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Italy Tourist Visa

Italy Tourist Visa

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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:

  1. Rome: RM - Roma
  2. Milan: MI - Milano
  3. Florence: FI - Firenze
  4. 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. The balance is based on the duration of your trip. Aim to have at least EUR 50 for every day of your trip. For instance, a 5 day trip requires EUR 250 in balance (EUR 50 x 5 days).

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.

Italy Visa Photos

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.

Traveling 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.

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.

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.

How to Reach Italy during COVID-19 as a tourist?

It is possible to reach Italy from other Schengen and EU countries, Austria, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Rwanda. If you're planning on going to Italy from America, there are two options:

  • USA > Iceland > Italy
  • USA > Croatia > Italy

Anyone from countries not in the EU/Schengen are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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