Tourist Visa for Employed/Self-Employed/Retired

If you are living in the UK with a residency permit. In that case, you will need a valid visa for Italy from the UK to conduct business, work for a company as an employee or explore the country as a Retired professional for up to 90 days. 

You can obtain a single-entry or multiple-entry business visa depending on how frequently you would need to enter and exit Italy to do business or work for your employer.

What are the requirements for the Italy Tourist Visa applying from UK?

For a successful application of Italy visa based on your employment, you need to provide the following documents:

  1. Italy visa application form, completely filled and duly signed.

  2. Two recent photographs, taken within the three months according to the following Italy Schengen visa photograph requirements.

    • Two identical photos that are no older than six months.

    • 35x45mm size.

    • The photo needs to be in colour and have a light background.

    • The candidate must look straight in the camera with closed mouth, neutral facial expressions.

    • Uniforms and outfits that matches with the background should be avoided.

  3. A valid passport with the following requirements:
    • Issued in the last 10 years.

    • Must have 2 blank pages for visa stamp.

    • After you return to UK from Italy, it should be valid for at least three months.

    • Previous passports with visa stamps (if any).

  4. Round-way flight ticket or an all-inclusive itinerary. Flight numbers and dates of your arrival and departure from Italy must be listed on your ticket. In addition to providing comprehensive advice, we can take care of almost all of your Italy Schengen visa needs, including hotel and travel itinerary arrangements.

  5. The original and copy of the UK residence permit are valid for at least one month after coming back from Italy.

  6. A travel insurance policy that certifies you have travel health insurance for travel across the Schengen area covering at least 30,000 for medical emergencies, including poor health, accidents & even repatriation in the event of death. We can provide you with the best travel medical insurance for any Schengen country visa.

  7. Hotel or hostel booking.
    • Rental agreement in case you are planning to rent a property during your trip.

    • A letter of invitation from your host in Italy where you will spend your holidays.

  8. Financial evidence demonstrating your ability to support yourself throughout your time in Italy. One of the following Visa documents must be submitted:

    • Bank statement which displays that you have sufficient funds in your account for your trip. The statement cannot be more than three months old.

    • A sponsorship letter from a third party confirming that they will cover the cost of your travel to Italy. For this letter to be accepted, it must be sent along with your sponsor's bank statement, which should not be more than three months old.

    • A combination of the above mentioned documents.

  9. Cover letter describing the reason for your trip to Italy.

  10. A short description about your employment place.

  11. A letter from the employer detailing the itinerary for the days that will be spent travelling in Italy and the purpose of the trip.

  12. An invitation letter from Italian organisation. This letter must be presented as an invitation to attend conferences, meetings or other relevant events related to the trade, business or occupation.

What documents do I need to visit Italy?

The following Italy Business Visa UK requirements must be met, based on your employment status:

For Employees

  • Employment Agreement

  • Last six-months bank statement

  • Approval of leaves from employer

  • Income tax return file

For Self-Employed

  • License of your business

  • Last six months bank statement of business 

  • Income tax return of your business

VFS Italy Tourist Visa Application from UK

  1. The easy steps to apply for an Italian business visa with us are as follows:
  2. Fill in the Italy visa application form based on your employment.
  3. Complete the online payment securely.
  4. Get a next-day Italy visa appointment.
  5. Visit the visa centre with all your documents.
  6. Submit documents & provide your biometrics.
  7. Receive your Passport & visa directly through VFS via courier or collect it yourself. Based on the delivery mode you selected at the time of your visa application submission.

How long does it take to get an Italy Visa Appointment?

The processing time for Italy tourist visa from UK varies depending on nationalities and duration of your stay. For example if you are applying for long stay or short stay visa. Generally processing time for short stay visa ranges between 7-8 working days and visa to Italy from UK for long stay takes around 8-15 working days. For some nationalities it may take around 15 days as well. 

How Long is the Italy Tourist Visa Valid?

A number of circumstances, such as whether this is your first application or whether you have previously obtained several Schengen visas, affect the validity of an Italy visa from UK. Italy typically grants visitor visas for stays of three months to two years or longer, however, longest stay permitted in a single visit in 90 days.

The validity of an Italy visa from UK depends on a variety of factors including whether this is your first application or you have previously secured several Schengen visas. Visitor visas to Italy are normally granted for durations of three months to two years or more but the maximum duration allowed in a single visit is ninety days.


Q. Do I need a visa to work in Italy?

A. Yes, if you are planning to work in Italy, you will need to obtain a work visa depending on the nature and duration of your employment. This visa will remain valid for 90 days which can be used in any 180 day period.

Q. What documents do I need to submit with my work visa application?

A. Required documents may include valid passport, employment contract or job offer letter, proof of qualifications or experience, proof of sufficient funds to support yourself and a visa application form. 

Q. Can I bring my family with me on a work visa to Italy?

A. In some cases you may be able to bring your family members (spouse and dependent children) with you to Italy on work visa. Additional documentation may be required for their visa applications. 

Q. Can I extend my work visa while in Italy?

A. Yes, under certain circumstances it may be possible to extend your work visa while in Italy. You will need to apply for an extension before your current visa expires and provide relevant documentation to support your request such as continued employment or a new job offer.