Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Italy Now Permits Russian Citizens to Renew Their Schengen Visas That Expired After January 1, 2020

The Consulate General of Italy in Moscow has announced that since May 3, 2021, all persons who obtained a tourist visa from Italy, more precisely a Schengen visa type C, that expired after January 1, 2020, will now be able to renew their visa by applying to the Consulate.

In a press release issued by the Consulate, it was explained that the tourist visas will be issued with validity that starts from June 1, 2021, reports.

Furthermore, the Consulate pointed out that the visa issuance may take up to ten working days due to the COVID-19 measures currently prevailing in the country.

“Please note that at the moment Schengen tourist visa holders are not entitled to enter Italy or the Schengen area. Visa holders must comply with the travel restrictions in force. It is up to individual travellers to check the travel restrictions in place before departure,” the Consulate statement reads.

When obtaining the Italian visa, the Russian citizens may also use it to travel to other Schengen Area member countries from Italy, more specifically to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Thus, a Schengen visa allows a person to travel to the other Member States for a period of up to 90 days for travel or business purposes.

However, the applicants may be refused Italian visa issuance if they have travelled to other Schengen countries but not to Italy and if they have misused the visa in any other way.

Moreover, the Italian Visa Management Service (VMC) explained that Russian citizens can submit the completed documents for the following types of visas:

  • Work visa (dependent or self-employed visa)
  • Elective residence visa
  • Visa for researchers
  • Official invitation visa
  • Visa for religious reasons
  • Driver’s visa
  • Mission visa
  • Transit visa
  • Student visa
  • Medical treatment visa
  • Re-entry visa
  • Business visa
  • Family reunion visa

The visa documents should be submitted to the Italian visa centre in Moscow by applicants themselves at least six months before the planned visit.

“For the purpose of more effective service and time-saving, all applicants are kindly advised to book an appointment in advance and to come for the document submission at the appointed time,” Visa Management Service statement notes.

Whereas, foreign citizens, apart from the primary documents, are required to provide additional ones that prove their legal stay in Russia, and they can apply for a visa in the Italian General Consulate in Moscow only if the Russian visa allows them to have multiple entries and stay in another country for more than 90 days.

It was also advised that everyone provides additional documents such as copies of flight tickets and hotel booking confirmation of the country they plan to visit.

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