“Starting from January 1st 2021, British citizens planning to stay in Italy for more than 90 days (‘long stay’) within 180 days, will be subject to national visa requirements, according to the Italian immigration rules applied to third country nationals,” read a statement posted on the website of the Italian consulate in London on Thursday.
It read: “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:
• Religious purposes
• Elective residency
Applications for long-stay visas for the following reasons can be made from January 1st, 2021 (as these require you to obtain the 'Nulla Osta' permission document):
– Work (including sport related activities and research)
– Family reunion and adoption
– Investment and start-ups
– Conversion of residence permits originally issued for study or traineeship purposes.
British citizens coming to Italy for a short stay of less than 90 days (in a 180-day period) will not require a visa, the consulate confirmed.
“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
This means that “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.”
No details on the process or cost of obtaining a long-stay visa were given.
Further details about visas can also be found on the Italian government's dedicated visa information website
(available in English).
If you are already lawfully living in Italy by the end of this year, your rights should be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement. This extends to your close family members.
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
Anyone hoping to move to Italy after the end of the transition period however would be subject to the new visa requirements.
See The Local's Brexit section for more details and updates.