Foreign nationals - that is non-EU citizens - may enter Italy provided that they hold both a valid passport and, if required, an entry visa issued in their country of origin.
As soon as foreign nationals enter Italy they should apply for a residence permit based on the same motivations specified on their entry visa.
A residence permit is not required for business, tourism, short visits or study, provided that the stay does not exceed 3 months.
EU nationals do not need a residence permit to stay in Italy.
Check online your residence permit
Here you can find out whether your residence permit is available for collection.
Main entry requirements for non-EU nationals who wish to enter Italy.
Types of visa: who should apply and on what basis.
Where and how to apply.
Awaiting residence permit
How to leave and re-enter Italy when awaiting the issue or renewal of a residence permit.
EC residence permit for long-term residents
Previously known as "carta di soggiorno" (residence card).
EU Blue Card
A special residence permit issued to highly qualified foreign workers, holders of a residence permit for work reasons.
The provisions regulating their stay in Italy.
Requirements for the recognition of refugee status.
(modificato il 27/11/2014)