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Focus Coronavirus



Focus Coronavirus

Situation in Italy

As of May 17, 2020 until June 14, the Prime Minister's Decree issued on 17 May, containing measures intended to help fighting against the spread of Covid-19, is in force.

The above mentioned Decree is the last, in chronological order, of a series of measures adopted, in order to contain the pandemic. For a full list of the measures currently enforced by the Government, click here.

For more information, please read:


Situation in Canada

Effective March 18, 2020, new measures have been introduced to contain the spread of the virus in Canada.

Particularly, all foreigners are now banned from entering the country, with limited exceptions (see here the Order in Council).

Exceptions are being made particularly for:

  • permanent residents, as well as spouses of Canadian citizens;
  • aircrews and diplomats;
  • holders of a work permit or a study permit;

Nevertheless all travelers authorized to enter the country are required to follow the official recommendations of the Canadian Government.

In extremely rare cases, an exemption from mandatory quarantine may be made, limited, however, to asymptomatic individuals. For more information on the grounds under which it may apply, see the following Order.


  • there are significant restrictions on air traffic;
  • cruises with more than 500 passengers will not be able to dock at Canadian ports until next July;
  • Canadian citizens are recommended to avoid any non-essential overseas travel.

Click here to find out the main provisions of the Canadian Government that apply to foreigners present in Canada on a temporary basis.

As of March 21, Canada and the USA have mutually agreed to close their border to all non-essential travel. Freight transportation services are exempted.

The Canadian government has created a telephone line dedicated to information on the coronavirus: +1-833-784-4397.


Provincial provisions

Some Provinces may have specific provisions in place. Please refer to the following links for more up-to-date information and contacts:


Useful links

The situation is constantly evolving. It is, therefore, recommended to refer to the latest updates on the Canadian Government's Travel Advice website and on Farnesina's Crisis Unit Viaggiare Sicuri portal.

For more information and updates on COVID-19:

  • in Italy click here;
  • in Canada click here.