Rules for entering Italy from Serbia

Following the order of the Italian Ministry of Health from 21st September 2020, Serbia is now included in the E list, meaning Serbian nationals can enter Italy only for  the following reasons:

– work,

– health reasons;

– studying,

– urgent matters,

– returning to their place of residence,

– people who have a proven and stable emotional relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian / EU / Schengen citizens or with natural persons who are legally residents in Italy (long-term residents), who must reach the home/residence of their partner (in Italy).

Tourism-related reasons are not on the list.

Persons entering Italy have to fill out a relevant form.

If a person is staying longer than 120 hours in Italy, they are under an obligation to stay in quarantine.

“This is an important development”, said Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio, “made possible by the significant results achieved by Serbia in the fight against the coronavirus”.

Provided that a person entering Italy has no COVID-19-related symptoms and that they have not been previously staying or transiting in one or more countries on the lists C and F in the fourteen (14) days prior to entry into Italy, they are not required to be quarantined.

The provisions relating to the obligation of staying in quarantine and being under health surveillance DO NOT apply:

  1. to anyone (regardless of nationality) who enters Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven work, health or urgent matter. They are obligated to leave Italy upon the 120 hours expire. If they fail to do so, they will be put in self-isolation and under health surveillance.
  2. to anyone (regardless of nationality) who transits, by private vehicle, the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the expiry of this term, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to undergo health surveillance and self-isolation; to citizens and residents of the states and territories from the lists A, B, C and D who enter Italy for proven work reasons;
  1. to health personnel entering Italy to exercise their health qualifications, including the temporary stay referred to in Article 13 of the decree from 17 March 2020, n.18;
  2. to cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven work reasons and for the consequent return to their residence;
  3. to the staff of companies and entities having their registered office or secondary office in Italy for travel abroad for proven work needs lasting no more than 120 hours;
  4. to officials and agents of the European Union or of international organizations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military personnel and state police personnel in the service of performing their functions;
  5. to pupils and students for attending a course of study in a country other than that of residence, which they have to attend every day or at least once a week.

The obligation of self-isolation does not apply to the following categories:

  • transport crew, people who travel for work as regulated by special safety protocols, approved by the competent health authority, participants in sporting events and international exhibitions, subject to specific authorization from the Ministry of Health (these individuals are under obligation to provide a negative COVID-19 test, not older than 72 hours prior to entry to Italy).

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