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Countries whose nationals are subject to the requirement of an airport transit visa

Countries whose citizens are subject to the requirement of an airport transit visa (Article 3 of EC Regulation No. 810/2009)

The nationals of the following countries are subject to the requirement of an Airport Transit Visa (ATV) for Italy:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Syria.

The nationals of the countries listed above are exempt from the requirement of an Airport Transit Visa if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • they are already holders of a valid uniform visa (type C) or national long-stay visa (type D) or stay permit issued by a Member State;
  • they are holders of a valid stay permit issued by an EU Member State which does not take part in the adoption of Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 or by a Member State which does not yet fully apply the provisions of the Schengen acquis (e.g. Romania), or they are third-country nationals holding one of the valid stay permits mentioned in Annex V of Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America, guaranteeing the holder’s unconditional return;
  • are holders of a valid visa for an EU Member State that does not participate in the adoption of Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, or for a Member State that does not yet fully apply the provisions of the Schengen acquis (e.g. Romania), or for Canada, Japan or the United States of America, when they travel to the issuing country or to another third country, or when they return from the issuing country after having used that visa;
  • they are family members of EU citizens;
  • they are holders of diplomatic passports;
  • they are members of aircraft crew and nationals of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Please note: for long stays (over 90 days) for any reason whatsoever, all foreign nationals shall always hold a national visa (type D), even if they are nationals of countries that do not require a transit or short-stay visa.