What is a Schengen visa?
The Schengen visa is granted in the form of a sticker affixed on a passport, a
travel document or another valid document which entitles the holder to cross
the border. Possession of a Schengen visa does not confer automatic right of
entry. Entry will only be granted if the other conditions laid down by the
Schengen Convention are met, i.e. the justification of the purpose and the
conditions of the trip and the possession of sufficient funds.
Short Stay Schengen Visa
The short-stay visa is the most common Schengen visa. It entitles travellers,
subject to the visa requirement, to enter the territories of the 26 Schengen
States to pay a continuous visit or several visits (depending on the number of
entries granted by the consulate), the duration of which does not exceed three
months (90 days) in any half-year from the date of first entry in the Schengen
area. The short-stay visa is issued for one or several entries its period of
validity shall not exceed five years.
If you plan to go to Italy on a short stay visa for a period not to exceed
90 days and
your country is not on the visa-free list, you need a
Schengen travel visa
(Visa C). This visa is not
a work permit.
Please note that in order to apply for a travel visa at the Embassy of Italy,
your only destination
or your main destination
(longest duration of stay) must
be Italy. In the absence of a
main destination (e.g. same duration of stay in two or more countries) you
should apply at the country of first entry because your passport will show the
entry stamp of your first destination only.
When to apply?
You can apply for a visa minimum 10 days or maximum 3 months before your
intended date of travel.
Common Information for Schengen Visa Applicants in India Read here
Please note that holders of a Schengen visa are still subject to
immigration control and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen
countries, even though they may hold a valid visa for these countries.