Most non-EU (European Union) visitors coming to ICTP will need a visa to enter Italy and either a declaration or a permit of stay to formalize their visit in the country. Important information is given below on:
WARNING: visa regulations are continuously evolving. PLEASE CONSULT THE WEBSITE OF THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR DETAILED AND UPDATED INFORMATION FOR FOREIGNERS REGARDING ENTRANCE VISAS FOR ITALY, AND PERMITS OF STAY (information is offered in several languages). If at any time the instructions you receive from an Italian consulate differ from those below, kindly help us to keep up-to-date by letting us know without delay.
The ICTP Passport and Visa Information Office assists ICTP visitors to obtain the necessary visas to come to the Centre.
Apply no later than 6 weeks before visiting ICTP; during the summer even 8 weeks before. Make sure that you have confirmed the dates of your visit to the ICTP secretariat.
The rule is that an application for a visa shall be done at the Italian consulate or embassy in your country of origin or where you have permanent residence. If living in another country, you may find the Italian consulate or embassy willing to let you apply for a visa from there, but this is entirely up to the Consulate to decide. You should inquire about this possibility, but the normal rule is as stated above.
If you and your family members have different nationalities, applications for visas may have to be sent from your respective country of origin. Please check with an Italian consulate.
All of the visas above allow for travelling between the Schengen countries for a maximum time of 90 days (starting from the first entry into the Schengen area) every period of 6 months. For any further information please contact the ICTP Passport and Visa Information Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From some countries you can enter Italy as a tourist, for a maximum of 90 days, without having a visa. But, under no circumstances will you be able to extend your stay beyond 90 days. Thus, this solution is not recommended to ICTP visitors. Also, be aware that at the border while entering Italy, you will normally be asked to present travel documents showing your return ticket back home as well as documentary evidence (ICTP invitation letter, credit/bank debit cards, travelers cheques, etc.) that you have financial means of support to cover your stay.
When applying for a visa you will need to bring the following documents with you to the embassy:
If problems arise, or you should need help, please contact the ICTP Visa Office.
NOTE TO ALL VISITORS: At the port of entry into the European Schengen area please make sure to get your passport stamped by the immigration authorities (police or passport control officers) with a fully readable ink stamp. If there is a visa relevant to your visit, the stamp should be placed on the same page.
On the basis of existing practices and Italian rules, ICTP suggests two alternatives:
EU and/or Schengen passport and/or identity card holders do not need a visa to enter Italy, according to instructions received from the Italian authorities. EU and/or Schengen state passport holders visiting ICTP for more than 90 days should register at the Town Hall through a local General Registry Office (Ufficio Anagrafe).
Non-EU and/or Schengen Passport Holders who reside in a Schengen member state and have a valid residence permit in that country may enter Italy without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days. To visit ICTP you only need your residence permit (provided it covers the period of your stay at ICTP), your valid passport and the official ICTP invitation letter. However, please check your situation with the nearest Italian consulate before entering Italy. Schengen residence permit holders should register their presence in Italy with the local authorities via the ICTP Visa Office, within 8 days from the date of arrival at the ICTP.
For more details, please contact ICTP's Passport and Visa Information Office:
telephone: +39-040-2240509, fax: +39-040-224163, e-mail: email@example.com