News and Notices
15 February 2017 : Tourist / Incentive Group – Declaration format :
Kindly note with immediate effect for tourist/incentive groups the following declarations are required to be submitted by the Travel Agent/ Corporate House on their letterhead  for every application.
Tourist Group -
Incentive Groups -

13 December 2016:
The Government of India has withdrawn with immediate effect (midnight of 08 November 2016) the legal tender character of the existing and any older series banknotes in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

VFS will accept Visa fees and VFS logistic charges in all denominations of all notes other than the existing & old high denomination notes of Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 . VFS shall also accept demand drafts favoring VFS Global Services Private limited.

06 December 2016: Dear Applicant/ Representative / Travel Agents:

The Italy Visa Application Centre in Chennai will remain closed in regards to the sad demise of the Honble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

24 November 2016 : Business visa applications - Original Invitation letter

Kindly note with immediate effect, for Business Visa applications the invitation letter from Italy should be in Original.

22 Novemebr 2016: Relocation of Italy Visa Application Centre in Cochin

Please be informed that The Italy Visa Application Centre in Cochin, has moved to 1st Floor, Manoj Tower (Coastal Chambers), Opposite to Mercy Hotel, M G Road Ravipuram , Cochin, Kerala-682015, effective from 21 November 2016.

22 Novemebr 2016: Availability of Premium Lounge Service from 21 November 2016

Please be informed that The Premium Lounge Service is available at Cochin visa application centre effect from 21 November 2016.

14 September 2016 : Visa Application Centre in Mumbai and Pune closed at 12:00 on 15 September 2016

Kindly note the Italy Visa Application centre in Mumbai and Pune will be closed at 12:00 on 15 September 2016 on account of Ganesh Immersion

25 July 2016: Business Visa applications

Kindly note that with immediate effect for Business Visa applications, the invitation letter should be accompanied with a copy of the identity card / passport copy of the person signing the invitation letter. The Consulate General of Italy,Mumbai will not accept any applications without the same.

12 April 2016 : Passports with manual observations

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

Kindly note, the Consulate General of Italy, Mumbai will not accept any passports with manual observations.

Applicants in possession of passports with manual observations are requested to apply for a fresh passport prior to applying for their Schengen visas at the Italian Consulate in Mumbai.

01 April 2016 : Dear Applicants / Representatives / Travel Agents

Kindly note, as per instructions from the Consulate General of Italy, applicants travelling to Italy as well as UK need to obtain the UK visa prior to applying for the Schengen visa at the Italian Consulate. This is irrespective of whether the travel to UK is prior to/after Italy

28 January 2016 : Dear Applicants / Travel agents / Representatives

kindly note effective 01 February 2016, the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai will accept visa applications only when submitted in advance as per below details:

Business category visa :Business applications submitted in Mumbai should be submitted minimum 3 working days prior to the travel date & in satellite centres in West and South India minimum 5 working days prior to the travel date.

All other visa categories  : Applications submitted in Mumbai should be submitted minimum 10 working days prior to the travel date & in satellite centres in West and South India minimum 12 working days prior to the travel date.

Kindly refer to the holiday list http://www.vfs-italy.co.in/mumbai/consularholidays.html and plan your submissions accordingly.

26 November 2015 – Now Pre Book Additional Services


General Public is hereby notified that additional services can be pre booked on IVR before visiting the visa application center for their convenience and comfort.

For more information call : 022-67866028

07 November 2015: All applicants are required book an appointment online to submit their visa application and Biometric information at the Schengen visa application centre.

As part of the visa application procedure, from 2 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, applicants are advised to wait until the injuries have healed before you book your appointment. Henna on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image and should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.

Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting documents at the visa application centre.

If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.

Please make sure you arrive at the visa application centre 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Applicants are not allowed to be accompanied inside the visa application centre. The only exceptions to this are those accompanying children under 18 years-of-age or applicants who need special assistance for health reasons or disability.

If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.

VFS Global appointment system is compatible with most popular browsers. VFS Global will soon introduce appointment scheduling through call Centre for the ease of applicants.

How to book an appointment

Please click here to book an appointment online.

07 November 2015: Change in the visa application submission process - Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 02 November 2015

Changes in Schengen visa application process – India

Visa Information System

05 October 2015: Important Notification (Pune Visa Application Centre)

The Italy Via application centre in Pune is fully operational with effect from 05 October 2015

31 August 2015 : Travel Medical Insurance for Schengen visa procedure effective 01 September 2015

Please click here for the updated list of Indian travel insurance companies of the consular post of Schengen states providing travel medical insurance for Schengen visa procedure with effect from 01 september 2015

27 August 2015 : VFS Global Premium Lounge service will be available in Hyderabad w.e.f. 01 September 2015

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

Kindly note the Premium Lounge Service will be available at the VFS Global Italy Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad with effect from 01 September 2015

17 July 2015: Relocation of Italy Visa Application center in Hyderabad

With effective from 20 July 2015 the VFS ITALY Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad will be moving to a new premises.

Address: 8-2-700 , 3rd Floor Srida Anushka Pride, Road no.12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034

25 June 2015: VFS Global Premium Lounge service in Bangalore will not be available from 25 June 2015, until further notice.

Important Note:


Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

Please note that the VFS Global Visa Application Centre Bangalore (Schengen) will be undergoing major refurbishment due to which the Premium Lounge service will not be available from 25 June 2015, until further notice.

We regret the inconvenience caused.

We thank you in advance for the cooperation.

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30 April 2015: Important Notification

Chennai Schengen Visa Application Centre Relocation:

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
Please note that the VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centre is relocating to a new
premise and will be functional at the new address from 11 May 2015.

Address: Fagun Towers, Third Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, and Chennai - 600 008
Land Mark: Ethiraj College, Vivanta by Taj Connemara.

Location Map

20 February 2015: Effective from 02 March 2015, change in passport collection in West and South India

Collection of Passports

With effect from 2 March 2015 The Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai has implemented a change in arrangements for the collection of passport from visa application centres in West & South India. Read more

09 January 2015: Italy Visa application submission by Travel Agents and Representatives

Dear Travel Agents / Representatives

In order to improve the quality of visa applications submitted to the Italian Consulate in Mumbai through its External Service Provider VFS, the Consulate is introducing a registration of travel agents. Starting from the 12 January 2015 only registered travel agents will be allowed to submit applications on behalf of the applicant to any of the eight VFS Italy Visa Application Centres in West and South India. A list of the registered travel agents is available with the Italian Consulate in Mumbai and VFS Italy visa application centres.

The registration process was started on 01 November and was active till 31 December 2014.

Travel Agents who have not submitted their registrations are kindly requested to contact the centre manager.

Representatives coming for submission on behalf of the applicant needs to carry an authorization letter from the applicant along with their own Government photo ID proof.