists.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Non-EU students can voluntarily enroll and be registered for one calendar year (1st January – 31st December). Registration costs 149,77€ per year and it is not possible to pay for shorter periods.

Here are the steps to follow in order to complete your registration:

1) Ask at any Post Office for a blank payment slip and fill it as per the attachment.

2) Pay 149,77€. If you want to register for two consecutive years (e.g. 2020 and 2021), for each year you have to fill in and pay two separate payment slips. (If you arrive in September, by paying for 2 consecutive years, you will get a health coverage for an academic year. You will put both payment receipts in your kit for residence permit application).

3) Do not lose the payment receipt you will be given at the Post Office. You will put it in your KIT for residence permit application.

4) Make an appointment at the nearest Local Health Office – Ufficio scelta e revoca – if you live at Camplus/Pieve Emanuele/Rozzano/Basiglio send an email to Rozzano office (via dei Glicini): sr.rozzano@asst-melegnano-martesana.it or make a phone call at: 02.98118357 or send a whatsapp message to 334.1100618. Do not forget to include in the email/whatapp message your tax code, personal details and telephone number.

If you live in Milan, check which Municipio you reside in and send an email to:

sceltarevoca.info@asst-fbf-sacco.it  (Municipi 1, 2, 3, 4, 8)

sceltaerevoca.livigno@ospedaleniguarda.it  (Municipio 9)

sceltarevoca.bandenere@asst-santipaolocarlo.it   (Municipi 5, 6, 7)

5) Fill in the registration form and prepare a copy of the following documents for the appointment at Ufficio scelta e revoca:

  • Humanitas enrolment certificate
  • Passport
  • Residence permit application receipt
  • Fiscal code
  • Receipt of payment for SSN subscription

HOW DO I RENEW MY REGISTRATION?

Each year you will have to renew your registration by paying 149,77€ at the Post Office via payment slip.

You will need the payment slip for your residence permit renewal application (KIT) as well. To certify that you will be covered for the entire academic year, you will attach the ongoing registration (tessera sanitaria) + payment slip for the following year.

The second step will take place at the nearest Local Health Office – Ufficio scelta e revoca. You will bring the registration form and a copy of the following documents:

  • Humanitas enrolment certificate
  • Passport
  • Residence permit application receipt
  • Fiscal code
  • Receipt of payment for SSN subscription
HUMANITAS GROUP

Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.