ITALY: Consulates Apply More Rigorous Definition of Permissible Business Visa Activities

March 2, 2018

Effective immediately, Italian consulates are more strictly assessing business visa applications, defining the allowable business activities according to Visa Decree 850/2011 as the following:

  • to make contacts or conduct negotiations; or
  • for learning and verifying the use and functioning of capital goods purchased or sold under commercial and industrial cooperation agreements.

Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) took a more relaxed approach to approving business visas.

The MFA has confirmed that other activities may still be regarded as ‘business’, on a case-by-case basis.

Our Advice

Business visa applicants are advised to adhere to the official definition of business activity set out above.

Business travellers whose activities may not fall into the limited allowable scope are advised to consult their Newland Chase immigration specialist for specific advice.

For advice and information on immigration to Italy in general, please email us at [email protected]