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VISA INFORMATION General Information and Step by Step guide

Agg: 28/02/2024

A Schengen Visa allows travel throughout the ・Schengen Area・ on a single visa. The following countries make up the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. From the 31st of March 2024 Bulgaria and Romania will be joining the Schengen area.

NO VISA IS REQUIRED FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS travelling to Italy for tourism, business, mission, invitation, study, or sporting event, WHO INTEND TO STAY FOR UP TO 90 DAYS.


Visas are divided into several categories, depending on the duration and reason of stay, as follows:


  • Short stay (up to 90 days) “C” Visas: tourism, business, study, sport, mission, etc.
  • Long stay (over 90 days) “D” Visas, also called National Visas: work, working holiday, study, family reasons, elective residency, etc.


Please note that 90 days is the maximum period that can be granted for tourism purposes.



The Schengen visa is generally issued by the Consular Representation of the country that will be the main destination for the traveller, or the first port of entry, should the time spent in each country be of the same length.

Each applicant must lodge their own application in person through an interview process. Each interview takes place on appointment ONLY. Appointments can only be booked online only, EXCLUSIVELY through our website booking system. Please note: no earlier appointments are available and all required documentation must be supplied during the interview else the application may not be processed.



Visas can be presented at the Consulate of Italy competent for the state of legal residence of the applicant. The Consulate General of Italy in Sydney accepts visa applications lodged by residents of NSW only.


Supporting documentation may vary, depending on which type of visa the applicant is requesting.

The Basic Documents must be met for all types of visas, however supporting documentation is necessary depending on which type of visa is being requested.

In general, the basic requirements are:

  1. e-Visa application form (, The e-application must be completely and clearly filled out, online and printed in HIGH RESOLUTION (a minimum print DPI of 300). The applicant must then sign the application in the presence of a Consular Officer;
  2. current valid passport,
  3. 1 passport size photo;
  4. application fee (where applicable);
  5. flight reservations.

Prior to the appointment, applicants are requested to complete the enclosed checklist, to ensure that all the documentation being presented is correct and complete.

All Visa applications must be submitted including both the BASIC documents (required for all kinds of visas), and the ADDITIONAL documents (if you do not have all the documents listed in your checklist, we recommend to rebook a new appointment to avoid a positive negative outcome of your request).

Please note all documentation submitted must be in ENGLISH OR ITALIAN ONLY.

Please note that each visa has specific requirements which are listed on the following website: 




  • Visa applications cannot be lodged earlier than 180 days from first date of entry in the Schengen Area.
  • Visa applications for under 18s must be signed by both parents, regardless of who will be accompanying the minor during the trip. Both parents need to attend the appointment.Birth certificate of the minor and photo ID of parents must be provided. If one of the parents is not available to attend the appointment, they need to provide the following:Option 1 – If one of the parents is not in the same State or Country provide written parental consent, dated, signed and accompanied by Photo ID, to be expressed and signed either in front of a Consular officer at the nearest Consular Authority of Italy or At a Notary Public, formalized with either an APOSTILLE or a LEGALIZATIONOption 2 – If one of the parents is deceased, death certificate (accompanied by a translation in English or Italian).
  • FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU CITIZENS: Spouse and under 21 children of EU citizens travelling with the EU spouse/parent(s) do not need to provide proof of socio-economic status, bank statement and travel insurance and their application will be free of charge.
  • The checklist must be completed, checked and submitted along with the documentation on the day of the appointment.



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