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permesso di soggiorno ITALY

Who has had to get this new "permit to stay"? I found it by accident on the State Dept travel warnings website. Says it's now required (since Dec 2006) for stays longer than 8 days. We'll be in Italy for 14. Info even conflicts as to whether it is acquired from post office or police station...Please advise. I wonder if it may be easier to take a train across the border & go through customs...? We're on a super tight itenerary.

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I have never heard of "permit to stay". Each time I visited Italy I was there 10 days or longer, travel from city to city and never had a problem.

Posted by
104 posts

I agree with above post

I stayed 21 days no "permit" was asked for.

If you are only traveling in Italy there would be no border/customs from town to town.

Can you link that page you found for us to see.

Safe Travels

Posted by
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I did get one of these about five years ago because I was staying over a month. You will be fine. I will be in Italy this summer for 18 days and I am not getting one!

Posted by
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This is very interesting. It appears if you are staying with say friends or family this permit may be required.

When I flew in to Rome recently, I didn't even have to fill out any type of form to turn in to immigration. They did not even stamp my passport.

I asked the flight attendent about forms, and she replied none were required and she thought that very strange since "the Italians were such a stickler for paperwork?

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You have always needed a "permit to stay" when in Italy. That's why your hotel will require your passport for a few hours when you check in. Your hotel fills out the appropriate paperwork and hands it in to the police.

Posted by
241 posts

This topic was discussed on this site a month ago. There is no such permit required for routine travel visits.

Posted by
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Hi Carol,
I just saw the same posting on the State Deptartment's website today. I'm going to Italy later this summer and will be there more than 8 business days. I was confused by the mixed information I was getting, so I called the Italian Embassy in DC. The woman I spoke to in the Consular Affairs Office told me that, as of June 2, 2007, Italy has dispensed with the permesso di soggiorno requirement.

Happy travels!