As we all know that Italy is a country filled with fascinating architectural places such as castles, buildings, coastline, cliffs, castles, lakes, and many more. Italy is among the best place a tourist can visit to explore and feel themselves and that is why the country is always flocked with a visitor from all over the world. Their visitation contributes more to the Italian economy.
As a tourist, if you intend to visit Italy on a tourist visa, definitely you must know the eligibility and visa requirements. Italy is predominantly part of the Schengen agreement with 26 European countries across the European countries that have self-constituted visa-free travel for their citizens. Any Schengen Visa holder is allowed to travel and stay in Italy and the other 26 European countries under the Schengen agreement for 90 days.
Eligibility of traveling to Italy without Visa:
- A citizen of Schengen countries.
- A national from a European economic area.
- A resident permit granted by any Schengen country.
If you are not eligible to travel to Italy without a visa based on the eligibility status, you must apply for a tourist visa. To be on the safer side, you have to apply in advance as early as two weeks before your planned trip or six months before you travel. The visa processing might last for 15 working days or more depending on your home country or the requirement given.
If your documents are not complete or any of the documents submitted to the office are not valid, they will have to return your application for you to the needful and that might delay the time for processing the visa. Any applicant must register at the designated center for applying in your Home country. Examples of where you can apply for an Italy Tourist visa include:
Visa application center the Italian government approved. Such as VFS Global, Kings, and TLS.
The documents needed for Tourist Visa in Italy include:
- Valid passport: The validity of the passport must cover the duration of the visa you apply for 6 months.
- Photos (passport size).
- Copy of Tour ticket.
- Travel Itinerary: The date of your travel and when you’re leaving must be stated on this document. The places you’ve chosen to visit once you get to Italy must be cited in the document.
- Letter from Organizer (if needed): A letter will be needed if you’re traveling with an agency.
- Accommodation: Your hotel reservation, rental agreement, friend house address, family house address must be submitted as proof.
- Letter of Invitation: if you’re invited by a family member in Italy, you must submit an invitation letter sent to you and their resident permit. The date of visit must be stated in the letter.
- Proof of relationship: if you’re being hosted by a family member, child, grandparent, or parent, you must submit evidence to show that you relate with your host. The document can be in form of a Birth certificate or marriage certificate. In some cases, you have to attach some pictures of you and your host when you’re together.
- Evidence: Showing that you can finance your stay in the country.
- Bank statement.