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This page contains information that is relevant to all students. It will be updated regularly.

Italian Health Care

The Italian health care system also known as Sistema Sanitario Naziionale (SSN) is public and regionally organised. It provides and grants universal coverage to Italian citizens and to legal foreign residents free of charge. Healthcare is also ‘free’ for students and tourists.


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Face masks

People are not allowed to enter any public place/restaurant/shop/museum/business without a face covering.


Starting August 13, 2020, people are also required to wear face coverings outdoors starting from 6 pm, and non-compliance might lead to a fine. 


Moreover, it is mandatory for all students, staff and faculty to use the surgical mask or FFP2 inside the school and during activities. 


The FFP2 masks are filtering half masks and they are usually used  by those who are in direct contact with the virus and need to be protected such as doctors and people in contact with infected people. 


The surgical masks are used to not spread infected particles in the surrounding atmosphere. These masks can avoid the spread of the virus from an infected person, but are less effective in protecting a person from infection. They can be purchased in pharmacies.


All masks are single use and must be properly disposed of after the use. According to the guidelines by Italian Minister of Health “ at the moment, the survival time of coronavirus in waste is unknown. As a precaution, therefore, masks and gloves should be disposed of with undifferentiated waste, taking care to always place them in a sealed bag first, to avoid contact with sanitation workers.”


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Correct and frequent hand hygiene is fundamental to prevent the spread of the virus. In absence of soap, an alcohol-based sanitizer can be used. Hand sanitizer can be bought in pharmacies and supermarkets.


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Helpful phrases/terms

You may see some of these phrases in the school and around the city (in shops, museums, transport, etc). Some of these signs are likely to be in English as well, but you run into phrases and signs in Italian. Here is a short guide with a translation of some of the common signs: 

  • è obbligatorio indossare la mascherina ~  It is mandatory to wear a face mask
  • accesso con obbligo di mascherina ~ access permitted only with a face mask
  • è obbligatorio usare i guanti monouso ~ It is mandatory to use single use gloves 
  • mantenere la distanza di sicurezza di un metro ~ Keep the safety distance of one meter
  • Siete pregati di usare il gel disinfettante ~ Please use hand sanitizer
  • è consentito l’accesso ad un massimo di ___ persone per volta ~ access is allowed only to __ people at a time
  • Lavarsi frequentemente le mani ~ wash your hands frequently
  • Non occupare questo posto ~ Please do not sit here


On the floor, you might find signs saying: 

  • Entrata/Uscita ~ Entrance/Exit
  • Attendi qui – Distanza di sicurezza ~ Please wait here – Safety distance
  • Aspetta qui – Rispetta la distanza di sicurezza ~ Please wait here – Respect social distance
  • Attendi qui il tuo turno ~ please wait for your turn here
  • Rispetta la distanza di un metro ~ Please keep one meter distance


Types of testing currently available in Italy: 

  • Tampone ~ Swab
  • Test/tampone rapido ~Fast swab
  • Test sierologico  ~  Serological test

Suggested practices

Supermarkets (touching food)

In supermarkets, customers are required to wear plastic gloves provided by the supermarket itself when touching fruits and vegetables. At the entrance of supermarkets and shops, customers are required to sanitize their hands using the hand sanitizer provided. 


Restaurants and bars 

When going to restaurants and bars, always check if it is possible to book online in order to avoid gatherings outside. While waiting to get inside, always keep the social distance of one meter. 


When inside, follow the recommendations of the personnel and the signs on how to move inside the restaurant/bar. Always keep the mask on and remove it only when you are about to eat/drink. Use the hand sanitizers provided and sanitize hands whenever it’s possible. Avoid sharing bottles, glasses, or cutlery.   


If you go to the toilet, please wear a mask and wash your hands before leaving the toilet. In places where there is consumption at the counter or take-away service, please do not linger (to avoid gatherings). 


If possible, prefer payments with cards (contactless if possible) rather than cash.



Individuals violating quarantine in Italy can, depending on the circumstances, be fined and be arrested by the authorities and, when convicted, can be sentenced to between 3 months and 5 years in prison, depending on whether the quarantine that was violated was mandated by health authorities or was self-isolation.


Compliance monitoring is strictly carried out by government authorities (police). If you are positive and in quarantine, police and public health officers will often monitor your adherence to the quarantine. Violating quarantine is a crime with possible fines or imprisonment. Fines for not wearing masks or violating quarantine vary from 400 to 3,000 Euros, and if you are covid-19 positive, these amounts may increase. Detention from 1 to 5 years can be applied for violating quarantine if covid19 positive.


Please note that compliance monitoring is also in effect regarding public transportation, mask wearing and other measures enforced by the Italian authorities.

Hand Washing steps 


WHO Recommendations and criteria for Covid-19: 




Discharge of confirmed cases of Covid- 19: 


Contact tracing: 


Cleaning and disinfection: 


Immuni app:  


Covid- 19 informations on travel from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports:


EU Regulations: 

European regulations


Covid-19 Information by US Embassy and Consulates in Italy: 


Documents needed (self declaration, etc): 

Self-declaration form 


Italian government information on Covid-19: 

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.


Rome public transport: Information on Covid-19:

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