Visa Information

Visa Types

Select the visa type that is right for you to see important information on visa fees, documents required, forms, photo specifications and processing times.

Re-entry

  • Overview
  • Visa Fees
  • Documents Required
  • Photo Specifications
  • Processing Time
  • Application Form
  • Overview

    Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.

    SCHENGEN VISA

    The Schengen Visa is a visa issued by this Consulate, valid for a maximum of 90 days, which allows the visa holder to travel in all of the 26 European Countries that signed the Schengen Agreement, namely: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. If you intend to visit one or more Schengen Countries in the course of a single trip, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the Country that is your main destination (i.e. where you will stay longer). If, in the course of your trip, you will spend an equal amount of time in different Countries, the visa MUST be requested at the Consulate of the Schengen Country port of entry.

    Please note that the border authorities may refuse entry to a foreign national who does not meet all requirements.

    Eligibility

    Do you need a visa? https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en

    Legal status in the UK: Passports, travel documents and residence cards must have a validity of at least three months beyond the last day of your trip in the Schengen Area. In order to apply, you must be resident in the Consular district: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Gibraltar and South Georgia & Sandwich Islands. Please note that applicants not residing in the mentioned area or holders of a UK C-visit visa are not eligible to apply.

  • Visa Fees

    Visa Category Visa fee (in Euro) Visa fee (in GBP) VFS Service fee (in GBP)
    Tourism/Visitor Family & Friends/Conference 80 68.10 13.16
    Business 80 68.10 13.16
    EEA/EU and Swiss national family member 0 0 13.16
    Nationals of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Albania (No visa for Biometric passport), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Georgia (No visa for Biometric passport), Macedonia, Serbia (No visa for Biometric passport) and Ukraine (No visa for Biometric passport) 40 34.10 13.16
    Children between 6 and 12 years old 40 34.10 13.16
    Children less than 6 years old 0 0 13.16
    Fees for “Long stay” D visa in Italy (i.e. Work Settlement, Residency etc.) 116 98.70 13.16
    Fees for “Long stay” D visa in Italy (study) 50 42.60 13.16
    Fees for "Long stay" D visa in Italy (mission, research) - 0.00 13.16
    Organised groups of school pupils/students accompanied by teachers on study/educational trip; only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Italy. 0 0 13.16
    (scientific) researchers from third countries 0 0 13.16
    Representatives of non-profit organisations (up to 25 years old) actively participating in conferences/events (sports, cultural or educational) organised by non-profit organisations. 0 0 13.16

    Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.

    VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.

    All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester) or Credit/Debit card.

    Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

    All fees are non-refundable.

  • Documents Required

    Applicants should always appear in person. All documents must be printed out and presented in original plus a photocopy where required. Applicants must provide:

    1. Duly completed application form D for long stay visa (National visa) [click here];
    2. Valid passport or travel document with at least two blank pages, valid at least three months (original plus one photocopy). The passport will be kept and returned with the visa, if approved;
    3. Cover letter;
    4. Permesso di soggiorno (Italian residence permit). Please note:
      1. in the case of a lost or stolen permesso di soggiorno, a copy of the report made to the police authorities is required;
      2. in the case of an expired permesso di soggiorno, original or copy of the expired document is required.
    5. Passport-style photo, full front and white background and not older than 6 months.

    PLEASE NOTE

    A. After the application has been submitted, the visa office needs to be authorised from the Questura (Police station) which originally issued the permesso di soggiorno. The visa is issued only after the relevant Questura releases the necessary authorisation. The visa processing time starts when the authorisation is received and all documents are provided (please see letter B). Therefore, it is not possible to rush the processing time.

    B. Once the authorisation has been received, the applicant must provide one way travel ticket reservation. Please note:

    1. if travelling by plane, train or bus the ticket must be printed directly from the airline/train line/bus operator, showing passenger’s name, dates, from/to;
    2. if travelling by car, ferry tickets or Eurotunnel tickets are required, alongside with car registration (original plus photocopy) car insurance (original plus photocopy) and driving licence If renting a car, the same documentation is required plus the car rental documents;
    3. if travelling to multiple Schengen countries, travel tickets between each country is mandatory;
    4. if using third parties services, such as travel agencies, note that they will be accepted only if based in the UK or in one of the Schengen countries. Travel tickets must always be issued from the airline/trainline/bus operator themselves and any other paper will not be taken into account. This applies to letter a), b), c).

    For Citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Travel Documents Holders (with the three letters code XXA or XXB appearing in the ICAO) need to provide full names of mother and father and it must result from a birth certificate or Consular declaration.

    PLEASE BE AWARE THAT, AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS PRESENTED WITH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. IF ALL THE ITEMS LISTED ABOVE ARE NOT PRESENTED, THE APPLICANT WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE A NEW APPOINTMENT.

    THE INFORMATION OUTLINED ABOVE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. NO LIABILITY CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH CHANGES.

    THIS CONSULAR ADMINISTRATION HAS FULL AUTHORITY TO EVALUATE AND REQUEST ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, IF DEEMED NECESSARY, IN ADDITION TO WHAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED. FURTHERMORE, THE APPLICANT, IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT SUBMITTING ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ISSUANCE OF ANY PARTICULAR VISA

  • Photo Specifications

    Please provide one recent colour photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements:

    • Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
    • Clear quality and with the face in focus
    • Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background
    • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
    • Photograph attached (glued) to the Visa Application Form

    If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

  • Processing Time

    The minimum processing time of a Schengen visa application is 15 calendar days. It can take up to 45 days for Schengen Visa and up to 90 days for National Visa.

    Applicants can apply until 6 months before their travel dates with the exception of the seafarers, in the performance of their duties, no more than 9 months in advance to the intended travel date.

    One cannot apply if there are less than 15 days before their travel date, meaning that they cannot apply if there are less than 15 calendar days between the application day and their travel date. Please kindly note that this rule is totally independent from the processing time which depends on applicants’ nationalities and, in case of incomplete documents submitted, starts only when the Consulate receives all the necessary documents, if considered correct.

    Please be aware that it is not possible to rush processing time because the system is completely automated.

    In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).

    Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis. 

    Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

    Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:

    1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
    2. to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
    3. to leave enough processing time for the Mission

    Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Manchester and Edinburgh need to calculate 2 extra working days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.

    The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

  • Application Form

    For Italy every applicant needs to provide a signed printout from an online Schengen visa application form (VAF).

    • Applicant needs to duly complete the visa application form as mentioned below:

      1. For Schengen application please click here
      2. For Long stay application please click here