italy visit visa

Italy Visit Visa - Definitive Guide

The delicious cuisine, the gorgeous architecture, the rich arts and culture, and the excellent healthcare system, Italy is a popular destination for people from around the world. With the Italy visit visa, people can enter Italy to meet their family/friends living in the country. 

What is Italy Visit Visa?

italy visit visa

To visit Italy to meet family members and friends, most people require a permit. The Italian permit that allows this is known as the Italy  Schengen visit visa. Being a type of the Schengen, this is issued for a duration of 90 days in a 180-day period and is issued as single-entry, double-entry, and multiple-entries. However, if you are a national of the Schengen countries or of one of the visa-exempt nations for Italy, you do not need a visa.

How to Apply for Italy Visit Visa?

The application for the visit permit for Italy can be done in multiple ways. The application form has to be filled offline. You will have to submit the application at one of the VACs assigned by the embassy or consulate for the region you belong to. Before applying, ensure that you meet the eligibility conditions for the visit category. Also, procure all the documents as per the document checklist for the visit permit. You may then proceed to make the application as follows - 

At a VAC -

  • Download the offline Schengen visa application form from the website of the VAC. 
  • Fill in all the details on the form. You must type it and then print. Mention your purpose of visit as ‘visiting family/friends’.
  • Book an appointment for the application and biometric submission at a VAC. You can do this online, or by calling them.
  • Visit the VAC with your documents, completed application form, to submit your application. You must pay the fees here.

Please note that if you have already submitted your biometrics for any Schengen application in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. In this case, you do not have to attend the appointment in person. 

Also, It is also important to ensure that you submit only genuine documents and provide the correct information. Submission of fake documents or false information are grounds for automatic visa rejection. A refused Schengen permit can affect your future travel plans. 

Eligibility for Italy Visit Visa

To be eligible to apply for the Italian visit permit, you must meet the following conditions - 

  • You must be living in the country where you are lodging your application. If you are residing in a residence permit in a foreign nation, you may apply it from the respective country.
  • You must possess a valid passport as per the requirements.
  • Your main reason for the visit must be to meet your family members or friends living in Italy.
  • You must possess sufficient funds to cover your expenses during the stay in Italy. If you are being sponsored by your family or friend, you must be able to prove this.
  • You must be invited by your family/friends living in Italy.
  • You must apply for the permit only if -
  • Italy is your only destination, or
  • Italy is one of your multiple Schengen destinations, in which case you will be spending the majority of the time here, or, 
  • Italy must be your port of entry.

Documents Required for Italy Visit Visa

The following are the list of documents required for Italy visit visa permit - 

  • A valid passport- 
  • It must consist of at least 2 blank pages.
  • Passports older than 10 years are not allowed.
  • It must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel.
  • Old passports, if any.
  • A covering letter .
  • This should include the applicant’s basic details.
  • It should clearly mention the source of funds for the stay.
  • It should clearly state the purpose and duration of the visit.
  • It should be addressed to the Embassy of Italy.
  • Invitation letter from your family member or friend living in Italy stating the details of the visit
  • Travel itinerary/documents - 
    1. A detailed travel itinerary 
    2. Round trip flight tickets
    3. Proof of accommodation 
  • Medical travel insurance coverage up to at least 30000 Euros
  • Proof of occupation -
    1. If employed 
      1. Employment contract copy, Employee ID card copy
      2. Letter from employer stating sanction of leave for the travel period
      3. NOC (No objection certificate) from the company
    2. If student
      1. Leave letter from the institution
      2. Proof of student status
    3. If self-employed
      1. A copy of the business license
      2. Copy in the commerce register or as a partner in a company
      3. Financial documents -
      4. Personal bank statements for the last 3 months or copy of passbook showing recent funds, or
      5. Income tax papers/salary slips (If employed). 
      6. Income tax statement (ITR) for the last 3 years or form no. 16 ( if self-employed).

Photo Specification for Italy Visit Visa

The photo specification for Italy Visit Visa is as follows -

photo specification for italy visit visa

  • Dimensions:  35mm X 45mm
  • Colour: Coloured 
  • Head must occupy the central position
  • Must be recently captured - within last 3 months
  • Background: Solid, plain white or grey
  • 80% face coverage
  • Neutral facial expression
  • Glasses: Non-thick framed/prescription 
  • Headgears - only for religious reasons
  • Facial hair - permitted

Processing Time for Italy visit Visa

The processing time for the Italy Schengen visit visa is usually around 10-15 working days. However, this may vary depending upon several factors such as the number of entries, volume of applications, additional verification requirements, and so on. Since the processing time varies, it is suggested to apply for it well in advance.

Italy visit Visa Fees

The fees for the visit permit depends on the embassy decision and foreign exchange rates. Along with the visa application fee, there are biometric charges, as well as any additional service charges. As a result, it is advised to check the exact amount before starting the application.

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 7735.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 7735.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Term Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Term Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6055.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 7735.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 7735.0

After Submission

Once you have submitted your application successfully and have paid the fees, you will receive your visit visa within the processing time. If you have been approved of the permit, you may either pick it directly from the mission or from VAC. Alternately, you can opt for the visa to be sent to you via post.

How to Check Visa Status?

You may track the status of your visit application by clicking here and entering the application number and date of birth. Alternately, you can contact your travel agency for your status. Also, you may opt for SMS notifications provided by the VAC.

When you have this visa

Once you have the permit, you must keep in mind the following points to ensure that you have a pleasant trip - 

  • Keep in mind the expiry date, duration of allowed stay, and the number of entries mentioned on the visa sticker. You must not stay back in Italy after this period. 
  • Ensure that you carry all the documents while travelling. You may have to show copies of the documents at the entry port in Italia.
  • Make sure that you travel to Italy within 6 months of the issue date. After this date, your permit will become invalid.
  • While you are travelling within the country, always carry a copy of your travel documents with you. 
  • While you are on a visit permit, you are not allowed to take part in paid work in the country.
  • It is not possible to extend this visit visa under normal circumstances.
  • Since this is a Schengen category, you are allowed to visit any of the Schengen nations with this. However, if you are issued with the Limited Territorial Validity (LTV) of the visit type, you can only visit the countries that are specifically mentioned on the visa sticker.
  • While you are in the country, you must respect their customs and culture. You must also abide by Italian laws.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Extend My Italy Schengen visit Visa?

Getting an extension of the visit permit is not possible under normal conditions. Similar to other Schengen short term visas, these are non-extendable. You are expected to leave the country before your expiry. However, in certain cases of unforeseeable circumstances, you may apply for an extension.

How much bank balance is required to get an Italy Schengen visit Visa?

As per the embassy regulations, there are no regulations on the exact amount of funds you must possess in order to get an Italian visit visa. As per the requirements, you must show that you have a stable bank account with steady transactions and that you have enough money to support your stay in Italy. If you are being sponsored, your sponsor must show that they have the funds to support you.

After Expiring My Italy visit Visa, How Long Can I Stay?

You cannot stay back in the country once your visit permit has expired. You must leave the country before the date of expiry. Staying back in Italy after your visa has expired is considered as an offence, and can get you deported. If you do wish to stay in the country longer, you can apply for another permit when you go back to your home country. 

What is the Medical Test for Italy Schengen visit Visa?

Since the Italian visit permit is a short term category, there is no requirement for a mandatory medical test. However, for longer types of permits, you may be required to get a medical checkup. You are also required to carry medical travel insurance. Alternately, it is suggested that you get a medical test done before travelling to any foreign country. 

Can I convert my Italy Schengen visit Visa into a Work permit?

No, being a Schengen visa, the Italian visit permits are non-extendable and non-convertible. As a result, you cannot change this into any category. You are also not permitted to work during your stay. However, if you require to work in Italy, you may do so by applying for a work permit once you go back to your home country.

Can I Travel to other Schengen or European Countries on an Italy visit Visa?

Yes, you can travel to other Schengen countries on this Italian permit. Being a member of the Schengen, Italy participates in a visa-free agreement with other Schengen countries. However, you can travel only to the European countries that are also a part of the Schengen. Apart from these, there are a few non-European countries that allow you to enter them with a Schengen visa. Eg:- Croatia.

How many days before the trip should I apply for an Italy visit Visa?

It takes around 10-15 working days for processing the Italian visit visa without taking into account, the transit time taken for the application to reach the embassy or consulates. As a result, you are advised to apply well in advance in order to avoid delay. However, you cannot apply more than 3 months prior to the date of travel


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