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Visas to enter Italy


Visas to enter Italy



The Visa Office handles the issuance of visas allowing applicants entrance into Italy or the EU. Office personnel are available to the public for consultation on what type of visa to apply for.

Beginning 15 may 2014 the Visa Office of the Consulate General will start working with the VIS

Make a Visa Appointment with the Visa Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver
Residents of Alberta and Saskatchewan may book an appointment with the Consular Services Branch in Edmonton. Email:

General information

All foreigners intending to enter must provide the documentation required to justify the reasons and duration of their stay as well as, in some prescribed cases, the availability of adequate economic means and lodging. In some cases you need a visa, application for which can be made at the Italian Diplomatic and Consular Representations in your country of residence.
The Schengen Visa, together with a valid travel document and, in case of long stay, a residency permit issued by a Schengen country, allows the holder to travel freely within any of the other Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland).
If you intend to visit several Schengen Countries during a single trip, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country that is your main destination.
If you do not have a main destination, you should apply at the Consulate of the country that is your first port of entry.

Entering Italy

This link provides general visa information in Italian and English.

Do you need a Visa?

Visit this link (click here) to find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence, and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Italy.


The Consulate General of Italy - VISA Office wishes to remind all users that the booking system “PrenotaOnline” is entirely FREE OF CHARGE. Users will never be asked to pay any fee in order to book an appointment at the Consulate General.

We would recommend all users to refrain from accepting any offer made by websites, agencies or other individuals or services claiming to be able to book an early appointment on your behalf, provided that you pay a fee. Please immediately report any such services to this Consulate General by sending an email to

The Consulate General wishes to stress that there is no connection at all between the Consulate itself and such websites, agencies or individuals and reserves its right to take action where appropriate.


Working Holiday Program

Canadian citizens aged between 18 and 35 (inclusive) are eligible to participate to the Working Holiday Program between Canada and Italy that allows the opportunity of having an extended period of holiday (up to 12 months) and a temporary job (up to 6 months).

Make an appointment with the Visa Office in Vancouver 

Residents of British Columbia and Yukon must apply to the Consulate General of Italy in VANCOUVER. Visit this link to access the automated system which will allow you to make an appointment with the visa office in Vancouver. Please be advised that the visa office receives by appointment only and that applicants must personally attend the interview with the visa officer.

Residents of Alberta and Saskatchewan may also apply, by appointment, to the Consular Services Branch in EDMONTON. To make an appointment see contact information under Consular Network.

Visa forms and required documents

Visit this web site to download the required visa forms and documents.

Visa Fees

Visa fees are payable by cash or money order payable to "Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver". The visa fee is a non-refundable processing charge collected at the time of application.
Visa fees vary depending upon the type of visa, duration of stay and exchange rate.
For the corresponding values in Canadian Dollars of the visas, please consult our list of Consular Fees under "Forms".

Please be advised that...

1. Visas are issued at the discretion of the Consulate General. Presentation of the documentation requested does not necessarily ensure issuance of the visa. The visa office reserves the right to request further documentation.
2. Visa processing time is approximately 15 days from the day of receipt of the application form and all required documents (subject to variation based on category of visa and citizenship of applicant). It is not possible to rush processing time because the system is completely automated.
3. Within eight days of entry in Italy, the holder of a visa must request a “Permesso di soggiorno” (residence permit) from the “Questura” (police headquarters) of the Italian city in which he or she intends to reside. A residence permit is not required for business, tourism, short visits or study, provided that the stay does not exceed 3 months.
4. The border authorities may refuse entry to a foreign national who does not have adequate financial means or is unable to provide full details regarding the purpose of his/her stay in Italy, or for reasons of security or public order. Make sure to have with you copy of the visa supporting documents.
5. The Consulate General does not make photocopies. Please make sure you bring photocopies of all the original documents you need to keep for yourself, including a copy of the main pages of your passport and your airplane ticket.