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TRAVEL INFO FOR VATICAN CITY STATE

 

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Country Overview

Like San Marino and Monaco, the Vatican City has open borders with Schengen Area.

Entry-Exit system and ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) are the two legislative tools that will change the way to travel in Europe in the next years. Although their aim is similar, ETIAS will be focused mostly on short-term journeys.

Starting from 2020 all travelers above 18 years old will be able to apply online for the permission to travel to the Vatican City. The online application cost is €5 and once the authorization is approved it will last for five years. The authorization will also allow travelers from visa-exempted countries to travel in other Countries part of the Schengen Area without requiring any other travel documents. Although the online authorization is valid for five years, the maximum duration of stay in the EU is 90 days in a consecutive period of 180 days. If the traveler plans to have a longer stay in the Schengen area, a visa is required.

Tourism

The State of the Vatican City is located inside Rome – the capital of Italy. It’s an ecclesiastical state. Vatican City is the world’s smallest independent state. The entire city is surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance walls with the open gate the southeast to St. Peter’s square.
Functioning as fully independent nation, Vatican has its own post office, banking system, telephone system and radio station. Other than being Holy See, the city is well-known for its well-trained Swiss Guard who was hired as a mercenary force back then. The Vatican church itself is the treasure of paintings, sculptures and architecture. On average, there 5 million people visiting Vatican every year. It is the Holy Land to many Catholic pilgrims.

ETIAS Requirements

Based on citizenship of the visitor

About Vatican City State

Capital: Vatican City
Languages:
  • 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