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Should I register to Italian Police within 8 business days of arriving?

Old Mar 12th, 2009, 09:11 AM
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From the US Dept. of State website:

"As of May 2007, under Italian law (http://www.camera.it/parlam/leggi/07068l.htm), all non-residents are required to complete a dichiarazione di presenza (declaration of presence). Tourists arriving from a non-Schengen-country (e.g. the United States) should obtain a stamp in their passport at the airport on the day of arrival. This stamp is considered the equivalent of the declaration of presence. Tourists arriving from a Schengen-country (e.g. France) must request the declaration of presence form from a local police office (commissariato di zona), police headquarters (questura) or their place of stay (e.g hotel, hostel, campgrounds) and submit the form to the police or to their place of stay within eight business days of arrival. It is important that applicants keep a copy of the receipt issued by the Italian authorities. Failure to complete a declaration of presence is punishable by expulsion from Italy. Additional information may be obtained (in Italian only) from the Portale Immigrazione at http://www.portaleimmigrazione.it and the Polizia di Stato at http://www.poliziadistato.it/pds/ps/immigrazione/soggiorno.htm."

From the Italian Tourist Board website:
"Registration for Tourists
The formality of registering with the police within 3 days of a tourist's arrival in Italy is attended to by the hotels one stays with. If staying with friends or in a private home, the visitor has to register in person at the nearest police station within a 3-day period. In Rome there is a special police information office to assist tourists. (Interpreters are available) telephone: 461-950 or 486-609."

So hotels do it for you. Whether or not anyone bothers to do this, or whether or not anyone here knows of anyone who has ever had a problem because they didn't register, the fact is that it is Italian law, and there could be consequences if you aren't registered, no matter how rarely it occurs.
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Old Mar 12th, 2009, 09:46 AM
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Are you saying that this is only if one stays longer than 8 days? I'm off to Italy soon and will meet up with a Parisian friend, at the airport in Paris, and we will fly to Italy together for our 4 day vacation there staying with friends who live there. The friend who's going with me has a French passport.

I'll be flying from L..A.- Paris and then on to Italy a few hours later. I didn't realize that this law existed either. I've been going to Italy, off and on, since the early 80s. Happy Travels!
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Old Mar 12th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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ahhhh, sounds like discrimination or xenophobia O_o, if they do it, tourism in italy would be worse cuz mostly of people wouldn't visit there and their economy (italy) would have problems cuz of less tourists and stuff even with legal tourists.

well i will go to police station to ask only for curiousity, if they say yes i should register then i will register and i will ask in pisa airport for a stamp, but what if they don't want to stamp my passport? oh well, i have heard italians r xenophobic even with schengen citizens

and i wont stay in a hotel cuz i was invited by host in his house. unless if i go to somewhere like rome, sicily, san marino, etc then hostel or hotel would register my passport with host's passport (Schengen citizen EU)

uhmm too complicated

but thanks for the information
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Old Apr 27th, 2009, 04:25 AM
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Ciao people,

Im in Italy, I didnt need to go to Police station to register myself, only for people who are going to live/work in Italy then they should register but for tourists less than 3 months nope.

Have a nice day

Greetings from Tuscany!
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Did they tell you this at a questura? I'm very surprised since that is definitely not the law (unless it has changed, very, very, very recently) - it's just that tourists usually do not have to think about it or deal with it because they stay in a hotel or B&B who must register all their guests to the police (that is why they ask for your passport details when you check in) BTW, this has NOTHING to do with a permesso di soggiorno which you need to STAY in Italy to live or work - this is a registration for tourists and it's been on the books for a long time.
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I have arrived from France to Italy for a month now. never heard of this before. Until my fiance and i went online last night. Scare the hell out of me. Should i go to the police station? will i get into trouble? i feel so illegal for the first time!
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