Want to pack your bags and go to Italy? Okay, we get it. There are numerous reasons why individuals from all over the world choose to make Italy their new home, including the country’s rich cultural heritage, affordable living costs, breathtaking cities, mouthwatering cuisine, and friendly locals.
However, a lot of preparation goes into packing up and relocating to another nation. If you lose track of just one item, you run the risk of forgetting something crucial, making an expensive mistake, and becoming overwhelmed. We’ve compiled this moving to Italy checklist to assist you in keeping track of everything you need to do. Before making a move to Italy, consider the following.
Apply For A Visa/Permit
Many people from other countries come to Italy to visit, live, and work. About 50 million tourists descend upon the nation each year. Where you’re from determines whether a visa is required.
No visa or residency permit is required to enter Italy from another EU/EEA nation. If you’re planning on relocating to Italy from the United States, or if you have British citizenship, or anywhere else in the globe, you’ll need a visa and a residence permit. Apply for the appropriate visa for your intended length of stay:
- Work visa
- Golden/investor visa
- Family reunification visa
- Study visa
- Retirement visa
- Freelancer visa
Tip: Sort out your paperwork (and apply for the visa). It is important to have at least three blank pages in your passport and a passport valid for at least another three months before applying for an Italian visa at the consulate or embassy.
The chances are high that you will need to provide official papers like your birth certificate or marriage license, so be sure to get these translated and legalized if necessary. As these procedures might take weeks or months, you should start working on them at least three months before you want to leave.
Private medical insurance is sometimes purchased by expatriates, even if it is not required by their country of residency, due to the high cost of medical care or the lack of specialized services.
Consider the policy’s annual and lifetime limitations, any exclusions that could apply to you, any restrictions on the doctors or hospitals you can see, and whether or not the coverage would pay for transportation to a hospital in the event of an emergency.
All too often, people in the market for health insurance care about finding the cheapest rates rather than considering the whole range of benefits and coverage options available to them. There is probably some good logic behind the low cost of certain plans. The benefits you get under the plan may be severely limited, and you may be required to pay a sizable deductible for any claims you make in the future if you choose one of these policies.
Clients should first identify their demands, then their desired level of yearly coverage, and finally their budget for healthcare insurance. Finally, they should compare premiums to see the best option for them.
Tip: Do not purchase coverage without first reading the policy terms and conditions thoroughly. If you have any questions, ask them or the Birmingham immigration lawyer so that you can fill out the application forms accurately and thoroughly.
Residence permit or certificate
Suppose you plan to remain in Italy for more than three months as a European Union or the European Economic Area citizen. In that case, you must register your stay with the local police. After an official verifies your address, you may pick up your residence certificate at the appropriate registrar.
Tourists from outside the EU have eight days to pick up their residency permit from the time they land in Italy. To complete the necessary documentation, you must visit the local Questura (police station) and then the post office.
Open a Local bank account.
Making regular deposits and withdrawals from a single account, dividing bills with friends, and avoiding fees associated with each transaction are just a few of the many advantages of opening a local bank account in Italy.
Check with your home bank to see whether you can make international withdrawals and if your card will operate in Italy before committing to the time and effort of creating an Italian bank account. In case of an unexpected expense, it’s wise to pack some extra cash.
Get a local SIM card.
A valid Internet connection from any nation in the European Union will function in Italy. However, depending on your service package, calls and messages may or may not be free. Europe may seem quite different from the United States or other non-EU nations. Getting a local SIM card in Italy and signing up for a monthly plan will save you the most money.
With the above information and advice, you can now begin planning your move to Italy!