Italy Visas, Entry Rules, and Customs Regulations

A visa is required to enter Italy. In 1997, Italy became a member of the Schengen Agreement and the visa department of the embassy began issuing “Schengen visas”. A Schengen visa issued by one of the participating countries of the agreement is valid on the territory of all participating countries. All foreigners legally residing in the territory of one of the countries of the Schengen zone are entitled to short-term visa-free visits to any other state of the zone, provided that they travel with a passport recognized by all countries participating in the agreement and a residence permit issued by the authorities of the country of residence.

Since July 1, 2008, the Visa Center has been operating, which provides a service for receiving documents for tourist and business visas. Submitting a visa request at the Visa Application Center is a paid service. Reception of individuals at the Visa Application Center is carried out by appointment by phone + 7 (495) 229-29-01 (VMS Call Center), here you can get information on the procedure for obtaining visas, or on the website of the Visa Application Center.

To obtain a visa to Italy, you must provide the following documents:

– a passport and a copy of the page of the passport with the data and photo of the applicant. The validity of the passport must be at least 3 months from the date of expiration of the requested visa. In the event that you have several valid passports, you must submit both passports in the original. If one of them has been canceled, it is enough to provide a copy of it. The passport must have at least one blank page.

– a questionnaire with a photo of the established sample. The questionnaire is completed in block letters for each applicant in Italian or English. For children inscribed in the parents’ passport, a separate questionnaire is filled out. For a child under 18 years of age, both parents sign in the questionnaire. The photo must be in color, on a white background, size: 3x4cm or 3.5×4.5 cm.

– a certificate from the place of work, made on the letterhead of the enterprise, indicating the phone number and address of the organization, position, title and monthly salary of the applicant. The certificate must indicate the date of issue. The certificate is signed by the head of the organization and certified by a seal. Date of issue of the certificate – not earlier than 1 month before the date of submission of documents. Individual entrepreneurs must provide a photocopy of the registration certificate; non-working pensioners provide a pension certificate (original + photocopy); students must provide a copy of their student card or a certificate from the place of study with the seal and signature of the dean of the faculty; Students must provide a certificate from the place of study.

– confirmation of solvency, which can be the original statement of the applicant’s account (the account can be in any currency (including rubles); original and photocopy of the passbook; original and photocopy of traveler’s checks; photocopy of a credit card from 2 sides + account statement or check from an ATM with card balance; bank guarantee (original + photocopy) from the inviting party (a certain amount is blocked on the inviting bank account in the name of the applicant, an appropriate document is drawn up, which must be in the hands of the applicant in the original, a similar document also issued by insurance companies); and postal bonds (original + photocopy).

– hotel reservation indicating the address and phone number of the hotel, duration of stay, last name of each applicant, or an invitation from an Italian citizen or a foreign citizen legally residing in Italy, supported by a copy of the passport or residence permit of the inviting person. The invitation must indicate the length of stay of the invitee in Italy, the place of residence and the signature of the inviter.

– round-trip tickets for the plane / train / bus (originals + photocopy) or confirmation of their booking.

– health insurance valid in the Schengen area. The minimum amount of insurance coverage is 30,000 Euros.

– for children under 18 years old – the original of a notarized permission from both parents (if the child is traveling without parents) or from one (non-travelling) parent if the child is traveling with one of the parents.

Deadline for submission of documents: no earlier than 90 calendar days before the trip, and no later than 2 weeks before the trip. The consular fee is paid at the Italian Visa Application Centre.

According to Constructmaterials, there are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign currency, however, amounts exceeding 12,500 euros must be declared. No more than 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco, as well as 1 liter of alcohol with a strength above 22 degrees and 2 liters of alcohol with a strength of up to 22 degrees or 2 liters of wine are imported duty-free into Italy by persons over 17 years of age; persons over 15 years old – up to 500 g of coffee or 250 g of coffee extract; without age restrictions – up to 50 ml of perfume or 250 ml of eau de toilette, up to 100 g of tea or 40 g of tea extract, items for personal use and goods with a total value of not more than 175 euros (when entering from a country outside the European Union) and no more than 90 euros (when entering from a country that is part of the European Union).

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Italy Visas