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Visas

HOW TO APPLY IN 6 EASY STEPS

  1. IS ITALY YOUR MAIN SCHENGEN DESTINATION?

For details and information on Schengen visas to Italy, on the conditions of stay in the Schengen Area and on different types of national visas (visas granted for over 90 days), please visit the multi-language website http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it, where a printable version of the complete fact sheet is available.

You can apply for a Schengen visa to the Embassy of Italy if:

  1. Italy is the sole destination of your visit;
  2. or, in case the visit includes more than one Schengen country, if Italy is your main destination in terms of the length or purpose of stay;
  3. or, if no main destination can be determined, if Italy is the external border where you intend to enter Schengen territory.

 

  1. CHOOSE THE CORRECT VISA ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF YOUR INTENDED STAY AND CHECK WHICH DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR YOUR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
Tourist Visas Business Visas Visa for Family and Friend Visit Medical Treatment Visas
 Visa for EU/EEA Family Members Official delegations and diplomatic visas for Italy Study Visas Family Reunification Visas

 

  1. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT:
  2. a) AT VFS GLOBAL

To book an appointment please visit the VFS Global:

Website: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/omn/en/ita/

Helpline: +968 2466 7729

Email: info.italyoman@vfshelpline.com

Address: Level-1, Panorama Mall, Dohat Al Adab Street P.O Box 2121, P.C. 112, Al Khuwair, Muscat

In addition to the Consular Visa Fees, applicant applying through VFS Global are required to pay the VFS service charge. Additional services fees, provided by VFS Global are clearly mentioned on VFS Global’s website.

We recommend to submit visa applications well in advance (at least 15 days prior to departure date). Applications can be submitted up to three months before the start of the intended journey.

The use of the services provided by VFS Global is on voluntary basis.

  1. b) AT THE VISA SECTION OF THE EMBASSY OF ITALY

The Embassy of Italy continues to handle directly:

– Visa for family members of citizens from EU Member States, European Economic Area States and Switzerland who need Schengen Visa;

– Study Visas;

– Family Reunification Visas:

– Official delegations and diplomatic visas for Italy.

In order to book an appointment, please send an email to visti.mascate@esteri.it

Please note that the number of available appointments at the Embassy is limited and waiting periods can occur.

 

  1. BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION (VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM)

All Schengen visa applicants are required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Schengen visa. All applicants will have to apply in person when fingerprints have to be taken for the first time. Since biometric data information are stored for five years, in case of following visa applications, it will not be necessary to come again in person. It is a simple and quick procedure that only takes a few minutes.

Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible. Heads of State and members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.

For more information please read the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage and the website of the European Commission.

Italy does not require fingerprint capture for national visas.

 

  1. WHO CAN APPLY

All Omani nationals resident in Oman.

All nationals of third Countries whose citizens are subject to Schengen visa obligation legally residing in Oman.

 

  1. VISA FEES
  • According to the new Schengen Visa Code, since February 2, 2020 the Visa Fee is EUR 80
  • Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of EUR 40.
  • Applications shall be lodged no more than six months.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON TRANSPARENCY

All visa applicants are recommended to distrust from agencies or people claiming to know “shortcuts” and promising fast track evaluation of visa applications and/or a guaranteeing in advance a positive outcome of the procedure.
No local employee of the Visa section of this Embassy or VFS Application Centre staff has decisional power on visa issuing and visa decisions.

The Embassy entertains no relation with individuals outside its premises or outside the VFS Global offices who offer services for payment. All decisions regarding the visa applications remains within the discretion of the Embassy.

Please report to the Embassy if anyone different from VFS Global offers any service regarding facilitations of visa applications in return of money

The only Agency authorized by this Embassy to receive visa applications is VFS Global. Appointments can be booked online on VFS Global website at the following address: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/omn/en/ita/.

Booking an appointment is entirely free of charge, users will never be asked to pay any fee in order to book an appointment.

 

HOLDING A VALID VISA DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY GIVE THE RIGHT OF ENTRY TO SCHENGEN AREA

Possessing a Schengen Visa does not confer automatic right of entry in the Schengen area. Upon entering the Schengen territory, the visa holder will have to show his/her passport with a valid visa and, if required by the Border Police authorities, copy of the documentation pertaining to the aim of stay in the Schengen area.

Such documentation may include:

  • Documentation concerning the purpose and the conditions of the intended stay (return airplane ticket, hotel reservation, invitation letters, etc.);
  • Financial means (cash, traveler’s cheques, international credit cards, etc.).

Failure to present the required documentation may entitle the Border Police authorities to deny entry into the Schengen territory and may lead to an administrative expulsion order by a border authority of a Member State.

 

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IN CASE OF VISA REFUSAL

Negative decisions on applications are notified to the applicant. In the refusal letter reasons on which refusal decision was taken are clearly stated. Visa applicants whose applications are refused can decide to apply again or to appeal. Appeals must be brought against refusal decisions directly at the T.A.R. (Regional Administrative Court) of the Latium Region, through a lawyer acting on applicant behalf, within 60 days of the serving of the decision itself. The appeal will have to be notified, under penalty of nullity (as per art. 144 of C.P.C. and art. 11 of R.D. no. 1611 of 1933), to the relevant “Avvocatura dello Stato”.

For family reunion visas only, appeals must be addressed to the ordinary court (“Tribunale ordinario”) of the place of residence of the family member living in Italy.

 

HOW TO READ A SCHENGEN VISA STICKER AND CORRECTLY USE YOUR SCHENGEN VISA

“Duration of stay … days” indicates the number of days you may stay in the Schengen area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen area (the exit stamp), i.e. both days included. The period of time between “From … until” is usually longer than the number of days printed in the “Duration of stay”. The difference in period is meant to give you flexibility to plan your entry into and exit from the Schengen area, but your stay in the Schengen area must never exceed the exact number of days in the “Duration of stay … days” filed. No matter how many days you have stayed in the Schengen area, you must leave no later than the date printed in the “Until” field.

Schengen visas entitle to one or two or multiple entries. Travelers who often need to go to Schengen area can apply for multi-entry visas up to 5 years. In case you are a multi-entry visa holder, please remember that for intended stays on the territory of the Member States duration of stay cannot be more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay. In order to avoid over-stay or to better know how many days you can still stay in Schengen territory, please check the European Commission short-stay-visa-calculator or Schengen Calculator.

 

HOW TO CORRECTLY USE YOUR ITALIAN NATIONAL VISA

All Italian national visa holders, once arrived in Italy must convert their visa into a residence permit (“permesso di soggiorno”) applying within 8 days from first entry in Italy. Applications must be submitted to relevant police authorities (“Questura”) of the Province of intended residence. Residence permit duration will be the same as indicated in the visa. Residence permits can be renovated or extended directly in Italy.

 

PRIVACY POLICY AND DATA PROTECTION

Check how we protect your data according to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, art. 13. Please download the Information on the protection of individuals with reference to the processing of personal data for the issuance of an entry visa in Italy and in the Schengen area.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For any further information, please read the website Il Visto per l’Italia https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the website of the European Commission or send us an email to visti.mascate@esteri.it or call us at 2469 3727 during opening hours.

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