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Visa Requirements for Italy

When you dream about your impending move to Italy, the first things to come to mind may be great weather, excellent wine, and delicious cuisine. The InterNations guide, however, provides you with all the essential info about moving to Italy, such as visas and expat destinations.

Visa Requirements

You must be sure to have all necessary visas available prior to moving to Italy. The requirements for these visas depend on your nationality.

Since Italy belongs to the European Union, all EU citizens may enter the country without any additional paperwork, provided they have a valid national ID or passport. If your country is not part of the EU and you are not a citizen of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Switzerland, Monaco, or the Vatican City, either, you must apply for a visa.

However, the nationals of selected countries do not need a visa for stays that are shorter than 90 days and that do not involve gainful employment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs lists all the countries currently covered by the visa-waiver agreement.

For longer stays or for expats working in Italy, there is a wide range of visas that can be assigned to people entering the country.

 The following reasons are covered:

To find out which nationals entering Italy require which type of visa, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more detailed information.

Visa Categories

The visas with which non-EU nationals, or “aliens” as they are called in Italy, enter the country are divided into the following three categories:

Please be sure to visit your local Italian Embassy or Consulate for more specific information and application forms.


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