TRAVEL AND COVID-19 UPDATES
We continue to monitor the Covid-19 developments along with our Main Campus partners and international authorities. The health and safety of our community remains our top priority.
After careful consideration and planning, and in compliance with Italian regulations regarding Covid-19, on January 9, 2021, Temple University Rome welcomed a limited cohort of study abroad and Entry Year students to Rome for an 100% in-person Spring 2021 semester. The following measures have been put in place to ensure that our community remains healthy:
- Weekly, mandatory Covid-19 testing for all students
- Contact tracing procedures in place
- Isolation and quarantine housing available, if needed
- Limited capacity classes with social distancing measures in place
- Hand sanitizing stations installed throughout campus
- Sanitizing materials provided in all classrooms
- Mandatory use of masks at all times on campus
- Masks and thermometers provided to all students upon arrival
- Quarantine upon arrival
- A strict no-guest policy in student housing
- Student travel limited only to Italy, always in compliance with the Italian Ministry of Health
Starting Monday, March 15, 2021, Rome and the Lazio region moved to a Red Zone. We expect the Red Zone, and the restrictions associated with it, to last until April 6, 2021.
Please, see the list of restrictions and changes we made:
- All classes moved online until April 6, 2021.
- The university building remains open and accessible M–F from 9 AM–6 PM, and weekends from 10 AM–6 PM.
Students are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Leaving one’s apartment is possible only for the following reasons:
- For emergency or health reasons
- To shop for necessities (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.)
- To come to campus to study
- To exercise outdoors (running or jogging)
- Restaurants are open for takeout only until 6 PM
- Delivery services are available until 10 PM
- Curfew remains in place from 10 PM to 5 AM
- Social gatherings and guests in the apartment are not allowed
We are well prepared to address the needs of our students and have the following services available to them:
- A Red Zone Virtual Q&A scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 7 PM.
- Covid-19 testing available every Wednesday
- The Academic Support Center will be hosting all appointments online via Zoom, while the library remains open for in-person study.
- Dr. Laura di Giunta, our in-house counselor, is available for virtual appointments.
- Our Student Life team is available 24/7
- Campus remains open on Mondays–Fridays 9 AM–6 PM, and weekends 10 AM–6 PM. If you need to work in the art studios or use the facilities to complete your coursework, you are permitted to do so during Red Zone.
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Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.
- For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Italy.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
- Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.
- Review the Italian National Institute of Health’s website (available only in Italian).
- Call Italy’s 112 emergency number or 1500 if you believe you have symptoms and are currently in Italy. English speaking operators are available.
Assistance from U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy:
- By Phone: +39 06-4674-1
- State Department – Consular Affairs
- By Phone: +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444
- Italy Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Stay connected with the State Department via https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html and the CDC https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-italy
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES DURING COVID-19
- Francesca Cuccovillo, Associate Director of Student Life firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gianni Marangio, Student Activities and Social Media Manager email@example.com
- Benedicta Djumpah, Student Life Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alumni Assistants
- In-house counselor (please contact the student life team for the contact of our in-house counselor: email@example.com)
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
The emergency phone number in Italy (and throughout Europe) is 112.
After contacting the appropriate first-responder services (police, ambulance, etc.) in case of emergency, please also inform Temple Rome staff of your situation by calling:
- Temple University Rome: (+39) 06 320 2808 (during school hours)
- Temple Rome Emergency Number: see the back of your Temple Rome ID for this phone #, which should be called outside school hours
- International SOS: see the back of your Temple Rome ID for this phone #, which is active 24/7
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
Generally speaking, there is less violent crime in Italy than in the United States. However, petty crime like pick-pocketing is common in Rome. Use the following tips to keep yourself and your valuables safe throughout your study abroad experience:
- Always carry a working cell phone, so you can be contacted in case of emergency.
- Always carry your Temple Rome student ID card, which has emergency contact information listed on the back.
- Do not travel alone, especially at night. Be wary of empty train cars.
- As a pedestrian, be aware of vehicles that may speed and run red lights. Always be alert when crossing the street, even when you have the right of way in a crosswalk.
- Drink responsibly. Alcohol abuse is the cause of most serious accidents. Never leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from a stranger.
- Go out in pairs or groups, and never leave a fellow student alone in a bar. Keep an eye out for each other!
- Keep your money and documents in two different places.
- Keep a photocopy of your passport with you (separate from your passport).
- Always take your phone with you so the University can reach you while you are away.
- Be extra vigilant in crowded tourist areas.
- Carry only what you need (cash, credit cards, identity documents).
- Don’t keep valuables in back pockets.
- Hold bags in front of you on public transportation and in crowded places.
- Thieves can sometimes snatch purses and cameras from moving vehicles, so make sure to keep your valuables away from traffic while walking.
- Use a security pouch for sensitive documents, including your passport, permesso di soggiorno, etc.
- Be especially aware of your belongings in moments of sudden distraction (a stranger approaches asking for the time or directions, etc.), as pickpockets often work in pairs.
U.S. EMBASSY IN ROME
The U.S. Embassy in Rome provides a variety of services for American citizens living/traveling/studying abroad, and is located at the following address:
The U.S. Department of State may issue public announcements concerning potential terrorist threats to Americans overseas. We will post these announcements, along with instructions from the university, on our list serv and the private Temple Rome Facebook page.
We encourage all students to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) by clicking the button below:
Once enrolled, you will receive updated travel alerts and warnings from the U.S. Embassy in Rome, as well as the nearest diplomatic mission while you are traveling. STEP also helps family and friends contact you in case of emergency.
More travel safety information from the U.S. Department of State can be found at travel.state.gov.
If you lose your passport, you can apply for a renewal or an Emergency Travel Document at the U.S. Embassy. International SOS is available to help if you lose travel documents, contact them at the phone # listed on your Temple Rome ID.
For more information on how to replace your lost or stolen passport, please visit the US Embassy’s website directly by clicking the button below:
If you are a victim of a crime or a theft, you will need to file a police report (denuncia) at any Carabinieri or Polizia station. The report will list all of your stolen items, and can be used for filing insurance claims or replacing passports and traveler’s checks. It is your personal responsibility to file a police report. You should bring your passport and/or any other identification you possess with you when you file your report.
If you lose your credit card, report it immediately to your bank or credit provider.