Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?
Depending on where you are from, you may or may not a visa to travel in Italy. Regardless, you will need a passport. Visa requirements have the ability to change so it’s always safest to double check. Italy is one of the 26 Schengen countries. These are countries that are part of the European Union and have eliminated passport controls at the borders. If you do not require a visa to enter Italy or if you do and are approved for a longer term tourist visa, you are still not able to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days. This is the way of these countries to control illegal immigration. After entering the country, you must leave within 90 days. You then must stay outside the Schengen area for 90 days before you are able to reenter. However, the 90 days allows you access to all 26 Schengen countries. You should be able to travel across borders with no issues.
Citizens of the United States and Canada are legally allowed to travel to Italy and the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days with just a valid passport. However, valid does have some stipulations. Your passport must not expire more than 90 days after your 90 days in the country, if you plan to spend the 90 days here that is. If you would like to come to Italy from May 1st–July 29th, your passport cannot expire before October 27th, 90 days after your date you are leaving. However, if you plan to come for a short trip of 1 or 2 weeks, your passport must be valid for 90 days after those 1 or 2 weeks.
If you are a student and plan to spend more than 90 days, your school or institution will help you get the visa or proper documentation. If you want to come of other reasons, more than 90 days and need to apply for a visa, the information is outlined on the Visa for Italy website. They reserve the right to deny your visa so it’s best not to plan or book travel until receiving the confirmation that your visa was approved. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact your closest Italian embassy. It is not worth the risk, do this procedure properly and with plenty of time. If you are denied entry upon arrival because you do not have proper documentation, at your own expense, you will be sent out of the Schengen area.