Visa and passport information

All participants must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months after their planned date of departure from the Florence conference. Italy is part of the Schengen area in Europe, which permits travelers to move freely within member states without internal border checks.

Conference participants who hold a passport from the following countries are exempt from visa requirements, as long as they do not intend to stay in Florence and the Schengen area for over 90 days:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, and British nationals who are not nationals of the United Kingdom for EU law purposes.

For Citizens of Taiwan, exemption from visa obligation is applied exclusively to holders of passports with identity card number included.

Note that Citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia are exempt from visa obligation only if the passport contains biometric data.

This does not apply to citizens of Serbia holding passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (“Koordinaciona uprava”).

Nationals of San Marino, the Holy See and Switzerland do not require a visas in any case.

Citizens of the following countries will need a short-term transit visa to enter the Schengen area:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kzrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian authority, Papau New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwana, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Comoros, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

How to get a visa to enter Italy

To apply for a visa, or for questions about visa requirements beyond the general information presented on this page, participants must directly contact the Italian embassy or consulate nearest to them. Click here for a list of Italian embassies and consulates.

Be sure to keep all documentation related to your UNESCO conference participation in a file. Those who must request a visa at the Italian consulate or diplomatic mission in their home countries will need to submit the official UNESCO invitation letter.

To obtain a visa you will also need to present a visa application form, two photocopies of your passport, 2 passport-size colour photographs, and copies of your hotel booking and flight itinerary, including return flight information. Required documents and processing times can vary among individual consulates, so we recommend that you begin the application process as soon as possible.