How to get a visa to Italy from the U.K.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy from the U.K.?

If you are a U.K. citizen you will not need a visa to travel to Italy from the U.K. if you plan on staying for less than 90 days, as the country has visa-free travel arrangements with the Schengen Zone of countries, of which Italy is a part.

If you live in the U.K. and you are a citizen of a country without a visa-free travel arrangement with the Schengen Zone, or are from a non-EU country, you will need to apply for an Italy Schengen visa from the U.K..

I’m in need of Italian visa, how and where do I apply from the U.K?

The firm VFS Global Italy UK handles visa applications on behalf of Italy in the U.K. You can fill in your application form on the VFS website.

Then, you will need to book an appointment at a VFS Italy UK center. Where you book your appointment will depend on where you are base. If you are in Scotland, you should book an appointment at the center in Edinburgh. There are two centers that serve England and Wales, with those in London and the south, best to book an appointment in London, and those in the north able to book their appointment at VFS’ Manchester center.

Additional information is available via the London Italian Consulate website

You can also apply for Italian visa in the CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY IN EDINBURGH

 32 Melville Street, Edimburgo EH3 7HA, Scozia, U.K.

(Consular Chancery covering the following consular district: Scotland and North Ireland)


 Harp House 83-86 Farringdon Street London EC4A 4BL
(Consular Chancery covering the following consular district: England, Wales, Wight Island, Man Island, Channels Islands, Gibraltar, Southern Georgia, and Sandwich Islands)

What documents will I need for my appointment?

For Italy Schengen visa U.K. you will need:

  • a valid passport or travel document whose expiry date is three months longer than that of the visa requested ,
  • a valid U.K. 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.

What do I need from my travel and health insurance?

To obtain a visa, your travel and medical insurance must cover the whole 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).

AXA offers several Schengen Visa compliant insurance policies for travel in Europe, which will cover you for your trip to the Netherlands, from a low-cost option, priced at as little as €0.99 per day of your trip. Your certificate will be available instantly online - ready for you to complete your application and begin your travels.