Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 24, 2020

Location:  Italy

Event: U.S. Mission Italy has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

The CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Italy and the State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel. See CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should arrange their departure now unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  There are still daily direct flights including Alitalia from Rome to New York City, and to the United States via some other airports in Europe.  Travelers should coordinate directly with the airlines for the latest schedule and flight information.  Travelers should be prepared for the possibility of additional travel or transit restrictions to be implemented with little or no advance notice.

The Government of Italy has implemented additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Individuals should always carry a self-certified document to explain the purpose of their movement consistent with these measures.  Supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, post offices, and other essential services remain open.  On March 20, the Italian government issued a decree that ordered the closure of all parks, gardens, and playgrounds throughout Italy, although individuals are allowed to exercise or walk pets in the vicinity of their home.  On March 22, the Italian government released a decree that further restricted movement by requiring that persons provide justification and documentation to authorities for any travel between cities.

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