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AIRE – Register of Italians resident abroad

AIRE, Italian acronym for Registry Office for Italian Citizens Residing Abroad, was created with the law 27th October 1988, n.470 and holds the details of Italian citizens who intend to reside abroad for a period longer than twelve months.

It is managed by the Town Halls (comune) in Italy based on the information supplied by the diplomatic missions abroad.

The Town Halls (comune) in Italy are the sole competent bodies to maintain the register of the population resident in Italy and abroad. Each town hall has its own AIRE.

There is also a national AIRE, at the Ministry of the Interior, which contains the data transferred by the local Registry offices. Together with the citizen personal details, the AIRE holds the information pertaining to the register of citizens in the electoral roll.


The consular catchment area for London includes the territories of South England*, Wales, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

*Counties: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, City of London, Cornwall, Devon. Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Sussex, Wiltshire e Worcestershire.

The AIRE registration is a civil right and is mandatory, it is the prerequisite to benefit from a series of services provided by the Consular offices abroad, and also to exercise important rights, such as:

  • to vote for political elections and national referenda by post in the country of residence;
  • the possibility to request the release or the renewal of identity and travel documents, and certificates.


The deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) was 30th June 2021. The EUSS is the system introduced by the British authorities to allow EU nationals to continue to reside legally in the UK and maintain all the rights so far acquired, even after 30th June 2021.

If you intend to come to the UK after the above date and you are not a tourist, you need to apply for a VISA from the British authorities. 


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