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punto esclamativoCOVID-19 ADVISORY

We would like to inform all VISA applicants that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, if you need apply for a national visa (any visa longer than 90 days), you MUST write an e-mail to the Visa Office at This e-mail must include your nationality, your city and state of residence in the USA, your intended flight date, and the type of visa you want.

Please click here for our PRIVACY POLICY; by submitting documentation to this Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, you confirm that you have read and understood the information in the privacy policy pertaining to the handling of personal data per EU regulations (RGPD).


bullet point DO I NEED A VISA? Click here to find out if you need a visa, then return to this page and scroll down for detailed visa instructions.


puntina rossashadowAPPOINTMENTS


The Consulate General of Italy wishes to remind all users that the booking system is entirely FREE OF CHARGE. Users will never be asked to pay any fee in order to book an appointment at the Consulate General.

We would recommend all users to refrain from accepting any offer made by websites, agencies or other individuals claiming to be able to book an early appointment on your behalf, provided that you pay a fee.
The Consulate General wishes to stress that there is no connection between the Consulate and such websites, agencies or individuals and reserves the right to refuse the application and take action where appropriate. 

Your appointment date must be within SIX MONTHS of your departure date.

 You must bring all required documents to your appointment (see “Instructions for Visas” below).


For SCHENGEN visas (all visas less than or exactly 90 days long), please CLICK HERE to book an appointment on the Prenot@Mi website.

For NATIONAL visas (all visas over 90 days), please see "Instructions for Visas" below!

puntina rossashadowVISA FEES - VALID FROM 01 JULY TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2022

  • SCHENGEN VISA / SHORT STAY VISA (up to 90 days)
    • ADULTS and MINORS 13 YEARS AND OLDER: $85.30
    • MINORS between 6 and 12 years old: $42.70
    • MINORS UNDER 6 years old: NO FEE
    • Citizens of Ukraine, Russia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Armenia, Republic of Moldova: $42.70

  • NATIONAL VISA / LONG STAY VISA (more than 90 days): $123.60
  • NATIONAL STUDENT VISA (more than 90 days): $53.30





For information not specifically listed in the pages indicated below, please contact the visa office at the following e-mail address: 

Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your intended return to the United States. Passports must contain at least two blank pages for the visa sticker. Passports must have been issued within the previous 10 years.

Travelers who visit Italy for business, tourism, or study for up to 90 days must fill out a“dichiarazione di presenza” (declaration of presence). This document will be given to travelers when they arrive in Italy.

All travelers who intend to stay for more than 90 days must apply for a “permesso di soggiorno” (residency permit) from the local Questura (police department) within 8 days of their arrival in Italy.

Passports and visas will be returned exclusively by mail. The applicant must bring a self addressed, prepaid or stamped envelope. The Visa Office will accept only USPS Express Mail prepaid envelopes from the U.S. Postal Service (no FedEx, no UPS). The Visa Office is not responsible for lost or stolen passports in transit.



2590 Webster Street San Francisco, CA 94115

Please mark all envelopes "ATTN: VISA OFFICE"




puntina rossashadowInstructions for Visas


punto esclamativo COVID-19 ADVISORY

We would like to inform all visa applicants that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, if you need apply for a national visa
(any visa longer than 90 days), you MUST write an e-mail to the Visa Office at This e-mail must include your nationality, your city and state of residence in the USA, your intended flight date, and the type of visa you want.

Schengen Tourist/Transit (including business and academic conferences)

Schengen Business


Subordinate Work

Religious Activity

Dependents of U.S. Military Serving Abroad (Mission)

Civilian Employees Assigned to U.S. / NATO Bases (Mission)

Family of non-EU citizens resident in Italy

Elective Residency

Independent Work



puntina rossashadowForms

Schengen (Short stay) Visa Application Form (up to 90 days)

National (Long stay) Visa Application Form (more than 90 days)

Declaration for Mailing Passports (required for ALL visa applications)

Declaration of Hospitality (Original required. No photocopies, faxes, or scanned versions accepted.)

Affidavit of Financial Support (to be filled out by anyone who is financially supporting a traveller)

Parental Consent for a Minor Traveling Abroad

Invitation Letter for Business Visas



General Information for Schengen Visas

The Schengen Member States are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Citizens of the following nations do NOT need visas to visit the Schengen Area for tourism, study, official, or business stays of 90 days or less every six months:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St. Kittis-Nevis, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venzuela.

Taiwanese citizens receive the same privileges ONLY if their passports include their Identity Card reference number.

Citizens of the following nations do NOT need visas when visiting the Schengen Area for a stay of up to 90 days every six months ONLY if they are travelling with a biometric passport:

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia.

Citizens of other countries must have a visa to enter the Schengen Area, even if they are legal residents of the United States of America.

To determine whether Italy is the correct nation to receive your application, count up the days you will be spending in Italy and in other Schengen Area countries. If:

Italy is your only Schengen Area destination, OR You are visiting different countries in the Schengen Area, but Italy is the country in the Schengen Area where you will be spending most of the time (number of days), OR You are visiting different countries in the Schengen area, but you are spending an equal number of days in each country, and Italy is your first port of entry in the Schengen area, then you may apply for a Schengen visa through this Consulate.