Travelling to Italy has never been more organized and stress-free no matter what the purpose of your travel is. Due to Schengen Agreement reached in 1985 among the majority of the EU member states, the citizens of the designated countries are allowed to travel visa free among the Schengen territories, meanwhile non Schengen countries can enter the whole Schengen territory with one unified document known as the Schengen Visa.

Schengen agreement stands for the abolishment of border control between member states, which allows free and equal access to the citizens of any of the aforementioned countries, including Germany.

When in Italy, you are allowed to visit all the other members of the Schengen agreement as following, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Nevertheless, there are always exceptions to the rule. If we refer to the globe, citizens of certain countries are OBLIGED to obtain a Schengen Visa in order to enter the Schengen Zone, consequently Italy meanwhile there are countries which are entitled to travel visa-free in this area even though they are not part of the Schengen Agreement.

Schengen visa will allow you to enter and reside in Italy for a maximum period of time of 90 days (3 months), however you are not entitled to get a job (not even as a freelancer) for the time being.

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Italy, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside permanently you will have to apply for a different Schengen visa, accordingly.

These are the most frequent visa types:

If unsure, please look at all the regulations here.