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Schengen visa is required to stay in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days within a 180 day period. The Schengen Visa allows the visa holder to travel in all of the 26 European Countries that signed the Schengen Agreement. If you intend to visit one or more Schengen Countries in the course of a single trip, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the Country that is your main destination (i.e. where you will stay longer). If, in the course of your trip, you will spend an equal amount of time in different Countries, the visa MUST be requested at the Consulate of the Schengen Country port of entry.

Please note that the border authorities may refuse entry to a foreign national who does not meet all requirements.


Foreign citizens who wish to stay in Italy for more than 90 days have to apply for a National Visa. The National Visa is a long-term visa issued for various purposes (elective residency, work, study, family reunion, diplomatic or military mission, adoption etc). A foreign national who has been granted an Italian National Visa must report to the Questura (Central Police Station) within 8 working days from the date of entry to apply for a permesso di soggiorno (residence permit). Please note that failing to report to the Questura might compromise your ability to legally reside in Italy.

If you are a foreign citizen wishing to travel to Italy, please consult:

Answering a few questions on your nationality, country of residence, the purpose and length of your stay, you will be advised whether or not you need a visa to enter Italy, the documents required and where you should submit your application.



Please refer to the list on the left side for detailed information regarding the documentation required for the most frequently requested Visas.

The following documents are always required, no matter which kind of visa you apply for:

1. Proof of residence within the Ottawa consular jurisdiction area: domestic utility bill or driver’s license (original and a photocopy).

2. Proof of legal residence in Canada: Canadian permanent residence card or visa valid for at least three months after the date of re-entry (original and a photocopy).

For travellers not returning to Canada after leaving the Schengen area: relevant visa or travel document authorising entry into the Country of destination, and a photocopy;

3. Schengen Visa application form or National Visa application form carefully and correctly completed and signed.

Please ensure that you leave no blank spaces. If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).

4. One recent passport-size colour photo (must have been taken less than six months before the application), size 35mm x 40mm, full-face and light coloured background. Face must be correctly centred and must be seen from a front view, with both sides visible. Styled poses (looking over one shoulder, head bowed etc.) are not allowed. The head must be free of all headgear, no hats, scarves, headbands or other decorative objects;

5. Your passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months after the visa expiry date, as well as photocopies of the first 2 pages and of visas previously issued, if any. Furthermore, there must be at least two blank pages in the passport.


Please check your application and documents carefully before submitting to avoid possible rejection or a delay in the application process.

Please note this Consular Office reserves the right to ask for additional documents at any time during processing. Submission of the listed documents does not guarantee that a visa is granted.



Applicants must  book an appointment in order to submit their application and ALL the required documents in person.

Please register and book your appointment on our online portal Home Page Prenot@mi (

Applicants will not be asked to pay any fee in order to book an appointment.



Consular Visa fees (non-refundable) are to be paid in Canadian dollars and in cash the day of the appointment. They vary depending upon the type of visa, duration of stay and exchange rate. Please consult our list of Visa Consular Fees at: Consular services fees (



  • Territorial jurisdiction:  legal residents of The City of Ottawa, the Outaouais Region and the Counties of Carleton, Dundas, Glengarry, Grenville, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Renfrew, Russell and Stormont. The Consular Office of the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa is not authorized to accept any visa application from applicants that are residents within a different consular jurisdiction area (a proof of residence is required upon submitting a visa application).
  • Visa processing time is up to 15 days from the day of receipt of the application form and all required documents. Expedited processing is not possible.
  • The border authorities may refuse entry to a foreign national who does not have adequate financial means or is unable to provide full details regarding the purpose of his/her stay in Italy, or for reasons of security or public order. Make sure to have with you a copy of the visa supporting documents.
  • Specific restriction may be applied depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. For further information is available at the dedicated      Focus page on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy.
  • Information on the protection of individuals with reference to the processing of personal data for the issuance of an entry visa in Italy and in the Schengen area (General Data Protection Regulation/GDPR (EU) 2016/679, art. 13) is available here