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Information for International Students in Trento
COVID-19 Emergency: Starting from 26 April 2021, the new Italian Government Decree modifies restrictions in order to help contain the spread of COVID infections and extends the national state of emergency until 31 July 2021. The Decree is in force throughout Italy and implements the following measures in the Province of Trento which is considered a low risk yellow area:
- Masks are to be worn always in all indoor and outdoor spaces
- Social distancing practices are required with at least 1 meter between other people at all times
- The majority of university lectures will be held with students physically present in the classroom, but a limit may be placed on the number of people allowed to enter at one time
- Libraries and study areas are open with reduced capacity
- The Decree identifies different areas throughout Italy corresponding to four risk scenarios of escalating severity with differentiated containment measures: white areas are considered minimum risk, yellow areas are low risk, orange areas moderate risk and red areas high risk. For details on specific measures in each area see the relevant Italian Government webpage.
- An obligatory national curfew is strictly enforced between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM with exceptions only for proven work or health-related reasons
- Movement within a person's city of residence (comune) is permitted and visits to private homes are allowed with a maximum of 4 people between 5:00 AM and 10:00PM
- Travel is possible outside of a person's city of residence (comune) and between other Italian regions which are colored yellow (low risk) and white (minimum risk) only if absolutely necessary
- Travel between red high risk areas is strictly prohibited
- Private transportation should be prioritized, but use of public transportation is permitted between 5:00AM and 10:00PM with reduced passenger capacity in each vehicle
- Food service establishments (restaurants, bars, pubs, bakeries, etc.) may be open for outdoor food service only from 5:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Take away is also allowed and home delivery may be permitted until later.
- All group gatherings, dance events and parties are strictly forbidden
- Individual physical activity is allowed only outdoors and everyone must still carry a mask with them during exercise to put on when necessary
- Team sports are permitted outdoors only, while gyms and swimming pools will be progressively opening at later dates
- Theaters, museums and cinemas will be gradually opening with the necessary precautions in place
- For more information on policies implemented by the Italian government at the national level please see the Italian Health Ministry's FAQ page.
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 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. If required, the Self-Declaration Travel Form for travel to Italy from abroad is available in the Useful Links Box.
An on-line travel information form has been created by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on current legislation. .
Travel Indications and Restrictions
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 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 a certain number of days without symptoms (to be indicated by the APSS) 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, students will physically attend most university lectures but in limited numbers
- Otherwise, the classes will be taught on-line and students will participate remotely
Services and facilities:
- University offices are currently closed to the public. Staff is working from home and can be contacted by e-mail and phone.
- University libraries and study areas are open with reduced capacity.
- University restaurants and canteens are open with reduced capacity and on-line reservations are required.
- 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 - 2021 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 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.