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Information for International Students in Trento
COVID-19 Emergency: Starting from 15 February 2021, the new Italian Government Decree extends restrictions in order to help contain the recent surge in Coronavirus infections. The Decree is in force throughout Italy until at least 27 March 2021 and implements the following measures in the Province of Trento which is considered a moderate risk orange area:
- With the exception of first year Bachelor's and Master's programs, all university classes and exams will be held completely on-line
- All persons must have a mask with them at all times
- Masks are to be worn in all indoor or closed spaces, other than private homes, and in all outdoor spaces
- Social distancing practices are required with at least 1 meter between other people at all times
- All group gatherings, dance events and parties are strictly forbidden
- An obligatory national curfew is enforced between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM with exceptions only for work or health-related reasons
- Use of public and private transportation outside of curfew hours is strongly discouraged except for work, study, health or urgent reasons
- Food service establishments (restaurants, bars, pubs, bakeries, etc.) may open only from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM and serve food for take away or delivery, but food must not be eaten in or near the restaurant nor in any public areas. Home delivery is allowed until later.
- Theaters, museums, cinemas and gyms are closed
- Amateur team sports practices and competitions are prohibited
- Ski areas are closed
- Individual physical activity is allowed outdoors with the required distance of at least 1 meter between others while walking and at least 2 meters while jogging or cycling (everyone must still carry a mask with them at all times and put it on immediately when necessary)
- Travel outside of a person's city of residence (comune) and between all Italian regions and provinces is strictly prohibited unless for proven work or health-related reasons.
- The Decree identifies different areas throughout Italy corresponding to four risk scenarios of escalating severity with differentiated containment measures: white areas are considered very low risk, yellow areas are low risk, orange areas moderate risk and red areas high risk. For details on specific measures see the relevant Italian Health Ministry's webpage and the Regional Color-Coded COVID-19 Restrictions in Italy document in the Download Box.
- For more information on policies implemented by the Italian government at the national level please see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs FAQ page.
In general everyone is asked to stay at home and limit movement in public areas as much as possible in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Borders with many countries remain open, however currently international travel is strongly discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Certain restrictions may apply for those entering and leaving Italy depending on origin and destination, including a possible 14-day period of mandatory self-isolation. Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus throughout Europe and the world, new travel restrictions may suddenly be implemented without prior notice. For important details and updates on travel to and from Italy visit the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel website and the Italian Health Ministry's COVID-19 travel webpage.
An on-line travel information form has been created by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on current legislation. .
Travel Indications and Restrictions
All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide the carrier, or law enforcement officers if they are stopped for checks, with the self-declaration travel form which can be found in the Download Box.
Arrival in Trento
Self-Isolation Indications from the Trentino Board of Health
Immediately upon arrival in Trento, those subject to self-isolation must notify the local Trentino Board of Health (APSS) Prevention Department of their entry into Italy and the starting date of their 14-day quarantine by sending an e-mail to segreteria.uoisp [at] apss.tn.it and attaching the completed APSS Self-Declaration Form (see the Download Box) and a copy of an identity document. A swab test may required by the local Health Board.
Important note: Self-isolation cannot be carried out in university student housing facilities.
If COVID-19 symptoms appear later this must be communicated immediately to the APSS Prevention Department.
After 14 days without symptoms the quarantine period is considered complete and no further communication with the APSS is required.
For more information please see the relevant APSS website (in Italian).
Throughout the Province of Trentino all of the aforementioned national COVID-19 containment measures are in place in order to comply with the current Decree. Masks must always be worn in all indoor and outdoor spaces. Social distancing practices are still in place and masks are obligatory at all times while using all types of public transportation.
If you are looking for live updates on the COVID-19 emergency during these days at home then tune in to Quarantine Radio! This English langauge radio program created especially for international students also offfers music, health tips, audio books, digital socializing and much more!
2020-2021 Academic Year at UniTrento
- To comply with the aforementioned Decree, all University classes and exams are currently on-line during the Fall semester, except for first year Bachelor and Master courses which are in any case highly restricted.
- All UniTrento classes are also available on-line and all students are welcome to participate remotely.
Services and facilities:
- University offices are currently closed to the public. Staff is working partly at the office and partly from home and can be contacted by e-mail and phone.
- At present most university libraries are open with restricted access, while other study areas are closed.
- University restaurants and canteens are currently open with limited access.
- University housing in Opera Universitaria dormitories is only open to certain mobility programs and these students have already been informed about application procedures.
- If a quarantine period is required, it cannot be spent in university student housing facilities.
Inbound Exchange Mobility - Spring semester:
- Given the rapid and uncertain evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the aforementioned measures taken at the national and international level, we strongly recommend that incoming international students participate in UniTrento academic activities remotely from their home country.
- Should students decide to come to Trento anyway, they will be required to strictly comply with all national and international safety precautions. If a 14-day self-isolation period is required, students must arrange and pay for their own quarantine lodging outside of university student housing facilities.
- A dedicated package of on-line services, information and socio-cultural activities is available for exchange students. In this way, they can make the most of their exchange experience and be fully “virtually” immersed in the UniTrento community.
UniTrento will continue to monitor the global and national COVID-19 emergency and may revise the aforementioned university policies as needed. Updates can be found on this webpage.
Furthermore, due to the rapid resurgence of COVID-19, new travel restrictions may suddenly be implemented without prior notice. For important details and updates on a national level please visit the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Health Ministry's webpages.
Call 1500 or 800.867.388 (toll free numbers) if you have a persistent cough and/or a constantly high temperature.