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1 day ago
UKinItaly

https://www.facebook.com/ukinitaly/posts/5161908840546635

++ UK NATIONALS LIVING IN ITALY - FB live Q&A on the new 'carta di soggiorno elettronica' issued under the Withdrawal Agreement 4 March at 5.30pm ++
The British Embassy Rome with the participation of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is hosting a live Q & A session on Thursday 4 March between 17:30 – 18:30. During this time you can post a question and our panel will try to answer as many questions as possible during the live session. After the event we’ll publish some ... See more

2 weeks ago

If you're travelling and need a Covid test to fly (PCR) with a certificate in English to satisfy the UK authorities, you can get it done in Modica at the centro analisi Caruso on Corso Umberto, which saves a trek to Palermo or Catania.

3 weeks ago

Now available from buyinginsicily.com as PDF or from Amazon for Kindle.

3 weeks ago

From tomorrow 1 February, Sicily returns to be orange - still no cafe society and you cant eat out in the evenings. You can only leave your comune for necessity, or to go to Zara if you dont have one on your doorstep. No going out between 10pm and 5am.

1 month ago

Coming soon....

1 month 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......

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months 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

2 months 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.

2 months 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

2 months 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.

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

5 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.

5 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.