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Visa: (for Italy and Schengen area) information and application 


If you are resident in Switzerland and wish to travel to Italy, you might need a visa, issued by the Italian Consulate General in Geneva or by the Italian Consulate General in Lugano.

For additional information concerning any possible further action you might need to take upon your arrival in Italy, as well as rules regulating the entry and stay of foreign citizens in Italy and in the Schengen area, please visit the web page of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Where to apply

You can apply for a visa at the Italian Consulate General in Geneva only if you are legally resident in the following cantons:

  • Aargau, Basel-Stadt / Jura, Solothurn
  • Bern,Neuchatel, Freiburg
  • Geneva, Vaud, Valais
  • Glarus, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zug, Zurich, Appenzell,
    Innerrhoden, Grisons, St. Gallen, Thurgau.

The Italian Consulate General in Geneva issues visa to travel to Italy also to Principality of Liechtenstein residents.



To verify whether you need a VISA to enter Italy, please visit the following website, read the information related to visa
applications and check the supporting documents you may need to submit, before filling in the questionnaire:

All VISA applications must be filled in online, following the instructions at:

Once the online application form is complete, you should download it in PDF, print it and sign it so that you can submit it to the Consular Officer together with the required supporting documents. Supporting documentation has to be always in original or notarized copy (all foreign documents MUST be translated into Italian and the translations legalized by the competent Consulate). In order to do it, please refer to the Italian Mission in the country where the document has been issued.

Consular Officer could ask for additional documents to complete your application.


Make an appointment

To submit the application for a Schengen or a National VISA, you must book an appointment online with the visa office of the
Italian Consulate General in Geneva, writing to:

Applicants should provide the following documentation:

  • Scan of your passport, valid 3 months over the planned travel and with at least two empty visa pages;
  • Scan of your Swiss resident permit of stay (B, C, L) valid for at least three more months after the presentation of the application for a visa;
  • Scan of your previous Visa (if any);
  • Scan of your application form (duly filled and signed);
  • Scan of all required supporting documents.

Please note that your application will be rejected if you are missing the required documents. Applicants are informed that submitting
all required documentation does not guarantee the issuance of any visa.




Schengen visa (short stay visa up to 90 days)  CHF 84.90 (*)
 Minors (6-12 years old)  CHF 40.30 (*)
 National visa (long stay visa, more than 90 days)  CHF 113.10 (*)
 National study visa (long stay visa, more than 90 days)  CHF 48.80 (*)

(*) visa fees established for the 1st quarter 2024 (valid from January 1, 2024 to March 31, 2024).

Payment of visa fees can be made by debit card only (Postfinance, VPay and Maestro circuits and CHF 1.00 of additional fee)


More information: 

You can write to  in order to obtain more information.

PLEASE NOTE: The Visa Office will not provide information already present on the website.