I'm living in Milan and I have to go to Berlin this October, but my Permesso di Soggiorno or permit to stay in Italy will expire in September.

Can I travel to Germany with just my Carta di Identità? Will there be a problem at Immigration if I can't show a Permesso di Soggiorno?

Some friends think I only need the Carta di Identità because the Permesso di Soggiorno is only for Italy.


If you are a European citizen, yes - otherwise, no - and since you mentioned you hold a Permesso Di Soggiorno I believe you are not a European citizen.

To make sure, check if you have this sentence on the cover page:


Which translates to: Not valid for travelling abroad.

Carta di Identità

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    Note: It appears that Italy writes this notice on identity cards it issues to non-citizen residents. Identiy cards for Italian citizens should not have this notation, and are valid documentation for the holder's freedom of movement in the EEA/EU. Jun 28 '17 at 12:05
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    @HenningMakholm, Hatef: so the answer is actually "no, and futhermore the carta d'identità has no validity outside Italy whether or not you bring your permesso di soggiorno." The traveler needs the permesso di soggiorno plus a passport.
    – phoog
    Jun 28 '17 at 12:36
  • @HenningMakholm you are absolutely right; I updated my answer. :)
    – hatef
    Jun 28 '17 at 12:38
  • @phoog exactly - your statement applies to all non EU citizens with a residence permit card.
    – hatef
    Jun 28 '17 at 12:52
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    @phoog: I found this document, indicating that at least in 2010 Italy did issue cards with "non valida per l'espatrio" to non-Italian EU citizens -- but the EU Commission was of the opinion that those cards could nevertheless be used to prove the holder's right of freedom of movement. Jun 28 '17 at 13:03

Well I just got mine today and it has NON VALIDA PER L'ESPATRIO. written at the back. I had to do this because I lost my permisso sorgiorno and have already applied for a replacement one. so Besically its a no use with regards to traveling outside Italy

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