23 September 2020
Due to National Day Festival, our center will be closed on 02 October 2020. It will be open as normal on 05 October 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
17 June 2020
Please note that, starting from 02 February 2020 new format for Schengen visa application will be in use. Please click here to download the new format for Schengen visa Application form.
13 May 2019
Self-service insurance platform
Due to the regulation of the European Union (Decision 2004/17/CE of 22 December 2003), it is necessary for visa applicants to be in possession of travel insurance valid during their stay in the Schengen area.
As approved by Italy Embassy and consulates, Italy Visa Application centers in China introduce an option of choosing a travel medical insurance meeting Schengen insurance requirements on an independent self-service insurance website. This service is provided by a third-party service provider.
Description of Schengen travel health insurance
Due to a regulation of the European Union (Decision 2004/17/CE of December 22nd 2003), there is a requirement to hold a travel health insurance, which is a compulsory document.
The travel health insurance should be:
Valid for whole Schengen area if you apply for short stay visa
Where to purchase a travel health insurance
You may go to an authorized insurance company to purchase a Schengen travel health insurance meeting the requirements for Schengen visa.
In order to facilitate the selection of compliant Schengen travel insurances, the self-service insurance platforms managed by a third-party service provider are available as an optional service for your conveniences.
Click Here to purchase Schengen Travel Insurance
Please note that this optional service is provided by third party service provider. For further inquiry, please contact the service hotline indicated on the dedicated website
14 February 2019
Important: Applicants who would like to submit business visa applications must submit below documents:
Please note that unable to provide the above documents may result in visa refusal.
26 May 2018
Important: please note that, starting from 25 May 2018, the Consulate of Italy will require applicants to fill new formats for Schengen and National visa application form.
Please click here to download the new format for Schengen visa Application form.
Please click here to download the new format for National visa Application form.
The visa application form must be printed in One A3 sheet. For a sample of the visa application form with correct printing order, please click here.
21 July 2017
Applicants who need to go to the Italian Consulate for legalization of Chinese driving license please click here for more information.
10 October 2015
The beginning of the Visa Information System and biometrics collection on 12 October 2015
Please note that with the beginning of the Visa Information System and biometrics collection on 12 October 2015, in order to offer the applicants a better and faster service Italy Visa Application Center will request groups of 5 people or more to book in advance. Bookings can be done through our group appointment email email@example.com. Please click here for more information.
10 October 2015
Starting from 12 October 2015 applicants wishing to apply for a visa at the Italy Visa Application Centre
Starting from 12 October 2015 applicants wishing to apply for a visa at the Italy Visa Application Centre must visit in person to provide their biometric data as per the VIS rules. In case it is a child under the age of 12 or if it is physically impossible, she/he will not be required to come for submission in person. Please click here for more information.
14 September 2015
Please note that Chinese doctors invited by Italian organization MUST provide a declaration stating that the Chinese doctors will not practice any medical work on Italian patients for the duration of their stay in Italy. Please click here to download the declaration format.
28 October 2014
Please note that the new checklist for Marco Polo/Turandot projects students has been published. Starting from this year, the students must also provide employment letters (or retirement certificates) of both parents and last three months of bank statement of both parents. Moreover, students have to provide their birth certificate showing the names of both parents or relationship certificate translated in Italian and legalized by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (If the above mentioned notary certificates are not issued in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian, the notary certificates must be legalized by FAO and also by Italian Embassy in Beijing or by Italian Consulate in Shanghai.) For the checklist, please click here.
11 June 2014
Please note that starting from Monday, 14 April 2014, Chinese citizens are allowed to apply for their visa in the Application Centre closer to their living place, without distinction regarding the family book or residence permit or working place. This rule does not apply for foreign citizens, Chinese citizens living abroad or applicants who submit documents for family reunion or work visa.
1 March 2014
Important Notice: Please note that from 3 March 2014, any group of more than 5 applications needs to submit visa application before 13:00. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
27 January 2014
Dear Applicants, if you need more information about issuing elective residence visas and long-term tourist visas (5 years) in case of residential real estate investments in Italy, please click here.
09 May 2013
Dear Applicants, please make sure that when you enter Italy, you have with you a copy of all the documents which you have used to submit for visa application. Documents include financial proof, air ticket, hotel reservation, insurance, dispatch letter and invitation letter if applicable. As the border authorities have the right to request such documents, failure to produce the same might lead to a denial of entering the Italian territory. Also please make sure your hotel reservation is a valid one, if not, it might also lead to a denial of entering the Italian territory. Thank you for your attention!
18 April 2012
Important Notice: Dear Applicant, it is strongly recommended that the visa application must be submitted at least 15 days before the departure date. The submission of an application just a few days before the departure is made at applicant's own risk. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
For applicants who are required an interview at the Italian Consulate: it is advised that applicants go to the Consulate alone or have your companion(s) stay outside the building of International Financial Plaza(IFP), as the Consulate allows in the applicants only. Secondly, to ensure a quiet environment for the interview, any use of mobile phone is forbidden once you enter the premises of the Consulate. Last but not the least, do remember to bring ALL the original documents you have submitted in photocopy, including ID card, temporary resident permit, bank books/bank cards, marriage certificates, letters, etc....Failure in complying with this rule will cause delay in the visa processing time. Due to security reason, please avoid to bring any liquid (water, Tea, soft drinks etc) along with you into the Consulate. Thanks for your cooperation!
People submitting applications on behalf of the applicant, should provide your ID card copy marked with contact number and your relation with the applicant. People submitting documents are not allowed to sign the Visa Application Form on behalf of the applicant.
Important Notice about signature on the Visa Application Form and the last page of passport: Please make sure your Visa Application Form and the last page of your passport have been duly signed by yourself and the two signatures are consistent before you come to apply for a visa. For Chinese applicants, please sign in Chinese characters, not in Pinyin. The Italian Visa Application Centre can not accept applications without those signatures.
Notice for university pre-enrolment: Students who wish to study in the universities in Italy, including Marco Polo Program and Turandot Program, Please go to the Consulate first for pre-enrolment procedure. For any information concerning pre-enrolment, please contact Ms. Zhang at (020)38396225-141.
News for students in Italy-re-entry issue: Chinese students leaving Italy without receiving their first residence permit and are willing to return there to continue to study, should apply through the Consulate ( Visa Office / Visa Application Centre ) before leaving China , for a re-entry visa which will be issued upon receipt of clearance by the Italian Police Station where the student live.
This new procedure has been established by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore postal receipt issued upon application of the residence permit will not be accepted anymore as a valid document to enter Italy, re-entry visa is required.
About D-visa: Starting from 5 April 2010, all valid long-stay visas (‘D’) will allow for free circulation in the Schengen Area for 90 days in a six month period. A foreigner holding a long-stay D visa issued by a Schengen State will be allowed to travel to other Schengen States for 90 days in a half year, under the same conditions as a holder of a residence permit. This rule also applies to long-stay visas already issued before 5 April 2010, including still valid D+C visas.