Covid-19 Prevention Policies
We require incoming students to abide by all travel and testing guidelines which apply to their country of origin and we will help our students to monitor the evolving border restrictions of the Italian government. Students must pledge to be vigilant in following the virus-prevention measures outlined by the WHO as well as specific policies for social distancing imposed by the Region of Tuscany, the city of Siena, and our school (including but not limited to wearing masks indoors when not eating/drinking, maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter from other people at all times, and carefully washing hands frequently.) These rules are important to protect from the possibility of virus contagion not only the individual student, but also their classmates, faculty, and the larger community. Students are also instructed to not travel outside of Italy during SART's programs and to continue to carefully follow covid-19 precautions during any travel within Italy (such as independent weekend activities), both for their own safety as well as the safety of our community.
Study and work are currently a valid reason for travel into Italy from most countries, including the US, China, Europe, and many other parts of the world.
Visitors from specific countries (including the US and China and many others) are currently required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Italy.
However, there is encouraging news that "covid-free" flights with Delta between the US and Italy may be expanding beyond the current "trial" stage. Here is a recent news article about the expected expansion of "covid-free" flights between the US and Italy: https://www.thelocal.it/20210303/italy-promises-to-expand-covid-tested-flights-to-more-countries/ This is a program that Delta has been testing in "trial stages" since December 2020. https://news.delta.com/delta-launch-first-quarantine-free-covid-free-travel-europe-through-new-testing-protocols.
Current restrictions can be seen designated by nationality using this portal of the Italian Health Ministry https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/returningtoitaly.html.
Further details regarding current travel restrictions in Italy can be found here.
Additional information can be found on the website of Italy's Ministry of Health: https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html
A quick survey to determine requirements for travellers can be found at this link: https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html
Please feel free to contact us for further details or if you have any questions.