Here’s post from an Italian resident that just made it back to Italy this week (from a Facebook group)
Background: I hold an American passport, and a longterm Permeso di Soggiorno. I also own my home in Italy.
Last year, I bought a ticket to go direct from Los Angeles to Rome on Alitalia on March 30. That flight was canceled. I rescheduled for May 19. That flight was canceled again by Alitalia. I had enough Delta airlines frequent flyer miles, so I checked online and could use my miles to travel on Air France (with Delta miles) from Los Angeles to Naples (with connections in Paris and Rome). Since that option was available daily, I didn’t feel the need to reserve soon- I was hoping the 14-day quarantine would be lifted. So I was willing to wait. BUT last Friday, I noticed online that the Delta/AirFrance option flight was hardly available anymore. But it was available in 48 hrs- on Sunday, June 14th. So I reserved it & prepared to fly. I had an N95 mask, several surgical masks, I bought a splashguard, I had two small bottles of hand sanitizer.
There is a required two page form in multiple languages which Italy requires. I downloaded the form in Italian, as I felt it would be easier for officials to read in Italian. But here’s the English version. https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2020/06/modulo_rientro_da_estero_3giu20eng.pdf
I chose L on the form and simply wrote in that I was returning home. I added nothing about urgency or emergency – which does not appear to be required. The Air France website also had a one page form certifying that I had not been exposed to the virus nor had any symptoms. I downloaded this form filled it in and had it with me for the trip.
I checked in at Los Angeles international airport at the Air France ticket counter. I deliberately gave them only my passport, curious as to how minimal were the requirements. Then they asked for my visa or residential document. I gave them my Permeso. They checked me in, I got my boarding passes and they required nothing else. Upon boarding the flight, they did take my temperature with a handheld device. I was also given another form to fill out asking me if I’d been exposed to the virus or had any symptoms. I filled the form out again, and now I had 2 copies of the same form. Neither was ever collected. The coach section was about half full, I got three seats across and could sleep on the plane! There was full meal & drink service – a hot and delicious dinner+wine; & then a breakfast snack. (Seems I didn’t need any of the three peanut butter sandwiches I had packed. LOL.)
Upon arrival in Paris, I gave passport control my American passport and nothing else. Again, they asked for my proof of residence, or reason. I gave them my Permeso. Done. At the gate for my flight to Rome, they asked to see my passport. Then asked and TOOK the two-page Italian document I shared above. The agent hardly glanced at the document, I believe checking for my signature alone. My temperature was taken and I boarded the flight. The flight was more crowded than I expected – but most middle seats were empty. I arrived in Rome, and walked to the gate for my flight to Naples.
I used my boarding pass and American passport as ID to board the flight to Naples. flight seemed full except all middle seats were empty. Upon arrival at the Naples airport, my temperature was again taken. And as I waited for my checked suitcase, there was an announcement in Italian then an English. Stating that anyone not arriving from 14 previous days in the European zone must see an official. The official turned out to be a police officer at the Naples airport. He directed me to fill out the two page form again they had been collected from me at the Rome boarding gate. He didn’t seem to