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Schengen Visas

Please be aware that the Consulate General of Italy receives Schengen Visa applicants by appointment only.

The Consulate can ONLY accept visa applications lodged by permanent residents in the jurisdiction of the Consulate, which includes the Provinces of Ontario (except for the city of Ottawa and the Carleton, Dundas, Glengarry, Grenville, Prescott, Russel, and Stormont counties under the jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Ottawa), Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Schengen visas

A Schengen visa is required to stay in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days within a 180 day period and allows the visa holder to travel in the European Union Countries that signed the Schengen Agreement.

  • If you intend to visit one or more Schengen Countries in the course of a single trip, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the Country that is your main destination (i.e. where you will stay longer).
  • If, in the course of your trip, you will spend an equal amount of time in different Countries, the visa MUST be requested at the Consulate of the Schengen Country port of first entry.

If you need a SCHENGEN VISA from the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, you need to book an appointment through Prenot@Mi. Please be informed that the online appointment booking schedule may be full due to significant volumes of applications.


Amounts are periodically updated due to currency exchange fluctuations.

You can find the updated list of consular fees here.



Canadian citizens, and nationals of some other Countries, are EXEMPT from the visa requirement for visits up to a maximum of 90 days in six months for the following reasons: tourism, mission, business, invitation, participation in sports events and study.

The EU Home and Migration Affairs website has a common list of countries whose citizens must have a visa when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.

Check here to check the list

Citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and the Ukraine are exempt from visa obligation only if the passport contains biometric data. All passports with biometric data show a special symbol (e-passport) at the front cover of the passport

Visa for minors (under 18 years of age)

Irrespective of the type of visa, if the applicant is a minor, please find below a list of additional documents:

  1. A declaration granting permission to travel– signed by parents or legal guardian/s not accompanying the minor in Italy– and a declaration of assuming financial responsibility for the trip signed by parent/s or legal guardian/s; signatures must be duly certified by a notary and must be accompanied by a copy of a valid photo I.D of signing parent/s or legal guardian/s. If one or both parents live abroad, they/he/she must sign the authorization at the Italian Consulate of their/his/her Country of residence (Parental consent and financial support form).
    The parent assuming financial responsibility must also submit a recent letter of employment and his/her last three months bank statements.
  2. Assumption of responsibility for a minor signed by the person that takes responsibility for the minor during his/her stay in Italy (Assumption of responsibility for the minor) with copy of his/her photo ID document attached (in case of person without Italian citizenship, copy of his/her Italian permanent residence permit, ‘’ Permesso di soggiorno’’)

    Notice: The visa application form must be signed by parent/s or legal guardian/s

Requirements for most requested Schengen visas

Select the relevant item from the “navigate in the section” menu.

If your visa is not listed on our menu, additional information for visa applicants available in various languages, including English, can be found  at the official site of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the following link:


Your passport will be returned to you using the prepaid and preaddressed XpressPost envelope you MUST bring to the Visa Office the day of the appointment.


  • Keep in mind that border authorities may in any case refuse entry to a foreign national who does not meet all requirements.
  • Consular fees cannot be refunded, including in case of refusal.
  • Applications are individual. We do not accept group applications (exception can be made for families travelling together) or applications presented by third parties.
  • Appointments are always free; intermediaries who claim that they can get or cancel appointments for you are scamming you.
  • Pay attention and read carefully what are the documents needed for your visa type.
  • Please keep the amount of printed documents to a minimum. A visa application should consist of  15/20 pages at most. Use front/back printing when possible. In specific cases, we may ask for further documents not normally listed: unless expressly asked for, however, you do not have to provide  copies of documents that are not listed. 
  • Incomplete applications cannot be processed.