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Entry requirements and Visas for British citizens from 1 January 2021

Short Stay visas

In accordance with the provisions of the EU Regulation 2019/592, starting from 1 January 2021 (the end of the transition period) the United Kingdom will be added to Annex II of the EU regulation 2018/1806.

British citizens will therefore not need a Schengen short-stay visa to spend up to 90 days in Italy within a period of 180 days.

This exemption also applies to the following categories of British citizen:

• ”British National Overseas”;
• “British Overseas Territories Citizen”(BOTC) – including Anguilla, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Sandwich Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, British Antarctic Territory and British Indian Ocean Territory;
• British Overseas Citizen (BOC);
• British Protected Persons (BPP);
• British Subjects (BS).

The exemption from the requirement for a short-stay visa will also apply in cases where British citizens enter Italy to perform paid work, subject to reciprocal arrangements for Italian citizens in the U.K.
In the case of British citizens entering Italy to undertake paid work, there is a separate requirement to apply for a residence permit within eight working days of entering Italy.

Other Schengen visa exemption under ex art. 6 Reg 2018/1806 will be applied to the following traveller’s categories:

• Third country nationals subject to visa requirement, residing in the UK, travelling as part of a school trip as members of a group of school pupils accompanied by a teacher from the school in question;
• Recognized refugees and stateless persons, resident in the UK in possession of a travel document issued by the British authorities.

Long Stay visas

Starting from 1 January 2021, British citizens planning to stay in Italy for more than 90 days (‘long stay’) within 180 days, will be subject to National visas requirements according to the Italian immigration rules applied to third country nationals.

Starting now, British citizens may submit a Long Stay visa application for entry on 1 January 2021 or later, if applying for the following purposes:

• Study
• Religious purposes
• Mission
• Elective residency

The submission of applications for National visas subject to the “Nulla Osta” (entry clearance) from the “Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione” (Unified Immigration Desk) will be possible exclusively after the 1st January 2021.

The above mentioned procedure applies for Long stay visas for the following purposes:
– work (including sport related activities and research)
– family reunion and adoption
– investors and start-up
– conversion of residence permits originally issued for study or traineeship purposes.

To get more information, please visit the website of the Italian Minister of Interior.

British and EU Family Member resident in the UK

As of 1 January 2021, EU free movement law no longer applies apply to and in the UK, including for EU citizens and their family members residing in the UK.

Third Country National family members of UK nationals will have to fulfil all the rules of the Visa Code applicable to third‑country nationals.

If they are not holding a visa and they intend to apply in order to travel as of 1 January 2021, they must apply for a short stay visa under the general rules applicable to third-country nationals in accordance with the Visa Code.
If they already have a visa issued, they will need to fulfil, in addition, the entry conditions applicable to third-country nationals.

Third Country National family members of EU citizens residing in the UK will have to apply for a visa if they intend to travel to Italy.
Please note:

• Residence cards issued by the UK under Directive 2004/38/EC to family members of EU citizens residing in the UK will no longer have visa exempting effect
• Residence cards issued by the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme to family members of EU citizens residing in the UK do not have visa exempting effect.