Italian Embassies and Consulates
When traveling to Italy from outside the European Union (EU) or Schengen Area, or from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Italy is a member, you need an Italian Schengen Visa, and will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Italy has close to 83 embassies and 386 consulates in countries all over the world.
What services do Italy’s Embassies and Consulates provide?
Italian Embassies and Consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing Italian Schengen Visas - and encouraging tourism to the country by providing information to potential tourists or business visitors.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Below is a list of the cities where the Italian embassy or consulate is located in major nations. If your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest Italian mission on the website below. In most countries, these will be located in capital cities or major population centers.
Italian foreign ministry website : amblondra.esteri.it
Italian Embassies and Consulates in the U.S.
Italy has an embassy in Washington D.C. and consulates in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in the U.K.
Italy has an embassy in London and a consulate in Edinburgh.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in China
Italy’s embassy is based in Beijing and it has consulates in Chongqing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou. There are also 11 Italian visa application centers - in Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shenyang, Kunming, Jinan, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, and Changsha.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in India
Italy has an embassy in New Delhi and consulates in the major cities of Kolkata and Mumbai.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in Indonesia
Italy has an embassy in Jakarta.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in Brazil
Italy has an embassy in Brasília and consulates in Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Recife.
Italian Embassies and Consulates in Mexico
Italy’s embassy is located in Mexico City.
Do I have to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
In many countries, Italian embassy or consulate officials do not directly process initial applications or conduct your visa application interview, an essential part of the process where you will submit supporting documents and provide biometric data. The main visa application partner of Italy is the firm VFS Global - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation. They can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. Their website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
What if Italy does not have an embassy or consulate in my country?
If there isn’t one in your country, then officials from another Schengen country or their visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on their behalf.
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Italy, you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused, and AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than Italy, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Italian Embassies and Consulates and Schengen Visas
How long will it take the Italian Embassy or Consulate to process a Schengen Visa?
The processing time for an Italian Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation - but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
If the Italian Embassy refuses my Schengen Visa, can I appeal?
Yes, you can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.
Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my Italian Schengen Visa?
Yes, you need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents given alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data.