The following information is provided for guidance only; it is not necessarily authoritative or complete. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visa website provides authoritative visa information.
Do you need a visa?
Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport to study in Italy for periods of up to 90 days do not require a student visa.
If you don’t have an Australian passport, but you are a citizen of a country that is exempt from applying for a visitor visa to enter Italy, you also do not require a student visa for periods of study in Italy of up to 90 days. Please refer to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a complete list of countries whose citizens are exempt from applying for a visitor visa to enter Italy and make sure you check this list before applying to study at our centre as it may be subject to change.
If you are travelling on a passport of a country whose citizens require a visa to enter Italy, you will need to apply for a student visa. Please refer to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a complete list of countries whose citizens are subject to the visa obligation to enter Italy and make sure you check this list before applying to study at our centre as it may be subject to change. You can also contact Monash Abroad for more information.
The same regulations apply to Australian citizens travelling to Italy on an Australian passport (and to citizens of countries who are exempt from applying for a visitor visa) for business, including teaching, and participation in a seminar, workshop or conference.
Permit to stay
If you intend to stay in Italy or the Schengen area for more than 90 days, you must apply for both a visa before departure and also a permit to stay (permesso di soggiorno) within eight days of arrival in Italy.
Declaration of presence
Irrespective of your visa status in Italy, you must make a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza) within eight days of arrival.
If you arrive in Italy from outside the Schengen area (e.g., from Australia, Canada, Malaysia or the United States), the declaration of presence can be done by having your passport stamped on arrival with a Schengen stamp.
If you arrive in Italy from inside the Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland), you are required to make a declaration of presence within eight days of arrival.
If you are staying at a hotel or similar accommodation, their staff will do this for you automatically upon check-in.
If you are staying in private accommodation and your passport is not stamped at the airport, you will need to file your declaration at the questura (police station).
Please note: the declaration of presence is a different document from the permit to stay and it is required by Italian immigration law. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could result in a fine or create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.
We're here to help
We will provide support to students staying in Prato in applying for and obtaining permit to stay and declaration of presence documentation.
If you've chosen to stay outside of Prato, we'll be happy to give you advice, and if necessary, put you in contact with an external organisation to help you fulfil these legal obligations.
Consular contact information
For Australians travelling to Italy
509 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
Tel.: +61 3 9867 5744
Fax: +61 3 9866 3932
The Italian Embassy in Canberra has a listing of other Italian Consulates in Australia.
For Australians requiring consular assistance in Italy
Via Antonio Bosio 5, 00161 Rome
Tel.: +39 06 852 721
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday except for public holidays
Emergency consular assistance for Australians planning to travel, or already travelling, overseas
Emergency consular assistance is available 24 hours a day by calling the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra:
1300 555 135 (within Australia)
+61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas)
If you’re overseas and it is outside working hours, you can call the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country you’re visiting and follow the phone prompts for connection to the Consular Emergency Centre.