This page contains general local, national, and AUR-specific information about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Rome and on campus.
The information provided here is designed to give an overview of any restrictions/changes imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and any temporary changes to AUR's standard practices in response to such.
Information on this page is subject to change.
Students should refer to the AUR intranet (MyAUR) for more detailed information.
Italian authorities publish a timetable for easing Covid-restrictions in across the country
Updated on 22 April 2021
On the 21st of April, 2021, the Italian Council of Ministers published a Decreto “Riaperture” ("Reopening" Decree) covering 'Urgent measures for the gradual resumption of economic and social activities in compliance with the need to contain the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.'
See the full timetable here.
Updated information for Covid-tested flight passengers arriving in Italy
Updated on 20th April
The Italian Health Ministry has updated information for passengers arriving in Italy via a Covid-tested flight.
Passengers on "Covid-tested" flights are required to:
- hand into the carrier and to whoever is in charge of carrying out the controls, upon boarding, a certification attesting to the negative result of the molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 48 hours prior to boarding,
- hand into the carrier the declaration referred to in Article 50 of the Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021
- complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) - digital dPLF to be shown before boarding (see the dedicated section How to fill out the Passenger Locator Form)
- carry out a molecular (RT PCR) or antigenic swab test upon arrival at the destination airport
Passengers on these flights, following the above-mentioned protocol, are authorized to enter and transit into the Italian national territory, without having to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.
See full details on the Ministry website.
Latest news on arrivals to Italy from the U.S. and elsewhere
Updated on 19th April.
The Italian Ministry of Health has issued a new decree on arrivals to Italy from abroad:
Irrespective of the kind of flight that passengers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, or any other EU Country, etc. are taking, they will be now obliged to submit upon boarding a certification of a negative molecular or antigenic Covid test made within 48 hours before entering Italy
The subsequent 14-day quarantine that has been mandatory for anyone arriving from the U.S., Canada, Australia, etc. is now reduced to 10 days, but now there is the obligation to make a molecular or antigenic Covid test at the end of such period
Nothing changes for the Covid-tested flights from NYC/Atlanta (and, in the future, other US cities) to either Milan Malpensa or Rome Fiumicino
The so-called “autocertificazione” that any passenger traveling to Italy has to submit, will shortly be replaced by a “specific localization form in digital format,” according to terms and timing that will be determined by the Ministry of Health; this is going to be the “Italian Pass” that anticipates the arrival of the EU Green Certificate.
Lazio designated Orange Zone until the end of April.
New 5-day quarantine rule for travelers from European countries (C-List)
AUR continues in-person classes
Updated on 5th April.
The Italian authorities have now decreed that the whole of Italy will remain in either Red or Orange status until the end of April. For Rome, and Lazio, this means that from Tuesday, April 6th the region will be designated once again as an Orange Zone.
Please note, this may change dependent on the Covid infection rates and/or further instruction from the Italian authorities. We will keep you informed of any changes if and when they happen.
What this means for classes & campus life
Starting April 7th, all classes, with the exception of those already designated as online or blended courses, will resume normal fully in-person operations and we will continue to work hard to ensure that campus life is as normal as possible, subject to continuing observance of all health and social distancing precautions.
Please note, you will not require certification to travel to AUR for classes but travel outside the region is still restricted and thus only permitted for essential health, work, or study reasons.
On-campus Covid testing
AUR is instituting periodic testing for Covid-19.
All faculty and staff will be undergoing testing on Wednesday and Thursday, April 7th & 8th.
All students will undergo testing on Friday and Saturday, April 9th & 10th.
You will be permitted to enter campus and classes prior to periodic testing.
On April 2, the Italian authorities announced a new ordinance and restrictions for all travelers who in the last 14 days have stayed or transited in one or more of the countries and territories listed in List C of Annex 20.
This new regulation requires that travelers entering into Italy from European countries must:
- undergo a swab (rapid or PCR) 48 hours before entering Italy and achieve a negative result
- undergo a 5-day quarantine period and isolate in their residence/domicile in Italy - regardless of the result of the rapid/PCR test referred to above
- undergo an additional rapid/PCR test at the end of the five-day quarantine period.
This regulation is in force until 30 April 2021.
AUR actively discourages any unnecessary travel during this semester.
Students traveling within and outside Italy are wholly responsible for understanding and following State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines
Lazio designated Orange Zone from Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
All regions, including Lazio, to operate under Red Zone Regulations for Easter (April 3-5).
Updated on 28 March 2021.
On Friday 26 March, the Italian authorities reclassified all areas of Italy based on the falling infection rates. Lazio was reclassified as an Orange Zone (Zona Arancione), this designation to come into effect from Tuesday 30 March.
Orange Zone rules are applicable from March 30 to April 2 and then again starting from April 6.
Over the Easter Holiday (April 3-5) all regions will operate under Red Zone regulations.
AUR's reaction & class schedule.
All students were informed of AUR's detailed class scheduling at the end of last week. If you have any questions, please check your email for details.
In general terms,
- AUR will operate a hybrid schedule for the period 30 March to 2 April and on 6 April
- The university will be closed for the Easter holidays from 2 April to 5 April inclusive
- AUR will return to fully in-person classes from 7 April.
A range of classes has already been designated as in-person for the coming week. Additional courses may be authorized to return to campus, based on direct consultation with and discussions between faculty and students. Please note that courses that are remaining online for this period can be followed from the AUR campus, either in the assigned classroom or in the library.
- The campus will be open during normal hours 8:30 am -9:00 pm Monday to Thursday. It will be closed Friday for the holiday.
- Starting April 7, all classes, with the exception of those already designated as online or blended courses, will resume normal fully in-person operations.
Please note: AUR is scheduling Covid-testing for ALL students, faculty, and staff. Please check your email for full details.
Lazio Region orange zone covid Rules (March 30 - April 2 & April 6 onwards)
- Travel outside of your municipality of residence is not allowed except for essential work, health, or study reasons. If you must travel outside your municipality or between Italian regions, you must carry the Autodichiarazione.
- It is not necessary to carry certification for travel within Rome e.g. to come to AUR.
You are, once again, permitted to travel freely within the city.
- Masks must continue to be worn at all times when outside the home.
- The daily 10 pm to 5 am curfew remains in effect.
- Outdoor sports are permitted provided you can maintain social distancing while participating
- Bars and restaurants remain open for take-away and delivery only (restaurants until 10 pm, bars until 6 pm).
Museums and cultural sites remain closed.
Shops may open again but shopping centers remain closed.
- Schools and universities may reopen (we understand the majority will although some may remain closed up until Easter for convenience).