Do I need a visa to go to Italy ?

U.S., Canadian and Mexican nationals do not need a visa to go to Italy for fewer than 90 days, as these countries are among those with visa-free arrangements with the European Union (EU), allowing their citizens to travel within the Schengen Area of European countries without internal border controls.

From 2021, you will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before you travel. Citizens of countries without a visa waiver deal, including China, India, and all African nations, including those who are permanent residents of the U.S, will require an Italy Schengen Visa. If you are looking to spend more than 90 days in the country, you probably need a long-stay visa.

How do I apply for a visa to travel to Italy?

Applying for a visa for Italy costs €80 ($90) from January 2020 and has traditionally been done via your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate. In the U.S., this is still the case, but in other countries, application centres are now run by outsourced providers like VFS GLOBAL, who handle Italian visa applications in China and India.

If you live in London and Manchester, you need to visit the official Italian Visa VFS Visa Center website

Whether you apply via an appointment at an Italian consulate, or a visa application centre, you will need to provide your passport or travel document, and an itinerary explaining the reasons for your trip. You will also need to produce proof of accommodation, evidence you can financially support yourself during your stay, a recent photo, and a travel and health insurance certificate proving you are covered for your trip. U.S. residents who are not citizens will require a Green Card or I-20 student form proving their right to work or study there. You cannot apply more than 90 days before your scheduled arrival in the country.

To find out exactly where to apply from and for more information, you can visit the official Italian Embassy website in your country.

What will I need to provide to meet Italy’s tourist visa requirements?

For Italy Schengen visa you will need:

  • a valid passport or travel document whose expiry date is three months longer than that of the visa requested ,
  • a valid residency permit or other form of Identity Card.
  • completed application form. Fill out the online application here
  • one passport format photo,
  • travel and medical insurance covering you up to €30,000 in costs that is valid in Italy and the whole Schengen Area,
  • travel tickets,
  • proof of accommodation such as rental agreements, hotel bookings, or an invitation from friends and family 
  • proof of financial subsistence, such as bank statements.

How to get a visa to Italy from the U.K. or the USA?

I’m in need of Italian visa, how and where do I apply from the U.K?. Find out all the information about Italy Schengen Visa UK

Find out here how to apply for visa to Italy if you live in the U.S.A. 

What do I need from my travel and health insurance?

To obtain a visa, your travel and medical insurance must cover all 26 countries in the Schengen Area, even those you have no plans to visit, and cover accidents and illnesses for costs up to a minimum of €30,000 ($26,855).