Entering Italy

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A visa is the authorization issued by the proper consulate or a country’s legal representative that allows a foreign national to enter the Schengen Area or Italy. 

It’s stamped in your passport or any other valid document. 

The citizens of any state outside of the European Union (EU) or a stateless person who intends to come to Italy for the following reasons: 

  • Adoption, Business, Medical Treatment, Diplomacy, Family Reasons, Athletic Competition, Invitation, Work – be it self-employed or contract, – Religious Beliefs or Mission, Research, Elective Residence, Readmission, Study, Transit through an airport, Haulage, Tourism, Workcation, Volunteer Work. 

Those who arrive in Italy without a visa cannot be turned away if he/she: 

  • Applies for or already benefits from the status of international protection, 
  • Is less than 18 years old, with the exception of a minor choosing to follow a parent or guardian who has been expelled, 
  • Benefits from temporary protection on humanitarian grounds, 
  • Benefits from temporary measures due to being a “special case,” 
  • Is pregnant or has given birth within the last six months. 

At the border the agents will check your ID and stamp the passport with place and date of entry. 


Please Note: If one lies or gives false identification, he/she will be liable to prosecution, and will be turned back

Queste FAQ sono parte del Vademecum “Benvenute e benvenuti in Italia” realizzato nell’ambito del progetto Before U Go