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Key actions for UK national students in Italy

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Check your residence.

  • If you have moved to Italy you should try to register your residency with your local town hall by 31 December 2020. If you are unable to register by that date you should keep evidence of living in Italy and try to register as soon as possible
  • You will need to have some form of private healthcare cover to register as a resident in Italy or register for healthcare via voluntary contributions.
  • There will be further actions to take in 2021 on residency so you should check regularly our Living in Italy page on gov.uk
  • If you have not moved to Italy by 31 December 2020, you will not be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement even if you are enrolled but commenced virtual tuition prior to 31 December 2020. Students moving to Italy to study after the 31 December 2020 will have to apply through Italian relevant immigration routes for third-country nationals 
  • Please check our Living in Italy page on gov.uk for more information on your rights in Italy. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-italy
  • Contact us through our web form if you have a specific question on living in Italy
  • If you need individual support in registering your residency you can contact the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on 800 684 884 or by Email: UKnationalsit@iom.int

Check your access to healthcare.

  • You may be using a UK-issued EHIC for healthcare cover in Italy. To continue to be eligible for a UK-issued EHIC under the Withdrawal Agreement you need to move to Italy before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. You will need to apply for a new UK-issued EHIC on gov.uk. For further information, please call +44 (0)191 218 1999.
  • You cannot register for residency with the town hall by using your UK-EHIC as evidence of healthcare cover. You should therefore consider private healthcare cover or registering for healthcare via voluntary contributions so that you can register your residency and enjoy full rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. Check our Living in Italy page for more information on registering for healthcare.
  • Those wishing to continue using a UK-issued EHIC for healthcare in Italy can register as a temporary stayer under the ‘Temporary Population Register (‘Registro della popolazione temporanea) which will protect your rights for the duration of your course only. In doing so you will not enjoy full rights under the Withdrawal Agreement after the end of your course.
  • If you move in 2021 you may no longer be eligible for a UK-issued EHIC and need to take out your own private health insurance. This is subject to the outcome of negotiations on the future relationship with the EU.
  • More information is available from your university or on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-residents-visiting-the-eueea-and-switzerl...

Check your travel.

Check your student support and tuition fees.

  • You will be eligible for broadly the same support, including fees, as students from Italy, as long as you are living in Italy by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. 
  • More information is available from your university or on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/study-in-the-european-union 

Decide what actions you need to take.

  • If you have not moved to Italy before the end of the transition period you will not be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
  • The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises that no foreign travel can be guaranteed as safe, and you take personal responsibility for your own travel.
  • Any decision to travel to, stay in or leave a country is for you to take on the basis of the best available information from our travel advice and other sources relating to the end of the transition period.
  • More information on the end of the transition period and living and studying in the EU can be found on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-europe
  • If you are studying in Italy as part of an exchange programme or placement from a UK provider you may also wish to check any additional guidance they have provided.