VISA issued by Italian missions abroad allows the bearer access for brief residence (up to 90 days) to Italy or other countries that apply the Schengen Convention, and is called Uniform Schengen VISA (VSU). The period of validity of a travel document must be at least 3 months longer than that of the VISA.
An entry VISA for Italy is not needed if the nationality corresponds with the country of residence in the case of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Republic of Serbia, Taiwan, United States of America. Upon entering Italy, border authorities will require you to exhibit personal documentation, to justify the traveling reasons and the duration of your stay in Italy.
It is necessary to apply for a VISA to enter in Italy for the following nationalities: Algeria, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia and Turkey. In these cases, you must to contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate for more information.
For countries where Schengen agreement is valid (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) a VISA to enter Italy is not necessary. The entrance is allowed with a valid national ID card or a passport.
For other countries (not indicated in this webpage), or if the nationality does not correspond with the residence country, please visit the following link to find out if a VISA for Italy is requested:
Other information for VISA in Italy
Entry VISA in Italy:
VISA types and validity in Italy: