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Entry Requirements and Customs

A valid passport is required. Italian authorities may deny entry to travelers who attempt to enter without a valid passport. A visa is not required for tourist stays up to three months. However, for all other purposes, such as work, study, etc., a visa is required and must be obtained from the Italian Embassy or Consulates before entering Italy. For more information on Italy and other countries, the Foreign Entry Requirements brochure, are as follows:

  • Entry requirements for Americans: United States citizens must have a valid passport. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Entry requirements for UK nationals: British passport holders, irrespective of endorsement regarding national status, do not need a visa to visit Italy for up to 90 days.
  • Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians must have a valid passport. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Entry requirements for Australians: Australians must have a valid passport. No visas are required for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Entry requirements for South African: South Africans need a valid passport and a Schengen visa to travel to Italy.
  • Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals require a passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
  • Entry requirements for New Zealand nationals: New Zealand citizens must have a valid passport. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that allows the holder, in principal, to travel freely within the borders of all. Travellers are advised to have a return or onward ticket plus all documents required for their next destination, and sufficient funds to cover period of intended stay in Italy.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate

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