Visa-free Countries for Italians – Passport Index

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It’s not possible to travel abroad and visit foreign countries without a valid passport, so if your biggest dream is to become a fearless traveller, you must have one! The big question you should also clarify before you start any trip is which country you can visit with just your passport and which country requires you to have a visa as well. 
The Italian passport actually allows you to visit around 190 different countries without holding a visa, so just take a look at the list to choose your next trip!

Italy Passport Index Ranking in 2021

When planning a trip or choosing your next travel destination, there are some recurring questions, regarding which documents are needed, the price of accommodation and transport and, most importantly, which is the best destination. 

Some people find making lists and ranking useful to clear their mind about any subject and this also works for travellers. Passport Index Ranking, for example, lists the countries according to their power, meaning the number of visa-free countries they can visit holding the passport. It’s a very useful instrument to understand which documents you need to visit a specific country. 

Henley Italy Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index ranks all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can visit without a visa and it’s based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). 

According to the Henley Index, in 2021 Italy holds the 4th position in terms of travel freedom, meaning that Italians can travel to 190 free-visa destinations

Arton Capital Italy Passport Index

Another interesting ranking that analyzes the global accessibility for different citizens is Arton Capital’s Index. The countries are ranked based on their mobility: the higher the mobility score a country gets, the better its power rank. Italy has a mobility score of 134 and it’s in the third position in the Passport Power Rank. 

Visa-Free Countries for Italians

As mentioned in the beginning, if you have an Italian passport you can travel up to 190 countries without having a visa. However, It is known that within the Schengen Area and in Europe Italians can move freely with just an ID card. European citizens can move without any restriction between: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,  Denmark, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Switzerland. 

To this list, we also have to add Vatican City, Monaco, and San Marino, which are not Schengen or EU members, but allow free movement to Europeans. For this reason, we are not listing these 33 countries below because we want to focus on the non-EU or Schengen destinations. 

Here you can find the full list of 157 countries, which you can visit without a visa:

  1. Albania – 90 days
  2. American Samoa – 30 days
  3. Andorra
  4. Anguilla 
  5. Antigua and Barbuda – up to 3 months
  6. Argentina – 3 months
  7. Armenia – 180 days
  8. Aruba
  9. Australia
  10. Bahamas – up to 8 months
  11. Bahrain
  12. Bangladesh
  13. Barbados – 90 days
  14. Belarus – 30 days
  15. Belize – 1 month
  16. Bermuda
  17. Bolivia – 90 days
  18. Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba
  19. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 90 days
  20. Botswana – 90 days
  21. Brazil – 90 days
  22. British Virgin Islands
  23. Brunei – 90 days
  24. Burkina Faso
  25. Cape Verde Islands – 30 days, but you have to register on the EASE website at least five days before departure
  26. Cayman Islands
  27. Cambodia
  28. Canada – 6 months and eTA is required if arriving by air
  29. Chile – 90 days
  30. Colombia – 90 days extendable up to 180 days
  31. Comoro Islands
  32. Cook Islands
  33. Costa Rica – 90 days
  34. Curacao
  35. Dominica – 90 days
  36. Dominican Republic – 90 days
  37. Ecuador – 90 days
  38. Egypt
  39. El Salvador – 90 days
  40. Eswatini – up to 30 days
  41. Ethiopia
  42. Falkland Islands
  43. Faroe Islands
  44. Fiji – 4 months
  45. French Guiana
  46. French Polynesia
  47. French West Indies
  48. Gabon
  49. Georgia – 1 year
  50. Gibraltar
  51. Greenland
  52. Grenada – 90 days
  53. Guam
  54. Guatemala – 90 days
  55. Guinea-Bissau
  56. Guyana – 90 days
  57. Haiti – 90 days
  58. Honduras – 90 days
  59. Hong Kong – 90 days (SAR China)
  60. Indonesia – 30 days
  61. Iran
  62. Iraq
  63. Israel – 3 months
  64. Jamaica – 90 days
  65. Japan – 90 days
  66. Jordan
  67. Kazakhstan – 30 days
  68. Kenya
  69. Kiribati – 120 days
  70. Kosovo – 90 days
  71. Kyrgyzstan – 60 days
  72. Kuwait
  73. Laos
  74. Lebanon
  75. Lesotho – 14 days
  76. Macao (SAR China)
  77. Madagascar
  78. Malaysia – 3 months
  79. Malawi
  80. Maldives
  81. Myanmar
  82. Marshall Islands – 90 days
  83. Mauritania
  84. Mauritius – 90 days
  85. Mayotte
  86. Mexico – 180 days
  87. Micronesia – 90 days
  88. Moldova – 90 days
  89. Montenegro – 90 days
  90. Montserrat
  91. Morocco – 90 days
  92. Mozambique
  93. Namibia – 90 days
  94. Nepal
  95. New Caledonia
  96. New Zealand – 90 days
  97. Nicaragua – 90 days
  98. Niue
  99. North Macedonia – 90 days
  100. Northern Mariana Islands
  101. Oman – 10 days
  102. Pakistan
  103. Palau Islands – 90 days
  104. Palestinian Territory
  105. Panama – 180 days
  106. Papua New Guinea
  107. Paraguay – 90 days
  108. Peru – 90 days
  109. Philippines – 30 days
  110. Puerto Rico
  111. Qatar – 90 days
  112. Reunion
  113. Rwanda
  114. Samoa – 90 days
  115. Sao Tome and Principe – 15 days
  116. Saudi Arabia
  117. Senegal – 90 days
  118. Serbia – 90 days
  119. Seychelles – 30 days upon tourist registration
  120. Sierra Leone
  121. Singapore – 90 days
  122. Solomon Islands – 90 days
  123. Somalia
  124. South Africa – 90 days
  125. South Korea – 90 days
  126. Sri Lanka
  127. St. Helena
  128. St. Kitts and Nevis – 90 days
  129. St. Lucia – 90 days
  130. St. Maarten
  131. St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 90 days
  132. Taiwan – 90 days
  133. Tanzania
  134. Tajikistan
  135. Thailand – 30 days
  136. The Gambia – 90 days
  137. Timor-Leste – 90 days
  138. Togo
  139. Tonga – 90 days
  140. Trinidad and Tobago – 90 days
  141. Tunisia – 90 days
  142. Turkey – 90 days
  143. Turks and Caicos Islands
  144. Tuvalu – 90 days
  145. Uganda
  146. Ukraine – 90 days
  147. United Arab Emirates – 30 days
  148. United Kingdom – 6 months
  149. The United States of America (up to 90 days)
  150. Uruguay – 90 days
  151. US Virgin Islands
  152. Uzbekistan – 30 days
  153. Vanuatu – 90 days
  154. Venezuela – 90 days
  155. Vietnam – 15 days
  156. Zambia 
  157. Zimbabwe

Countries that allow a Visa on arrival for Italians

In some countries, they might require you to get a visa on arrival, and usually, you can apply for it directly at the airport when you land, at the seaport or land border. You will simply have to fill in an official application form and pay the fee. They might ask you some specific questions: what is the purpose of your trip or the duration and they might even ask you to show or present a hotel reservation or your flight ticket, as proof that you depart the country once your visa expires. Remember that your passport has to be valid for at least another six months. 

The countries that allow visa on arrival are:

  1. Bahrain  – up to 14 days
  2. Bangladesh – up to 90 days
  3. Benin – 8 days
  4. Burkina Faso – 1 month
  5. Cambodia – 30 days
  6. Comoros Islands – 45 days
  7. Cuba
  8. Egypt – 30 days
  9. Ethiopia – 90 days, obtainable only at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
  10. Gabon – 90 days
  11. Guam
  12. Guinea-Bissau – 90 days
  13. Iran – 30 days
  14. Jordan – 90 days
  15. Kenya – 90 days
  16. Laos – 30 days, available at international airports Luangphabang, Pakse, Savannakhet and Vientiane
  17. Lebanon – 1 month
  18. Madagascar – 90 days
  19. Malawi – 90 days
  20. Maldives – 30 days (free visa on arrival)
  21. Mauritania – 90 days, available at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport.
  22. Mozambique – 90 days
  23. Myanmar – 28 days (free visa on arrival)
  24. Nepal – 90 days 
  25. Northern Mariana Islands
  26. Papua New Guinea – 60 days
  27. Puerto Rico
  28. Rwanda – 30 days 
  29. Saudi Arabia – 90 days
  30. Sierra Leone
  31. Somalia
  32. Sri Lanka – 30 days
  33. St. Helena
  34. Tanzania – 3 months
  35. Togo
  36. Uganda
  37. US Virgin Islands
  38. Zambia – 90 days 
  39. Zimbabwe – 3 months

36 countries in which a Visa is needed for Italians

If you are an Italian citizen and want to visit the following countries, you need to have a visa,  otherwise, you cannot enter and visit the country.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola – to get a visa on arrival you have to be granted an online pre-visa. 
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Benin
  6. Bhutan
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Chad
  11. China 
  12. Congo (Rep.)
  13. Congo (Dem. Rep.)
  14. Côte d’Ivoire
  15. Cuba (visa is known as Tourist card)
  16. Djibouti
  17. Equatorial Guinea
  18. Eritrea
  19. Ghana 
  20. Guinea 
  21. India
  22. Liberia
  23. Libya
  24. Mali
  25. Mongolia
  26. Nauru
  27. Niger
  28. Nigeria
  29. North Korea
  30. Russian Federation
  31. South Sudan 
  32. Sudan
  33. Suriname (a E-tourist card is required)
  34. Syria
  35. Turkmenistan
  36. Yemen

Countries which offer a eVisa for Italians

In some countries, it is possible to speed up the entire process by obtaining an electronic visa, known as eVisa, that you can apply for online. It’s a great option because it allows you to get the documents you need before your trip and you can do it without leaving home. 

  1. Azerbaijan – up to 30 days
  2. Bahrain – up to 14 days
  3. Benin – up to 30 days
  4. Cambodia – 30 days
  5. Côte d’Ivoire – 3 months, but eVisa holder must arrive via Port Bouet Airport
  6. Djibouti – 31 days
  7. Egypt – 30 days
  8. Ethiopia – 90 days, but eVisa holder must arrive via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
  9. Gabon – 90 days, but eVisa holder must arrive via Libreville International Airport
  10. Guinea – 90 days
  11. Guinea-Bissau – 90 days
  12. India – 60 days
  13. Kenya – 3 months
  14. Kuwait – 3 months
  15. Laos – 60 days
  16. Madagascar – 90 days 
  17. Malawi – 90 days
  18. Myanmar – 28 days 
  19. Papua New Guinea – 60 days
  20. Rwanda – 30 days
  21. Saudi Arabia – 90 days
  22. South Sudan
  23. Sri Lanka – 30 days
  24. Tajikistan – 45 days
  25. Tanzania – 3 months
  26. Uganda
  27. Zambia – 90 days
  28. Zimbabwe – 3 months

Countries that require Italians to have an eTA

Even if some countries allow you to enter the country without a visa, they might still ask to provide an eTA, an Electronic Travel Authorization, that you can apply for online through the official websites before your trip. Compared to the visa, the electronic travel authorizations are a much faster and easier option, because all you need to have to apply is a valid passport.

The eTA is required in these countries: 

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Guam (ESTA)
  4. New Zealand (NZeTA)
  5. Puerto Rico (ESTA)
  6. Sri Lanka
  7. United States of America (in the US the travel authorization is called ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization)
  8. US Virgin Islands (ESTA)
Visa-free countries for Italians - Passport Index

How to apply for a Visa as a Italian citizen 

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process because every country’s bureaucracy works in a different way and even looking for information on how to apply for a visa can lead to confusion. The best thing to do is to visit the official website of the embassy of the country you plan to visit: you should find the most updated information there. 

Depending on the country you apply for, the application can be made online, by mail, or in person at the embassy or consulate of the destination country. In Italy you can also go to specialized visa or travel agencies that can handle the paperwork for you, for an additional fee of course. 

To apply for a visa you need: 

  • the filled application form (that you can usually find on the website of the embassy)
  • your passport
  • photos in passport size
  • health insurance
  • an invitation letter proving that you have a reason to visit that country 

You need to book an appointment and bring these documents to the nearest embassy or consulate, paying for a consulate fee. If you can’t personally go to the embassy you can still send everything by regular mail. Be aware of the deadlines: getting a visa for some countries takes many weeks, and filling out the online form is incredibly long and detailed, so be sure to start the application process in time to receive the documents you need for your trip. 

How to apply for a Italian visa as foreign citizen

If you are a non-EU/EEA traveller and you wish to visit Italy you will for sure need a visa.

Since Italy is a member of the Schengen Area, you need to apply for a Schengen visa, that allows you to travel to any member of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. 

The other member states are: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

When applying for an Italian Schengen visa you need: 

  • Italian visa application form, that has to be filled in, printed and signed
  • Two identical biometric photos 
  • Valid passport (with a validity of at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Italy and the whole territory of Schengen)
  • Schengen travel visa insurance
  • proof of accommodation
  • proof of travel (document that shows you have a reserved flight, to enter and leave the country)

If you need help with the process of your visa application, we suggest using the Passport Photo Online site, where you can get perfect photos for your Italian visa application in just a few seconds.

What you have to do is take a photo with your phone and then upload it in our dedicated Italian visa photo tool. Passport Photo Online will make sure your photograph meets the official requirements (size, color, the position of the head, etc) and at the end you will receive your ready photo via email.

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