Will I need an ETIAS to visit Italy?
Italy is a member of the Schengen Area, as such, it has joined forces with other member countries across Europe to increase security on not just its own borders, but all borders across the region. Increased security in one Schengen country will have a knock on effect of increasing security in neighboring countries.
The ETIAS (E.U. Travel Information Authorization System), will have a soft launch in 2021. You will need an ETIAS if you are a citizen of a current visa waiver country such as Canada, Australia, the U.S., and Japan, amongst nearly 60 other countries. The cost of applying for an ETIAS to visit Italy will be a small fee and will be valid for three years, or until passport expiry, whichever comes first.
ETIAS has been designed to check security risks of travelers visiting the E.U. for business, medical, tourism or transit purposes. At present the only requirement to enter the Schengen zone is that you are a citizen of an approved country, with the advent of the ETIAS, travelers will be personally checked using the very large resources available to all member countries.
Italy has experienced problems with huge influxes of migrants to its shores, and it is hoped that the new scheme will help not just with the migrant problem, but with security in general.
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is located in southern Europe on the Apennine Peninsula. The peninsula is bordered by the Ligurian Sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Sea of Sicily and the Adriatic Sea, all parts of the Mediterranean Sea.
Italy shares maritime borders with Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Greece, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Spain, and Tunisia.
Italy shares open land borders with Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Two of the largest islands in the Mediterranean belonging to Italy, Sardinia, and Sicily.
The country covers an area of 301,340 sq. km and has a population of more than 60 million people.
The capital and largest city in Italy is Rome. The official language is Italian, and the major religion is Christianity.
The currency is the euro.
Italy is considered to be one of the world’s most economically developed countries, ranked eighth largest in the world and third in the Eurozone. Italy is also one of the world’s most culturally developed countries, home to 54 World Heritage Sites, the most in the world.
Italy has a very high level of human development and is among the top countries in the world in terms of life expectancy.
Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and is a member of the Schengen Area.
Italy at a glance
Area: 301,230 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +39
Travel in Italy
Centre of the Roman Empire and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy is a cultural behemoth. Visitors come to see Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, the Sistine Chapel frescoes and Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
Italy has a diverse landscape. In the South, there are the imposing craters and turquoise grottos, whilst to the North, there are the majestic Alps and glacial lakes.
Regarded as one of the most important fashion capitals in the world, Rome ranks in the Top 10 Global Fashion Capital Rankings. Home to labels such as Armani, Prada, and Gucci and also home to Vogue Italia, considered one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
Italian cuisine is famous throughout the world. The cuisine, featuring pizza, pasta, fish, fruit, and vegetables, is characterized by its simplicity and variety.
Italy is home to the most traditional specialties protected under E.U. law.
Cassata, gelato, and tiramisu are some of the most famous examples of Italian desserts.
Italy is worthy of a trip on its own, but visits to neighboring countries are within close proximity with short flight times. Visa-free travel for U.S. and Canadian citizens are valid throughout the European region.
The US and Italy
The United States and Italy enjoy warm and friendly relations. Their partnership is very important as Italy is a leader in military operations and peacekeeping around the world. Italy and the U.S. have been active partners in the fight against both ISIL and Ebola.
The United States is Italy’s largest non-European export market. Tourism is an important industry in Italy and between five and six million American tourists visit each year.
The U.S. and Italy both belong to the following organizations
- United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Italy is an observer to the Organization of American States
European countries, including Italy, have experienced terrorist attacks and mass migration and have found that the present systems of border control are not adequate. In an effort to improve security across the entire Schengen zone in Europe a new security system called ETIAS is being introduced in 2021.
U.S. citizens, wanting to travel to Italy after the release of ETIAS, will need to apply at least 96 hours before they travel. After filling in an online application and paying the fee, authorization for the majority of travelers will be issued within minutes.
Similar to the ESTA system already in place in the U.S., the ETIAS (E.U. Travel Information Authorization System) will gather extensive data on travelers in order to increase security.
List of US diplomatic offices in Italy
The Embassy of USA in Roma, Italy
Address: via Vittorio Veneto 121 00187 Roma
Phone: (+39) 06.46741
Facts: Lewis M. Eisenberg – Ambassador
Consulate of USA in Florence, Italy
Address: Lungarno Vespucci, 38 50123 Firenze
Phone: (+39) 055.266.951
Consulate of USA in Milan, Italy
Address: via Principe Amedeo, 2/10 20121 MILANO
Phone: (+39) 02.290351
Consulate of USA in Naples, Italy
Address: Piazza della Repubblica 80122 NAPOLI
Phone: (+39) 081.583.8111
List of Italian diplomatic offices in USA
The Embassy of Italy in Washington, USA
Address: 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20008 United States
Phone: (+1) 202 612 4400
Fax: (+1) 202 518 2152
Consulate of Italy in New York, USA
Address: 690 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021 United States
Phone: (+1) 212 737-9100
Fax: (+1) 212 249-4945
Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Italy in Chicago, USA
Address: 500, North Michigan Avenue – Suite 1850 Chicago, IL 60611 United States
Phone: (+1) 312 467 1550
Fax: (+1) 312 467 1335
Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Italy in New Orleans, USA
Address: 537 South Peters Street New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
Phone: (+1) 504 522-3520
Email: [email protected]