25 May 2019
This is to inform you that due to high volumes of short term visa application the decision on visa issuance may take 2-3 weeks. Thank you for your cooperation.
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:
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 buy 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
07 January 2019
The Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai informs that visa applications can also be lodged directly at the Consulates by appointment (for further info please refer to consshanghai.esteri.it/consolato_shanghai/en/)
25 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
17 July 2017
Please kindly be informed that Joint Visa Application Center in Nanjing will be closed early on 19 July 2017 at 11:30 as requested. We regret for the inconvenience.
16 May 2017
The enrolment to Italian Universities 2017/2018 has started
Please note that the enrolment to Italian Universities 2017/2018 has started. Please click here for the procedure of pre-enrolment and visa application.
21 March 2017
The visa type of BFT(Business fast track) has been officially cancelled due to the decision of consulate , and all the documents for Business visa should be in accordance with Business type.
17 March 2017
Due to the Consulate event on 28 March 2017, kindly be informed that Visa Application Centre in Hangzhou will be closed early at 12:30.We regret for the inconvenience.
1 July 2016
Week-End VIP Service
Starting from 10 July 2016 all Italy visa application centers in China will be open also on Sunday, from 10:00 to 14:00.
Weekend opening aims to further simplify visa application process for travelers going to Italy, avoiding them the need of a day off from work.
The weekend acceptance of applications is an optional service and by choosing this service the individual visa applicants will be required to pay the additional fee of CNY 250. To avail this service prior reservation is mandatory through the visa application centre website for Italy visas (https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-Appointment/Account/RegisteredLogin?q=shSA0YnE4pLF9Xzwon/x/IzcvBCb/70NmWcryI2n01dFCVgtsDjpmd3jfNFPt90CTrBxqrhWReplZC8o/IMm7w==), The reservation can also be made through the Visa application centre helplines or emails sent to the VAC email address.
ADS travel agencies can book Weekend service for their groups by contacting Visa Application Centers via dedicated channels. Additional cost for ADS visa applicants is 195 CNY in addition to the normal service fee.
If you are an ADS visa applicant, you can ask your tour operator to have fingerprint appointment scheduled on Sunday for your convenience.
23 May 2016
Due to the Consulate event on 27 May 2016, kindly be informed that Visa Application Centre in Hangzhou will be closed from 08:00-11:00. And back to operation at 11:00 till 15:00.
We regret for the inconvenience.
27 April 2016
Please note that due to Inauguration of the Joint Visa Application Centre in Nanjing, we will be closed early at 12:00 on April 29, 2016. Any inconvenience caused is regretted.
31 March 2016
Lodging a visa application to Italy will shortly be easier than ever. Italy will open new visa application centers with VFS.GLOBAL. Check here below the closest visa application center to where you live, and discover when it will be opened:
Opening April the 5, 2016:
Opening April the 8, 2016:
Opening April the 15, 2016:
Opening 22 April 2016:
For the complete list of Italy visa application centers in China, please read the Embassy website: Click here
01 November 2015
Please note that the enrolment for Marco Polo and Turandot project 2016-2017 has started. The deadline to submit visa application is 04 December 2015. Please click here for required documents of the visa application.
08 October 2015
Applicants wishing to apply for a Schengen 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 need not come for submission in person.
Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 12 October 2015
As from 12 October 2015 all applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.
When applying for the first time, all applicants will have to appear in person at a consulate or an external service provider. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS database and stored for five years. Frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period, as the fingerprints will be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.
The VIS will contain all Schengen visa applications and the decisions taken by any Schengen State's consulate. This will facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border of the European Union, as well as enhance security. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to a refusal of a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. This will also allow to establish more easily the lawful use of previous visas and applicants' travel history (e.g. when applying for a multiple-entry visa).
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 and members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.
The implementation of the VIS is part of the gradual worldwide deployment, which began in 2011. On the same day as in China, the VIS will start operating in all Schengen consulates in East Asia.
08 October 2015
Please note that with 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, Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai and Italy Visa Application Center, in order to offer the applicants a better and faster service, will request groups of 5 people or more to book in advance.
Bookings can be done by writing to our group appointment email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups of 10 people or more are highly recommended to submit to the Center the documents for pre-check the day before the biometrics collection. Documents pre-check time is scheduled from Monday to Friday (except National Holidays at 15:00).
29 September 2015
Please note that in preparation for Visa Information System roll-out taking place on 12 October 2015, Italy Visa Application Center will interrupt visa application submission service for one day on 9 October 2015.
ADS application submission will be suspended both on October the 9 October 2015 and the 12 October 2015.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause to you. We are working to offer our customers an even better and quick service after biometrics roll-out.
11 November 2014
Please note that starting from Wednesday, 12 November, it is required to use new checklist for business visa application and ADS tourism visa application. For the checklist, please click here.
11 April 2014
Please note that starting from Monday, 14 April 2014, Chinese citizens are allowed to apply for their visa in the Application Center 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.
06 December 2013
Please note from 04 December 2013, visa application of category STUDY, Marco Polo and Turandot 2014/2015 can be accepted in IVAC.
04 June 2012
This is to inform applicants who willing to apply for an Italian Visa, about the following:
Please note that applicants who have not attended the interview (No Show) can collect the refund of visa fee within 90 days from the date of interview .Failing to reach within 90 days, Italy Visa Application Centre Shanghai will not be responsible for the refund of the visa fees.