While no details have yet been officially announced, a new long-stay visa is expected to be required for British nationals who move to Italy from next year.
“In light of the end of freedom of movement due to Brexit, meetings were held this week on long stay visas for UK citizens moving to Italy from 1st January 2021,” Italian diplomat in London, Diego Solinas, wrote on Twitter. “This is happening.”
This is happening.
— Diego Solinas (@solinas_diego) November 20, 2020
Italian authorities are set to announce details of the visa plan in the coming days, The Local understands.
Time is running out for authorities to clarify rules for Brits moving to Europe ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st, 2020.
British nationals are widely expected to be treated as third-country nationals if moving to Italy after the end of the transition period, meaning they would be subject to the same rules and regulations as, for example, US or Australian citizens coming to live and work in Italy.
The Italian meetings on visa rules came as the British government announced a new “points-based” visa system would apply to European nationals from January 1st.
The British government published details of the visa system in Italian on its website on November 18th.
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British citizens who are moving to Italy before December 31st, or are already here but haven't yet registered as a resident, are strongly recommend to register before the end of the year.
See The Local's Brexit section for more details and updates.