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Revoking a visa:

Should the diplomatic/consular Missions become aware of elements, situations and conditions that would have prevented the granting of an entry visa – which has been granted in the meantime – they shall issue a formal decision to REVOKE the visa.

Provision of counterfeit documents and false information for obtaining a visa: 

Counterfeiting documents for obtaining an entry visa shall be reported by the diplomatic-consular Representation (art. 331 of the C.P.P.) to the Italian Judicial Authorities: both in cases of counterfeiting of documents of Italian origin and of documents of foreign origin, used anyway to support the visa application (Art. 5 par. 8bis of Legislative Decree 286/98). Obtaining a visa does not automatically entitle the holder to enter the Schengen area. Visa applications from those who provide untruthful information are subject to refusal.

Please note that further checks will be carried out to verify the truthfulness of the information provided.


Obtaining a visa does not automatically give the right to enter the Schengen area:

The mere possession of a Schengen visa does not automatically grant the right to enter the Schengen area and visa holders, once they arrive at the external border of the Schengen area or during other checks, may be required to provide information about means of financial support, the length of the planned stay in the Schengen area and the purpose of the trip.

It is recommended to carry a copy of the documents presented during the visa application phase (for example letters of invitation, hotel and air ticket reservations or other documents proving the purpose of the trip).

For more information, see art. 5 of the Schengen Borders Code (link).

How to use a Schengen visa correctly

Schengen visa entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area. You can only stay in the Schengen area for the number of days indicated on the visa, which must only be used within the time period indicated by “from” “to”. The words ‘Duration of stay … days’ indicate the number of days you can stay in the Schengen area from the date you enter the Schengen area (to be counted on the basis of your entry and exit stamps). The time period indicated by ‘from…to’ may be longer than the ‘Duration of stay’ in order to allow days free of charge for entry into the Schengen area. However, you cannot stay in the Schengen area for more days than those indicated under ‘Length of stay…days’. It is also not possible to stay beyond the date indicated under ‘Until’.

The number of entries granted may be one, two or multiples. Regardless of the number of entries, the total length of stay in the Schengen area cannot exceed 90 days per 180 days. In order to avoid overstaying and to know how many days remain available compared to those already used, you can use (as an indication) the calculation system prepared by the European Commission by clicking here.

How to use correctly an Italian national visa 

Once you have arrived in Italy with an Italian national visa, within 8 days from the arrival, you must go to the Police Headquarters in charge of the Province where you intend to reside to apply for a stay permit. The duration of the StayPermit will correspond to that indicated on the visa. The Stay Permit must be renewed directly in Italy. To identify the Police Headquarters in charge, please check the following site: