As provided for by Law No. 68 of 28 May 2007, a residence permit for tourism / business / short-term study* is no longer needed. The maximum length of stay is fixed by the entry visa, where applicable, and under no circumstances can it exceed a total of 90 days within any six-month period throughout the Schengen area.
Foreign citizens arriving from a non-Schengen country must declare their presence to the Italian border authorities upon entry. To show that this obligation has been complied with, the Italian border police will put a standard Schengen stamp on their passports.
The permitted number of days of stay will be calculated with reference to the date of that stamp.
Foreign citizens arriving from another Schengen country and holding a passport on which a standard Schengen stamp has already been affixed by the Border Police in the first stopover country will have to make a “declaration of presence” to the Questore (Chief of Police) of the Province where they are based within eight days of their entry into Italy. This declaration is not required if they are staying in a hotel. The permitted number of days of stay will be calculated with reference to the date on which the Schengen stamp was affixed in the first stopover country.
Please note that private persons who accommodate foreign guests have to notify the local public security authority in writing within 48 hours. Please see: Hospitality for non-EU nationals – requirements for private citizens who, in any capacity, provide accommodation.
*A residence permit for study purposes is not required if the length of stay in Italy is shorter than or equal to 90 days. For longer periods (according to the visa obtained) an application for a residence permit must be submitted within 8 days of arrival in Italy.
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Visti d’ingresso (Sito Ministero Affari Esteri Italiano)