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5 days ago

Coming soon....

2 weeks ago

Sicily will be 'orange' until 15th January and then who knows...... There is to be a ministerial decree early next week which will serve to confuse an already mystified population all the more......

2 weeks ago

Rumours swirl - Sicily will be a red zone for three weeks from Monday. TBC.
You will need a negative test to enter the UK from the weekend done within 72 hours of travel, and will still have to quarantine on arrival for 10 days. A further negative test in the UK will reduce the quarantine period to 5 days.

4 weeks ago

You will need a green card for your car to drive in Europe after 1 January, even if the IDP is not a requirement. Towing a caravan or trailer will require a supplementary green card. You will also need a GB sticker.

1 month ago

The 'Deal' - here's what we know so far:
EHIC cards - valid until their expiry and then they will be replaced with a new version which offer basically the same safeguards.
At the moment it looks like you wont need an International Drivers Permit for Europe, at least for next year, but its not clear whether you will need a Green Card.
You will be allowed to stay in Europe for 90 out of every 180 days. More than that and you will need a visa.
Banking services look like they will take years to ... See more

1 month ago

Christmas is officially a bit crap. The whole of Italy will enter a red zone on 24th December until 28 December - meaning everything shut except edicole, tabacchi, and food shops (which will be shut anyway 25/26/27. Return to orange on 28/29/30/so a take away coffee is all you can hope for, only to be plunged back into red for 31/1/2/3 Jan. A whole day of orange on 4th, then back to total lockdown for 5/6. Schools back along with yellow on 7th.

1 month ago

The new decree issued yesterday makes travel over Xmas virtually impossible. From 10 December, any traveller to Italy must provide a negative test result obtained within the preceding 48 hours at the gate of the departing airport. From 21 Dec to 6 Jan, anybody arriving in Italy must quarantine for between 5 and 10 days depending on test results. From 21 December to 6 Jan it will not be possible to leave your region unless to return to your residence (no second homes). For 25/26 Dec and 1 ... See more

1 month ago

In a parliamentary answer yesterday the UK government confirmed that from 2021 British citizens can only stay in Europe for a cumulative 90 days out of a 180 day period. This is because Britain wants to 'take back her borders'. Europeans going to the UK from Jan 1 will be able stay there for 6 months consecutively. The govt confirmed that they would not be asking for a level playing field.

2 months ago

From tomorrow Friday 5th November Sicily becomes an orange zone. This means you cannot enter or depart from Sicily, you cannot move out of your own comune unless for specific reasons, you cannot be out and about from 10pm to 5am. All bars, restaurants, gelateries, pasticcerie remain closed. Shopping centres shut on festivi and pre festivi - (ie Saturday and sunday) Museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres are all closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. This will be reviewed weekly.

3 months ago

All change - the new ministerial decree says bars and restaurants shut at 6pm, (but can stay open at weekends) and pools and gyms must close. - So in Sicily, there is lockdown from 2300, things shut at 6pm and shopping on Sunday ceases at 1400. No icecream after 1800, but you can go to the seaside, though preferably in your own comune.

3 months ago

The new Sicily rules are: Curfew from 2300 to 0500. Pools and Gyms to close by 2000. Sunday trading allowed till 1400. Public transport to run at 50% capacity.

3 months ago

There is now a COVID test centre at Palermo airport for arrivals from the UK,France, Belgium, Spain, parts of Greece and the Czech Republic. Tests are free with results in 15 minutes. Follow the signs after baggage reclaim.

3 months ago

Here are some of the companies which offer earthquake insurance in Sicily - though the poste doesnt in my area. If you are resident you can also claim 19% back on your tax return.

3 months ago

The second update for Buying in Sicily 2020 was sent out last week. If you are eligible for the updates but havent received it, please let me know.

4 months ago
www.siciliacoronoavirus.it

From this wednesday 1 October a new ordinance is in force in Sicily.
The use of a mask is obbligatory if you are in the presence of others, both inside and outside.
Anybody coming into Sicily from the EU or elsewhere must take a test for positivity, download the www.siciliacoronoavirus.it app and register with the authorities.
Crowds of any sort are not permitted and are all at the penal responsibility of the organiser.

4 months ago

If you're thinking about building on a piece of land in Sicily, be aware that a new law (Regione sicilia 28 August 2020) will be enacted within 180 days which all but prohibits new dwellings in the 'green zone' of the Piano Paesaggistico in all of Sicily, unless closely connected with farming or agritourism. Subject to appeals and further clarification.

4 months ago

The lack of any preparation for Brexit means that expat British bank account holders are now seeing their banks closing their accounts. Lloyds and Barclays are already sending out letters informing their expat customers that their accounts will be closed by 31 December. Other banks are expected to follow suit.

4 months ago

If you fancy tying the knot and avoiding the huge guest list you're not allowed thanks to Covid, why not get married in Sicily. Say your 'I do's' before 31 July 2021 and Sicily will give you 3000 euros to go towards your big day.

4 months ago
dait.interno.gov.it

For Brits resident in Sicily: you will need a new attestazione di soggiorno (Brexit version) by 31 December. Alot of the uffici anagrafe dont really know about this, so it might be an idea to take along the Ministerial Circular which you can find here: https://dait.interno.gov.it/documenti/circ-003-servdemo-11-02-2020.pdf
You will need a marca di bollo for 16 euro for the request, and another a week or so later for the release of the document.

5 months ago

110% incentives
It seems too good to be true – do some work on your property and the government will give you all the money back plus another 10% for good measure. Well, it is almost too good to be true.
The scheme works like this:
If you do work to insulate or improve your home with regard to energy efficiency, or antiseismic measures you are eligibile to apply for the incentives as long as the the results increase your energy efficiency by 2 classes on your APE.
To qualify, ... See more