Invitation visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for official purposes or you have been invited by Official Organizations. This visa is given for travel period of less than 90 days. In case you are holding an Official Passport, you application will have to include a TPN – Third Party Note issued by the relevant authority.

In case the travel purpose is Official, then an official email of request should be sent to the Visa Section of the Embassy of Italy in Colombo from your inviting party in Italy and from your Sri Lanka Organization whom you are representing. Also in case you are holding the TPN, this should be emailed to the Visa Section of the Embassy of Italy from the relevant local issuing authority.

Visa Fees

Customers who apply from Sri Lanka can walk-in at the Italy Visa Application Center from Monday to Thursday and from 08:00 AM to 02:00 PM. Customers DO NOT NEED to book an appointment prior to visa submission

Customers who apply from Maldives can book an appointment to submit the visa application

Kindly note that due to prevailing situation all Schengen visas are suspended till further notice.

From 30 June 2021 until next exchange rate modification Visa Fees as follows:

Tourist /Business/Religious/Seaman (1-90 days) type 80 19200
Transit (type A/B) 80 19200
Family Reunion 116 27830
Re-entry 116 27830
Student Short Term 0 0
Long Stay in Italy (Religious) 116 27830
Employment 116 27830
Minors below 6 years of age (short stay) 0 0
Minors from 6 to 12 years (short stay) 40 9600
Student Long Term 50 12000
EU Citizens visa 0 0
  • Service Charge for visa applications in Sri Lanka - 4198 LKR (Per person)
  • Service Charge for visa applications in Maldives – 319 MVR (Per person)

Fees Details

For Sri Lanka applicants:

  • Visa fees, service fees and additional charges can be paid in cash at the counter in local currency
  • All fees are non-refundable.
  • Kindly bring the exact change in order to avoid any inconvenience.

For Maldivian applicants:

  • Visa fees, two ways international courier and convenience fee can be paid online in Sri Lankan rupees while booking the appointment. International Courier and convenience fees are 9296/- LKR (per person)
  • All fees are non-refundable
  • Additional optional services can be requested at the Joint Visa Application Center in Male and paid in cash along with the Service charge:
    Additional Optional Services
    SMS notification Service – 36 MVR
    Form Filling Assistance Service – 32 MVR
    Premium Lounge Service – 345 MVR

Photo Specifications

h Quality

The photographs must be:

  • No more than 6-months old
  • 35-40mm in width
  • Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 -80% of the photograph
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • Of high quality with no ink marks or creases

The photographs must be:

  • Show you looking directly at the camera
  • Show your skin tones naturally
  • Have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

Style and lighting

The photographs must be:

  • Be colour neutral
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible-no hair across your eyes
  • Show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • Be taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

Glasses and head covers

If you wear glasses:

  • the photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames - wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.

Head coverings :

  • Are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Expression and frame

Your photographs must:

  • show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.

Processing Time

For Frequent Travelers - After submission of your passport to VFS, the Embassy of Italy requires a minimum of 10 working days to process a visa application. However in certain cases, it may take longer.

For the First time Travelers- After submission of your passport to VFS, you have to face for an Interview and after the interview; the Embassy of Italy requires a minimum of 5 working days to process a visa application. However in certain cases, it may take longer.

Download Form

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  2. When the form opens, save the form on your computer.


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Visa Application Form

Please print this form on an A4 paper.

  Italy - National Visa Application - Italian
  Italy - National Visa Application - English
  Italy - Schengen Visa Application – Italian
  Italy – Schengen Visa Application - English
  Lettera di invito Form(For tourist visa)
  Lettera di invito Form(For Business visa)

Application form must be printed in A3 size only, application forms in A4 standard size will not be accepted at the submission time. A3 size formats are available at VFS.