Apply for a visa

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Step-by-step guide

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  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

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

  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    You can also download the Visa Application Form, complete it, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission.

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Applications for short stay visas are accepted at the Visa Application Centre through prior appointments. Once you’ve booked your appointment, a secure payment of AED 63.92 must be made via a Debit or credit card on the website, for an immediate appointment confirmation (all applicable taxes included), you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment. Please carry a print of your Appointment Letter when you visit the Visa Application Centre for your appointment.

    Italy Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi can only accept applications from holders of UAE residency visas issued in Abu Dhabi or Al Ain.

    Please click here to book an appointment

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.

    If you want to change your appointment, please remember to cancel your original appointment. Appointments scheduled under one Application Centre cannot be transferred or changed to another Application Centre. For example, an appointment for Abu Dhabi cannot be transferred or changed to Dubai and vice versa. The fees once paid cannot be transferred or refunded. A fresh appointment and a new service charge will be applicable.

    If the payment is unsuccessful, a new appointment can be scheduled only after 1 hour.

    In case you face any issues while scheduling your appointment, email us at or call us at 00971(0) 4 205 5777 for further assistance.

    The following details are required for appointment booking:

    • Name
    • Passport Number
    • Contact Number

    Rescheduling an appointment:

    You are allowed to reschedule your appointment twice and up to 2 working days prior to your scheduled date. Further change in date will be considered as a fresh appointment and a new service charge will be applicable.

    Cancelling an appointment:

    If you wish to cancel your appointment, the service charges cannot be refunded. Appointments can be cancelled only 2 days prior to the scheduled date.

    In order to make a new appointment and a service charge payment will be applicable.

    Terms and conditions

    The service charges are non-refundable in the following situations and a new appointment will have to be scheduled:

    • If you miss your appointment on the scheduled date
    • If you are delayed for your appointment and cannot be accommodated on the same day
    • If your application is incomplete as per the guidelines and the application cannot be accepted
    • If you are unable to proceed with your appointment as you have selected the Visa Application Centre location incorrectly.
    • If you decide not to proceed with the application
    • If you cancel your appointment
  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have made your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee. at the VAC.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out What happens at the Visa Application Centre.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    You can also track your visa application status online.  Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your passport from the Visa Application Centre or have your passport returned to you by courier for an additional fee.

    Collecting your passport in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your passport they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification.

    Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your passport.

  • Additional Services

    We constantly strive to offer a range of high end services to enhance customer satisfaction.

    We constantly strive to offer a range of high end services to enhance customer satisfaction. As part of our constant and ongoing endeavor to add value to your experience we offer additional services designed to make the process easy and effortless. To use them, you will need to pay an extra fee in addition to the visa application fee.

    For your comfort while applying for your Visa you can call us on 00971(0) 4 205 5777 to know more information on the additional services that are available.



    Premium Lounge service - Apply for your visa within the comfort of our Premium Lounge.

    The Premium Lounge service is available for those customers who would like to experience a dedicated service with personalised attention.

    This service provides the following amenities:

    • A dedicated premium service lounge
    • Well-appointed ambience
    • Refreshments
    • Photocopying service for your documents
    • Quicker submission of your application at the Visa Application Centre
    • SMS alert on the status of your application*
    • Return delivery of your passport via courier* (if requested)
    • *You do not need to pay the additional SMS and courier fee if using the Premium Lounge service.

    Important note: Your visa will be processed and adjudicated by the Embassy of Italy. Using the Premium Lounge service does not mean that your visa will be processed faster.

    Form Filling Service:

    A member of staff will complete your visa application form online for a fee of AED 112.74 per application. Please note, the Original passport, Hotel booking, flight reservation/schedule and Insurance will be required for this service.

    The form-filling staff will complete your application form as per the documents you provide.* All applicants are requested to verify the application form before proceeding to submit the application. VFS and its staff shall not be responsible for the contents and the accuracy of the information entered or any adverse decision arising out of the contents or the accuracy of the information provided on the Visa Application Form; the responsibility lies with the applicant.

    SMS Alerts service: Receive SMS updates informing you of the status of your visa application

    SMS updates will be sent to you informing you of the status of your visa application. Once purchased, you will receive several automated feedback messages to your mobile phone, alerting you about the current stage of your application, within the process. The service supports the transfer of SMS text into the language of your choice (Arabic and English languages are available) and keeps you updated about the status of your visa application. At the end of the process, you will receive an automated email message (in English only) to the registered email address provided in your application form, informing you that the decision on your application has been made. However, the outcome of this decision will not be conveyed through these alerts.

    Courier service: Have your passport couriered back to you, instead of collecting it from the Visa Application Centre

    As part of the Courier service, the Visa Application Centre will courier your application, documents and passport back to you. You can purchase the service at the centre. Please enquire about this service when you submit your visa application.

    Photocopying of documents: Photocopy your documents, as required

    You may require photocopies of recommended supporting documentation.

    Express Courier

    The express courier service is an upgrade to the regular courier service will still be made available. The benefit of the express courier service is that applicants opting for this service can have their passport and documents returned back on the same day at place of their convenience instead of personally coming to collect it rather than receiving it the following day.

    Courier Assurance

    If the application has lost or damaged his courier while in transit, applicants will not be required to submit receipts to substantiate their claims. Once confirmation of damage/loss is received from the courier provider, the applicant can claim the USD 200 - 350 guaranteed reimbursement.

    Email Printing Service:

    In case you may require missing documents that are on your email or phone, you can get this printed out at the application centre by emailing it to us for a minimal fee.

    Additional Service

    AMOUNT IN AED (all applicable taxes included)

    Premium Lounge

    AED 209.1 per application

    Form Filling Service

    AED 106.6 per application

    Delivery of the passport via courier

    AED 41 per application

     SMS Alerts service  AED 8.20 per application
     Photocopying service  AED 4.10 (per page)
     Express Courier  AED 106.6 per application
     Courier Assurance  AED 10 per application
     Email Printing Service  AED 4.1 per application

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

Start your application

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the Premium Services on offer.

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