Italy Visa Application and Entry Requirements
The world’s seventh-largest economy, the Republic of Italy, is
located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It has an area of
301,340 km2 and a population of 60.20 million. It emerged from the
Roman Empire, which was one of the greatest European empires to have
As a result, today, the country is home to many castles and palaces
and a lot of buildings of various architectural styles, such as
Romanesque, Gothic, Mannerist, Baroque, and Neoclassical. Moreover,
it has a coastline of 7,600 km, picturesque lakes, stunning cliffs,
and many green national parks.
With all these natural and man-made wonders, Italy is a huge magnet
for tourists. It is estimated that over 50 million tourists visit
Italy each year. Tourism is crucial to Italy’s economy, providing
more than 60% of the country’s national income.
World travellers wishing to enter Italy for short stays can do so by
obtaining a Schengen Visa to Italy, but not everyone needs a visa to
enter Italy. In this article, you will find out if you belong to
countries whose citizens need or don’t need a visa to visit Italy,
as well as other entry and visa requirements.
San Marino and the Vatican City – two European microstates located
within Italy – are considered part of the Schengen Area, although
they did not officially sign the particular documents of the
agreement. Besides, no border control is performed for the Schengen
countries surrounding them.
Italy Entry Requirements
All EU / EEA nationals will only need to present an identification
document to enter Italy due to the common travel area of the
Schengen Zone, part of which Italy is.
In the meantime, if you are a non-EU/EEA traveller wishing to visit
Italy, San Marino or the Vatican, you will need to present the
following at the Italian port of entry in order to be permitted to
A valid passport or travel document. Valid for at least three more
months beyond their planned date of Exit from Schengen and issued
within the last ten years.
A visa – if they are subject to the Italian visa regime.
Other documents, such as an invitation letter from an Italian host,
proof you have the financial means for a trip to Italy or a
round-trip ticket, may be required from you. For more information in
this regard, contact the local consular services of Italy in your
country of residence.
What Documents Are Required When Applying for an Italian Schengen
The following documents are required for any short-term Italian
Schengen visa application:
Italian visa application form.
Complete the form and then print it. Sign in at the end after
you print it. Ensure the information you have given in this form
complies with the information given in the rest of the required
documents for an Italy visa.
One passport-size picture. The
picture must have been taken in the last six months and in
compliance with Italy’s
photograph visa requirements.
Valid passport. You will need to
submit your passport along with the rest of the visa-required
documents. Make sure your passport has at least two blank pages
in order to affix the visa and:
It is not older than ten
Has a validity of at least
three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Italy
and the whole territory of Schengen.
Your residence permit card along
with a copy (if you are not a citizen of the country from which
you are applying).
Proof of accommodation:
(Check Booking.com or HotelsCombined
to find cheap hotels in Italy!)
If you have a host in Italy:
Completed and signed copy of the sponsorship
form along with a copy of the passport and the Italian
residence permit card of your host (if applicable).
Proof of travel (as applicable):
Schengen travel visa insurance. Health
insurance for the whole territory of Italy and the Schengen
Area. Minimal health insurance coverage for the Schengen Zone is
health insurance policies for foreigners visiting Italy that fulfil
Italian Visa requirements can be purchased online from Europ
Assistance or Mondial
Care. Travel insurance policies issued by both companies are
accepted by Italian authorities worldwide.
Proof of sufficient financial
means for the period of stay in Italy. The
Italian authorities want you to prove you have the necessary
financial means to support yourself throughout your stay in
Italy. You will need to prove you have the following amount
depending on the length of your stay.
Up to 5 days – The overall
amount is 269.60€ per person and 212.81 per two and more
6-10 days – The daily amount
is 44.93€ per person and 26.33€ per two and more persons.
11-20 days – The overall
amount is 51.64€ per person and 25.82€ per two and more
persons, plus the daily amount is 36.67€ per person and
22.21€ per two and more persons.
Over 20 days – The overall
amount is 206.58€ per person and 118.79€ per two and more
persons, plus the daily amount is 27.89€ per person and
17.04€ per two and more persons.
Proof of civil status. This could
be a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death
certificate of spouse, etc. Civil status documents should not be
older than six months.
Copies of relevant pages in
your passport, such as pages containing previous visas.
A cover letter. A
personal letter in which you explain why you are
applying to visit Italy, how long you plan to stay, when you
will leave and other relevant details of the trip.
Document checklist. Tick the
documents submitted and add the document checklist to your
application file. The checklist is usually available from
the Italian Consulate/Embassy.