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Italy is a famous holiday destination among the tourists whose capital city is Rome. It is located in the Southern Europe. Many people visit Italian cities to enjoy the year-round pleasant temperatures and its delicious cuisine.
Italy Visa Guide describes the visa application procedure with the most up-to-date information on general requirements. You can discover below visa rules and regulations that will help you throughout the process. Do not forget to buy your “Italy Flight Ticket” as the first step of your preparations.
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Italy is a member state of the European Union included in the Schengen zone, in which states have jointly agreed their visa requirements towards third country nationals. Nevertheless, each state may apply specific regulations concerning the travel documents it requires from foreigners intending to visit Italy. You can discover whether you need an entry visa to travel to Italy online.
There are different visa types including single-entry, double-entry, multiple-entry and airport transit visas that enable holders to visit Italy for stays up to 90 days in periods of 180 days. Single-entry visa grants one-time entrance whereas double-entry visa holders may travel twice over pre-defined periods and the multiple-entry visa allows for consecutive visits not exceeding the time constraints. Short-term and long-term visas are issued depending on the nature of the visit.
Schengen visa allows its holder to move freely within the Schengen area for a short period. The Schengen area comprises of 26 European countries, namely the Schengen States, among which border controls are abolished. Therefore, passengers who wish to travel in the Schengen area either for business-related or touristic visits are obliged to obtain Schengen visa for stays up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. The complete list of Schengen States include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Below, tourist visa requirements and application procedures to visit Italy are categorized in detail. In general, applicants must submit their applications comprising of the requested documents to the Diplomatic Mission or authorized visa application centers in due time. Please bear in mind that the necessary documents may differ depending on the term and purpose of your stay, hence the category of your visa. Therefore, make sure to get in touch with the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
You can find below the specific documents identified depending on your employment status.
Students or unemployed/retired people who are not in a position to cover their own travel expenses will need to provide the proof of a sponsorship. The sponsor is entitled to certain requirements and is asked to submit the necessary information to support the applicant’s request. Sponsorship can be granted by a close family member of the applicant or a host institution who will be responsible throughout the traveler’s stay. You can check our website for further details.
In addition to above mentioned application documents, general requirements include:
The general requirements for non-Europeans wishing to enter the EU conform to above mentioned procedures. In case of an invitation to support the documentation process, contact details of the host organisation or private host such as name, address, relation to the guest, purpose and length of visit shall be included in the application. However, a formal invitation does not secure positive result of the application.
Citizens of EU member states are entitled to visa-free travel opportunities within the borders of the European Union. Therefore, they can travel to Italy with an ID or valid travel document without any visa requirements.
You can find below fixed fees for different types of visas determined by authorities as of March 2020. The visa fees include consultation, submission and processing of your application. The applications can be made directly to the Consulate or from the authorized visa application centers. The visa fee is non-refundable which means reimbursements are not available if the outcome of your visa application will not be positive.
|Short-Stay Visa (Adults)||80€|
|Airport Transit Visa ;||80€|
|Children Between 6-12 Years of Age||40€|
|Children Younger Than 6 Years of Age||Free of Charge|
|Nationals of Countries which signed the Visa Fee Facilitation Agreement with the EU||35€|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
You can indicate your request for a multiple entry visa on the application form which will be evaluated based on the frequency and relevance of your travel to Schengen area. However, you will be asked to prove your reasons and provide evidence of your frequent travels.
Yes, your application may be rejected on certain grounds if the Italian authorities find your application ineligible. In that case, you will be notified with the reasons of rejection and deadlines for submission of an appeal.
Generally processing of a visa application by the Consulate takes approximately 15 days. However, it may be prolonged up to 30 days and/or exceptionally 60 days for individual cases whereby a more detailed examination is deemed necessary.
Different visa rules and regulations apply for citizens coming from different countries. However, your nationality of origin shall not be a prior condition for the issuing of your visa, provided that you will have submitted all the required documents.
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