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All You Need to Know About Italy Tourist Visas for Indians

Last Update: 15-04-2024

⚡Quick Summary

Is a visa required for Indians to visit Italy?

Yes, all Indian passport holders require a Schengen visa to visit Italy for tourism and business related activities.

Processing time for Italy Visa

15 to 21 Working Days

Italy Schengen visa fees for Indians

  1. Italy visa fees: Euro 80
  2. VFS Appointment fees: Euro 06

Italy visa validity

180 Days

Italy visa stay duration

90 Days

How to apply for a Italy visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in minutes.
  2. Apply through the VFS Visa Application Centre.

Documents required for Italy visa

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Passport 
  3. 2 Photographs
  4. Cover Letter
  5. Proof of internal travel
  6. Travel Medical Insurance - Euro 30,000
  7. Flight tickets and Hotel Bookings
  8. Bank Statement (last 3 months)
  9. Income Tax Return (last 3 years)
  10. See other documents.

Can Indians get Italy visa on arrival?

No, Indian passport holders can not obtain a visa-on-arrival in Italy instead they need to apply for a Schengen visa prior to the trip

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Do Indians Need a Visa to Enter Italy?

Yes, Indian citizens are required to obtain a visa to enter Italy. Since Italy is part of the Schengen Zone, Indian travellers need to apply for a Schengen visa for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day timeframe. This visa allows them to explore Italy and other countries within the Schengen Area for tourism, business, or family visits.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. When to Apply for a Italy Schengen Visa at an Italian Diplomatic Mission?
  3. Types of Italy Visa for Indians
  4. How to Apply for an Italy Visa for Indians?
  5. Documents Required for Italy Visa for Indians
  6. Processing Time for Italy Visa Application for Indians
  7. Italy Tourist Visa Fees for Indians
  8. What is the Validity of a Italy Visa?
  9. Can I Extend my Italy Tourist Visa as an Indian?
  10. How Long Can I Stay in Italy with my Short-term Schengen Visa?
  11. How to Track Your Italy Visa Application Status?
  12. Is Travel Insurance Required for Indian Citizens Applying for an Italy Visa?
  13. Common Reasons for Italy Visa Rejection in India
  14. What Should You Do If Your Italy Tourist Visa is Rejected?
  15. What to Do Upon Arrival at the Italy Airport?
  16. Additional Resources
  17. Conclusion
  18. FAQs

Introduction

Dreaming of an Italian getaway from India? Understanding the visa process is crucial for a smooth and memorable trip. This detailed guide has everything Indian citizens need to know about securing a tourist visa for Italy.

From the application steps and necessary documents to the various types of visas and their fees, we aim to equip you with all the information for your journey to Italy. Whether you're wondering how to start your application or how long it will take, we're here to guide you through your Italian adventure.

Questions or need help? Our team is ready to assist you. Reach out to us at 073148 52914 or drop us a WhatsApp message.

Get set for an uncomplicated journey to Italy!

Can I Get an Italy Visa on Arrival?

No, Indian passport holders cannot obtain an Italian visa upon arrival. Instead, they are required to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand, which grants them entry into Italy and the rest of the Schengen countries for up to 180 days.

When to Apply for a Italy Schengen Visa at an Italian Diplomatic Mission?

You're eligible to apply for a Schengen visa at an Italian diplomatic mission if:

  • Your visit to the Schengen area is exclusively to Italy for a duration of up to 90 days within a 180-day timeframe.
  • For trips involving multiple Schengen countries in a single journey, or if you're planning various trips over two months, your visa application should be lodged with the embassy or consulate of the country where you intend to spend the most time, considering both the length and purpose of your stay – Italy in this case.
  • In cases where you're visiting several Schengen countries and it's unclear which country is your primary destination, your application must be made at the embassy or consulate of the country through which you will first enter the Schengen zone. So, if Italy is your first entry point, apply at the Italian consulate.

Types of Italy Visa for Indians

Airport Transit Visa (Type A): This visa is designed for travellers passing through the international zones of airports within the territories of Schengen Member States. It doesn't grant entry into the Schengen Area itself.

Uniform Schengen Visa (USV): The USV is valid for short stays (type C) within the Schengen Area, allowing a maximum duration of 90 days within any 180-day period, calculated from the initial entry date. It can be issued with one, two, or multiple entries. Under specific conditions, USVs can have a validity of one year (C1), two years (C2), three years (C3), or five years (C5).

Visa with Limited Territorial Validity (LTV): LTVs are exclusively valid for the Schengen State whose representation issued the visa, and sometimes for other Schengen States explicitly indicated. LTVs do not allow entry, not even for transit, into other Schengen States. This exception to the usual USV regime is only granted for humanitarian reasons, national interests, or international obligations.

In the case of LTVs, applicants typically cannot apply directly. Instead, in specific situations, diplomatic or consular representations may issue them when all conditions for a Uniform Schengen Visa are not met, but there are compelling reasons to grant a visa. This may also apply when a travel document isn't recognized as valid, due to urgency or necessity.

Long-stay or "National" Visa (NV): These visas are for stays exceeding 90 days (type D) and can include single or multiple entries. They are only valid in the territory of the Schengen State that issued the visa. Holders of D visas can move freely within other Schengen States for up to 90 days within a six-month period, provided their visa is still valid.

How to Apply for an Italy Visa for Indians?

Applying for an Italy Visa via Teleport

Step 1: Start Your Application:

Navigate to Teleport's Italy visa application area and select "Apply for Visa."

Step 2: Submit Your Information and Make Payment:

Input your passport details, choose full or instalment payments, and proceed as guided by Teleport to enter your personal information.

Step 3: Organise Your Documents:

A Teleport relationship manager will be assigned to help you compile all the necessary documents needed for your Italy visa application.

Step 4: Schedule Your Appointment:

This manager will arrange for your visit to the visa application centre of your choice, depending on the available slots.

Step 5: Visit the Visa Application Centre:

Arrive at the designated centre at the scheduled time to give your biometrics and your documents.

✅ Teleport guarantees your application and paperwork are correct before handing them in.

✅ Stay informed about your application's status with updates through WhatsApp and email.

Teleport will quickly inform you about the embassy's verdict. You'll receive all the updates via the platform, and once your visa is approved, you can access and download it from your Teleport Dashboard.

Apply at VFS Global Application Centre in India for a Italy Visa

Step 1: Determine Your Visa Type

Before you start, figure out which type of visa you need and make sure you meet the Italy tourist visa requirements to apply.

Find out what documents you need to submit with your application, how long the process might take, and the fees you'll have to pay.

If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations ready before applying.

For applicants in the West and South jurisdictions, check the relevant information here

Step 2: Prepare Documents

Collect the required documents for your visa application, which vary based on your visa category.

Ensure that any photos meet biometric requirements. You can usually get these photos at Visa Application Centres, among other places.

Step 3: Begin Your Application

If you're in Western or Southern India, apply for your visa between 15 and 18 working days before your planned departure. The Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai has specific application timeframes, Check for details.

Make sure your documents are in Italian when required. If not, get them translated into Italian by a certified translator.

 If you live in Eastern India, check if you're eligible to apply at the Kolkata Application Centre.

Note

  • Applying within 15 working days of your departure requires you to sign a declaration.
  • The Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata cannot accept passports with written observations.
  • Passports must be machine-readable, and handwritten passports won't be accepted.

Once you have identified your visa type and collected all the necessary documents, select your visa category and complete the visa application form

Step 4: Schedule Your Appointment

Following the submission of your visa application, it's time to book an appointment at the VFS Visa Application Centre for biometric data collection, which includes fingerprinting and a photograph. Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation email containing your appointment letter. If you're applying as part of a family or group, remember that each member must schedule an individual Italy visa appointment.

JurisdictionStates/Territories Covered

Delhi

New Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh

Mumbai

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Daman and Diu, Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, Telangana

Kolkata

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Tripura, Sikkim, West Bengal, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Remember, your passport's place of issue or permanent residence doesn't matter. What's important is where you've been living for the past six months. Visa applications can only be processed from people living permanently in India. If you're visiting India and plan to go to Italy, even if it's on your way back home, you need to apply for your Schengen visa from the consulate in your home country.

Italy Visa Application Centres in India

LocationOperating Hours (Mon to Fri)

Ahmedabad

09:00 - 17:00

Bangalore

09:00 - 14:00

Chandigarh

09:00 - 16:00

Chennai

08:00 - 15:00

Cochin

09:00 - 13:00

Hyderabad

08:00 - 15:00

Jalandhar

09:00 - 16:00

Jaipur

09:00 - 15:00

Kolkata

09:00 - 17:00

Mumbai - south

08:00 - 15:00

New Delhi

09:00 - 16:00

Pune

08:00 - 14:00

Step 5: Pay Your Fees

Upon submitting your application, you will be required to pay the visa fee. If you choose to download the form, print it, and bring it to the Visa Application Centre, you can make the payment during your appointment.

Step 6: Visit the Visa Application Centre

You need to go to the Visa Application Centre in person to submit your complete Italy tourist visa application form.

For Residents in Northern India:

  • If you need to report back to the Italian Embassy when you arrive in India, you can visit the Visa Application Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 15:00 and 16:00 by appointment.
  • If you've already submitted your visa application at the Embassy Counter and need to provide additional documents, you can visit the Visa Application Centre from Tuesday to Thursday between 15:00 and 16:00 with a prior appointment.

Important

  • Make sure you arrive at the Visa Application Centre 30 minutes before your appointment.
  • Generally, applicants should come alone, but there are exceptions. You can be accompanied if you're with children under 18 years old or if you need special assistance due to health reasons or a disability.

You must personally submit your fully completed Italy tourist visa application form and documents at one of the designated Visa Application Centres, unless otherwise instructed. 

Learn more about the Processes within the Visa Application Centre.

Step 7: Track Your Application

If you submitted your application at a VFS Visa Application Centre, you can use the VFS online application tracking tool to check the status of your application. Simply provide the following details:

1. The reference number issued to you

2. Your date of birth.

Step 8: Collect Your Visa

After a decision has been made on your visa application, you have two options for getting your documents back:

Collecting in Person:

  • Bring the receipt provided by the Visa Application Centre and a valid government ID.
  • Check with the Centre at the time of your appointment for document collection options.

Courier Service:

  • For some Centres, your documents can only be returned via courier.

Third Party Collection:

You generally need to collect your documents yourself. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Immediate family members (e.g., parent, child, sibling) who applied for a visa at the same time as you.
  • One person from a group application who can collect documents for the entire group.
  • Someone collecting on behalf of government officials, with an authorization letter on government letterhead.
  • A representative of a company, with an original authorization letter on company letterhead and an official ID card.

Additionally, any third party collecting documents should provide the following:

  • A photocopy of their government ID card.
  • The original ICR (Invoice Cum Receipt).
  • An authorization letter from the visa applicant.

If You Have a 'Report Back' Notice:

For the 'Report Back' notice from the Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata, you need to email the following within 7 days of returning from the Schengen area to consolatogenerale.calcutta@esteri.it 

  • A scanned copy of the visa page.
  • The facing page of the passport.

Please note that it's crucial to provide this information, as there may be legal consequences for not doing so. Even if you don't travel to the Schengen area after receiving a 'Report Back' stamp, you must still provide this information via email.

For Mumbai Jurisdiction:

If your visa application falls under the Mumbai Jurisdiction, visit the VFS Centre in person within 5 days of your return. Bring the following documents:

  • Passport front and back copies.
  • Copies of immigration stamps.
  • A copy of the visa.

If you wish to withdraw your application in the Mumbai Jurisdiction, visit the VFS centre and submit the withdrawal form in person.

Documents Required for Italy Visa for Indians

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

Complete the form and obtain two signatures from the applicant, including both parents' signatures for minors.

Appointment Slip

Download and upload the appointment slip and bring it on your appointment day.

Original Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended stay
  • Minimum of 2 blank pages. 
  • Issued within the last ten years
  • Provide two sets of photocopies.
  • Include your old passport if you have one.

Passport and Previous Visas Photocopies

Include copies of the front and last pages of your passport and previous Schengen, US, and UK visas if applicable.

Photograph

  • Two recent colour photo
  • Dimensions: 35mm x 45mm.
  • White background

Bank Statement

  • Covering the past three months
  • For Delhi jurisdiction, include 6 months' statements
  • Official stamp and signature by the bank 
  • Statement should not be more than 1-week old on your appointment day.
  • Recommended bank balance is at least Euro 45 (INR 4,000/-) per day per person for the entire trip

Income Tax Return

ITR acknowledgement for the last three assessment years or Form 16A with a barcode.

Cover Letter

  • Include a letter with your name, travel details, expenses, and the purpose of your visit.
  • For Group Travel, submit a covering letter from the tour operator with passenger details.

Travel Insurance

Obtain travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros for a minimum of 10 days from your travel date.

Proof of Accommodation

Provide confirmed hotel reservations covering your travel dates, including reservations for other Schengen countries if applicable.

Residence Proof

Provide address proof if your passport was issued in a different jurisdiction, such as a letter from your bank/employer, rent agreement, or property papers

Flight Reservation

 Include both onward and return tickets.

Proof of Internal Travel

Show proof of transportation within the Schengen region, such as train bookings or car rentals.

Supporting Documents

If Employed

  • Last three months' pay slips
  • Include a No Objection Certificate (NOC) with leave dates from your employer on company letterhead.

If Self-Employed

  • GST certificate and company registration proof
  • Company bank statement and income tax return

If Student

Original letter from the school, dated within 30 days before date of submission must report: Full name of the applicant, full name and address of school, telephone number of the school, signature of the Head of Department

If Retired

  • 3-month pension statement.
  • Provide proof of income from property or business ownership.

If Sponsored

Include an invitation letter from Italy and the sponsor's passport or identity card. For foreign resident sponsors, include their passport, identity card, and residence permit.

If a Minor

Provide notarized and legalised affidavits for minors travelling with one parent or a third party. No affidavit is needed if both parents' names appear on the minor's passport.

Photo Guidelines and Specifications for Italy Visa Application

When applying for an Italy travel visa as an Indian citizen, the photograph you submit must meet the following criteria:

Recent Photograph: The photo for your visa should be taken within the last 6 months to ensure it reflects your current appearance.

Size and Specifications: Your photo should comply with these measurements:

  • Dimensions: 35mm by 45mm (width x height)
  • Your face should fill 80% of the photo
  • The background must be solid white, without patterns or designs.

Photo Specifications for Italy Visa Application

Head Position: Your head should be visible and centred in the photo, with your face fully in view.

Eyewear and Head Coverings: Glasses are permitted as long as there's no glare hiding your eyes. Religious headwear is acceptable, but it must not cover any part of your face (chin to forehead, including both cheeks and ears should be clearly visible).

Photo Quality: Ensure the photo is in colour, of high resolution, and evenly lit. It should be free from shadows, red-eye, and reflections.

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Processing Time for Italy Visa Application for Indians

The processing duration for an Italy tourist visa for Indian citizens varies but typically takes between 15 to 21 working days from the day the embassy receives your application.

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Italy Tourist Visa Fees for Indians

Visa TypeFee TypeAmount

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

VFS Appointment Fees

Euro 06 (INR 550/-)

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (up to 6 years old)

No Fees

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (6 to 12 years)

Euro 40 (INR 3,600/-)

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (12+ years)

Euro 80 (INR 7,200/-)

What is the Validity of a Italy Visa?

Indian passport holders can stay in Italy for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period on a Italy Schengen visa. This visa also permits them to move freely within Italy and other Schengen area countries during the period of 180 days.

Can I Extend my Italy Tourist Visa as an Indian?

If you possess a short-stay visa, such as a uniform Schengen visa, your stay in Italy or any other Schengen country must align with the visa's specified duration. However, there may be exceptions, such as when you can demonstrate a genuine inability to depart or present well-justified special cases, like extending a Italy business visa for negotiations or supplier contacts. In such instances, the Local Questura authorities are responsible for determining visa extensions.

On the other hand, a national visa (a long-stay visa) only grants entry into Italy. Upon crossing the border, you must obtain a residence permit, known as "permesso di soggiorno," which is the sole document that permits you to legally reside in Italy.

For further details on how to apply for a visa extension and to ascertain if it's possible, please refer to the Polizia di Stato's website.

How Long Can I Stay in Italy with my Short-term Schengen Visa?

A short-term Schengen visa for Italy allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day timeframe. The actual duration of your stay is subject to the decision made by the consulate. While visas can be issued for up to 180 days (6 months), not every application will receive the maximum allowed duration.

How to Track Your Italy Visa Application Status?

Stay updated on your Italy tourist visa application's progress through Teleport. If you applied using Teleport, you could receive live updates via WhatsApp, email, or directly on the Teleport Dashboard.

Check Your Italy Visa Application Status with Teleport

  1. Visit the Teleport Dashboard.
  2. Find the "Your Applications" section.
  3. Select your application to check its current status.

Track Your Italy Visa Application Through VFS Global

Alternatively, your Italy tourist visa application status can be checked through VFS Global:

  1. Visit the VFS tracking page online.
  2. Choose the country where your application was submitted.
  3. Type in the application reference number provided at the VFS centre during the payment phase.
  4. Input your last name.

Is Travel Insurance Required for Indian Citizens Applying for an Italy Visa?

Yes, Indian applicants need to secure travel insurance with a minimum cover of 30,000 Euros. It's recommended to explore options from reputable insurers such as Tata AIG, Digit Insurance, HDFC Ergo, etc. This insurance is crucial for managing any unforeseen situations while abroad.

Common Reasons for Italy Visa Rejection in India

  1. Incomplete Documentation: A common reason for visa denial is failing to submit all the required documents.
  2. Inaccurate Information: Submission of false information can not only lead to rejection but may also impact future applications.
  3. Insufficient Funds: Proof of having enough funds, at least Euro 45 per day, is required to cover your expenses in Italy.
  4. Past Overstays: Previous overstays, particularly in Schengen countries, may negatively influence your application.
  5. Unclear Travel Purpose: Failing to clearly articulate the reason for your visit can raise doubts.
  6. Criminal Record: Any history of criminal activity or legal issues can result in visa denial.
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What Should You Do If Your Italy Tourist Visa is Rejected?

If your visa application was denied despite providing all the required documents, you will receive a notification explaining the reasons for the denial. You can find this information in the Visa Code.

For Schengen or National Visas that were not requested for family reasons and have been denied, there is an option to request a review by the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (T.A.R.) of Lazio within 60 days of receiving the denial notification.

In cases where visas are denied solely for joining or accompanying family members, you can file claims through a lawyer with the authorised regular court (Tribunale Ordinario) without any specific time limitations.

What to Do Upon Arrival at the Italy Airport?

  1. Prepare Essential Documents: Make sure to have all vital documents such as your passport, Italy visa (if required), your round-trip ticket, and details of your stay easily accessible. This preparation aids in a swift immigration clearance.
  2. Advice for Unaccompanied Minors: Unaccompanied children should stay close to the flight attendant designated for their safety during the flight. Upon arrival, they must promptly meet the designated adult responsible for picking them up, ensuring their safety and a smooth reception.
  3. Familiarise Yourself with Italy's Entry Rules: Before your flight, acquaint yourself with the entry and customs regulations of Italy. Be ready to declare any items if necessary or submit your luggage for inspection if required, directly upon arrival in the customs zone. Being aware of these regulations beforehand can help avoid complications at customs.

Adhering to these suggestions and keeping informed about Italy’s entry and customs protocols ensures a seamless and straightforward beginning to your Italian journey right from the airport.

Conclusion

In summary, obtaining an Italian visa can be a fairly straightforward process if you meet the specific Italy tourist visa requirements for your travel plans. Italy's captivating scenery and rich culture are ready to be explored.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable journey in Italy!

For a convenient and trouble-free Italian visa application, consider using Teleport. Our easy-to-use platform simplifies the application process, ensuring your submission meets all the necessary criteria.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance. Our dedicated team is ready to provide guidance and support.

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