Generally, you will not need a visa to travel to Italy for a period of up to 90 days. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan and many other countries can spend 90 days within a 180-day period in the wider Schengen area, including Italy and other countries in the EU. EU citizens can travel around the Schengen area indefinitely.

Citizens of many other nationalities, including China, South Africa and Russia do need to apply for and obtain a Schengen visa before travelling to Italy and the EU. For more information, contact an Italian embassy or consulate in your home country.

How to obtain a Schengen tourist visa for Italy (if you need one)

  1. Download the Italian visa application form and complete all required information.
  2. Gather all relevant documentation – application form, two identical photos, a valid passport, copies of previous visas (if applicable), Schengen travel visa insurance, proof of travel and finances, a travel itinerary and a cover letter.
  3. Submit all required documentation and payment (usually around EUR 60) to your home country's Italian or representative embassy, consulate or visa application centre.
  4. Wait for the visa to process and be approved – usually within 15 business days.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. If travelling with Intrepid, check the Essential Trip Information section of your tour itinerary for more information.

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