Welcome to Italy: First steps checklist

Welcome to Italy: First steps checklist

by Stripes Europe Staff
Stripes Europe

Welcome to Italy! Here is a one-stop checklist to help you get settled in a timely manner:


• Complete EFMP screenings

• Ensure command sponsorship is approved

• Obtain no-fee passport with SOFA stamp

• Obtain tourist passport to travel outside of Italy

• Sign-up for APO box

• Enroll in TRICARE

• Contact SATO to book travel

• Establish and book TLA

• Contact installation’s Veterinary Center if traveling with pets

• Register children for CYS and DoDEA


• Attend Wyvern Welcome (Aviano) or Newcomers’ Orientation (Vicenza/Darby)

• Sign up for welcome tours

• Make appointment and complete medical in-processing

• Get your “codice fiscale” (active duty and spouse) and “soggiorno” (dependents)

• Visit Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) or Army Community Service (ACS) for relocation assistance


• Determine entitlements with Finance Office

• Withdraw euros

• Research online bill-pay options

• Contact U.S. banks to close accounts, as needed


• Schedule and study for driver’s exam

• Pass exam and get AFI license

• Pick up a copy of the Stripes Road Guide

• Get rental car

• When car arrives or is purchased, get insurance, register and pass inspection

• Enroll in NATO Forces Fuel Card program

• Obtain International License

• Make certain everyone has a current driver’s license


• Establish OHA

• Prioritize needs and wants

• Visit Housing Office for list of approved homes

• Schedule appointments to tour homes

• Ensure Housing Office inspects property and reviews contract

• Sign paperwork after review by Housing Office

• Establish utilities with UTAP Office or with the Home Fuels Office (Aviano Air Base only)

• Sign up for phone communication services (read contracts carefully)

• Purchase liability and home insurance

• Contact FMO for furnishings


• Add emergency numbers to cell phone

• Establish relationships with local medical providers


• Have vaccination records, transcripts, PCS orders, passports and birth certificates readily available

• Contact Enrollment Office to begin application process for DoDEA-Europe

• Contact SLO for information about home schooling, referrals and transition assistance

• Ensure vaccinations are current and schedule wellness exams


• Ensure pet has international microchip

• Register pet at installation vet clinic

• Find Italian vet clinic that provides emergency care

• Maintain annual rabies vaccinations during overseas tour

• Get updated ID tags with local contact information

• Obtain pet passport

• It’s recommended you purchase pet insurance

• Find a boarding center or pet sitter

• Understand and adhere to local Italian pet laws


• Create a USAJobs.gov account and update resume

• Visit Education Center to learn about course offerings

• Visit A&FRC for volunteer and employment assistance (Aviano)

• Visit ACS, Red Cross and USO for volunteer opportunities and employment assistance (Vicenza/Darby)

• Sign up through FVAP.gov to vote in elections back home


• Program important numbers into your cell phone

• Start recycling according to local requirements

• Adjust routines to observe quiet hours

• Learn basic Italian phrases

• Get to know your neighbors

• Join spouses’ clubs, Italian-American clubs or other activities

• Plan trips to explore Europe with StripesEurope.com, and utilize base travel opportunities with ITT and ODR

• Pick up the Stripes Europe magazine

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