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Measures to combat and contain the Coronavirus

Date:

07/09/2021


Measures to combat and contain the Coronavirus

UPDATE OF JULY 6th, 2021 ON NATIONAL INTEREST EXCEPTIONS FOR ENTRY IN THE UNITED STATES

The U.S. Department of State has announced that, starting from July 6th, 2021, all National Interest Exception (NIE) authorizations will be valid for 12 months for multiple entries with retroactive effect, and valid for NIEs issued (with a Visa or ESTA) in the last 12 months.

The 12 months must be calculated from the date of issue of the NIE.

Those who have received more than one NIE authorization will have to calculate the 12 months from the date of the last NIE issued.

The update does not affect the Visa categories that qualify for the NIE, which do not undergo any changes.

Two examples are given below, and please refer to the following U.S. State Department communication for more details: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/extension-validity-for-nies-for-china-iran-brazil-south-africa-schengen-uk-ireland-india.html

Examples:

Mario Rossi has a NIE with ESTA issued on January 6th, 2021 - from today this NIE authorization will be considered valid until January 5th, 2022, for multiple entries (even if originally valid for 30 days)

Mario Rossi obtained a Visa with a NIE annotation on January 6th, 2021 - from today this authorization will be considered valid until January 5th, 2022, for multiple entries (even if originally valid for 30 days)

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If you plan to return to Italy from abroad you will find useful information at the following link of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and on Viaggiare Sicuri.

For a comprehensive snapshot of the various laws and regulations approved by the Italian Government please visit this link.

For those who want to travel from Italy to the US, please note that the Presidential Proclamation of January 25, 2021 confirms the restrictions on arrivals from EU / Schengen countries, the United Kingdom and Ireland (with the addition of Brazil and South Africa) introduced on March 11 and 14, 2020 with Proclamations n. 9993 and n. 9996. The Proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents or family members, diplomatic or humanitarian visa holders.

See the text of the Proclamation and check the list of exception at this link.

For travel and after travel restrictions for international travels to the US, please follow the specific directions of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are in the US please follow directions provided by the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State and local authorities. It is also recommended to follow the recommendations of the Italian Ministry of Health.

For further information please write at cg.newyork@esteri.it 


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