Italy Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi

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The Italy Visa Application Centre accepts applications for short term (Schengen) visa for residents of Abu Dhabi Emirate (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra regions) i.e. valid UAE visa issued by the Abu Dhabi Government.

The purpose of this visa is to travel to Italy as a tourist, either by taking a trip organized by a tour operator, or through individual booking of tickets and accommodation.

If traveling in more than one Schengen Country, please make sure that your longest stay (counting by night spent) is in Italy. If the days of stay are the same in more than one country, please be sure that Italy is the first country of entry.

Please click on Do I need a visa? to find out whether a Schengen visa is required.

Once received by the Visa Application Centre, applications will be sent to the Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi the next working day.

Note: The processing time for assessment of a Schengen visa at the Embassy of Italy varies according to the nationality of the applicant and the period of the year in which the application is given - summer period being the slowest.

Applicant’s lack of Travel plan will not fall on Embassy priority to process your visa. It is advisable to plan your travel well in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

Submission of the required documentation does not automatically guarantee visa issuance.

***The Embassy of Italy reserves its right to request additional documents.

Visa Fees

0-6 YEARS OLD Gratis Gratis
6-12 YEARS OLD 160 45
NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES WITH FACILITY AGREEMENT (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus) 140 35
Gambia Citizens 479 120


  • Above mentioned Visa Fees to be paid in Cash at BLS Visa Application Center in Abu Dhabi.
  • Applicants will be paying a service fee of Euro 16.80 (inclusive of VAT) (67.26 AED).
  • The applicable Visa Fee and Service fee are as per the current rate of exchange set by the Embassy of Italy. They are subject to change every quarter.
  • All the Fees are non-refundable

Document Requirements

According to the new rules imposed by the Schengen regulation, all applicants' passports must have the holder's signature. Some Indonesian and Vietnamese passports do not have the signature of their holder. Passports that do not require a signature or that do not have a space dedicated to a signature will require a signature from the holder and countersigned by the Embassy of their country present in UAE, or they need to be made new with the signature affixed. Therefore, make sure that all visa applicants' passports have their signature clearly displayed on them.

Travel Insurance is mandatory for travelling to Italy. You may get your travel insurance from any authorized insurance company/agent or you may Click here if you wish to avail it now from Europ Assistance.

  • Travel medical insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries.

Photo Specifications

The photo must:

photo requirement

Applicants need to submit their Application form with the new photo format, as explained below:


the photo must fulfill the norm specified by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).

  • Use plain light-colored background.
  • The photo must be no more than 6-months old.
  • Not tilted picture (portrait style) showing both edges of face clearly.
  • Close up of the head and top of the shoulders so that the face takes up 70–80% of the photograph.
  • Photo in sharp focus and clear.

Photo Size

the photo for each visa applicant submitted must measure:

  • The picture dimensions must be 240 pixels wide by 320 pixels high at least. A smaller picture will be rejected. For instance, a photo being 235 pixels by 320 pixels is not valid.
  • On the other hand, the photo should keep a proportion of 3.5 x 4.5 (width x height) within limits. However, 250 x 340 pixels picture would be valid, but not a 290 x 340 pixels one.
  • Finally, the image weight (size in Kbytes) can never be bigger than 120 Kbytes.

Processing Time

Processing time may take minimum 15 working days and the issuance of visa is completely subject to approval. During the processing period the original passport will be at the Embassy of Italy – Abu Dhabi. Applicants are requested to plan the trip accordingly.

Applicants are advised to submit visa applications minimum 15 days in advance of their travel plans.

The processing time for assessment of a Schengen visa it will be up to the Embassy of Italy.

Dependent on the category of visa application, the Italian Embassy usually aims to return visa applications within 1 week. The visa applications are assessed individually and processing times may vary and result in longer decision times. Due to this the Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi cannot guarantee the outcome or guarantee the return of passport and documents within a certain timeframe.

Applicants cannot apply more than 180 days before departure.