THE SCHENGEN VISA
The Schengen visa is valid for the following 24 European countries: Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. A Schengen visa issued by an Embassy or Consulate of the above countries allows the holder to travel freely in all of these countries.
Visas issued before or on December 20, 2007 by the new Schengen States (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta) are only valid for these 9 new Schengen countries, not for the whole Schengen area.
* TDS is not able to offer visa service for US permanent residents visting Italy at the present time. The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC processes visas only for residents of the District of Columbia, the Virginia counties of Arlington and Fairfax, and the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's. All applicants must appear at the Embassy for personal interview.
* A printable visa application may be available here but it is intended only for use at the Washington DC embassy of this country. You should confirm with the consulate, full visa requirements and acceptability of this visa application before using this form.
* In most cases the visa for Italy must be processed by what is called, Consular Jurisdiction - or, the consulate which has jurisdiction over the state in which the applicant resides - usually the nearest consulate. A list of consulates and visa requirement information is available at the Embassy of Italy
web site. Most Italian Consulates require the applicant to appear in person. Call the consulate to confirm these details before sending an application or purchasing travel arrangements which may be subject to cancellation penalties.Â Â
NOTICES REGARDING VISA FOR SCHENGEN STATES
* Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. As of 01 June 2001, travelers to Europe on business or tourism purposes may receive a visa for a short stay of one to ninety days, valid for all of the above-mentioned countries. A Schengen visa issued by an embassy or consulate of the above countries allows the holder to travel freely in all of these countries, However, visas for travel to Monaco and French Overseas Departments and Territories may only be issued by a French Embassy or Consulate.
*If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply through the embassy or consulate of that particular country.
*If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa through the embassy or consulate of the country which is your main destination.
*If you intend to visit several countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of the country which is your first port of entry.
*If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country which is your main destination or first point of entry, please note that you may require a visa for other Schengen countries you wish to visit. You should then apply through the embassy or consulate of the first country which does require a visa.