Country information and advisories, assistance for lost or stolen documents, travel insurance, passport, travelling with minors, crisis unit, visa, identity card
Before travelling to a country considered at risk, we advise registering your trip at the website Dove siamo nel mondo
so as to make it possible for the Foreign Ministry Crisis Unit to intervene as rapidly and accurately as possible on your behalf in any eventual emergency.
You may register on the web, by text message or by telephone, but no more than 30 days before your scheduled departure. All registered data will automatically be cancelled from the Crisis Unit database two days after the return date indicated.
Advisories discouraging travel published on our website Viaggiare sicuri
(Safe Travelling) can be considered valid grounds for application of art. 92 of the Consumer Code
However, eventual reimbursement associated with cancellation of a trip for reasons of security must be considered a decision that falls within the context of a private contract, and is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
First report the theft to the local police (remember that every EU country has the dedicated phone number 112 for this purpose).
Next, you may ask the local Italian consulate for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) valid solely for your return trip to Italy, within the foreign country where you reside or, in exceptional cases, for a different destination.
Further information see:Loss or Theft of DocumentsFinancial Assistance Abroad
If you are in a country where there is no Italian embassy or consulate, you may request consular protection from the diplomatic mission of any European Union Member State.
For more information see: Consular Services
The Visa Waiver Program is a United States government programme allowing entry without a visa, which requires Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding any means of transportation, air or sea, to the United States.
For all pertinent information see: US Embassy in Italy
When especially serious and unexpected situations restrict Italian citizens’ right to expatriate or their security (for example: when visiting or living in mutually hostile foreign countries) a second passport, with the same expiry date as the first, may be issued.
The “Notes” page of both passports must carry the phrase “duplicate of passport number…”, with the number of the other passport. The second one can only be issued upon specifically justifiable request and only when such justification is recognised as valid by the office issuing the passport (Police or diplomatic mission).List of Italian embassies and consulates
As having an Israeli stamp on a passport could potentially create problems for entry into some countries, we would advise consulting the website Viaggiare sicuri
(Safe Travelling) or that of the Italian diplomatic mission of the country you intend to visit. In any case, you can request that the Israeli border authorities not stamp your passport upon entry or exit from that country.
Some countries do not recognise the extension of identity card validity by means of a date stamp on the paper document or certification of electronic identity card.
Since it is not possible to compile an accurate list of those countries, the Interior Ministry authorises anyone with an expired but extendable or already extended card to request its replacement by the authorities of the city of residence. We advise that you consult the Focus section of Automobiles and licenses
and/or request information at the diplomatic mission in Italy of the country you intend to visit.
Minors under 14 years of age may travel abroad unaccompanied if they carry a statement of accompaniment containing the name of the person or organisation to which the minor is entrusted, signed by the child’s legal guardian and stamped by the passport issuing agent.
It is also a good idea to consult the authorities of the country of destination for information on the laws regarding the entry of unaccompanied minors, as well as to verify procedures with the carrier company.
In general, before booking a trip or buying a ticket, always check the regulations regarding the documents accepted by the country of destination. See www.viaggiaresicuri.it
and on www.poliziadistato.it List of foreign embassies and consulates in Italy
Yes. All minors must have their own individual passport to travel.
For detailed information consult the website of the State Police: Polizia di Stato
and the Passport
Yes. In order to issue a passport to a child under the age of 18, it is always necessary to have the written consent of both legal parents, which is to be submitted to the office issuing the passport. If one of the two parents cannot be present in person, a photocopy of their identity document with original signature may be attached. If one of the two parents refuses to give consent, a declaration of no impendiment (nulla osta) must be obtained from a judge.
For further information see the Passports
Yes. When a person with children under 18 years of age requests a passport, issuance is contingent on the written consent of their spouse, regardless of the applicant's civil status (single, married, separated or divorced).
For further information see the Passports