Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
The current COVID-19 travel restrictions to Italy dictate that you must present a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival AND one of the following:
- An Anti-COVID-19 vaccination certificate for an European Medicines Agency (EMA)-recognized vaccine. At present, EMA recognizes the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca. The date of the final vaccine dose must be at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers vaccinated in the United States can prove this via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo.
- A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 dated no more than six months before departure.
Passengers unable to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate will have to self-isolate on arrival for five days and undergo a molecular PCR or rapid antigen test at the end of the isolation, so we highly recommend getting these tests done before travel. IFR requires a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the beginning of the field school in Turin.
Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements to get to the accommodation on Saturday June 18, 2022 (or Sunday the 19th if necessary). Turin has its own airport (Turin Caselle, TRN), but most international flights to the region land in one of the two airports near Milan: Milan Malpensa (MPX) or Milan Linate (LIN). There are frequent direct bus connections to central Turin from both Turin Caselle and Milan Malpensa. Busses and trains connect Milan Linate to the central railway station in Milan, from where there are frequent fast trains to Turin. Traveling overland to Turin is possible with one of several train companies that maintain high-speed connections between Turin and most large cities in Italy. There are two main railway stations in Turin, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, which is also where the busses from the airports terminate. From either railway station the Camplus Bernini student housing facility (corso Lione 24) is easily reached by public transport, including the subway (Metro), or by taxi. Taxis in Turin are reliable and relatively cheap.
If you missed your connection or your flight is substantially delayed, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
Students who are planning to travel around through Italy and Europe are encouraged to do so after the field school rather than before.
The in-museum instruction will conclude on Friday July 22, 2022 (though you will have your housing in Turin through Sunday morning). Current COVID-19 restrictions on re-entering the US requires travelers to present a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. At present, rapid tests are available widely in Italy for travelers; antigen tests cost approximately $25, while PCR tests cost approximately $75.
For more and updated COVID travel information, see https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.
A passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure date is necessary to travel into Italy. U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days without a visa. All non-residents are required to complete a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza) upon their arrival, usually completed at the first accommodation after entry into Italy.
Non-U.S. citizens should consult the information provided by the Italian immigration website vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en and contact the project directors.
Non-E.U. visitors, including U.S. citizens, arriving overland in Italy from another Schengen state (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland) must request a declaration of presence form from a local police office (commissariato di zona), police headquarters (questura), or their first place of stay and submit the completed form to the police or their place of stay within eight business days.
Anyone intending to stay in Italy for longer than 90 days must obtain a permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno). For more information visit the US State Department website.