Visa information

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.

Before departure

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.

Upon arrival

Permit to stay

Effective 20 December 2020, the Italian Consolidated Act on Immigration has introduced changes that now allows students to stay in Italy for up to 150 days without the need to apply for a stay permit upon arrival (permesso di soggiorno). As a student, you will only have to file a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza) within eight days of arrival, and, if you will be staying for more than 90 days, a declaration of guarantee provided by the centre. The declaration of presence is mandatory, irrespective of your visa status and the duration of your stay in Italy.

If your stay in Italy (or the Schengen area) will exceed 90 days (or if you already require a student visa as outlined in the 'Do you need a visa?' section above), then you will need to apply for a student visa before departure.

Declaration of presence

The declaration of presence is mandatory, irrespective of your visa status and the duration of your stay in Italy.

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), even via a connecting flight, 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. Make sure you receive a copy of this document for your own records.

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).

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, but we may not be able to access the local questura in Florence or other cities as we do in Prato.

If you have any questions before your arrival, please contact our Academic Programs and Internships Coordinator or Student Services for more information.

Consular contact information

For Australians travelling to Italy

Italian Consulate in Melbourne

509 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004

Tel.: +61 3 9867 5744

Fax: +61 3 9866 3932

Email: consolatogenerale.melbourne@esteri.it

The Italian Embassy in Canberra has a listing of other Italian Consulates in Australia.

For Australians requiring consular assistance in Italy

Australian Embassy in Rome

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.