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1 * Before getting started, you should know that…

General rules and practical instructions

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  • A guided procedure will help you decide if you need to apply for a visa based on your nationality, country of residence, reasons for your visit and length of stay.
  • If you need a visa for Italy, you will be provided with all the information and forms needed to submit your application.
  • Submission of the required documentation does not automatically guarantee visa issuance.
  • Upon entering Italy and the Schengen Area, even if you have a visa, Border Authorities are authorized once again to check the documents required for issuance of the visa.
  • A recent Polio Vaccination from any Government Hospital is mandatory to accept the application for any visa

WARNINGS : more information related to visa applications     Link:


2 * Information for foreigners intending to come to Italy

An entry visa is a permit required by persons wishing to enter Italy for a temporary visit. Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Italy you can either apply for a short-term "Schengen visa" (C visa) link:( 

or for a long-term "Italian national visa" for stays over 90 days (D Visa)

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C visas are generally issued for:

Tourismvisit to family or friends; Business; Medical care;  Mission (short term – less than 90 days);  Research;  Sport activities; Study (short term – less than 90 days); Transit.


Long-stay visas (national D visas) are issued for stays exceeding 3 months.

The main reasons for issuing this type of visa are:

 Adoption;  Self-employment; Salaried-Employment; Salaried-Employment/sport activities; Salaried-Employment/entertainment field (artists); Salaried-Employment/maritime; Mission; Family reunion; Religious reasons; Elective Residence; Research; Re-entry; Study; Study/University; Study-Apprenticeship.
You can find general information on the above indicated visas. In order to understand which is the visa category that better suits your need please visit the page Un visto per l’Italia


3* Do I need a Visa?

Questions to find out if you need a visa for Italy

         Your nationality.

         Your country of residence

         Duration of your stay

         Purpose of your stay

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4* Travel Documents recognized/ not recognized to enter one or more of Schengen member countries

Here you can download an excel file spelling out, for each third country and territorial entity, which travel documents are accepted by Italy (and by other Schengen Countries).

Please be informed that passport\travel document must:


  • Have      been issued within the previous 10 years, and its validity must not exceed      10 years;
  • have      a validity of at least 3 months after intended stay;
  • have      at least 2 blank pages.


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5* Where and When can I apply for my Visa?


Visa applicants are hereby informed that applications cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended journey. Therefore duly completed applications may be submitted three months onward prior to the confirmed travel date.

Visa Type C: Visa processing at the Italian Embassy in Islamabad generally takes about 15 calendar days. Some cases might take longer due to special circumstances.

Visa Type D: Processing times for D visas are on average longer, taken into account the very accurate and thorough examination they are submitted to (and that can include a series of additional verifications) and the high volume of requests.

Important Warning

Please note that applying for a visa is a process that could end both with the issuance of a visa or with a refusal. You are invited thus to seek for refundable tickets and hotel bookings. In any case the Embassy of Italy is not responsible for any financial loss connected to your trip and in which you can incur if the visa is not granted.

If you are Family members of an Italian citizen or of a citizen of another EU Country and applying directly at the Embassy, please note that Visa Application form can be filled online at this website . The print out of complete form along with the system generated barcode may be submitted at the Embassy in order to speed up the application submission process.

Where to apply for a visa:

     Plot 196/208, Street 16, Diplomatic Enclave
     +92512833183 | +92512833184" href="" target="_blank">
    (Consular Chancery covering the following consular district: Federal Capital District, the province of North-West Frontier and tribal areas.)

            In order to facilitate the submission of visa applications, as well as for taking the appointment for visa application submission, see also the site of the external service provider agreement

     85, Clifton - Karachi
    +922135870031" href="" target="_blank">
    (Consular Chancery covering the following consular district: The provinces of Sind and Belucistan)
  • In order to facilitate the submission of visa applications, see also the site of the external service provider agreement:

  Fees charged are for the administrative costs of processing the visa application (amounts of an equivalent to 80 Euro, are given in Local Currency).