AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING ITALY
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Italy starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Italy. All tourists entering Italian territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Italian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Italian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Italian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), tobacco (1Kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (10L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (1L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Italy with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Australia and Italy
The first Italian in Australia was off Captain James Cook’s ship in 1770. Italian convicts followed at her Majesty’s pleasure in early 1800. The 1840s saw Italian convicts in Australia, and the 1850 gold rush lured even more, who settled. A commercial treaty in 1883 granted Italian residents of Australia the right to freedom of entry, travel and residence, the right to acquire and own property, and the right to carry on business activities. This brought in a steady trickle of immigrants until 1921.
After the treaty came into effect, a thin flow of Italian migration to Australia continued until 1921 when Italian immigrants staunched by U.S. restrictions rerouted to Australia. World War II saw 8000 of the allies’ prisoners of war, mostly Italians, shipped to internment camps in Australia, many of whom immigrated to Australia after the war. The sugar canes and agriculture brought more Italian immigrants over the years.
Italy is important to Australia, being the world’s eighth-largest economy, a founding member of the EU, its second-largest manufacturer and fourth-largest economy. Trade and investment between Australia and Italy is growing. The two countries cooperate on security issues, such as terrorism, and advance security capacity in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are of very few countries with the know-how and ambitions to collaborate as they do in the world’s key astrophysics and space projects.
Their bilateral relationship includes the following treaties and agreements: Science, Technology & Innovation. Treaty; Australians Marrying in Italy; University Co-operation Framework; Antarctica Scientific Cooperation; Air Services Agreement; Health Assistance Agreement; Extradition Treaty; Crime Mutual Assistance Treaty; Cultural Cooperation; Double Taxation; Social Security; Economic and Commercial Cooperation; Working Holiday Visa and Defence Industry Cooperation.
Italy was Australia’s 16th largest trading partner in 2017, with the combined merchandise and services trade balance favouring Italy by more than eight to one. Italian investment in Australia remains relatively small but commercial, and investment ties are growing. Australia’s investment in Italy is small and strong, focusing on urban redevelopment and energy.
Commercial opportunities for Australian companies presents in renewable energy, agribusiness and food, digital technologies, international health and education, and infrastructure and rail. Italy is a mature and growing priority market in Australian Tourism.
Italian is the fifth most identified ancestry in Australia following Australians, English, Irish and Scottish. 174,042 resident Australians were born in Italy, and 1,000,013 Australian residents are of Italian descent.
Australians will need to apply for the ETIAS pre-authorisation once it is implemented, before travelling to Italy.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Italy
Australian Consulate in Venice, Italy
Address: CastelBrando, Via Brandolini 29, 31030 Cison di Valmarino, Italy
Phone: (39) 04 389761, (39) 0438 976417
Fax: (39) 04 976 000
Australian Consulate-General in Milan, Italy
Address: 3rd Floor, Via Borgogna 2, Milan 20122, Italy
Phone: +39 02 776 741
Fax: +39 02 776 74242
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 16:15
Details: H.E. Mike Rann
List of Italian diplomatic offices in Australia
Consulate Italy in Adelaide
Address: 398 Payneham Road, Glynde, South Australia 5070
Phone: ( 61 8) 83370777
Fax: ( 61 8) 83651540g
Office Hours: 9.15 am - 1 pm (from Monday to Friday) Wednesday also in the afternoon 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Details: Consul: Mr. Tommaso Coniglio
Italian Consulate in Perth, Austalia
Address: Level 2, 1292 Hay Street, West Perth WA 6005
Phone: (08) 9322 4500
Fax: (08) 9322 9911
Office Hours: Monday - Tuesday: 9 am 1 pm Wednesday : 9 am -12 am and 2 pm - 3 pm Thursday - Friday 9 am -12 pm
Details: Consul: Mr Giorgio Taborri
Italian Consulate in Brisbane, Australia
General Consulate of Italy in Sydney, Australia
General Consulate of Italy in Melbourne, Australia
Address: 509 St.Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Office Hours: 9 am -1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm (Monday) 9 am -12 pm (Tuesday to Friday)
Details: Consul General: Mr. Marco Cordella Matacotta
Embassy of Italy in Canberra, Australia
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- French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region);
- Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)
Area: 301,230 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +39
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