Power of Attorney During Coronavirus Restrictions
Various countries have warned their nationals against all but essential travel to Italy after Coronavirus quarantine measures were extended throughout italy. In addition, a number of airlines have cancelled flights to and from Italy.
In light of this, we have had a number of requests for support from people abroad, who own, or are in the process of purchasing an Italian property, or need to address other time sensitive legal matters in Italy. Because of the situation, travel plans have been disrupted and people find they are unable to come to Italy in person to deal with a variety of property-related issues.
We are happy to help you with your legal matters through a Power of Attorney, “Procura” in Italian. This is a document which appoints another person or company to act on your behalf for matters such as signing property-related contracts. To be legal, the document conferring a Power of Attorney must be signed, which can be done in your home country, in the presence of a lawyer or notary.
Please get in touch for more information.
Travel Restrictions in Place Throughout Italy
On March 9th, 2020, the Italian Government extended Coronavirus restrictions, initially only imposed on north-east regions of Italy, to the whole country.
Nationwide quarantine restrictions were introduced on March 10th, 2020 and are set to remain in effect until April 3rd, 2020. They include closure of all schools and universities, bans on all public gatherings and restrictions on travel.
People are only permitted to travel inside Italy, including between towns, if they have valid work, health or family reasons which cannot be postponed. All travel must be certified by means of a self-declaration form which you can download from the Italian Ministry of Interior’s website.
You should print the form, fill it in and keep it with you during your trip in case you are stopped by the police. It should be remembered that a false declaration is a criminal offence and you should only travel if it is essential.
Passengers who are departing and arriving on flights will also be required to fill in the self-declaration form at Italian airports.