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:

PRE-ARRIVAL

  • 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 CTO to book travel.
  • Establish and book TLA.
  • Contact installation's veterinarian office if traveling with pets.
  • Register children for CYS and DoDEA.

ARRIVAL

  • 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 “soggiorno” (dependents).
  • Visit Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) or Army Community Service (ACS) for transition assistance.

MONEY

  • Determine entitlements with Finance Office.
  • Withdraw euros.
  • Research online bill-pay options.
  • Contact U.S. banks to close accounts, as needed.

CARS

  • 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.

HOMES

  • 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 communication services (read contracts carefully).
  • Purchase liability and home insurance.
  • Contact FMO for furnishings.

MEDICAL

  • Add emergency numbers to cell phone.
  • Establish relationships with local medical providers.

KIDS

  • Have vaccination records, transcripts, PCS orders, passports and birth certificates readily available.
  • Touch base with DoDEA and CYS on enrollment applications.
  • Contact SLO for information about home schooling, referrals and transition assistance.
  • Ensure vaccinations are current and schedule wellness exams.

PETS

  • 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.
  • Purchase pet insurance (including liability).
  • Use monthly flea/tick preventive medication.
  • Find a boarding center or pet sitter.
  • Understand and adhere to local Italian pet laws.

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

  • Create a USAJobs.com account and update resume.
  • Visit Education Center to learn about course offerings.
  • Visit A&FRC for volunteer, employment assistance and work-study opportunities. (Aviano)
  • Visit ACS, Red Cross & USO for volunteer opportunities and employment assistance. (Vicenza/Darby)
  • Sign up through FVAP.gov to vote in elections back home.

EVERYDAY LIVING

  • 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.
  • Pick up the Stripes Europe magazine.

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