Italy Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Passport note

There are no formalities required to enter the Vatican City, but entry will always be via Rome, and you must therefore comply with Italian regulations. 

There is free access only to certain areas of the Vatican City; these include St Peter's Church, St Peter's Square, the Vatican Museum and the Vatican Gardens. Special permission is required to visit areas other than those mentioned.

There are no border formalities in San Marino. Foreigners staying longer than 10 days must obtain a permit of stay (valid for 90 days) or a residence permit. 

Visas

Visas are not required by the nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:

• Nationals of EU countries for an unlimited period.

• Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA for stays of up to 90 days.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Italy.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €60/£51.30. Reduced fees are available for some nationalities and for children. Two Schengen visas are available for short-stay travellers from non-member states. The single-entry visa allows travellers to enter the Schengen area once and travel within it. The multiple-entry visa allows you to enter and leave the Schengen area multiple times within the allocated time permitted.

Validity

Schengen visa: up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Certain nationals (but not those listed above) require a transit visa; check with the consulate.

Application to

To apply for a Schengen visa to enter Italy you need to apply to the nearest Italian embassy or consulate. Residents of England and Wales should apply via the Visa Application Centre (http://it.vfsglobal.co.uk) for an additional fee of £24. Residents of Scotland and Northern Ireland should apply via the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh.

Schengen visas

Italy is a member of the Schengen Convention.

Temporary residence

If you plan on residing in Italy for a longer period of time you will need a permesso di soggiorno (permission to remain). This entitles you to study and work legally. To apply you will require a valid passport (stamped with your date of entry), a visa issued in your own country (for non-EU citizens) and proof of your ability to support yourself financially. To apply, visit the ufficio stranieri (foreigners bureau) of the local police station. EU citizens do not require any permits to live or work in Italy. However, after three months' continuous residency you must register at the anagrafe (municipal registry office) and provide proof of work or sufficient funds to support yourself. 

Working days

Allow five to 10 days for visa processing, though some cases may take longer.

Sufficient funds

If you require a visa, you must be able to show sufficient funds to cover your stay in the Schengen area. On average, a budget of €50 per day is recommended. You should submit an original current bank statement covering the three-month period before the date of application for the visa.

Entry documents

Those travelling on a Schengen visa may be requested to present copies of the following: travel insurance, confirmed return flight, hotel reservation confirmation or a letter of support from friends or family you may be staying with.

Extension of stay

It is generally only possible to extend a Schengen visa if proof is provided of serious personal/occupational reasons, humanitarian grounds or force majeure.

Entry with pets

A pet passport is required when travelling to Italy with a pet. Dogs, cats or ferrets require an ISO pet microchip and proof of up-to-date vaccinations (including rabies) at least 21 days prior to travel. An accredited veterinarian must then complete the bi-lingual EU Annex II for Italy form. Dogs also require a leash and a muzzle, and some dangerous breeds may be refused entry.

Embassies and tourist offices

Italian Embassy in the USA
Telephone: (202) 612 4400. Website: http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1230 (visas by appointment only).
British Embassy in Italy
Telephone: (06) 4220 0001. Website: http://ukinitaly.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Not open to public.
Italian Embassy in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7312 2200. Website: http://www.amblondra.esteri.it Opening times: Not open to public.
Edited by Jane Duru
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