Italy, a Southern European country, is known for its rich culture and numerous tourist attractions. Rome, the capital city, is among the most visited destinations in Europe. To visit Italy, Nigerian citizens need to apply for an Italy visa and meet the necessary requirements.
Italy is a member of the Schengen area, so applicants need a Schengen Visa to enter Italy. The various types of Schengen Visas and their processing times are as follows:
|Visa Type||Processing Time||Validity||Multiple Entry|
|Business Visa||15 days||180 days||Yes|
|Tourism Visa||15 days||180 days||Yes|
|Invitation Visa||15 days||180 days||Yes|
|Sport competition Visa||15 days||180 days||Yes|
|Medical Treatment Visa||15 days||180 days||Yes|
|Religious Purposes Visa||15 days||180 days||Yes|
|Transit Visa||15 days||24 hours||No|
|Airport Transit Visa||15 days||24 hours||No|
Please note that all Schengen Visas are short-term visas allowing a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180-day period.
Italy Visa Requirements
Regardless of the visa type, applicants should provide the following documents:
- Duly filled and signed application form with all fields completed.
- Valid Nigerian passport with at least two free pages and 6 months validity.
- Two clear colored passport-size photos.
- Proof of payment of visa application fee.
- Travel health insurance.
- Other supporting documents depending on the purpose of travel, such as hotel accommodation for tourist visa applicants or an invitation letter from a sponsor in Italy for family visa applicants.
- Proof of financial capacity.
Underaged applicants (below 18 years) should provide additional documents:
- Copy of birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission.
- Letter from the applicant’s school stating the class attended and permission of absence.
- Written consent from parents in the form of a sworn Affidavit issued by a High Court, including the parent’s identity photograph and a copy of his/her passport.
Types of Italy Visas
When traveling to Italy, applicants need a Uniform Schengen Visa (USV) which permits entry to all 26 member states of the Schengen area. USV has three categories:
- Category A: Airport Transit Visa – Does not permit entry into the Schengen area.
- Category B: Transit Visa – Permits entry into more than one Schengen state for a maximum of 5 days.
- Category C: Short-term visas – Includes single-entry, double-entry, and multiple entry visas.
Italy Visa Fees
|Visa Type||Visa Fee (USD)||Visa Fee (NGN)|
|Short Term Visas for Adults||60||21,900|
|Short Term visas for children (0-6 years)||FREE||FREE|
|Short Term visas for children (6-12 years)||35||12,800|
Frequently Asked Questions
How and Where to Pay Italy Visa Fees: Visa application fees should be paid at any Italy visa application center. Once paid, the application cannot be canceled, and fees are non-refundable.
How to Submit Visa Application: Applicants must submit their applications along with supporting documents at any of the visa application centers in Lagos or Abuja.
Italy Visa Processing Time: The processing time is usually 15 days for most visa types.
How to Collect your Passport: Passports will be collected at the visa application center by the applicant after receiving a notification.
For more information on the Italy visa application process and specific requirements for each visa type, visit the Italy Consulate at 12, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.