Covid-19 Update


166th Session of the Council


42nd Session of the Conference




All Regional Group Meetings have been postponed

All technical meetings and workshops with technical experts attending have been postponed

15th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-15)

16,18/03/2021 and 01/04/2021

Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA52)


26th Session of the International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC)


International Conference on Forest Education

postponed until further notice

African swine fever global control conference

postponed until further notice






Ministry of Foreign Affairs Identity Cards

·         Issuance, renewal and provision of ID cards has slowly resumed.

·         Validity of all Identity Cards (expired, under renewal or due to expire) extended automatically through to 31 December 2020.

Entry into Italy

·         Anyone entering Italy must declare themselves at the local medical services (Azienda Sanitaria Locale, ASL) of their Municipality.


·         To legally stay in Italy for an addition 30 days, expired or expiring short-term visa holders must present themselves to a local Police Office or the Questura Office.

Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]


Protocol staff can be reached every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Pavillion from 8-10AM, for collection and delivery of FAO protocol related documents.


Permits to Stay

·          Permits to Stay are valid for a total of 90 days after permit expiry date.

Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

·        The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has provided additional information, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior of Italy, in relation to the legal status of foreigners in Italy, whom, due to the COVID 19 health emergency, are unable to return to their country of origin:

  1. Residence Permits (Permessi di Soggiorno): Art. 103, para. 2 of Decree No. 18 of 17 March 2020 informs that the validity of all residence permits, certificates, permits, concessions, authorizations, and permission documents, which expire between 31 January and 15 April 2020, is extended through to 15 June 2020.

  2. Foreign citizens in Italy: In light of the current health emergency, the offices of the Questura (Immigration offices of the Police) are temporarily closed to the public. In this context, those foreigners present in Italy for short periods of time (either with or without a visa) do not need to do anything. Their extended stay in Italy beyond the allowed period, due to objective causes and force majeure (such as the reduced possibility to travel) will not compromise their legal status in Italy, with the only condition to leave the country once the health emergency restrictions have been lifted.

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  • Italian Ministry of Health circular on the Vaxzevria Vaccine (previously known as the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine)
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    Click here for the Italian Version