Italians have very
close ties with Australians.
Italians would welcome Australians to visit and settle in one of the many magnificent regions but since Italy is a member of the European Union there are entry formalities and other regulations and customs that every Australian including those of Italian origin need to know about .
The decision about how and
where you settle in Italy is vital.
Italia-Australia Association has outlined below some of the rules
regarding entry visa, declining
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Working Holiday Visa JOB SITUATION
This type of visa allows entry, always and only for a short visit (up to 90 days) to travel for reasons of tourism.
Australian passport holders do not require visa, for
staying in Italy as tourist, up to 90 days .
tourists are required to register with the Foreigners Bureau of the nearest
Police Station (Questura or Commissariato) within eight days of their arrival to
receive a permit of stay (Permesso di Soggiorno).
This permit can be renewed by the Questura.
type of visa allows entry, for the purpose of a short visit (up to 90 days) or
of several short visits in subsequent half years (C1 visas, etc.) to foreigners who
intend to travel for economic and commercial reasons, including for the purpose
of concluding contracts or negotiations, as well as that of learning how to use
or verifying the functioning of capital goods that have been purchased/sold or
are to be purchased/sold within the framework of commercial and/or industrial
this end, the applicant shall be required to exhibit adequate guarantees
complete with supporting documents regarding:
his or her status as an "economic and commercial operator";
the effective economic and commercial purpose of the trip.
visas can also be granted to accompanying persons accompanying for work reasons (associates,
assistants, secretaries, etc.), but only when the professional status of the
escorts has been carefully checked and on condition that the applicant ensures and
guarantees their means of support.
is possible for a foreign citizen to be employed in Italy. The following
procedures need to be fulfilled prior to leaving Australia.
prospective employer in Italy must lodge an application for employment on behalf
of the worker at the relevant Employment Office in the Province in which the
applicant will be working.
Provincial Employment Office, having determined that there are no Italian
workers available or none who is prepared to fill the same position, may issue a
Work Permit. This is to be taken by the prospective employer to the local
central police station (Questura) for the necessary final approval.
employer should then subsequently send the Work Permit by air mail to the
prospective worker. He or she should then present the document together with the
passport to the nearest Italian Consulate to obtain a work visa.
For domestic work, the applicant shall also be required to exhibit a "health certificate" attesting that he/she is of healthy constitution and free from infectious diseases, issued by the health authority of his/her country, or in its absence, by the Mission's physician.
for work carried
out for firms operating in Italy (Italian, joint venture, foreign, multinational,
or branches of companies based abroad) and remunerated by a firm based abroad,
must be treated according to the authorisation procedure applied for employment
as a dependent, even if the foreigners has erroneously presented a visa application
for self-employment. However, in the case of managerial or specialist staff
("key staff"), the authorisation will be processed by the competent
"Provincial Labour Department - Labour Policies Service" in real time,
without carrying out any preliminary verification to check that such workers are
unavailable in the national labour market. Where the foreigner family members wish
to accompany him/her to Italy, and as an alternative to the ordinary procedure
relative to "close family joining" visas, they may obtain visas for
"family reasons" in their capacity as escorts, provided they satisfy
the necessary conditions).
(short or long visit)
type of visa allows entry, for a short (up to 90 days) or fixed-term long visit
(up to a maximum of 365 days) or open-term long visit (on the basis of 99 days
according to internal convention), to foreigners who intend to exercise a
professional activity (including that of an artistic nature) on an independent basis.
for self-employment can also be granted (though only for a short visit) to accompanying
persons for work reasons (associates, assistants,
secretaries, etc.) and only after checks have been made with regard to
the professional status of the escorts and provided that the applicant ensures or
guarantees their support.
applications for "employment as a dependent" shall be processed by the
Mission only if :
1. intending to carry out any kind of activity which they declare to be "independent", on behalf of a company or organisation operating in Italy,
2. intending to exercise a "freelance" profession or to set up their own manufacturing enterprise or commercial or handicraft activity, an appropriate document is submitted attesting to the prior fulfilment of the requirements prescribed by Italian laws for the exercise of such professions or activities in Italy.
in the case of a company, the foreigner exhibits appropriate documentation attesting
his/her position as Chairman, member of the Board of Directors, Auditor or
issue of visas for self-employed artistic work is also subject to similar
requirements and conditions, on the basis of a specific work contract for a
given artistic and cultural event or for a series of such events.
wishing to follow an extended course of study are also required to apply for
their entry visa from the nearest Italian Consulate PRIOR to their departure
from Australia. Documentation from the school or institute in which they intend
to enroll must be presented to the Consulate. The visa is renewable in Italy.
arrival in Italy approved students are required to register with the Foreigners
Bureau (Ufficio degli Stranieri) of the Questura, within eight days of their
arrival. This will enable the Ufficio degli Stranieri to issue the student with
their "Permesso di Soggiorno". An entry visa issued in Australia without
the Permesso di Soggiorno is incomplete.
Treatment (short or long visits)
type of visa allows entry, for a short visit (up to 90 days) or fixed-term long
visit (up to a maximum of 365 days) to foreigners who need to seek medical treatment
in Italy in public or private health institutions and who are able to do
so and to support themselves with their own means or are covered by reliable
public or private economic guaranties. To this end, the applicant shall be
required to exhibit:
a medical certificate stating the reasons for which he or she needs to seek
medical treatment in Italy;
a statement from the chosen Italian health facility confirming its willingness
to admit the foreigner and indicating the type, starting date and presumed duration
of the treatment;
documents attesting the foreigner is in possession of adequate autonomous financial
means for the presumed duration and cost of the medical treatment required, or
an insurance policy with sufficient maximum insurable sums, taken out with an
Italian or foreign personal insurance company (of which the Mission shall
certify the validity in Italy), covering the costs of the specific case;
documents attesting the availability in Italy of room and board for any escort
for the period of convalescence of the person involved. Visas for medical
treatment can also be issued to any specialised staff accompanying or assisting
the invalid foreigner.
type of visa allows entry into Italy, for an open-term long visit (on the basis
of 99 days according to internal convention), to foreigners who intend to take up
residence in Italy and who are able to do so, and to support themselves
autonomously, without having to rely on employment in Italy, whether it is as a
dependent employee or as a self-employed worker. To this end, the applicant
shall be required to exhibit adequate guarantees, complete with supporting
documents, regarding his or her economic status and autonomous financial means.
If the foreigner's cohabiting spouse also applies for a residence visa, that visa
may be granted only if the same reasons are given and where he or she,
considered individually, also fulfils the requirements with regard to adequate
economic status and autonomous financial means. Otherwise, the spouse may be
granted a visa for "family reasons", provided he or she satisfies the
necessary conditions. In no case is it possible to grant a residence visa to
foreign minors. The only type of visa that may be granted to minor children (and
that with the prior consent of both parents exercising parental authority) or to
any dependant parents of the residence visa holder are visas for "family
reasons", provided they satisfy the necessary conditions. Residence visas
do not entitle the holder to work.
As a result of the reciprocal Health
Care Agreement, Australian citizens visiting Italy are entitled to Italian
national health care for necessary or urgent treatment arising during their stay
in Italy (maximum 6 months).
Health care under the reciprocal
Agreement does not include:
hospital accommodation/treatment as
a private patient;
items such as glasses, contact
lenses, dental work, etc.;
medical evaluation by private doctors
To be eligible for treatment under
the Agreement people is requested current Australian passport or a current
passport from another country clearly indicating your resident status in
Australia and your Medicare card .
Doctor's certificate should indicate
that the medicine is for the personal use due to...(duly translated in Italian).
Supply of routine medication is not
covered by the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement.
For emergencies: you are required to
go to the nearest Local Health Center (Azienda Sanitaria Locale - A.S.L.) or to
the Public Hospital (Pronto Soccorso).
A.S.L . addresses can be found in
the white pages.
Payment of "tickets" is
required for diagnostics treatment and tests.
Please note that the range of
information provided could change at any time. While every precaution has been
taken in the preparation of this service, please be aware that the information
provided in items originating from external sources could be incomplete and/or
Query letters and full submission of any topic related to the focus of this service are encouraged. Communications and submissions should be made, preferably by email, to the Italia-Australia Association : firstname.lastname@example.org