Covid-19 Prevention Policies
We require incoming students to abide by all travel and testing guidelines which apply to their country of origin and we will help our students to monitor the evolving border restrictions of the Italian government. Students must pledge to be vigilant in following the virus-prevention measures outlined by the WHO as well as specific policies for social distancing imposed by the Region of Tuscany, the city of Siena, and our school, which currently including but are not limited:
- wearing masks at all times when not eating/drinking
- social distancing inside and outside the classrooms (maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter from other people at all times)
- carefully washing hands frequently
- keeping windows open whenever possible
- curfew from 10 pm to 5am
These rules are important to protect from the possibility of virus contagion not only the individual student, but also their classmates, faculty, and the larger community. Students are also instructed to not travel outside of Italy during SART's programs and to continue to carefully follow covid-19 precautions during any travel within Italy (such as independent weekend activities), both for their own safety as well as the safety of our community.
Hygiene products such as hand sanitizer, extra masks, and disinfectant sprays are provided to students at the Siena Art Institute.
Covid-19 testing is available locally at the Centro Diagnostico Senese (Real-Time PCR molecular swab tests can be booked for €75) https://www.centrodiagnosticosenese.it/
Students are asked to utilize the Immuni app on their smartphones, which is the official contact-tracing app designed by the Italian Ministry of Health without compromising the privacy of users. https://www.immuni.italia.it/
Study and work are currently a valid reason for travel into Italy from most countries, including the US, China, Europe, and many other parts of the world.
Visitors from specific countries (including the US and China and many others) are currently required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Italy.
Current restrictions can be seen designated by nationality using this portal of the Italian Health Ministry https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/returningtoitaly.html.
Further details regarding current travel restrictions in Italy can be found here.
Additional information can be found on the website of Italy's Ministry of Health: https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html
A quick survey to determine requirements for travellers can be found at this link: https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html
"Covid-free" flights with Delta between the US and Italy are expanding beyond the initial "trial" stage which began in 2020. These special flights allow travellers from the US to be exempt from the current requirements of 2 weeks quarantine upon arrival in Italy, with testing before the flight. You can find more information from Delta here: https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-planning-center/know-before-you-go/italy-covid-tested-flights Here is a recent news article about the expected expansion of "covid-free" flights between the US and Italy: https://www.thelocal.it/20210303/italy-promises-to-expand-covid-tested-flights-to-more-countries/ This is a program that Delta has been testing in "trial stages" since December 2020. https://news.delta.com/delta-launch-first-quarantine-free-covid-free-travel-europe-through-new-testing-protocols.
Updates on the current covid-19 response can be found on the website of the Italian Ministry of Health.
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