Italy now allows Russian citizens to renew their expired Schengen visa after January 1, 2020

The Consulate General of Italy in Moscow has announced that since May 3, 2021, all people who have obtained an Italian tourist visa, more specifically a type C Schengen visa, which expired after January 1, 2020, will now be able to renew their visa. . by contacting the Consulate.

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

In addition, the consulate stressed that the issuance of the visa can take up to ten working days due to the COVID-19 measures currently in force in the country.

“Please note that at present, holders of a Schengen tourist visa are not allowed to enter Italy or the Schengen area. Visa holders must comply with applicable travel restrictions. . It is up to individual travelers to check the travel restrictions in place before departure ”, the declaration of the consulate reads.

When obtaining the Italian visa, Russian citizens can also use it to travel to other member countries of the Schengen area from Italy, more specifically to Austria, Belgium, the 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.

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

However, applicants may be denied the issuance of an Italian visa if they have traveled to other Schengen countries but not Italy and have abused the visa in some other way.

Additionally, the Italian Visa Management Service (VMC) explained that Russian citizens can submit 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 visa
  • Mission visa
  • Transit visa
  • Student visa
  • Medical treatment visa
  • Re-entry visa
  • Business visa
  • Family reunification visa

Visa documents must be submitted to the Italian visa center in Moscow by the applicants themselves at least six months before the planned visit.

“In the interest of a more efficient service and to save time, all applicants are kindly requested to make an appointment in advance and show up for the submission of documents at the agreed time. Visa management service statement notes.

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

Everyone has also been advised to provide additional documents such as copies of airline tickets and hotel reservation confirmation from the country they are planning to visit.

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