Can I Travel To Italy With A UK Visa - Or Do I Need To Obtain An Italian Visa Separately?


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If you have entered the UK on a UK visa, then you will be required to apply for a separate visa to travel to Italy.

The only way you'd be able to travel to Italy without a specific Italian visa would be if you were a holder of a Schengen visa.

What is a Schengen visa?

The Schengen visa is based on the Schengen Agreement of 1985 (named after the town in Luxembourg where it was signed). This agreement looked to simplify the rules governing borders with European countries that chose to take part in the agreement.

As far as visas are concerned, the main benefit of the Schengen Agreement was to simply travel for people intending to visit a number of European countries within a short space of time.

Rather than having to apply for a separate visa for each individual country, the holder of a Schengen visa is free to travel freely between the 26 Schengen area states.

What are the Schengen member states?

The following countries are all included in the Schengen area:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
How do I apply for a Schengen visa?
Where you apply for a Schengen visa will depend on what countries you are intending to travel through. You will usually be required to apply for one from the consulate or embassy of the country that you intend to spend the most time in.

If you don't have a main destination, you should apply to the country where you will be entering the Schengen area.

You can download an application form to get you started here.

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