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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Vatican City State starting from 2021.


A valid passport is required to enter Vatican City. All tourists entering Vatican territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Vatican 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.

Custom Regulations
Vatican City is an enclave within the republic of Italy. 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 (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250g).
  • Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (1L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).

If arriving from an EU Member State:
  • 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).

Currency Restriction
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 Vatican City State
Australia has a rich Catholic background and heritage, going back to its days as a penal colony for the British. The church was among the first establishments to take up their place in the new colony. The Catholic diocese had a marked hand in orphanages, schools, priories and welfare projects throughout Australia going back to its beginnings.
Australia and the Holy See have had apostolic relations from 1914 and diplomatic relations since 1973. Diplomatic relations are conducted through a network of diplomatic posts, known as Nunciatures. An Apostolic Nunciature, or Embassy, was established in Canberra in 1973. Australia’s resident Ambassador to the Holy See has allowed the opportunity for expanded dialogue on human rights, refugees and anti-people smuggling, political and religious freedom, global development, inter-faith issues, peacekeeping and conflict prevention and global and regional security including arms control.
Australia’s first Saint was created in 2010 when Mary MacKillop was canonised in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City, as witnessed by an estimated 10,000 Australians.
Australia does not have economic or trade relations with the Vatican City, and there are no residents in the country said to have ancestral ties with the Vatican City itself.

List of Australian diplomatic offices in Vatican City State

Australian Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican City), Vatican

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 349, 00186 Rome, ItalyCheck on map

Phone: +39 06 686261

Fax: +39 06 68626111



Office Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Details: John McCarthy, QC - Ambassador

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About Vatican City State

Capital: Vatican City
  • Latin;
  • Italian;
  • French

Area: 0 KM2
Population: 921
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +379

Power Sockets

Type C European 2-pin  C European 2-pin
Type L Italian 3-pin  L Italian 3-pin

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