Peers who stayed back in Italy have resumed varsity life; no intimation on when borders are to be opened up
Indian students studying in Italy, who had rushed home to India for family and loved ones in the thick of the COVID-19 second wave, are now stuck in a quandary owing to travel bans in European countries.
Many of them had rushed back home earlier in 2021 after a devastating outbreak of the first wave of COVID-19 in Italy last year. Yet others were unable to meet the last-minute rush when Italy shut their international borders to India.
Those who managed to come to India before April 28, when air travel to and from the country was suspended, are now stranded here even though their classmates back in Italy have gone back to their normal lives in their respective universities.
According to their residence permit, the Indian students cannot stay out of Italy for more than six months. Now, to secure an extended permit is going to be troublesome for them.
On June 26, Italy had permitted Italian residents or Italian citizens with the Registry of Resident Italians Abroad, to travel to the country from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
However, no official information is available on when the travel ban is to be eased. The Indian ambassador to Italy met with community representatives on July 9 to brief them on the relaxation efforts.
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