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Here’s the form you need to leave the house in Italy’s ‘red zones’

With most of Italy now under lockdown, don't forget you'll need an autodichiarazione when leaving the house.

Here's the form you need to leave the house in Italy's 'red zones'
Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Much like the forms used during Italy’s first lockdown in spring 2020, these slips state who you are, where you’re going and why, and that you’re aware of the rules in place as well as the penalties for breaking them.

After most of Italy went back under lockdown from Monday, the ‘self-certification’ forms are once again needed whenever you go out if you’re currently in one of Italy’s red zones.

MAP: How Italy’s coronavirus zones change under lockdown

The good news is that there’s only one autodichiarazione, published by the Interior Ministry and valid in every region of Italy. You can download the current version here.

It’s the same form that everyone has had to fill out if leaving the house during the 10pm-5am curfew since November.

Here’s what it looks like:

When do you need the form?

If you’re in a red zone, you should plan to leave your house only for essential reasons, like going to the supermarket or seeing a doctor.

When leaving the house for any of these reasons in red zones you will need to take a completed self-certification form with you. Even if you’re just going to the pharmacy, or out for a run (solo exercise “near home” is allowed under the current emergency decree).

If you’re in a slightly less-restricted orange zone, you’ll need the form if leaving your municipality, as well as during the evening curfew.

EXPLAINED: What are the lockdown rules in your Italian region?

These rules are in place until at least April 6th.

Easter: With the whole of Italy classed as a ‘red zone’ over Easter, everyone will need the form when leaving the house on April 3-5, according to Italy’s current rules..

At Easter, you’ll be able to go out once per day to visit friends and relatives within the same region even in red zones – more details on that rule here.

Travel: Non-essential travel between regions however is banned across the whole country.

Travelling out of your region for work, health, emergency reasons, or to return home is permitted, but you will need to take the completed form with you.

You can download a copy here.

If you can’t print the form, you are allowed to copy it out by hand.

Police carrying out checks on movements will also have copies of the form ready to give out.

How do you fill it out?

According to the Interior Ministry, you don’t have to print and fill in an autodichiarazione in advance: if police officers stop you, they can supply you with the form and you can complete it on the spot. 

Here’s the information it asks for, in order:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Town, province and address of permanent residence
  • Town, province and address of current residence (if different)
  • Type, number, issuing authority and date of issue of official ID
  • Phone number
  • Reason for travel: work; health reasons; other essential reasons (give details)
  • Place of departure
  • Destination
  • Any additional information
  • Date, time and place of police check (leave this blank until you’re stopped)
  • Signature

The form should be filled out in Italian.

Make sure you take a picture of the completed form for your records before you hand it over to police. 

What happens if you don’t fill out the form?
 
If you’re stopped by police and don’t have your form with you, the police will give you a copy and help you fill it out.
 
Either way, police are likely to want to verify your story – for example by asking for proof of any appointments, or calling your workplace or healthcare provider.
 
If you can’t give a satisfactory reason for being out during curfew or at other times when movements are restricted, you could face a hefty fine. According to the Interior Ministry: “the administrative penalty ranges from 400 to 1000 euros with a 30% reduction if payment is made within 5 days (280 euros)”
 
And if you’re found to have given false information on your form, you could face prosecution: “The crime of false attestation to a public official, provided for by article 495 of the criminal code, is punished with imprisonment from 1 to 6 years, in the event that in cases in which it must be presented, the self-certification given on movements is not truthful.”
 
For more information on the restrictions please see the Italian Health Ministry’s website (in English).

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Italian monkeypox cases rise to ten

Monkeypox infections have now been confirmed in four Italian regions, Italian health authorities said on Thursday.

Italian monkeypox cases rise to ten

The total number of Italian monkeypox cases rose to ten on Thursday with the discovery of the first case in the Emilia-Romagna region.

There have now been five cases detected the Lazio region, which are being treated in Rome, plus three in Lombardy, and one each in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna.

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“There is no alarm, but the infection surveillance system is at a state of maximum attention,” Lazio’s regional health councillor Alessio D’Amato told the Ansa news agency after the seventh case was reported on Wednesday.

Researchers at Rome’s Spallanzani hospital for infectious diseases said the new cases are thought to be “part of a pan-European cluster” linked to cases in the Canary Islands, Ansa reported.

The first Italian case of monkey smallpox, or monkeypox, was also found in a man who had recently returned from the Canary Islands, doctors said last Thursday.

On Thursday morning the Italian health ministry published guidance on dealing with outbreaks of monkeypox as case numbers continued to rise across Europe.

More than 250 monkeypox cases have now been reported in at least 16 countries where the virus isn’t endemic, according to the World Health Organization.

They are mostly in Spain, the UK and Portugal, with single-digit cases in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as Italy.

READ ALSO: What is Spain doing to deal with rising monkeypox cases?

The illness has infected thousands of people in parts of Central and Western Africa in recent years, but is rare in Europe and North Africa.

Monkeypox is known to spread via close contact with an animal or human with the virus. It can be transmitted via bodily fluids, lesions, respiratory droplets or through contaminated materials, such as bedding.

Its symptoms are similar but somewhat milder than those of smallpox: fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, chills, exhaustion, although it also causes the lymph nodes to swell up.

Within one to three days, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body. 

Although most monkeypox cases aren’t serious, studies have shown that one in ten people who contract the disease in Africa die from it.

The unprecedented outbreak of the monkeypox virus has put the international community on alert.

On Monday, the European Union urged member states to take steps to ensure positive cases, close contacts, and even pets be quarantined as this is a zoonotic virus (a virus that spreads from animals to humans).

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