1. How long should the validity of my passport be in order to be able to apply?

For Italian Schengen visa applications, you should have a passport obtained within the last 10 years and valid for at least 3 months as of the end date of the anticipated trip.

2. What is a Schengen visa?

Schengen Visa (C type) is the type of visa which should be obtained when you want to travel anywhere in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days within the validity period of the visa decided upon by the Consulates. C type visa does not bestow the holder residency rights.

3. What is a national visa?

National visas (Type D) are valid for residence periods exceeding 90 days in the Schengen area. E.g.; It is the visa type obtained for family reunification, working in Germany or getting college education.

4. When should I apply for a Schengen visa?

For Schengen visas (stays less than 90 days) the application must be submitted no more than 180 days prior to the start date of the trip while for National visas (stays more than 90 days) the application must be submitted no more than 90 days prior to the start date of the trip. We recommend that you follow our announcements and public holidays from our website and determine when to make your appointments accordingly.

5. Should I obtain a visa for a green passport?

Green passport holders who stay in the Schengen zone will not exceed 90 days do not have to obtain a Schengen Visa.

6. Can I send my application documents by courier?

No, application documents sent by courier are not accepted. After making your appointment through our website, you should personally deliver your application documents on the appointment day.

7. I am a Turkish citizen (I hold a Turkish passport) but I reside in a country outside the Schengen zone with a residence permit. Where should I apply for a German/Italian Schengen visa?

You should apply in the country of your residence.

8. What are your business hours?

You may find the detailed information on business hours here.

9. In name/surname changes, can I apply using my passport with my previous name/surname?

Your passport submitted for application should be up-to-date. Your passport which is outdated because of name/surname changes due to marriage, divorce, etc. shall not be accepted during application.

10. May I have the full address of iDATA office?

You can find the full address and map details of the office here.

11. May I have your contact numbers?

You can find the contact information of our iDATA offices here.

12. May I have Italian Consulate General contact information?

İstanbul İtalyan Başkonsolosluğu Adress: Boğazkesen Caddesi, Tomtom Kaptan Sk. No: 5, 34433, Tophane, Beyoğlu / İstanbul   -   web: visti.istanbul@esteri.it


13. From which offices can I submit my application?

Our offices that accept applications may vary depending on the relevant Embassy/Consulate. Click here for detailed information.

14. Do I have to make my Schengen Visa application from iDATA offices?

No, you may make your applications from the only organization authorized by the Consulates of Italy/Germany, iDATA, or you may apply by making an appointment at Italian/German Embassies/Consulates General according to their calendar.