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December 2020 3 minutes

Brexit: What should British citizens living in Italy know?

An overview of the steps British citizen must take before December 31st 2020

On January 31st 2020 Great Britain left the European Union after the settlement of the Withdrawal Agreement. At the moment we are in the transition period, which ends on December 31st 2020. Until that day British citizens are still granted the right to freedom of movement within the EU and, thus, continue to be able to travel, settle and live in EU countries. Nevertheless, since the end of the transition period is drawing closer, it’s crucial you act now to ensure you can legally stay in the EU. 

British citizens in Italy: what steps do you need to take?

We know this time can be stressful for British citizens living in Italy. With this article, we aim to give you an overview of the situation in Italy and provide you with a precise list of steps to tick off on your To-Do list. In this way you get all the administrative tasks done quickly and effectively. With the bureaucratic hassle out of the way you can fully enjoy the Christmas period and look forward to a - hopefully much better - year of 2021 in Italy.

The first steps: what do you need to do right now?

Registration as a resident: 

Register yourself as an Italian resident if you stay in Italy for longer than 3 months. As long as you are lawfully registered as a resident in Italy before January 1st 2020, you continue to hold the right to stay. When staying in Italy for longer than 3 months you must register as an Italian resident. To do so, you have to go to your local town hall (comune) and you will receive either an attestazione di regolarità di soggiorno or an attestazione di iscrizione anagrafica or attestazione di soggiorno permanente (if resident for 5 years or more). If you are already registered as a resident you must get a new attestazione from the local comune. This document will serve as proof of the continuance of the rights granted to you under the Withdrawal Agreement. 

Life in Italy post-Brexit

The following sections will summarise the regulations and laws governing life as a British citizen in Italy after December 31st 2020. 


You maintain your right to work in Italy, as long as you are registered as an Italian resident before December 31st 2020, and as long as you remain a resident in the country.

Depending on your employer, you may need a UK criminal records certificate and/or an Italian criminal records certificate.


Since Great Britain has a double taxation agreement with Italy you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. Every Italian resident has to declare their income to the Italian authorities, even when it does not come from Italy. 

Banking arrangements should stay the same after the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020. If your finance provider needs to make any alterations to one of your products, they will contact you directly. 


Until the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020, the legislation on driving license exchanges will remain the same. As an Italian resident you should exchange your UK driving license for an Italian one. 

Do you still have doubts about what you must do to legally stay in Italy or other EU-member states post-Brexit?

We have created a comprehensive guide on how British citizens can remain compliant with the new regulations in Italy and other EU-member states. In case you still have further questions that are not answered in this article nor by the guide, please send us a message or schedule a free consultation - we will be happy to help you!

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