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How To Get A Tourist Visa To Italy - The Complete Guide

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Written By:

Richard Nathan

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Lamia Darwish

If you've ever dreamed about strolling through the Amalfi Coast or tasting the famous napoletana pizza (which, by the way, is recognized by Unesco as an intangible cultural heritage), then Italy is the next destination you must visit. Italy has contributed plenty to the world of arts, fashion, literature, and design. So it is no wonder there are hundreds of thousands of tourists traveling to Italy per year.

If you plan to travel to Italy soon, you may need to get an Italy Tourist Visa. Lucklily, you've come to the right place. Here you'll learn everything you need to know about the Italy Schengen Visa, its requirements, and how to apply for it.

In this guide, you'll find:

What Is A Italy Tourist Visa?

Simply put, a Tourist Visa for Italy will allow you to legally travel, visit, and enter Italy for non-essential purposes like tourism or short business trips. In addition, the Italy Tourist Visa, also known as the Italy Schengen Visa, allows you to travel for a duration that doesn't exceed 90 days per 180 days. With your Italy Tourist Visa, you can visit the ancient Roman Colosseum or the historical Roman temple known as Pantheon.

It is important to understand, you may only visit Italy with a Tourist Visa if you're planning a short trip. If you intend to stay in Italy for a longer period or for purposes that require a longer stay, you'll need to apply for a different type of visa.

Quick note: During this article, we'll be referring to the Italy Tourist Visa as the Italy Schengen Visa/Italian Schengen Visa. Both visas are exactly the same, with the only difference being the name.

Who Can Apply For A Italy Schengen Visa?

Now that you know more about the Italy Schengen Visa let's talk about who needs to apply for one. Some nations don't even need to apply for a visa to visit Italy. These nations enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel.

If You Are A EU/EEA/Switzerland Citizen

If you are a citizen from the European Union, the European Economic Area, or from Switzerland, you enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel to Italy and don't need to apply for a Schengen Visa to travel for non-essential purposes.

If You Are A Citizen Form The Schengen Area

If you are a citizen from the Schengen Area, you don't need to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa to visit Italy. You enjoy the benefits of the Schengen Agreement. In short, this means you can visit, work and live in Italy without the need to apply for any type of visa.

Countries that form part of the Schengen Member States include:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

If You Are A US Citizen

If you are a US citizen, you'll be happy to know that you enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel to Italy. However, you are only allowed to visit for non-essential purposes (like tourism and short business trips). Also, you may only visit Italy for a duration that does not exceed 90 days per 180 days.

It is also worth noting that you may visit any Schengen Member States without getting a Schengen Visa/Tourist Visa.

Important: By the end of 2022, US citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS in order to visit the Schengen Area. Your ETIAS will be used as a travel authorization that allows entry into Europe.

If you want to visit Italy for a period that exceeds 90 days, you'll need to apply for a visa that'll allow you to do so. For example: If you want to work in Italy, you'll need to apply for a Work Visa.

Later, we'll look at the documents US citizens require to travel to Italy.

If You Are A US Green Card Holder

Sadly, unlike US citizens, US Green Card Holders don't enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel to Italy. However, it is possible to apply for your Italy Schengen Visa in the US. Meaning, you don't need to travel back to your home country in order to apply.

If you are visiting the US with a visitor's visa (B1/B2 visa), you can't apply for a Schengen Visa in the US. Instead, you must travel back to your home country and apply for your Schengen Visa from there.

If You Are A Non-EU Citizen

Unfortunately, if you are a non-EU citizen who doesn't enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel. You'll need to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa. But not to worry, in this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about your Schengen Visa to Italy.

What Are The Required Documents For Visa-Free Travel?

Although not all nationalities need to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa to visit Italy, these nations still need to present a few documents before entering Italy.

You may need to present the following documents to Italian authorities once you arrive in Italy:

  • A Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the period of their stay. Also, it must be in good condition and not older than 10 years.

  • Proof Of Sufficient Funds

You must prove that you'll be able to support yourself financially for the duration of your trip to Italy. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy you can expect to have the following amount depending on the duration of your trip.

For a stay of up to 5 days, you can expect to present a total amount of €269.60 per person.

For a stay of 6 - 10 days, you can expect to have an amount of €44.93 per day.

For a stay of 11 - 20 days, you can expect to have an initial fixed amount of €51.64 and an additional amount of €36.57 per day. For example: If your trip is 11 days, you'll need €402.27 (€36.57 x 11 days) plus the fixed amount of €51.64. The total amount would be €453.91.

For stays that exceed 20 days, you can expect a fixed amount of €206.58 and an additional amount of €27.89 per day. Therefore, using the same equation as before, the total amount for 21 days would be €792.27.

To prove you have the financial means to support yourself, you can present recent bank statements, payslips, traveler's checks, or cash. Also, these amounts are subject to change. Therefore, we recommend contacting your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate to ensure you have the correct amount.

  • A Return Plane Ticket

Italian authorities will want proof that you plan to travel back to your home country after your visit. You can show a return plane ticket that includes all your travel dates. Also, you can include an itinerary with all your plans and travel dates.

  • Proof Of Accommodation

You may be asked to provide proof of where you'll be staying while visiting Italy. Documents you can use as proof of accommodation include a rental agreement, hotel bookings, or an Airbnb booking. If you plan to live with a friend or family member, you can present an invitation letter from them.

  • Valid Medical Insurance

When traveling to other countries, you should obtain valid medical insurance. Your medical insurance must cover all medical expenses that may occur, be valid across the entire EU, be valid for the duration of your stay, and provide medical coverage of a minimum of €30,000.

Important: Due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, it is crucial to be aware of Italy's COVID-19 regulations, restrictions, and requirements before you travel. You can find the latest COVID-19 news here.

What If I Don't Enjoy Visa-Free Travel To Italy?

If you don't enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel, you'll need to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa to visit Italy. As mentioned before, you can visit Italy for a maximum of 90 days per 180 for non-essential purposes.

Next, we'll take a look at the Italy visa requirements, and how you can apply for your Italy Schengen Visa.

What Are The Required Documents For A Italian Schengen Visa?

Before applying for your Italian Schengen Visa, you'll need to consider the following required documents:

  • A Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure date back to your home country. Furthermore, it must be in good condition and not older than 10 years. Also, you'll need to have 2 blank visa pages available for your new visa sticker/stamp.

  • 2 Passport Photos

With your Schengen Visa application form, you'll need to provide at least 2 passport-sized photos. Ensure that it meets the following requirements.

  • A Filled Out Schengen Visa Application Form

There are 3 ways of completing your Schengen Visa application form. Firstly, you can opt to go to your local embassy and collect the application form from there. Once you have collected your form, you can fill it out. Secondly, you can opt to download the Schengen Visa application form online. After doing this, you can fill out the form and submit it at the embassy whenever you are ready to start the application process. Lastly, you can fill out the form online, print the form (ensure that your form contains the 2D barcode), and then submit it at the Italian Embassy. The information you provide on your application form must be correct and accurate. Incorrect information could lead to your visa application being denied.

  • A Return Flight Ticket

You'll need to prove that you plan to travel back to your home country before your initial 90 days are over. A return flight will include all your travel dates that help prove you intend to return to your home country. You can also provide a complete travel itinerary that includes your travel dates, agenda, and the other Schengen Member States you plan to visit.

  • Proof Of Financial Means

When you plan to visit Italy, you must have the financial means to support yourself for the duration of your trip.

For a stay of up to 5 days, you can expect to present a total amount of €269.60 per person.

For a stay of 6 - 10 days, you can expect to have an amount of €44.93 per day.

For a stay of 11 - 20 days, you can expect to have an initial fixed amount of €51.64 and an additional amount of €36.57 per day. For example: If your trip is 11 days, you'll need €402.27 (€36.57 x 11 days) plus the fixed amount of €51.64. The total amount would be €453.91.

For stays that exceed 20 days, you can expect a fixed amount of €206.58 and an additional amount of €27.89 per day. Therefore, using the same equation as before, the total amount for 21 days would be €792.27.

Documents you can use to prove you can support yourself include recent bank statements, payslips, traveler's checks, or cash. Also, these amounts are subject to change. Therefore, we recommend contacting your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate to ensure you have the correct amount.

  • Proof Of Accommodation

You must provide proof of your accommodation when you plan to visit Italy. Your proof of accommodation can include a hotel reservation, an Airbnb booking, a rental agreement, or a letter of invitation from a family member or friend where you'll be staying.

  • Medical/Health Insurance

One of the requirements for an Italian Schengen Visa is obtaining valid medical insurance. Your medical insurance must provide medical cover across the entire EU, it must be valid for the duration of your trip, it must cover all medical expenses or medical treatments that may occur during your visit, and it must provide medical coverage of a minimum of €30,000.

In addition to the documents mentioned above, you may need to comply with Italy's COVID-19 regulations and rules. For more information, you can check our COVID-19 information of Italy.

You'll also need to provide documents based on your employment status. You can provide the following documents:

If You're Employed

  • An employment contract

  • Your bank statements for the past 6 months

  • A letter from your employer stating that they do not object you're being absent from work. It must include your employer's details, the date when you'll be absent from work, that you're an employee of the company, and that you can financially support yourself.

  • An Income Tax Return (ITR) Form

If You're Self-Employed

  • An Income Tax Return (ITR) Form

  • A copy of your company's bank statement from the past 6 months

  • A copy of your business license

If You're A Student

  • Proof that you're enrolled at a recognized education institution.

  • A letter from your educational institution stating they do not object that you'll be absent from school. It should also include the name of the person writing the letter, the date it is written, that you're a student, how long you'll be absent from school, and that you can financially support yourself for the duration of the trip.

If You're Retired

  • An official document or certificate that proves you're a retiree or any relevant document.

  • Your bank statements for the past 6 months.

The required documents for your visa application might be different depending on the country you're from. For additional information or more up-to-date information contact your Italian Consulate before starting your application to ensure that you collect the correct documents.

How To Apply For A Italy Schengen Visa - Easy To Follow Instructions

Now that you know the required documents for your Italy Schengen Visa, you can start the application process. Before you start, be sure you read our guide on the top mistakes you should avoid when applying for your visa.

Next, we'll discuss how you can easily apply for your Schengen Visa to Italy.

Step 1: Collect All The Required Documents

First, you need to start gathering all the documents you require for your Schengen Visa. We recommend starting this first as it takes the most time. In some cases, you'll need to wait a few weeks for a document. This can be due to unforeseen circumstances or uncontrollable events. Therefore, collecting your documents beforehand can save you a lot of time and frustration.

Pro tip: We recommend you create a checklist for your document. Creating a checklist for your documents is very beneficial. You can keep track of the documents you already have and what you still need to get.

Step 2: Fill Out The Italy Schengen visa application Form

Once you have collected your documents, you can start filling out your Schengen Visa application form. Above, we mentioned 3 ways you can get your application form. When filling it out, read through the form carefully and ensure that the information you provide is accurate and correct. Not providing the correct information can lead to your visa being delayed or even denied.

Pro tip: If you are unsure about the details you need to fill in, refer to your travel document. This can be your passport or any other government-issued document. For example: If you have 2 names on your passport, fill in both those names in the "full name" field on your application form.

Step 3: Book Your Visa Appointment

After completing your application form, you'll need to submit it and your supporting documents in person at your local Italian Embassy or Consulate. To do this, you'll need to schedule an appointment. There are 2 ways you can schedule your appointment:

1. Use the Atlys appointment tool at the top of this article. This is quick and efficient. If you have any problems, you can contact Atlys's friendly and helpful customer service.

2. Contact your local Italian Embassy or the Consulate General of Italy. Keep in mind that there aren't always a lot of appointment slots available. Therefore, be sure that you schedule your appointment well before the date you plan to leave for Italy.

After you have scheduled your appointment, be sure to write down the date and create a reminder. You don't want to miss your appointment and risk not getting your Italy Schengen Visa.

Step 4: Attend your Visa Appointment

Now that you have scheduled your appointment, you need to attend it. On the day of your appointment, you need to head over to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in person. There you'll have an in-person interview with an embassy official.

During your interview, you'll be asked numerous questions about your trip to Italy and the purpose thereof. Ensure that you answer the questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge. Also, during your interview, you'll need to submit all your supporting documents. Ensure you have the original documents and the copies thereof.

After your interview, embassy officials will collect your biometric data. Your biometric data most commonly consists of a digital photo and your fingerprints.

Step 5: Pay The Visa Application Fee

You're almost finished! When you've completed the interview, you now need to pay the visa application fee. This can be done while you're at the embassy. You can expect to pay around €80 per adult application and €40 for children between 6 and 12 years. Children under the age of 6 don't need to pay an application fee.

Depending on the embassy you're applying at, you may need to pay for your application before or after your interview.

Step 6: Get Your Italy Schengen Visa

Congratulations! You've successfully applied for your Italy Schengen Visa. Now all you need to do is wait for feedback from the Italian Embassy or Consulate. If your application is successful, you'll be informed via mail, email, or your preferred contact method. Successful applicants need to travel back to the embassy to collect their new visas.

Once you have your new Italy Schengen Visa, you can legally travel to Italy for non-essential purposes.

Let's take a look at the Italy Schengen Visa application...

What Does The Italy Schengen Visa Application Entail?

The Italy Schengen visa application has to be filled online and takes about approximately 20 minutes to finish.     The application is split into six sections:

  1. General information

  2. Address

  3. Parents/Legal Guardian

  4. Travel documents

  5. Travel information

  6. Sponsor (if any)

Section 1 - General Information

You’re required to provide information about yourself and your work. Personal information has to match your passport and an official letter from your employer/university is required as evidence of your occupational information.

Avoid these common mistakes in your Italy visa application:

  • Date of birth follows the Georgian format of YYYY-MM-DD.

  • For those unemployed, select ‘Unemployed’ while self-employed should choose ‘Miscellaneous’.

Section 2 - Residence Information

Select ‘Yes’ for Residence in a country other than your national entry. Provide details about your residence status. Residence Permit or equivalent is the type of residence status - Green card or Visa. The permit number is the unique number associated with your Green Card / H1B/ F1/ J1 visas.

Next, enter your current address. You will be denied a visa if your address does not match the one provided in the proof you provide.

Section 3 - Parents/Legal Guardian

This section is only required for visa applications for children, and requires general information about the parents. See below to learn more.

Section 4 - Travel Documents

Provide your passport details. For most travelers, the type of passport is ‘ordinary’. The United States does not have a National identity number so you can leave it blank. Your passport number is a reasonable substitute too.

Section 5 - Travel Plans

This information has to match exactly your itinerary. Any discrepancies will lead to rejections and unnecessary delays. If you are planning on visiting more than one Schengen country – then where you need to apply depends on the number of days you will be spending in each of the states you will be staying.

  • When spending an equal amount of days in each

Then you need to apply at the diplomatic representation of the country where you will arrive first.

  • When spending unequal amount of days in each

Then you will need to apply at the diplomatic representation of the country where you will be spending more time.

Please do not provide dates for the sake of getting a visa, as, more often than not, your visa granted would be +/- 15 days of your intended arrival date. We suggest always requesting for multiple entry visa but know that it’s unlikely you’ll get one. There is, however, no downside or additional paperwork to ask for one.

If you got a Schengen visa in the past three years, note that down.

A good rule of thumb for the question on fingerprints is that anyone who got a Schengen visa after 2016 should select ‘Yes'. Since 2016, it is not possible to obtain a Schengen visa otherwise.

You can find your biometric visa number on the Schengen visa stamp:

The visa number is the 3-letter country code (issuing country), followed by a 9-digit number. Therefore, in the example above, the visa number is FRA005702202. For Schengen visas issued by Germany, the country code is D, and the visa number is D000000000.

For reference, a Schengen visa can be issued by any of the Schengen States:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Section 6 - Sponsor

The section can be confusing but your sponsor is the hotel / Airbnb you will be staying at. For travelers living in hotels, enter the name, location and contact of the hotel. For those living in Airbnb’s, select ‘Householder’ and ask your Airbnb host for details.

To find out the province of your hotel, you can look at this mapping of Provinces of Italy. Alternatively, below are the provinces for the most common cities:

  • Rome: RM - Roma

  • Milan: MI - Milano

  • Florence: FI - Firenze

  • Pisa: PI - Pisa

If you’re funding your trip, the Means of Support is Means Autonomous. The answers should be supported by evidence in the form of prepaid accommodation, credit card or bank statements. To learn more about the financial requirements, check the required documents above.

The Schengen Visa Application

Press ‘Print’ to download the visa application. The final application is an auto-generated PDF that you must print and take to your appointment. The last page has a unique barcode such as:

If you can’t finish the visa application in one setting, I suggest ‘save data’, which will download a file locally.

At the appointment, the consular officer will extract your details using this barcode. Failure to submit the online application will result in delays.

Pro Tip: If you can’t finish the visa application in one setting, I suggest ‘save data’, which will download a file locally.

You can go back to where you were by clicking on ‘import data’ and then selecting that file.

What Are The Italy Visa Photos Requirements?

The photo requirements for a Italian Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.

  • Two identical photos. Not older than six months.- Photo size: 35x45mm or 2 in x 2 in.- In color. No black and white

  • Head should cover most of the photo. Italy may make exceptions for religious reasons. Exceptions to this and the other requirements may be made in case of a permanent medical condition.

  • White background.

How To Travel To Italy With Children?

Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Italy. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.

  • Application form signed by both parents

  • Birth certificate of the child- If a child is traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization is signed by both parents or guardians.

  • Passport or ID copies of both parents.

  • For students: present school certificate of enrolment/attendance, absence.

  • The visa must be applied for in person (12 years of age or older) together with the presence at least one parent.

  • Applications have to be submitted at least 21 days before the expected travel date.

If the child travels with one of the parents, then there must be an notarized permission letter issued from the other parent. In case of the parents’ absence (divorce, death, etc.), a relevant official certificate (i.e divorce, death and etc.) must be presented. Additionally, copies of IDs of parents are also required.

The visa photos requirements for children vary slightly. Children aged 5 and under do not need to have a neutral expression or look directly at the camera, and their heads do not have to be centred in the photo. Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.

The Proof Of Employment For Italy Visa

A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:

  • Today's Date

  • Employer name

  • Position and title

  • A declaration that you will continue to be employed during your Italy visit

  • Contact and address information of the supervisor along with their signature.

For students, this is a letter from your university. For homemakers or those unemployed, a letter of support from any individual/organization. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents too.

The Italy Visa Travel Insurance

Because most Schengen countries provide public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a Italian Schengen visa, so visitors don’t become a financial burden on Italy's health system in the event of unforeseen issues. The insurance should explicitly meet these requirements:

  • Coverage of at least EUR 30,000.

  • Be valid in all 26 Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

  • Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.

  • For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive

“ Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”

Pro Tip: Check if your employer provides mandatory travel insurance coverage. Often that works if you present a letter/insurance card along with coverage details highlighting the coverage amount.

What If My Schengen Visa Application Is Denied?

Unfortunately, not all applicants are successful. You may be surprised about the reasons thereof. Sometimes, your visa may be denied due to a simple mistake or inaccurate information. Nonetheless, if this is you, there is still a way to get your visa decision reversed. Read our expert guide if you want to learn more about how to appeal your visa decision.

When Should I Apply For My Italy Schengen Visa?

When planning your trip to Italy, you must start the Schengen Visa application process as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are many testimonies of people who didn't start their application process in time, which led to them not getting their visas.

You can start your visa application process as early as 6 months before your intended date of departure. We recommend you start your visa application at least 1 month before your date of departure. This will leave enough time for you to apply and receive your visa, even if the embassy is experiencing some delays.

Quick tip: The most challenging part of the Schengen Visa application process is getting an appointment at the embassy. If you don't start your visa application process in time, you may not get an appointment that allows you to receive a visa in time. Keep this in mind when you start planning your trip to Italy.

What Is The Italy Schengen Visa Fee?

You can expect to pay the following:

  • For adults - €80

  • For children between the age of 6 - 12 - €40

  • For children under the age of 6 years - Free

How Long Does It Take For My Schengen Visa To Be Processed?

The processing time for your visa can vary depending on the situation. You can expect to wait around 15 calendar days for your Schengen Visa. However, this might not always be the case. Certain factors may determine how long you need to wait for your visa. These factors include a sudden demand in Italy Schengen Visas, new laws or regulations that might change the visa process, or political reasons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Countries Don't Need A Schengen Visa To Travel To The Schengen Area?

Some countries enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel to the Schengen Area. Meaning, citizens from the following countries don't need to apply for a Schengen Visa to travel to the Schengen Area:

A

  • Albania (only holders of biometric passports)
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia

B

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (only holders of biometric passports)
  • Brazil
  • Brunei

C

  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica

D - E

  • Dominica
  • El Salvador

G

  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala

H

  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong SAR (Only for holders of the "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" )

I - K

  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kiribati

M

  • Macao S.A.R (Only for holders of the“Região Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport)
  • Malaysia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova (only holders of biometric passports)
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro (only holders of biometric passports)

N

  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia (only holders of biometric passport)

P

  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru

S

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent
  • Samoa
  • Serbia (only holders of biometric passports)
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea

T

  • Taiwan (only if your passport contains an identity card number)
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu

U

  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

V

  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

Do I Have To Apply In Person Or Can I Apply By Mail?

Applicants are required to apply in person.

Can You Provide Copies Of My Passport?

Applicants must apply with an original valid passport.

When The Visa Is Ready Can The Passport Be Sent By Mail?

Applicants can retrieve passports only at this Embassy during normal business hours. Passports may be retrieved by a third party with legal authority to do so and cannot be returned by mail.

Which Income Proofs Can Be Submitted To Show The Ability To Cover The Travel And Stay Expenses?

Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations

  • Pay stubs

  • travelers’ cheques

  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.

  • Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in France. The proof of income from the business.

  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.

  • Family/friend visit: If you visit a friend or family, get an original and copy of “Attestation d’Accueil” that the host will request at the City Hall in France, known as Mairie.

How Long Is A Short Stay Visa Valid For? Can I Leave The Schengen Area And Come Back With The Same Visa?

The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries.

The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay. What you must remember

  • You must have left the Schengen area at the latest on the day on which the visa expires.
  • You must not exceed the authorized length of stay during the validity of the visa.
  • If you have an authorized stay of 90 days, you must not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in 180 days, this period not having to exceed the duration of the visa and the period of 90 days starting from run on the date of the first entry.

I Have A Double/Triple Nationality. Which One Should I Enter In My Visa Application?

You must enter the nationality of the passport with which you wish to travel. When you complete your application form, you will need to indicate your nationality of origin and your current nationality (that of your passport).

Can I Extend My Visa While In Italy?

Only in exceptional cases. We do not recommend this path.

I Am A Visitor To The US With A B1/B2 Visa And Would Like To Spend Two Weeks In Italy After My Trip To The US. Where Do I Apply For A Visa?

Only legal resident aliens in the US can apply for a visa in the United States. If you are only visiting you need to apply at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

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Schengen Visa For US Green Card Holders

I used to apply for my visas the old traditional way. However, I've discovered a new way of travel that allows me to easily apply for my visas. Learn how you can use 2 methods to apply for your Schengen Visa to Italy successfully.


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