Italy: Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Italy, a passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.
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.
Note: 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. 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.
Schengen visa: up to 90 days within a six-month period.
For travellers requiring visas, an airport transit visa or a transit visa is required to transit through Italy. If you have a confirmed onward flight and will be passing through the airport, stopping only for a few hours, you will need the airport transit visa. If you hold this visa, you are not permitted to leave the airport. For those with a longer transit time, who do need to leave the airport, you need the transit visa, which is valid for up to five days.
To apply for a Schengen visa to enter Italy you need to apply to the nearest Italian embassy or consulate. UK residents can also apply via the Visa Application Centre (http://it.vfsglobal.co.uk) for an additional fee of £24.
Italy is a member of the Schengen Convention, under which 22 EU countries (excluding Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK), plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland have abolished cross-border checks. Residents of one Schengen country do not need a visa to visit another. Residents of 28 non-EU countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA, do not require visas for tourist visits up to 90 days. All non-EU and non-Schengen nationals entering Italy for more than 90 days or for reasons other than tourism (such as work or study) may need a visa.
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), four passport photographs 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.
Most embassies can process a Schengen visa in 10 to 15 days, but it is recommended to apply at least six weeks in advance of travel.
You must be able to show you have 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.
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.