Event: The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and qualifying family members who normally reside in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Direct flights to the United States are available through Alitalia, which currently has one direct flight per day. Book flights directly through Alitalia at https://www.alitalia.com/en_us. Lufthansa currently has two flights per day from Milan to Frankfurt, where travelers can connect to the U.S.
Travelers should also be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Please review your airline’s current policies and procedures prior to arrival at the airport. Travelers connecting to international flights from Rome/FCO should be prepared for flight schedules that may require an overnight at the airport. Travelers should contact their airline directly to ask any questions in advance of their flight.
The Italian government’s March 22, 2020 decree provides that travelers transiting between their present location in Italy and their point of departure in-country must provide justification and documentation to authorities, if requested. Visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on Italian government decrees and measures.
Actions to Take:
- Call Italy’s 112 emergency number or 1500 if you believe you have symptoms and are currently in Italy. English speaking operators are available.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.
- For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
- Have a plan to depart from Italy that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Italy.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
- Review the Italian National Institute of Health’s website (available only in Italian).
- Visit the Department of State’s webpage for U.S. travelers in Europe: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/schengen.html
- U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy
by phone: +39 06 46741
- U.S. Consulate General Milan
- U.S. Consulate General Florence
- U.S. Consulate General Naples
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444
- Italy Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates