How to Get a Visa for Travel to Italy

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Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a visa to enter Italy. While visas are not always required to visit Italy for short periods, visitors from some countries are required to get a visa before traveling to Italy. In addition, most citizens of countries outside the European Union are required to have a visa if visiting Italy for longer than 90 days or planning to work in Italy. Even if you don't need a visa, you will need a valid passport.

Since visa requirements may change, it is always advisable to check for updated information before you travel.

Do You Need a Visa?

To find out if you need a visa go to the website: Do You Need a Visa?. There you will select your nationality and country of residence, how long you plan to stay (up to 90 days or more than 90 days), and the reason for your visit. If you plan to travel as a tourist, select tourism. Click confirm to see if you need a visa. Note that if you are visiting several of the 26 countries in the Schengen visa zone, you do not need a visa for each country.

How to Get an Italian Visa

If you do need a visa, you will be taken to a page that tells you what is required with links for the necessary forms, where to apply, and the cost. Submission of an application does not guarantee that you will get a visa so do not travel until you have the actual visa.

If you have more questions or need help with your visa application, you will also find an email address on that page.

Please direct any visa questions you have to the email address given for the embassy or consulate in the country where you live.

Visa Application Tips: Be sure to apply for your visa far enough in advance of when you plan to travel. Keep copies of all documents and forms you turn in and bring supporting documents with you when you travel.