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On January 31, 2020, the Italian Council of Ministers has announced a state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Council of Ministers has recently decided to extend the nationwide state of emergency until June 31, 2022.

Our Prime Minister is currently ruling over our country by a series of emergency decrees to deal with emergency and restrictive measures have been imposed throughout the country.

Italian National Service

The Civil Protection Department (Italian National Service) is responsible for the coordination of all necessary activities to both counter and deal with the emergency nationwide. The institutional website of the Department of Civil Protection - Presidency of the Council of Ministers is updated on a daily basis: 

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Italian Foreign Ministry

We strongly advise you to pay close attention to the instructions given by Farnesina.

COVID-19 Emergency

Universities and schools

Italian primary and secondary schools, as well as higher education institutions, have been closed to students until the 3rd of May 2020.

At the University of Catania an emergency plan around the online education service has been set up on time by our Rector, prof. Francesco Priolo. Admin staff members still work in essential departments thanks to flexible working. A number of about 1600 online courses are currently being delivered via the Microsoft Teams platform.

An online public relation office desk ( is always available for both national and international users to answer all their questions.

If you require any further information about any interruptions and/or suspensions of your international mobility programme, please do not hesitate to contact the competent office: International Mobility Office []. 

Erasmus Visiting Students Visiting Professor/Researcher


Erasmus+ INDIRE National Agency is responding to this emergency through specific guidelines, for both incoming and outgoing students, along with teaching staff and staff members, hence the reason for some compulsory procedures in order to safeguard the correct management of mobility suspensions, interruptions and cancellations due to a force majeure event caused by the outbreak of COVID–19 virus. Please read as follows:

Last updated: 
24/03/2022 - 10:03