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gen country. The 90 days can be used all together or
in multiple trips depending on the business needs.
The 90 days include not only the days spent in Italy
on business, but also any days as a tourist, and any
days spent in any other Schengen country. The 90
days cannot be extended, and upon exhausting the
90 days, the visitor must leave the Schengen area until the next 180-day period begins.2
VISA: According to Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, citizens from certain countries do not need a
visa for business visits up to a maximum of 90 days
and can enter with only their passports. All other citizens must apply for a business visa from the Italian
diplomatic post with jurisdiction over their place of
residence. A business visa issued by another Schengen country will enable the holder to also conduct
business in Italy within the terms of the visa.3 In this
case, the visitor will have to register with the local
police office within eight days of entry.
Business visas, which can allow single or multiple
entries, can be issued for less than 90 days. The Italian consulate has broad discretion in issuance. Applicants may have to wait seven to 30 days from the
time of their application for the
visa to be issued.
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The above is not an exhaustive or definitive summary of what a business visitor to Italy is permitted to do;
rather, it is a sample of what the rules allow for based
on the facts of a particular business visit. That is, there
may be situations where what seems like a business
activity actually may exceed the scope of permissible
activity because there is no clear line provided by the
authorities. Other considerations, such as tax, social
security, health, and safety, also factor into the decision about whether to seek a visitor visa or a work
visa. When an activity falls within a gray area, seek a
work permit and work visa to avoid noncompliance
and possible sanctions.
Paul J. Sarauskas, a bilingual and dual American-Italian citizen, is an attorney with Baker & McKenzie's Global Immigration & Mobility Group (GIM) in Milan. Becki
L. Young co-manages the GIM Group in Baker & McKenzie's Washington, D.C., office. The authors' views do
not necessarily represent the views of AILA nor do they
constitute legal advice or representation.
1 Translation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Decree of July 12, 2000:
2 See Law 68/2007; Testo Unico of July 25 1998, Law 286; Decree of the President of the Republic, Aug. 31, 1999, no. 394.
3 European Union, Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14
June 1985 between the Governments of the States of the Benelux Economic
Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic, on the
Gradual Abolition of Checks at their Common Borders ("Schengen Implementation Agreement"), ch. 4, art. 19, para. 1, June 19, 1990.
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