Italy is one of the participating Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein) that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. A Schengen Visa is issued by the authorities to the interested party for travelling to and within the Schengen Area. EU nationals from countries within Schengen borders don’t need visas for visits to Italy but need a permit to if they plan to stay more than 90 days.The citizens of countries which do not fall in the list of Schengen countries, however, have to apply for a visa.
There are two main categories of visas: Short-stay visas that are applicable for visits of up to 90 days. While the long-stay visas are valid for more than 90 days.
Documentation required for a visa application depends on the purpose of your visit to Italy. Keep the following documents handy, while applying for visa:
1. A passport that has validity of at least three months.
2. Few passport-size photographs on a white background.
You may or may not require following documents but it is advisable to keep them handy - Proof of residence, Proof or travel arrangements showing your name and exact dates of entry into and exit from Italy, Proof of financial resources etc.
Please remember that the immigration law changes quite often, so you should cross-check any information before sending out your applications. Contact your local immigration office to make sure you are aware of ALL the necessary documents. For more detailed information, please visit the Italian government website.
Italy is one of the participating Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, N...
The city of Milan is served by three international airports viz. Malpensa, Orio al Serio, and Linate. Linate Airport is approximately 10km away from downtown Milan. Swiss Airlines, British Airways, Air Berlin, Easy Jet, and Air France are some of the key airlines that operate international flights to Milan.
Malpensa International Airport caters to international carries like Air India, Aeroflot, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Air Europa and more. It is approximately 50 km from downtown and connects Milan to major destinations like London, Delhi, Moscow, Toronto, and Beijing. Located nearly 50 km from central Milan, Orio al Serio Airport caters to low-cost carriers.
Malpensa with two terminals is the main airport and has shuttle services between the terminals. Malpensa Express trains link the airport to central Milan. There are also frequent buses which connect the airport to the city centre. Taxis are easily available from Malpensa to central Milan but are expensive. Linate Airport is closer to the city and majorly serves the domestic flights and a few flights from other European cities. There are numerous bus and taxi services that run between Linate Airport and Milan city.
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