Italy Visa and Passport Requirements
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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, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
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.
Visas for Italy are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Italy for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.
Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Italy without a visa for up to 90 days.
Italy is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.
Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Italy for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.
For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.
Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Italy.
For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Italy visas.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.
Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.
The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.
Nationals of a few countries require a transit visa even if staying in the international transit area of the airport; check with the embassy for details.
To apply for a Schengen visa to enter Italy you need to apply in person to the nearest Italian embassy or consulate.
Italy is part of the Schengen visa scheme.
Non-EU/ EEA citizens must apply for a residence permit if they want to stay in Italy for a period exceeding 3 months. Upon entering the country, you have eight days to apply for a residence permit.
EU/ EEA citizens staying longer than 90 days are required to register with the local Anagrafe (Register Office).
Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.
Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel).
Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Italy with a pet from outside of the EU.
Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices
Italian Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 612 4400.
Address: , 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington DC, 20008,
Mon-Fri 0900-1630 (visas by appointment only).
British Embassy in Italy
Telephone: +39 6 4220 0001.
Address: , Via Venti Settembre 80A, Rome, 00187,
By appointment only.
Italian Embassy in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7312 2200.
Address: Mayfair, 14 Three Kings Yard, London, W1K 4EH,
By appointment only.