Italy Tourist Visa is a legal permit that allows a foreign national to enter and stay in Italy for a specific period of time. It is issued only to tourists who want to spend their vacations in Italy or meet their families and friends residing there. People who wish to obtain medical treatment from a healthcare provider in Italy can also apply for this type of Italy visa. Moreover, people travelling to Italy for business purposes including meetings, conferences, mergers, etc. also need to apply for a tourist visa for Italy.
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Tourist visa for Italy is a type of Short-term Uniform visa or C visa and thus, is issued for a maximum duration of 90 days. The Italian Embassy can issue this type of visa either for single entry or for multiple entries.
Please note that the Embassy of Italy grants Schengen visa as the Italy Tourist visa with limitations as per the purpose and duration of the applicant’s trip. A Schengen visa allows a non-European citizen to visit one or multiple Schengen countries under a single visa. Italy is one of the 26 Schengen countries, which together make the Schengen area.
In order to apply for an Italy Tourist visa for Indians, you will have to get in touch with VFS Global Services. The Embassy of Italy has appointed VFS Global as the official partner to offer Italy visa application services in India. It works under the guidelines of the Italian Embassy and helps them in handling services such as the collection of visa applications, fees and returning of the applicants’ passports.
A visa applicant can apply for an Italy Tourist visa for Indians offline by visiting the Visa Application Centre of VFS Global. Make sure to apply for a visa at least 15 days before your scheduled departure to Italy. The procedure to apply for a tourist visa for Italy is given below:
People who visit the Visa Application Centre without any prior appointment can avail walk-in-service by paying Rs 2,650.
All applicants of Italy Tourist visa for Indians have to submit certain documents in order to finish their visa application process. Take a look at the list of all the documents that an applicant needs to submit along with his Italy Tourist visa application at the time of applying:
The document list varies slightly according to the applicant’s purpose of visiting Italy. Refer to the table given below to find out the additional documents that you need to submit with your application for Italy Tourist visa for Indians:
|Purpose of Visit to Italy||Documents Required|
|Tourism or Vacation||Proof of booking accommodation in ItalyEvidence to support the applicant’s status of employment|
|Business||Letter of Invitation from Italy-based companyApplicant’s trip itinerary including the addresses and contact numbers of the business associates in ItalyCertificate or licence from the relevant authority giving permission to the applicant to operate a business in Italy|
|Medical Treatment||Letter from the doctor in India stating the patient’s illness or conditionLetter from the Italy-based doctor or hospital stating the type of treatment to be given along with its estimated cost, duration and date of commencementLetter from the Italy-based doctor/ hospital confirming the receipt of 30% of the estimated treatment costAn authorization granted by the health ministry on humanitarian grounds (if any)Booking details of accommodation of the person accompanying the patient to Italy|
Every Italy Tourist visa application attracts a visa fee. All applicants are required to pay this amount towards visa fees at the time of applying for an Italy Tourist visa for Indians unless exempted. At present, children below the age of 6 years do not have to pay any visa fee to obtain their tourist visa for Italy. Family members of the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) citizens are also not required to pay any fee for obtaining their tourist visa.
The following table shows the visa fee amount that an applicant needs to pay when applying for an Italy Tourist visa for Indians:
|Types of Applicants||Visa Fee (In Euros)*|
|Applicants above 12 years of age||60|
|Children between 6 and 12 years||35|
*People applying through VFS Visa Application Centre will have to pay an additional amount of Rs 1,015 as outsourcer’s service fee.
Applicants applying at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre can pay the visa fees through cash, demand draft or through NEFT. However, people applying for the tourist visa directly at the Embassy of Italy can pay the visa fees via demand draft (DD) only. The DD should be drawn in the favour of ‘Italian Embassy’, payable at New Delhi.
The Embassy of Italy takes around 15 working days to process and issue an Italy Tourist visa for Indians. Unless you receive your Tourist visa, you can keep a track on the status of your visa application online. Here is a rundown of the steps involved in checking the status of an Italy Tourist visa for Indians:
It is compulsory to possess a valid travel insurance policy to obtain a visa for the Schengen countries. Therefore, each applicant will have to buy medical travel insurance and international health insurance in order to get an Italy Tourist visa for Indians. A travel insurance policy ensures that you stay protected from any medical or financial emergencies with a potential to disrupt your trip to Italy. For instance, you get sick as soon as you arrive in Italy or lose your handbag with your passport? Such situations can be tackled effortlessly if you have a travel insurance policy with you.
Some of the most common coverage provided under travel insurance includes medical expenses, personal liability, personal accident, baggage insurance, trip delay, loss of passport, etc. Make sure to purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros as it is a mandatory requirement to obtain an Italy Tourist visa for Indians.
All those people who want to apply for a travel insurance policy online can follow the steps given below: