Americans in Italy urged to carry paperwork as G-8 summit nears
Troops and civilians stationed at Aviano, Vicenza and Camp Darby all received e-mail advisories urging them to avoid large gatherings in cities across Italy and advising them to carry passports and soggiornos (residency permits) with them — especially if they’re planning to travel outside the country.
Italian governmental officials announced earlier that they were tightening the country’s borders and conducting more stringent checks of passports because of the G-8 summit.
The summit, a meeting of the eight leading industrialized democracies, takes place Wednesday through Friday in L’Aquila in central Italy.
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States make up the Group of Eight.
All the military advisories also recommended avoid traveling to Vicenza this weekend, where a large demonstration is planned for Saturday.
In particular, Americans in the region were instructed to avoid the area around the train station and avoid traveling on trains that protesters might be using to reach the city.
The advisories urged Americans to maintain low profiles in public and carry fully charged cell phones.
People were told to avoid traveling alone and to report their travel plans to someone before they left.
Officials at all three military communities in northern Italy said there are no plans to change the force-protection levels on base, though some additional security measures might be added during this time.
Neither the State Department nor the U.S. Navy in Italy has officially issued any advisories specific to the G-8 summit or upcoming holiday.