News and Notices
11 December 2017 :  Gujarat Elections – Italy VFS Ahmedabad centre closed on 14 December 2017

Kindly note the Italy VFS Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad shall remain closed on 14 December 2017 due to the elections to the General Legislative Assemblies. Please plan your visa submissions accordingly

08 December 2017:Please find the below categories which qualify for a  Gratis Visa (Visa fees exempted). VFS service charges   will be applicable.

  1. Minors aged Under 6 Years.
  2. ICTP Abdus Salam.
  3. Mission Visas To Participate in Seminars, Conferences, Organised by representatives of FAO, IFAD,United Nations,
  4. Study Visas Of Short Durations (E.G. SISSA, ELETTRA SINCROTONE, ETC) and Accompanying Adults for Minors who are travelling on short duration study Visa
  5. Indian Relatives of Italian/SEE/EU Citizens (Valid only for Spouses, Children, Parents & Grandparents Only (Does not Include Siblings and relatives.)
  6. Scientific Research (Short Duration)
04 December 2017 : Dear Applicants/Representatives/Travel Agents

Applications for ‘Mission’ visas (FAO/IFAD/United Nations) and ‘Re-Entry’ visas in Mumbai should be submitted directly to the Consulate General of Italy, Mumbai, with a prior appointment.

You may write to for an appointment.

This arrangement is for applications being submitted in Mumbai only. Other VFS centres will continue to accept the above mentioned applications.

04 December 2017 : Proof of Return to India:

Applicants who have been asked by the Italian Consulate to present their passport on return have to do so in PERSON. Representatives/travel agents cannot do this on behalf of applicants. Kindly carry your original passport.

This process can be done at VFS centres in Ahmedabad, Goa, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad. For applications submitted in Mumbai, this process needs to be completed directly at the Consular section of the Italian Consulate, Mumbai on working days between 10.00 and 12.00.

20September 2017 : Minors travelling with either one parent/ third party:
Kindly note for applications in case of minors travelling with either one parent or a third party, an affidavit signed by the parent/s stating that he/she has no objection to the travel of the minor is required.
This affidavit has to be notarized and legalized by the competent Home department of the state of residence .

An alternative option to the above process, parents of the minor can sign a consent form at the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai. Please visit the Consular Section office between 1000 to 1200 on working days . After completion of the process the consent form should be submitted along with the visa application at the respective VFS centre.

Please carry passports of the parents and minor child(Govt. photo id in absence of parents passport) and child’s birth certificate( All documents in original as well as a photo copy).

Kindly click on the below link for the address of the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai.

14September 2017 : Visa categories that can be submitted without a prior online appointment:
Dear Applicants, Travel Agents and Representatives, kindly note, w.i.e applications under BUSINESS, STUDENTS, SEA FARER, ICTP, MISSION and Long Stay categories can be submitted without a prior appointment.

Applicants for all other categories of visa have to book an appointment in order to submit their applications.

18 May 2017 : Update on 3 year ITR / Original certificates for Family Joining :
The Italian Consulate has implemented the following w.i.e.
Tourist and Business category – Income Tax Returns for last three years are mandatory.
Family Joining/Accompanying category : Only ‘Original’ Marriage/Birth/Death certificates should be submitted and not ‘True Copies’ (even if the said true copies are legalised, apostilled and translated) .

20 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 in the group.
Tourist Group   – Declaration by TA. Click here
Incentive Groups – In addition to the declaration by the TA, the corporate house is required to submit this declaration  Click here

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.