Every applicant, including children and infants, must personally submit their Schengen visa application on their scheduled appointment date.
The Schengen Visa is issued by our Consulate and allows the holder to travel for a maximum of 90 days (about 3 months) within the 26 European countries that have signed the Schengen Agreement. These countries include 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, and Switzerland. If you plan to visit multiple Schengen countries during a single trip, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country where you will spend the most time. However, if you will be spending an equal amount of time in different countries, you must apply at the Consulate of the Schengen country that will be your port of entry.
Please be aware that failure to meet all requirements may result in the border authorities refusing entry to a foreign national.
To determine if you need a visa, please visit our website at https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en.
Regarding your legal status in the UK, your passport, travel documents, and residence cards must be valid for at least three months beyond the last day of your trip in the Schengen Area.
Additionally, you must be a resident in the Consular district, which includes England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and South Georgia & Sandwich Islands. Please note that applicants residing outside of this mentioned area or those holding a UK C-visit visa are not eligible to apply.
Please note that the list of documents provided below is not exhaustive, and the Mission reserves the right to request additional information or documents as deemed necessary.
All documents must be printed out and presented in their original form, along with a photocopy where required. It is essential that applicants appear in person to submit their application. The following documents must be provided:
- Duly completed application form – please click here to access the form.
- Application checklist – please click here to view the checklist.
- Valid passport or travel document (original plus one photocopy) – the passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the return date of your trip from Italy and should have at least two blank pages. Please note that the passport will be kept and returned along with the visa, if approved.
- Valid UK Residence Permit (original plus one photocopy) – the residence permit must be valid for at least three months beyond the return date of your trip in Italy.
- Passport-style photo – the photo should be full front facing with a white background and should not be older than six months.
- Cover letter – a professionally written cover letter should be included.
Documentation of Socio-Professional Standing:
For Students: Please provide a recent (not older than one month) original reference letter, duly signed, on official headed paper from either your employer or your University/College. This letter should be addressed to the Italian Consulate and submitted in hard copy.
For Employed Applicants: You are required to submit a recent letter of reference (no older than one month) from your employer. This letter must include the company registration number, employment start date, job title, annual salary, and vacation period. Additionally, please include your last three pay slips, both the original and photocopies.
For Self-Employed Applicants: Please provide the following documents: certificates of incorporation, business bank statements for the last three months, and copies of business income taxes. Alternatively, you may submit an accountant letter (no older than one month) in hard copy.
For Retired Applicants: Kindly include a copy of your retirement compensation from social security.
For Unemployed Applicants:
Dependent spouses or parents should provide employment information for the spouse/child. This includes an employment letter, pay slips, and joint income tax return. If you do not have a joint income tax, please submit the original (plus one copy) of marriage/birth certificates, a sponsorship letter, and a photocopy of the spouse/descendant’s passport.
Dependent children should provide their parents’ financial information, including the last three months’ bank statements, last three pay slips, the original (plus one photocopy) of the child’s birth certificate, a sponsorship letter, and a photocopy of the sponsoring parent’s passport.
Please note the following:
- Certificates older than six months will not be accepted.
- Certificates issued by a foreign authority other than the U.K. must be translated into English or Italian and legalized by the Italian Consular Office of the issuing country or by the Consular Authority in the U.K. of the issuing country.
- Certificates issued by one of the Schengen countries will only be accepted if they are multilingual. Otherwise, please refer to the second note.
Please note the following requirements for fully paid return travel tickets:
- If you are traveling by plane, train, or bus, the ticket must be printed directly from the airline, train line, or bus operator. The ticket should clearly display the passenger’s name, travel dates, origin and destination, and the amount paid.
- If you are traveling by car, you will need to provide ferry tickets or Euro tunnel tickets, along with the original and photocopy of your car registration, car insurance, and driving license. If you are renting a car, you will need the same documentation, as well as the car rental documents.
- If you are traveling between multiple Schengen countries, it is mandatory to have travel tickets for each border crossing.
- If you are using the services of a third party, such as a travel agency, please note that they will only be accepted if they are based in the U.K. or one of the Schengen countries. Travel tickets must always be issued directly by the airline, train line, or bus operator. Any other documents will not be considered valid. This requirement applies to all the previous points mentioned.
In addition to the travel tickets, you will also need to provide the following:
- A fully booked hotel reservation or an original invitation letter from your host in Italy. If you need a template for the invitation letter, you can find one by clicking here. The invitation letter must be addressed to the Italian Consulate, dated, and duly signed. It should be accompanied by a photocopy of the host’s ID or passport, with the host’s signature visible. If your host in Italy is a non-EU citizen, you will also need their Residence Permit in Italy, with the holder’s signature visible.
- Travel insurance, which must be issued in the UK or one of the Schengen countries, is a requirement for your stay. To ensure acceptance, the insurance provider must provide a letter confirming coverage in all Schengen countries. This letter should state that you will be covered for medical expenses, hospitalization, and repatriation, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros throughout your stay in the Schengen area. If your current insurance does not meet these requirements, you will need to obtain international insurance.
- Proof of economic means is also necessary to cover the cost of your intended stay, as per the Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000. You can provide the last three months’ bank statements or a bank guarantee (fidejussione bancaria or polizza assicurativa) from Italy. At least one of the bank accounts provided should show regular income, such as salary, pension, or universal credit. Any other UK bank account, including savings, showing sufficient funds can also be submitted.
For citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Travel Documents Holders, it is required to provide the full names of both parents, which must be supported by a birth certificate or Consular declaration.
Please note that all required documents must be presented at the time of your appointment. Failure to do so will result in the need to reschedule a new appointment.
Please be aware that the information provided above may be subject to change without prior notice. We cannot accept liability for any consequences resulting from such changes.
Our consular administration has the authority to evaluate your application and request additional documentation if deemed necessary, in addition to what has already been submitted. Furthermore, please note that submitting all the required documentation does not guarantee the issuance of any part of your application.
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.
To apply for a visa to Italy, every applicant is required to provide a signed printout of the Schengen visa application form (VAF).
Applicants must diligently fill out the application form as outlined below:
- Click on the “Application form“ link provided.
2. Complete all mandatory fields on the visa application form, which are marked with a red star (*).
Please ensure that all sections of the application form are accurately and comprehensively filled out.
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 of 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 of 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 the 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 the 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 Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.
Therefore Global Visa Agent recommends all applicants:
- to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be traveling
- to ensure that their visa application documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
- to leave enough processing time for the Mission
Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite center 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 London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.
The Mission may always request 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.
You may access and download all the relevant forms from this location.
Sample Visa Form Word: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.docx
Sample Visa Form PDF: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.pdf
Online Application form: Application Form
Tourist Checklist: Checklist
To proceed with your visa application, please fill out the attached sample form (PDF, Word) completely. If you are unsure about any information, leave it blank. Once you have completed the form, please return it to us along with your passport, BRP card/UK residency, and copies of any previous Schengen visas that you have held.
Please forward the documents through email: email@example.com
A consultation call will be scheduled after we have received this information to further discuss the application.
After sending the documents you can call us at +442035001580.
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