How to apply for the Italian Schengen Visa for South Africans

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy at sunset on gondolaApplying for a Schengen Visa for Italy as a South African often leaves applicants a little confused and asking “Where do I go? How do I apply? Can I use an agency or do I have to do it myself?” Italy traditionally has consulates in practically every city in South Africa and the rules for how to apply depend on where you live. Here’s making it a little simpler for you:

I live in or near Cape Town

You’ll need to apply in person for the Italian Schengen Visa, if you live in or near Cape Town, from 1 December 2011 you’ll need to do your appointment via Copago, a visa handling agency. Make an appointment online first though for them to see you. The visa requirements are the Schengen Requirements, you can also check the Italian Consulate’s site for more info. If you don’t live in Cape Town, but it’s still your closest Italian Consulate, you can fill out a request form not to appear in person and use a reputable courier to send your application in.

I live in Gauteng, Limpopo, North-West or Free State

You will have to apply with outsourced visa agency Copago or the Pretoria Embassy (only if you live in the Tshwane Metro) for your Italian Schengen Visa application. Pretoria will have it’s own Copago office from 1 February 2012.  These  consulates/embassies advise that you should make the appointment for a minimum of 2 weeks before departure to be safe and a maximum of 3 months before.

I live in KwaZulu-Natal

There is unfortunate news, the Italian consulate in Durban no longer issues Italian Schengen Visas but in which case you’ll need to apply as if you were living in Johannesburg through Copago. This company has said they will be opening an office in Durban from 1 January 2011. There is a chance that you can courier the passport through an agency if you’ve travelled to a schengen country before, we suggest enquiring with a reputable visa agency for more info. The only sure way around it is to ensure your trip to Europe includes a longer stay in another Schengen country, other than Italy, then you can apply through that country’s consulate and hopefully they don’t require you to appear in person in Joburg!

I live in the Eastern Cape or Northern Cape

For applying for a Schengen visa in these provinces, you must use the Cape Town Consulate. Since you don’t live near Cape Town, you can fill out the form not to appear in person, mentioned in the Cape Town section.

Check out our other Schengen visa articles too.

Click here for the application form.

Click here for the  full requirements.

Remember the information on this site was correct at time of publishing, but the consulates reserve the right to change information at any moment and without notice, we recommend using a reputable visa agency to make an application and get up-to-date information.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. I’m taking my friend to Italy for her birthday, but she just started her own business. What must we supply when it comes to the letter from your employer for visa purposes?

    • Hi Retha! I’d double check this with the consulate but usually what they need is a letter from the business’s accountant stating the legitimacy of the business, that it is registered with all the appropriate registration numbers. Hope this helps :-)

  2. I would like to travel in Italy, but do not want to make definate bookings. I would like to explore and pay for accomodation when needed. Will this be acceptable for getting a visa for Italy?

    • Hi Jannie! Generally the consulates will require that you pay for everything up-front. I have heard of cases though, when someone has enough money – generally needs to be a lot – you’re allowed to enter the country without definite accommodation plans for the whole stay. Basically the consulate wants to know you’re not going to be a burden on the state, ie without somewhere to stay. They also want to know where you will be so that you don’t disappear into the country never to leave. So having very good reasons to come back to your home country help too – eg a profitable business or a very stable, well-paying job etc etc. Speak to the consulate for their advice too or to a visa agency like http://www.visaexpress.co.za :-)

  3. I am traveling to Italy for a eriod of fourteen days on a visitors visa. Everything is paid for already and the iternary it planned to the hour. How much is needed to sustain myself to qualify for the visa?

    My Mother is a pensioner and will accompany me. She can obviously not provide a letter of employment. What is needed then?

    • Hi David, the minimum to my knowledge for a schengen visa currently is R400 per person per day. Regarding your mother, it’s perfectly acceptable to be a pensioner and apply for the visa. If she has any official documentation stating she is a pensioner – eg letter from the pension fund or statements from the pension fund showing pension payments to her account – this should suffice as proof of her state of affairs. Hope this helps :-)

  4. hello. i only recently decided to go to italy. i have an appointment on 29 june 2011, and hope to fly on 11 july 2011. will this be enough time for the visa application?

    • Hi Haseena! This may be a bit tight, especially if you’re applying through the Cape Town consulate as they currently ask for 10 working days in order to apply. I would suggest getting in touch with the consulate to ask their advice or contact http://www.visaexpress.co.za to see if they can assist.

  5. Information suoth africa visa apply Information

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  6. i ma live italy visa apply in suoth africa you give me informatino

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  7. I have a friend in London on a 6 month UK visa and I want to go visit her and go to Europe. She doesnt have a schengen visa, is there anyone in London that will do a visa for her with only a visitor visa for UK?
    Please help!

    • Hi Amy, generally if you’re in the UK and not on a work/study visa/permit, you will have to return to your home country in order to apply for the visa. Ask her to double check with the consulate she’s wanting to apply to in London, but as far as I am aware, this has not changed.

  8. Hi Nick,
    We are in the process of obtaining our schengen visas for Italy. We are also going on a cruise to Croatia – Norwegian Jan 24 – 20 Sept. Do I need a visa for Croatia (single or multiple) or will the schengen suffice.? I am South African and we depart for Venice 15 September 2011.

    • Hi Pat! Sounds like a great trip you’ve got planned! Croatia does not form part of the Schengen area meaning you would need an extra visa when visiting Croatia. Cruises, however, are often an exception to the rule where the cruise company often stands surety for you when visiting non-schengen countries on a cruise. This depends on the agreement the cruise company has with the government of that state. For this info, you need to contact the cruise company and ask them if you, as a South African passport holder need a visa for Croatia on their itinerary.

  9. Good Morning

    I will be travelling to Italy with my daughter of 14 yrs and wife for our a holiday from the 25 September 2011 to the 4 October 2011. A total of tens days. The Trip was arranged via a travel agent Trafalgar Tours and the tour is called the Italian scene.
    We have a single joint account were all our savings are transferred , as well as individual accounts for salary payments and other deduction. The amounts in the savings is substantial as monies are transferred from my account into the savings . Also note that we are married in community of property.

    Kindly advise whether we need to supply copies of banking statements of the individual accounts, or will the joint saving account will suffice for both my wife and myself.

    Your assistance in this regard will be appreciated. Kindly e-mail your reply to preggy.pillay@kzntransport.gov.za .

  10. Hi Preggy! You should be allowed to provide the single bank statement from my knowledge but you would probably have to provide some supporting document from the bank showing that it is a joint savings account between the two of you. If you have a copy of the marriage certificate, that might come in handy but may really not be necessary. If you want to make 100% sure, give the consulate a call, but generally good, official documentation from the bank is sufficient. Speak to your bank too as they are experienced with visa documentation as no doubt, you are not the first customer they have had in the same situation!

  11. i am arranging a schengen visa for colleagues at work. they are planning a tour through Europe visiting England, France, Italy and either Spain or Germany. I think you are supposed to apply for a schengen for the country you are spending the most time in even if it is not your first port of call. is this correct?
    if they are spending 2 days in 3 of the countries and 3 days in Italy, i apply for an italian visa, correct? will they only issue a visa for the period they will be in italy or for the period covering the other 3 schengen countries too or do i have to apply for visas at each contries visa office?

    • Hi Michelle! Good question, this one gets most people a little confused! You’ve got it right though, it’s for the country you’re spending the longest time in, try ensure that they spend at least 1 day extra in one of those countries, like Italy, as in your example. They will issue you a visa for your entire Schengen stay, not just for Italy. Just remember that England is not part of the Schengen area and they will need a separate visa for the United Kingdom if they visit there.

  12. Hi there

    I’m a student looking to go tour Europe soon. I’ve been told that I need an Italian Schengen visa as I’ll spend most time in italy however I do not have an employment letter and utility bill for proof of residence. Will a letter from my university and an affidavit stating where I live suffice?

    • Hi Refilwe! That’s correct, for students a letter from your university should suffice, it will need to state that you are expected to return to complete your course, dates of your holidays would also help. With regards to proof of residence, if you need it, an affidavit should work, the consulate will let you know if they’re happy with that when you apply. :-)

  13. Hi there, i want to travel to Egypt and from there to Italy with my daughter and her family, 3 adults 1 child. We will be going for 7 days. What would the cost of the visa be and where do my daughter get their visas?
    Thanks

    • Hi Jeanette! The Italian visa will cost in the region of €50 per person applying (payable in Rands), if you use a visa agency, they will charge a handling and courier fee. You can apply through your local consulate (refer to the links in the post above) or through a visa agency. For Egypt, the visa is essentially free, but you do need to apply in advance. You will need to pay any courier fees if you use a visa agency.

      You can contact the Egyptian consulate on (012) 343-1590/1 or one of the following email addresses: egyptemb1@gmail.com / egyptemb@global.co.za

  14. i will be going on tour through europe but my appointment with the consulate in cape town is only on the 20/07/2011 and my flight is on 04/08/2011.will that be enough time to process my visa?

  15. Hi Nicky, it depends on the consulate, but I am pretty sure that will be enough time! Check with them how long they usually take to process a visa, they should be able to advise you.

  16. i iwant to visit italy on the 1o dec for 1week or 2wees am working i have a work permit is going to expired on 2013 i want to know wen must i submit and wthat is the condition but am not a south africain thank u

    • Hi Eric, I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on this too accurately, the conditions of entry can be different for those applying on a work permit. I would suggest contacting the Italian embassy directly to get the most accurate information on (012) 423-0024/25

  17. I am in Orapa Botswana and would like to apply for a Study VISA. I have enrolled with Florence Design Academy in Italy and my course starts in September. Where can I apply for my Study VISA please?

    • Hi Vimabi, I would think you would need to apply through the Italian Embassy in Pretoria, I am not aware of an Italian Embassy in Botswana. For study visas, you will need to get the requirements from the Embassy directly as these are handled differently:

      Telephone No : (012) 423-0024/ 25
      Fax No : (012) 342 5618 / 430-5547
      Street Address : 796 George Avenue, Arcadia Pretoria 0083
      Email Address : visit.pretoria@esteri.it
      Website Address : http://www.ambpretoria.esteri.it

  18. Dear Paul,
    I am visiting Greece from 29/08/2011 to 5/9/2011 and then I am coming home. I am again departing for Europe on 22 September 2011 and staying untill 15 October 2011 during which time I will be visiting netherlands, italy and germany, with the longest stay in Italy. Will the Italian embassy issue me a visa to cover both trips or do I need to visit the Greek consulate as well? Thank you very much

    • Hi Gerda, if you’re purchasing all the flights, accommodation, insurance etc. by the time of applying for the first visa, they may be able to assist you with a multiple entry visa which extends to the entire duration of your stay. If the consulate can’t give you a solid answer, I would suggest checking with a visa agency like http://www.visa-express.co.za, they may be able to advise better as they deal with all the consulates!

  19. Hi nick
    I live in holland en since short i mate this girl from south africa that i would like her to come see the Netherlands.but she dont have a jop en that could make thing difficult to get visa, what is best way to deal with such an issue? evry advice can help.

    thank you

    • Hi Abbas! Thanks for getting in touch! What the consulate wants to see is that she has a reason to return to her home country and enough means to survive while she is in the Netherlands. Generally documentation which proves she has reason to return home is a letter from an employer stating she has a job and is expected back, a letter from a college or university she is enrolled at stating she is expected to return for her studies, or if she has her own business, a letter from an accountant stating she is the business owner and has business responsibilities at home. Without these, getting a visa could be difficult. For finances while she is there, she needs a letter of surety from you, if you’re going to sponsor her trip or she needs proof of foreign exchange, sufficient to cover her expenses for the duration of her stay. I’d suggest she gets advice from a visa company like http://www.visaservices.co.za as this situation seems a little complicated!

  20. Hi Nick thnx for your fast reply realy appriciate it.
    seems like aint looking good for me.
    if the above thing you named can not be done there is no other option then getting marry i think that the fastest way to get her in holland.
    i will call the holland ambassy in south africa en ask the if there are other options so not..two bad.i will ask her to marry me.
    wish me luck. en thnx for your reply.

  21. Nick. I am working in Pretoria and is here most of the time but my house is in George. I normally fly down every second weekend for a visit. I am staying with a friend and pay accommodation per month. This morning I went to the Embassy for my visa and were told that I must go to Cape Town. Cape Town is fully booked for Visa applications till November and I am booked for a visit from 25 Sept to 9 Oct 2011. What can I do to hand in my application and the one for my wife in Pretoria (She stays in George)?

  22. Hi Nick. i am applying for visa for myself and family tomororow. my 3 children are 11,13,16. do we use the same visa application, because I see there is also a minor visa form, which includes a parent confirmation portion to it? thanks

    • Hi Ian! The minor visa form is for visas where a minor is travelling alone. If they are accompanied by their parents the application can be done with their parents’ application. If only one parent is travelling with the minor though, there may need to be a signed consent letter from the other non-travelling parent, I have heard of a few cases like this in the past. Hope this helps!

  23. Hi Nick,I have read your comments regarding the visa requirements for Italy with interest as my husband and myself and our 2 teenage children (17 & 14 yrs) are booked on a Trafalgar tour to Italy for 8 days and then a trip to Germany for 4 days to visit relatives. Our agent mentioned we need unabridged birth certificates for the children which will take Home Affairs between 8-10 weeks to process which will be after our leaving date! Is the unabridged birth certifcates a requirement for the Italy Schengen visa?

    • Hi Michelle, as fare as I am aware this is a requirement for the Italian visa, but they are willing to accept an application without it if you can include a proof of application for the unabridged birth certificate (a receipt is issued by home affairs) together with an affidavit signed by both parents in front of a commissioner of oaths stating that they are both the parents of that child.

  24. Hi Nick,
    My wife is has an Italian passport, and we’re going to the UK, Italy and Holland in December. I know I qualify for a spouse shengen visa (because I’m a south african citizen), how do I go about getting that visa?

    • Hi Richard! You’ll need to apply through the embassy of the Schengen country you’re spending the longest time in, so in your case it will be either Italy or Holland (I’d suggest spending longer in Italy, since your wife is Italian, it might make it easier for your application. On the form for the Italian Schengen visa, there’s a place to fill in if you’re married to an EU citizen. As far as I am aware, this makes you exempt from paying the visa fee, but if you use a visa handling agency, you’ll still need to pay their fee. Your requirements for the visa will be the same as in the article above, with the addition of a copy of your wife’s passport and your marriage certificate. They may request to see the originals, though they can’t keep these.

      Hope this all helps :-)

  25. i’m an eritrean citizen living in johannesburg so i want visit my sister in italy how could i get visa

  26. and what procedures should i fullfill before i go to the embassy

    • Hi Bartez, if you have residency or a work permit for South Africa, you should be allowed to apply through the Johannesburg consulate. You will need to apply in person though, for more info on applying in South Africa as a foreign citizen – call the Italian Consulate during the mornings: (011) 728-1392/3 you can also get full info here: http://www.italianconsulatejohannesburg.org/conshome/?page_id=31

  27. Hi Nick,

    Im planning to go to Italy for 2 weeks with my 2 and a half year old daughter. What do i need to do? Does she also need a passport that is at least valid for 3 months?

  28. Hi Nick,

    I’m wanting to go over to italy for a year or two to travel and work a bit, i need to find out what i need to apply for the visa, what kind of visa i should apply for and if you think i have a chance at obtaining one, any infomation you can help me with would be great.

    • Hi Kelly, as a South African it’s not going to be very easy at all to get a visa for that duration. They don’t really want us to work in the EU either so if you were to even mention that, they would deny your application. If you’re looking to go over to Italy for a lengthy stay, the best thing is to either go and study a course there or to go over and work on yachts. There are companies who do placements for working on yachts in the Med, so it might be worth your while going that route. Just google them to find more info. Hope this helps! :-)

  29. Going to Italy on skiing holiday. Flying to Zurich, then either train/bus to Italy. Do I need Switzerland and Italian visas. How do I book appointment for a family of 4 at once. Tried, seems can only book 1 person at a time

    • Hi there! Thanks for getting in touch. If you’ve got your accommodation and transport to Italy sorted, you’ll just need to apply through the Italian consulate.

      Regarding adding people to your application appointment, I just did a test on the Italian consulates site and it seems that towards the bottom of the page you can add up to 3 family members. See here for example: http://bit.ly/tj4AqZ

  30. Hi Nick! Living in Bedfordview, planned to submit visa documentation in Pretoria. Would this be acceptable? Although I see there is an embassy in Johannesburg, I cannot find an address or a telephone number. How then do I go about making an appointment? My time is running out as we depart on 22nd December!

    • Hi Vicky! Thanks for getting in touch. Nope, if you’re in Joburg you have to apply through their new visa handling service, you can find all their details here: http://www.myeuropevisa.com/IT-ZA/

      Hope this helps! :-)

  31. Hi, we are going to Ital, Switzerland and Paris in March 2012. My partner has his own business, not very big, a Sole Proprietor, he does not have an auditor, I assist him with his bookkeeping, what do we need to supply for him when applying?
    Kind regards
    Gwen

    • Hi Gwen. I just called COPAGO, the visa handling agency for the Italian consulate and they have said the following: Provide a letter on your company letterhead stating that both of you are employed by this company and then attach title documents (documents showing that the business is in your husband’s name) to the letter when you apply.

  32. We are travelling to Italy, 3 days, Switzerland 3 days and Paris 2 days, I understand then that I apply for Italy Visa, my partner is self employed, small company, Sole Proprietor, he does not have an auditor, I assist him with his books, what do we need for him as proof of employment?

  33. Forgot to mention we live in Cape Town

  34. Hi Nick trying to arrange a anniversary trip last minute to venice for 27 Jan 2012. Is it possible to get the visa done by then, whats the cost & do I have to show a bank account for a 4 day holiday – ie proof of income/ cash etc – thanks

    • Hi Murray, it should be possible to get your visa by then, but check with their visa handling agency’s call-centre on 087 751 3600. The cost is EUR60 (payable in Rands), there are other services the handling agency may charge you for, so budget on about R800-R900 per person. You’ll need to show that you’ve purchased foreign exchange to the value of about EUR45 per person per day, that shows them that you can afford and have budgeted for the trip.

  35. Hi there. I recently just received my passport and I need to apply for my visa. I’m going to aupair in italy and how do I apply for the visa? How much would it cost to apply? Do I book for a flight first? Can you please advice me on this. The family in italy is expecting me in February. Please help me. Thanx

    • Hi Sibu, if you’re going to aupair in Italy, you’re going to have to approach an aupairing agency who organises work etc for you. You can’t simply get a regular visa for Italy and go and work there, you will need to get a special visa for work like this. The agency would assist with the visa and tell you what documents you require to work in Europe. If you’re not going through an agency, I would suggest contacting the Italian consulate/embassy directly and asking their advice: 012 423 0000 or contact a visa agency to check if they have advice on how to get the visa, try http://www.visaexpress.co.za

    • Hi Sibu, I am in exactly the same dilemma as you at the moment, and i would love to know what information you have received about how, as a South African aupair, to get into Italy. (for more than three months)
      Thanks.

  36. My wife and I are planninga Contiki trip in June. We currently live in the Eastern Cape, is it still possible to apply for the VISA at the Cape Town Embassy and courier all our documents, instead of going in person?

    Our Travel agent advised us that for Schengen Visas for Italy, France or Belgium we need to travel to Cape Town in person.

    • Hi, I just called the visa handling agency and they insist you have to apply in person in Cape Town. This seems a little silly to me. I would suggest contacting them yourself and seeing if you can’t get an answer from someone else at their offices which is a bit more helpful (to be honest the person I just spoke to seemed a little clueless and unhelpful!) Click here to find their contact details: http://bit.ly/zUu9Yl :-) Nick

  37. Hi Nick. My boyfriend and I are going to Italy for 2 weeks in March. I have a British and South African passport, he has a South African passport. I know that the spouse of a EU citizen may not have to pay the Schengen visa fee, would you happen to know if the same applies to a couple that live together? Many thanks!

    • Hi Debbie! Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately if you’re not married, that rule does not apply. He will have to pay for the Schengen visa and go through http://www.myeuropevisa.com in order to apply.

  38. Hi Nick

    I’m a youth worker and desire to be based in Italy with my organistion which is also based in Italy.My other part of the job will intail travelling around to Schengen countries.I would like a 2 year visa.What would i need in order to apply for a Visa.

    • Hi Mpumi! Thanks for getting in touch. You’ll need to deal with the Italian consulate directly on this one. It’s likely that the organisation will need to provide some sort of motivation to allow you to come and work in Italy, especially for that length of time. Generally they need to prove that there are no EU citizens who can do the job as well as you can, so the process can be fairly lengthy, it’s not usually as simple as applying for a work visa and going. I would suggest getting advice from their visa handling office (Copago) on 087 751 3600, they may refer you to the consulate directly, but it should be a good starting point.

  39. Hi,
    Talk about confusing…………my daughter is going on a Contiki trip during her college break, she will be in Italy the longest and I gather needs to apply for her visa from the Italian consulate. We live in Johannesburg, can she go to the consulate in Pretoria or does she need to use the appointed agency. She’s going in July, how long before the time should she apply, can she do so months before?
    Appreciate the help

    • Hi Deirdre! You’re spot on, she needs to apply through Italy for her visa. The visas are now down through http://www.myeuropevisa.com only, so you’ll need to visit that site in order to book an appointment. She can apply no longer than 3 months in advance and we suggest applying no less than 1 month in advance to allow for delays. Hope this helps!

  40. I have booked flights to Rome for 31 March for a week. I know I need a schengen visa, but now I seem to have chosen a destination that requires me to visit the office personally. Prior visits to Istanbul Budapest and Prague did not need persoanl visit. I will accompany my wife (British passport) so for her there is no problem. I have heard conflicting reports, that because I live more than 1000 km from Cape Town, I will not have to present myself. I have telephoned the help line however, and they say that I must go to Cape Town. Ironically, I am going to Johannesburg next week and could present myself there, and then use my daughter’s address in Johnanesburg where I regularly stay when I do business in Johannesburg. Should I make the appointment in JHB or go through the whole stress and cost of a trip to Cape Town. The help line insist that I go to Cape Town? What do you advise?

    • Hi Shawn. The new means of applying for the Italian visa is going via their visa handling agency Copago (www.myeuropevisa.com), it seems like these are the people you called. I know that prior to this, visa agencies like http://www.visaexpress.co.za had a special relationship with the Italian consulate to allow one to apply without having to come in for an interview. It’s possible that they can still do this, so I suggest contacting them on 0861 289 270 to get their advice and see if they can still assist.

  41. Hi Nick!

    I am Kenyan based in South Africa, I just changed jobs to a new company and home affairs are still busy with my application for my new work permit(Since October 2011). I plan on travelling to Italy on 11 march 2012 to visit as i wait for work permit finalizations. My dilemma is, CAPAGO won’t take my visa application using my “acknowledgement of receipt” of work permit application from Home Affairs.Fair enough, If i have to go through Kenya,my country of origin, will they grant me a visa or will they transfer me back to South African Italian embassy? My bank is south african hence the bank statements, My letter of employment( in this case job offer and contract ) is for a South African company. What should i do?

  42. Hi Miriam! Thanks for getting in touch. This is a tough one, it’s not often (or ever in my case) to hear of someone applying for a schengen visa without confirmed right to remain in the country.

    Logically I think they’d say apply here in South Africa since you don’t have much showing that you’d return to Kenya, you may have to go through the Italian consulate directly. I would suggest maybe checking with a visa agency if they can help you apply or at least give you some accurate info. Explain what you’ve said above and the dilemma you’re in.

    You can try Visa Express in Cape Town: 021 911 3273 or Pretoria: 012 3467528 or you can try ROSE visas in Joburg on 086 123 VISA (8472) or in Cape Town on 086 111 VISA (8472).

    Hope this helps you!

  43. I have to get a Schengenvisa from Italy – is in Pta; get a form online, but what about the payments? I know sometimes you have to have the exact amount of money with you – and sometimes you have to make a payment in advance; can you please advice me on this, please! Thanks

    • Hi Elna, thanks for getting in touch. If you live in Pretoria, you can apply at the Pretoria Embassy but you must go in person. You must take the payment in South African Rands with you when you apply, currently it’s R655 per person. I’d take a little bit more in case the price goes up.

  44. hi nick, really need your advice i am going to italy on the 28 march and last week i applied for my schengan visa but today they called me and said they required extra info. a cc document of company and three months payslips of mine. I have handed this in today in pretoria as i am from pta, am just worried do you think my visa will be denied? I have to go back on wednesday next week and my nerves cant handle the waiting. besides my money in my account I also already purchased just over 1000 euros. so am all excited> thanks charlene.

    • Hi Charlene, thanks for getting in touch. These documents are pretty standard and if they’re requesting them, it’s usually a good sign. Just make sure you provide everything they ask for. The most common reasons for denying visas are that they are not convinced you have enough motivation to return back to South Africa (ie no job, not enough money etc etc) or that you will be a liability on their economy (ie you have insufficient insurance, you’re likely to run out of money while there or you’re likely to work illegally). If you’ve shown insurance, that you have a job here in South Africa which you are expected to return to, you have sufficient funds for your stay, you know where you’re staying, you’ve purchased your flights and all of that, you should be fine for your visa application.

  45. Hi Nick. I am applying for an Italian visa. My husband has a British passport. Should I fill in the form for spouse of EU/EEA Citizen?

    • Hi Debbie, yes that’s correct! And you should get your visa for free from the consulate (the handling agency may still charge you a fee though).

      Just remember that you must be travelling with your husband for the duration of your trip in order to qualify.

      Hope this helps! :-)

  46. Hi Nick,
    I have just moved back from living in the States for 15 years and am looking to travel before I begin a new job. I am planning to go to Italy and Spain for a few days in April/May. My concern is that being that I have just moved back I am living with family and obviously don’t have employment yet. I do have an email formally inviting me for a job interview in June though. I do have more than enough savings to cover the trip and have proof of all accommodation booked. Are my chances incredibly slim of getting a Schengen visa??
    Thanks for your thoughts and/or suggestions.
    Ashley

    • Hi Ashley, sounds like a great adventure! Your chances aren’t incredibly slim, it’s just a bit more tricky to get the visa. I would suggest making sure you have letters of recommendation from your old job (not sure if this will help but it may be worth a shot). An invitation for a formal interview probably won’t help you unfortunately as it doesn’t guarantee anything. What will help you is if you show that you have more than enough money saved and available to you for the duration of your trip.

      My suggestion is to approach the handling agents for both the Italian and Spanish visas to ask their suggestions as no doubt they should have encountered this before and can provide a bit of a better solution.

      For Italy, visit: http://www.myeuropevisa.com/IT-ZA/

      For Spain, visit: http://www.vfsglobal.com/spain/southafrica/

      To be honest they generally don’t accept the application if they don’t think there’s a chance you’ll get a visa.

      Good luck and enjoy the trip!

  47. Hi Nick
    My husband and me are planning a 16 day trip to Italy in October . We are planning on just to buy return air tickets and to book a hotel room for te very first night . O and a eurorail ticket. We would like to book hotel accomodation as we travel through Italy. Is this possible to do or wont they allowed us visas?
    Thanks
    Lauretta

    • Hi Lauretta,

      thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately they don’t allow you to visit the EU without confirmed accommodation for the duration of your trip. I have heard of people being granted visas without confirmed hotel accommodation, but they brought a very large amount of money with them and had been to Europe many times before.

      There are ways to work around this and that’s to book accommodation for the duration of your trip in one or two hotels in say, Rome and Milan for example. Use these confirmations to get your visas and then as soon as you have the visa, cancel the accommodation you don’t need. Most hotels will give you a refund if you cancel at least 2 weeks before arrival, they may hold a small deposit though.

      Hope this helps!

  48. Hi Nick

    My wife and I are planning on visiting Italy for about 10 days in August. We are planning on ending our trip with a 3 night stay in Paris. We live in Kimberley. Do we have to go to Cape Town in person to apply for our visas?

    Thanks
    Willem

    • Hi Willem,

      according to the info published you do need to appear in person to apply for the visa – though this will be in Johannesburg rather than Cape Town as Joburg is closer to you.

      I would try asking a visa agency like ROSE visas if they have a way around this through a contact in the embassy, it’s definitely worth a shot!

      Tel: 086 123 VISA (8472)
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za
      Regional Manager: Jean Bothma

  49. I can’t find the request form to fill in not to have to appear in person at the Consulate in cape Town when I apply for my visa. I live in Jeffreysbay.

    • Hi Adelaide, unfortunately the Italian consulate recently did away with this form, forcing one to apply in person via their handling agency Copago. You can reach them to query this further on http://www.myeuropevisa.com

  50. Hi There, my daughter is currently working on a yacht in Italy. Her visa expires at the end of may. Does she have to come back to south africa or can she use a courier service. or which coutry closer to her can she apply? How can she be excused to appear in person as they are busy with charters now.

    • Hi Ruby, thanks for getting in touch. The general rule is that you cannot extend a visa once over in Europe and have to return to your country of residence to apply for a renewal.

      However it seems she is on a seaman’s visa as she is working on yachts. There’s a possibility that the company who organised her work and visa has a way to organise an extension, so it may be worth checking with them. Failing that, she would need to come back to SA to reapply.

  51. Hi Nick,

    A great site you have here. Your responses are very helpful but having read through, unfortunately, none of them seem to cover my wife’s unique situation

    Here goes, I am a UK citizen, she South African, we are recently married and have an unabridged marriage certificate. My wife plans to travel to Europe (mainly Italy) on a pre-booked, paid tour starting 13th June.
    I am a resident of Saudi Arabia, my wife is currently here with me on a 3 month family visit visa and has her flight to Europe booked from here and has no plan to re-enter South Africa until after the trip. She has no job but we are able to show proof of funds for travel or forex etc.

    Could you help to explain are options

    My main points of concern are:

    -Can she apply for a visa remotely (ie from Saudi by sending documents to agency)?
    -Is it possible to apply to Italian consulate in Riyadh?
    -Does her not having a job impact her?

    Thanks for any help you can give, as you can see this is rather tricky!! and if there’s anything else you feel it would be right to consider we’d really be grateful for your advice.

    Regards Paul

    • Hi Paul, thanks for getting in touch.

      The general rule is that one has to apply from the country where one is a resident. Seeing that you are a resident of Saudi Arabia, they may offer her an exception and let her apply for a visa in Saudi, though this is likely only to be if you are accompanying her on this trip to Europe. There is a chance they will let her apply there if you are not accompanying her, but with these sort of exceptional circumstances there are never any guarantees. The good news is that next to the Greek consulates, the Italian consulates have a reputation for being the most flexible! I would get in touch with the Italian consulate directly to explain the situation and ask their advice. If you have time to email and wait for a written response, even better, you can always take this email along with the application if the respondent says it’s okay to apply from Saudi.

      Now regarding your wife’s employment. This is not always an issue when applying for a Schengen visa. You can say that you are paying for her trip, but they will likely need to see 3 months bank statements from you to prove there are enough funds to support her. Alternatively, if she has enough of her own funds in her account that should be okay too, though I doubt she will be able to get official South African stamped bank statements while over there.

      In short, I think there is a chance she can apply from Saudi, but I think it’s best to get the answer from the horse’s mouth. Find their details here: http://www.ambriad.esteri.it/ambasciata_riad

  52. Hi, I want to know do i need a Yellow fever injection to go to Italy?

    Thanks

    • Hi Helen!

      Generally you don’t need a yellow fever vaccination to go to Italy. There may be exceptions in the case that you have visited countries with yellow fever in the last few months (eg Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya etc). If you’ve been in SA the whole time you definitely won’t need one.

  53. hi there nick.
    i have recently found a family in italy that is interested in hiring me as a au pair privately. they will apply for the nulla osta, contratto di soggiorno per lavoro, Italian Questura. if all of this say “has” been approved are my chances of being denied a work visa still possible?

    To apply for a work visa would i need an unabridge birth certificate and medical?

    Thanks for all the helpfull information you give… much appreciated

    • Hi Sandy!

      This is a tricky one and I don’t have a lot of experience with work visas for Italy. I would strongly recommend chatting to the Italian consulate privately or chatting to a visa handling agency like ROSE visas, their contact details are here: http://www.roseadmin.co.za/index.php?mod=3&action=show&articleid=81

      (I know their website looks a little odd, but they have been reliable for us when dealing with them for many years now)

  54. Hi there

    Im a 29 year old south african male…i know a italian that owns a italian horse stud in italy…he wants me to come work for him for the horse show season ( 6-8 months ) in Italy…please advice me on how to go ahead organizing something like this..
    I hope i hear from you soon
    Regards
    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      this is a tricky situation and I would suggest using a visa professional like ROSE visas to assist with the application. It sounds to me like you are going to need to apply for a work permit for Italy. You can contact them on 086 123 VISA (8472)

  55. Hi Nick

    My partners daughter Kimberley (UK citizen) lives with her partner Andrew (RSA citizen)in Port Elizabeth. Kimberley’s sister is marrying in Lucca, Italy on the 20th May and Andrew only received his UK visa yesterday. This does not leave him time to get a schengen visa in RSA nor can he apply here with any certainty when they both arrive in the UK on Sunday 13th May. I put them onto your web-site to obtain a French schengen visa and they understand evrything except whetehr the visa is at the point of entry in France or how long they stay. When they arrive in London they will be here for a week and intend to divert through France to obtain the visa but need clarification before they book the flight. I cannot find your telephone number so hence this mail. Kimberley’s e-mail is ♫
    kimberley@sapphirest​reet.com

    I can realy the message back to Kimberley but have not been copied in with the mails between you

    Thanks Nick

    Chris Stone

    • Hi Chris,

      thanks for getting in touch. I see that the dates you mentioned above have now passed. I’m sorry I couldn’t get to your query in time, unfortunately we have been a little swamped with work and so free services like this have had to take the back-seat until our paying customers had been seen to.

      I hope everything worked out alright. They would have needed to apply for that Schengen visa form South Africa, under normal circumstances which would have meant there was no way to get the visa, even by the time you contacted us here. I hope the authorities were able to pull some strings for Andrew to get him a Schengen visa in time.

      Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

  56. Hi Nick

    My husband works on a Cruise Line that will be sailing to most of the ports in Italy, however the ship will be docked in Barcelona Spain, and from there we will do Italy most of the days. We will also be in dubrovnik croatia for one day. He wants me and our son (9 months old by then) to come and visit him. My question to you is do I apply at the Italian embassy for a schengen visa and if so how long before we go and cruise? Also what is the fee more or less for a multiple entry visa? We will be cruising with him for a month.
    Regards
    Marcelle

  57. hi Paul, do I need any vaccinations for traveling to Italy?

  58. Hey Nick

    I hold a South African passport. I recently applied for a UK visa for two years, as i write to you it is being processed. It takes 15 working days to do so. However im planning to go to Italy, what visa do i need? how long does it take to get an italian visa? I also will be traveling to other countries that use a schengen visa during my two years stay in the UK. Can i get a schengen visa for 2 years?

    Thank you
    Mpumi

  59. Hi Nick. My daughter is 19 – she applied for a holiday visum for 62 days. The Personel change this to a study visum (i do not know why???) She will be attending an art school for vacation in Florence ( we decided to fill her time to take language course as well ) visum was denied due to this attending of the language course – they state an ARt 4 comma 2 of tu 286/98. We can contest by means of legal complaint – please advise what we can do or whom we can talk to – everything is paid for – ticktes was booked through travelstart. What now?

  60. Whats the easiest way to get a visa for Italy/France and also Dubai

    • Hi
      Im in the Northen Cape and Im in a process of applying for Italian visa. According to the website in have to apply through the Cape Town office and need not appear in person.
      I have collected all documentation as requested except proof of payment for visa & service fees. How much should I pay and in which account.
      Where should I courier the documents to?

      Kind regards

      Cynthia

  61. Hi.
    FRom what I have read the rule is if you on a dreaded South African passport you can only apply for schengen visa in South Africa.I am going to Ireland for a wee bit and thought would be nice and easier to see friend in Italy and apply for visa in Dublin.Is this completely out of the question.This South African passport drama!!!!!

  62. Hi Nick,

    Pleas advise if Mozambican citizens require a schengen visa, specifically if the only country to be visited is Italy. Is there an agency or embassy in Maputo where the applicants can apply?

    Regards,
    Gerda

  63. Good morning

    Can you please give us some updated information regarding the Italian Visa Application process for South Africans?

    I live in East London and I used to be able to apply for my Italian Visas via courier as Cape Town / Johannesburg is too far for me to appear in person. I believe since May 2012 the rules have changed and you MUST appear in person?
    I also believe you HAVE to complete your application online on the CAPAGO site?

    Could you please give us some more information regarding these rule changes, application process and current fees involved?

    Thank you and kind regards
    Vicky

    • Hi Vicky,

      Visa applications must be made though the CAPAGO site and then in person; applications must be made at least 15 business days prior to travel.

      According to their website: “If your permanent residence is Eastern Cape, Northern Cape or Western Cape, you can only apply at Cape Town Application center.”
      I suggest contacting them to find out about the possibility of applying by courier: +27 (0) 87 742 2840, Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

      The cost of the visa is EUR 60 (+/- R671) plus additional service fees applied by CAPAGO.

  64. Hello,

    I’d like to know the requirements and options for marrying an Italian. Is it better to register in SA or Italy? which is easier in terms of processes?
    Would one get a residence permit therefater? Would you know how long it takes?
    Am struggling to find info pertinent to SA and Italy (lots of US and UK).

    Thanks so much

  65. Hi there

    Can I travel to the other Schengan territories with a Schengan visa for Portugal?

  66. Can you get a Schengen visa with a Drunk Driving charge?

  67. In July I am going on a Travelgar European tour, staying 4 days in Italy. As I live in the Northern Cape I would like to use Capago as an agent to get me my visa. Please supply me with more information.
    Thank you very much.
    Marianna Pietserse

  68. Hi there.

    I am from Durban and I need to apply for an Italian Schengen VISA. I read further up that the Italian Consulate no longer issues Schengen VISAS, and that applications will now have to be done with Copango. Please advise if the Copango office in Durban is up and running, and if an appointment in person is neccessary then will it be sufficient for me to visit Copango in Durban? Or if it may be neccessary for me to go to JHB. What is the current position to date? Thanks in advance,

  69. Hi Nick,

    I have 2 questions.
    I work for a cruise line and I’m heading to a ship that is porting out of Rome. I’m flying there through Turkey and catching a connecting flight directly to Rome. What Visa’s do I require for this?
    My other question is what do you know about Italian passports, my grand father is an Italian citizen, can I apply for an Italian passport, if so what documentation will I need?

    Many thanx

    LeRoy

  70. hi. Any idea what it costs for a South African applying for a Shengen visa these days? I was last granted a 3 year visa.

  71. hi Nick,

    I am going to Europe June. 11 days in France, 10 days in Italy and 8 days in Greece. Flying in to Paris.
    Is it true and in this case only a one day difference between France and Italy…do i have to apply for the French visa or can i apply for the Italy visa?

    Regards,
    Este

  72. Hi dear i hope u can get my text pls i would ask u somethin if u dont mind , i am from tunis and my friend has invite me to see Italy for 2 months ( holiday shcool ) and we’ve done everythin in great way and after short time my visa gets refused reason ( they didnt trust me that i wouldnt come back home ) what must i do now , thank u

  73. Hi, if anyone can help me on this I would really appreciate it.

    Im going to Italy in July and also making a quick trip to Croatia. Croatia will be part of the Schengen states and part of the EU from July 1st, so if I apply for my visa through Italian embassy, as I will be there longest and fly to Italy, I dont need to apply for a Croatian visa? As I will apply for my visa in June and fly early July…

    Many thanks

  74. Hy nick!I want to know if you are temporary residence in south africa and you want to traveling in italy,all the fees will be supporting by the compagny its mean the compagny send u in holy day what you need to do to get the visas

  75. Hi I’m south african how I go about applying for visa for italy and how long does it last

  76. Hi there, nice site :)

    for a Italian visa-d type, can one have it done in a country other than home country? I’m South African, but have to go back to South Korea. From there, I will fly to Italy. Thanks.

  77. I need help my friend was working at irag then took a flight to south africa that was his first time and got a problem when he lend in cape town airport he had a cash and they said it was not supposed to be that much where are we supposed to get help he originate in italy he is supposed to cross to lesotho

  78. Hi we live on a farm in the eastern cape but we are much closer to Durban than Cape Town can’t we do it in Durban rather?

  79. Hey there!

    Can we go apply for a S visa at Joburg without scheudeling an appointment? We are from Bloemfontein and only have certain dates that we can go and they are already fully booked.

    Thanks!

    Kari

  80. I applied for a Italian Shengan Visa on line but omitted to enter the field for National ID number.
    Should I resubmit my application or can I fill it in manually since I have to present myself personally for fingerprinting?

  81. Hi Paul
    My name is Thandi from Cape Town and I have been invited to visit Italy in the next 2months for 20 days ,my host is hosting me through out my staying .but now regarding visa I have no clue where to start and what to do.my flight is booked and paid for the return please help me as to what to do in order for me to get an Italian visa. Thank you

  82. Please can you assist me.
    My son is living in England. He is studying there and has a five year study visa.
    He would like to visit Italy so he needs a Schengen visa.
    Can you please advise me of what he needs and how to go about it
    Or supply me with a website that he can go to to assist him

  83. What are the costs for a Italian Schengen Visa?

    • Hello Colette, thank you for contacting us. At present the fees are approximately R1250 for the Italian Schengen Visa. For more information and application details, click here: http://myeuropevisa.com/

      Hope this helps :-)

  84. Interesting

    This site is very helpful, thumbs up

    I worked with French and Italian visas for just over a year at Capago JHB branch in Sandton.

    In my experience most travelers were clueless about the process,i’m happy to see this site really eases the pressure off visa applications, the rules change from time to time i recently resigned but the information is still fresh.

    willing to help anythime

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