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Foreign nationals who wish to apply for a visa are informed that, according to the new European Union Visa Regulation (1155/2019), as from the 2nd February 2020 the consular fee for submitting the Schengen visa application have increaseD from February 2 2020 to 60 € to 80 € and from 35 € to 40 € (for applicants aged between 6 and 12 years).

For all other information, you can consult the new regulation at the following link:




















An entry visa is a permit required by persons wishing to enter Italy for a temporary visit. Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Italy you can either apply for a short-term “Schengen visa” (C visa) or for a long-term “Italian national visa” for stays over 90 days (D Visa).
C visas are generally issued for tourism, business travel, family visits.
Long-stay visas (national D visas) are issued for stays exceeding 3 months. The main reasons for issuing this type of visa are study, work and family reunion.
You can find general information on visas below. In order to understand which is the visa category that better suits your need please visit the page Un visto per l’Italia . For further information on each type of visa and requisite documents, please refer to the entries in the above menu.



All nationals of countries whose citizens are subject to visa obligation (please, check here the list) legally residing in the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg

All nationals of countries whose citizens are subject to visa obligation who are legally present in South Africa on temporary basis and can present a credible justification for lodging an application in South Africa rather than in their country of residence. The Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg retains the right to evaluate the justification provided and to receive or not the visa applications.


Here you can download an excel file spelling out, for each third country and territorial entity, which travel documents are accepted by Italy (and by other Schengen countries).
Please be informed that passport\travel document must:
Have been issued within the previous 10 years, and its validity must not exceed 10 years;
have a validity of at least 3 months after intended stay;
have at least 3 blank pages.


In order to apply for a visa you should have been legally residing in the relevant consular jurisdiction for at least 6 months.
However, an application may be accepted from a person legally present – but not residing – in the jurisdiction of the consulate where the application is submitted, if he can justify in a credible manner (supplying relevant documents and certificates) why the application could not be lodged in his/her place of residence. It is for the consulate to appreciate whether the justification presented by the applicant is acceptable.



If the travel destination includes more than one Schengen Member State, the application must be dealt with by the Embassy/Consulate of the main destination. The main destination is understood to be the destination where the applicant intends to spend the longest time or where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out.
Namely, Schengen visa applicants can apply to the Visa Application Centre of the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg if:
Italy is the sole destination of the visit
or, in case visit includes more than one Schengen country, if Italy is the main destination in terms of the length or purpose of stay
or, in case no main destination can be determined, if Italy is the external border where the applicant intends to enter Schengen territory.


Visa applicants are hereby informed that applications cannot be lodged earlier than six months before the start of the intended journey. Therefore duly completed applications may be submitted six months onward prior to the confirmed travel date. As applications peak during the months of April through July, it is advisable to apply well in advance. This will help towards the smooth organization of your trip to Italy.
The time it takes to process an application at the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg varies but decisions on C visas are generally reached within 15 calendar days. Some cases might take longer due to special circumstances. If you wish to submit your application last minute, just few days before your departure, you can do it at your own peril but there is no assurance that your visa will be processed on time for your flight.

Processing times for D visas are on average longer, taken into account the very accurate and thorough examination they are submitted to (and that can include a series of additional verifications) and the high volume of requests.
In any case, please note that applying for a visa is a process that could end both with the issuance of a visa or with a refusal. You are invited thus to seek for refundable tickets and hotel bookings. In any case the Consulate General of Italy is not responsible for any financial loss connected to your trip and in which you can incur if the visa is not granted.


Visa applications can be submitted upon appointment to the VFS Visa Application Centres located in:

Capital Junction, 1st Floor
1226 Francis Baard Street
Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng
Helpline: +27 (0) 12 425 3048
Phone hours: 08:00 to 16:00 Monday through Friday, except Public Holidays


Rivonia Village Office Block, 2nd floor
Cnr. Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road,
Rivonia, Johannesburg, 2196, Gauteng
Helpline: +27 (0) 12 425 3048
Phone hours: 08:00 to 16:00 Monday through Friday, except Public Holidays

Suite 407,4th Floor,
Medstone Medical Centre,1 Umhlanga Ridge Boulevard
Umhlanga, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Helpline: +27 (0) 12 425 3048
Phone hours: 08:00 to 16:00 Monday through Friday, except Public Holidays

Plot 937, Logan House, African Mall, Gaborone, Botswana
Helpline: +27 (0) 12 425 3048
Phone hours: 08:00 to 16:00 Monday through Friday, except Public Holidays

Appointments can be booked via the VFS dedicated website:

The VFS mandatory and additional fees are to be paid directly to VFS Global.

All applications will be assessed and decided by the Visa Section of the Consulate General, of Italy in Johannesburg, in accordance with the Italian / Schengen immigration legislation and policy.
VFS Application Centre staff does not have the authority to assess visa applications or make visa decisions.


All applicants are recommended to distrust from agencies/agents/brokers/VFS staff/translator offering visa facilitation services upon payment of additional fees and they are requested to report any such case and/or names of potential mediators to the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg.
Distrust from people claiming to know “shortcuts” and promising fast track evaluation of visa applications and/or a guaranteeing in advance a positive outcome of the procedure.
No local employee of the Visa section of this Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg has decisional power on visa applications.
VFS Application Centre staff does not have the authority to assess visa applications or make visa decisions.

The Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg entertains no relation with sellers outside its premises or outside the VFS Global offices who offer services for payment. No sellers can influence either the processing period or the decision.
Correct visa fees for each kind of visa are specified in the section below.
In addition to the visa fees, persons applying through our outsourcing agency, VFS Global, are required to pay the VFS service charge. Additional services (photocopying etc) at VFS are provided at a cost which is always clearly mentioned on the VFS Global’s website (

Apart from visa fee and VFS service fee, in family reunion cases you may be required to pay an additional verification fee for further investigations to be conducted in accordance with the provision of art. 2 bis of DPR 394/1999.
In case of requests exceeding the above mentioned amounts or if you find that any of the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg, or VFS Global staff or any other persons offers you a visa for money (in addition to the visa fee, the service fee and, if applicable, the verification fee), for other favors or else behaves in a corrupt way or if you remark any other alleged irregularity concerning visa procedures fees, you are invited to write an e-mail to
Please be aware that anonymous e-mails or e-mails without a valid contact number will not be taken into consideration. General complaints or enquiries should also be addressed to



Please note that the EUR – ZAR exchange rate is periodically adjusted. Hence visa fees in ZAR could vary over time.
National D visas: 116 euro
National study visas: 50 euro
Schengen study visa: free
Schengen visas: 80 euro
children from the age of 6 years and below the age of 12 years: 40 euro

Visa fees are waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
• children under 6 years
• school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training
• researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research
• representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
• EU/EEA citizens family members, when accompanying or joining the EU/EEA relative, falling under Directive 2004/38/CE and Italian Legislative Decree 30/2007:
a) spouse;
b) partner (in case of bounding civil union, compared by hosting Member State’s law to marriage and not in violation of hosting Member State law);
c) descendants under, including spouses’ and legal partners’ descendants;
d) direct ascendants, including spouses’ and legal partners’ ascendants;
• diplomatic passport holders.


As from late 2015, all Schengen visa applicants are required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Schengen visa. All applicants will have to apply in person when fingerprints have to be taken for the first time. Since biometric data information are stored for five years, in case of following visa applications it won’t be necessary to come again in person. It is a simple and quick procedure that only takes a few minutes.

Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible. Heads of State (South Africa and Botswana)  and members of National, Provincial and Local government with members of their official delegation(with official passports) and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.
For more information please read the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage and the website of the European Commission.

Please be aware that some Schengen countries require a transit visa even with official passports. Please make sure to enquire with the Schengen country that you will be transiting through for correct information.
Italy does not require fingerprint capture for national visas.


EU/EEA citizens family members benefit of a privileged treatment accorded by law (Directive 2004/38/CE and Italian Legislative Decree 30/2007) and are exempted from visa fees.




The Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg does not disclose details on visa applications on the phone nor gives information on the status nor answer to questions whose content is already covered by this websites.
For tracking your visa status, connect to the VFS website:

Holding a valid visa does not automatically give the right of entry to Schengen area.
Please, be aware that holding a short-stay visa does not automatically entitle to enter Schengen area. Once arrived at Schengen border control, or during other controls, travellers may be asked to provide information on means of support, on how long they intend to stay in the Schengen State, and why they are visiting the Schengen State.
It is therefore recommended to carry with you copies of the documents presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of stay). For more information, please read art. 5 of Schengen borders code.

What happens if visa is refused
Negative decisions on applications are notified to the applicant. In the refusal letter reasons on which refusal decision was taken are clearly stated. Visa applicants whose applications are refused can decide to apply again or to appeal. Appeals must be brought against refusal decisions directly at the T.A.R. of the Latium Region, through a lawyer acting on behalf of the applicant, within 60 days of the serving of the decision itself. The appeal will have to be notified, under penalty of nullity (as per art. 144 of C.P.C. and art. 11 of R.D. no. 1611 of 1933), to the relevant “Avvocatura dello Stato”.
For family reunion visas only, appeals must be addressed to the ordinary court (“Tribunale ordinario”) of the place of residence of the family member living in Italy.

How to read a Schengen visa sticker and correctly use your Schengen visa
“Duration of stay … days” indicates the number of days you may stay in the Schengen area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen area (the exit stamp), i.e. both days included. The period of time between “From … until” is usually longer than the number of days printed in the “Duration of stay”. The difference in period is meant to give you flexibility to plan your entry into and exit from the Schengen area, but your stay in the Schengen area must never exceed the exact number of days indicated under “Duration of stay … days”. No matter how many days you have stayed in the Schengen area, you must leave no later than the date printed in the “Until” field.
Schengen visas entitle to one or two or multiple entries. Travelers who often need to go to Schengen area can apply for multi-entry visas up to 5 years. In case you are a multi-entry visa holder, please remember that for intended stays on the territory of the Member States, duration of stay cannot be more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay. In order to avoid over-stay or to better know how many days you can still stay in Schengen territory, please check the European Commission calculator.

How to correctly use your Italian national visa
All Italian national visa holders, once arrived in Italy must convert their visa into a residence permit (“permesso di soggiorno”) applying within 8 days from first entry in Italy. Applications must be submitted to relevant police authorities (“Questura”) of the Province of intended residence. Residence permit duration will be the same as indicated in the visa. Residence permits can be renewed or extended directly in Italy. To know the relevant police authority according to your destination, please check the following website.

For any further information, please read:

the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
the website of the European Commission.