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    28 September 2020

    Dear Customer,

    This is to inform that on Tuesday 29 September 2020 visa submissions will not be accepted. Visa submission will proceed as usual from the 30 September 2020 onwards.

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    16 September 2020

    Dear Customer,

    With effect from Monday 14 September 2020, the new VFS service fees will be of 3831/- LKR per person.

    We remind customers that VFS service fees are non-refundable and to bring the exact amount to avoid any inconvenience.

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    24 August 2020

    Dear Customer,

    With effect from Monday 24 August 2020, all the below visa categories will be accepted without appointment (walk-in) from Monday to Thursday and from 8:00 to 14:00:

    - Family Reunion visas,

    - Employment visas,

    - Study D type,

    - Medical,

    - Re-entry

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    09 July 2020

    Dear Customer,

    With effect from Monday 13 July 2020, all Family Reunion applications will be accepted without appointment from 08:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.

    We kindly request applicant to not come accompanied by family members or third parties if not strictly required (in case of minors, elders, disabled, ect.). Please be respectful of the social distancing while visiting the Visa Application Center.

    Thank You for cooperation.

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    07 July 2020

    Dear Customer,

    Starting from Tuesday 07 July 2020 following visa categories will be accepted at the Visa Application Center only with appointment letter:

    • Family Reunion visas,
    • Employment visas,
    • Study D type,
    • Medical,
    • Re-entry

    Attention: We kindly invite our Customers holding an appointment to reach the Italy Visa Application Center only 10 minutes prior the given time to avoid crowd and respect the social distancing rules.

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    06 July 2020

    Dear Customer,

    Starting from Monday 06 July 2020 following visa categories will be accepted at the Visa Application Center:

    - Reunion with EU Citizens,
    - Employment visas,
    - Study D type,
    - Medical
    - Re-entry

    These categories will be accepted without appointment from Monday to Thursday.

    Other National and Schengen visa are still suspended till further notice. Legalization services are suspended till further notice.

    Attention: We kindly request to our Customers to visit the Center in respect of the social distancing rules inside and outside the premises.

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    22 May 2020

    Dear Customer, according to the new notification issued by the Govt. of Sri Lanka with reference to the island-wide imposed curfew on Monday 25 May 2020, Italy Visa Application Center will remain closed. The Center will open again on Tuesday 22 May 2020.

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    15 May 2020

    Italy Visa Application Centre in Colombo re-opens

    Effective 18 May 2020, customers can submit visa applications at the Italy Visa Application Centre in Colombo – Sri Lanka

    Your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and required to wear face mask and gloves. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.

    Apart from the safety procedures conducted, please note that

    1. Limited number of customers will be allowed inside the Visa Application Center at a time.
    2. At least 1 meter of distance is required to be maintained between other co-applicants
    3. Information will be strictly provided through the helpline, applicants can contact +94 114  692 642 or through emails info.italysl@vfshelpline.com, applicants requesting information will not be entertained at the Italy Visa Application Center
    4. Only visas for reunion with EU Citizens visas will be accepted with appointment for D type visa category. Other National and Schengen visa are suspended till further notice. Legalization services are suspended till further notice.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    17 March 2020

    Important notice for applicants: With immediate effect, C type Schengen visas and legalization applications will not be accepted till further notice. Applicants will be contacted for a new submission date. All applicants are requested to keep their appointment letter for a later submission.

    VFS strongly rquests to applicants to not gather outside the premises and only applicants having a valid appointment for D type visa will be accepted. Passport and legalization collection service is available.

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    15 March 2020

    Important notice for all applicants: on Monday 16 March 2020, all operations will be suspended as the Italy Visa Application Center will remain closed. C type Schengen visas submissions will not be accepted till the 19th of March, applicants having already scheduled their appointments will be notified by VFS on the new date of appointment in the coming days. All applicants are requested to keep their appointment letter for a later visa submission.

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    16 December 2019

    Important notice for all the applicants: Visa applications need to be submitted at least with 10 working days prior to the travel date. Travel date should also not exceed the 30 days post the date of submission at the Visa Center. Applications not following this pre requisites cannot be accepted at the Visa Center

    Maldivian applicants are requested to consider a minimum processing time of 4-5 working days from the date of submission at VFS, please note that in some cases the processing time may be longer.

    Closure: please note that due to expected changes in Visa Applications Fees and in occasion of Christmas, VFS will not accept visa applications from the 23 December 2019 till 30 December 2019. Regular visa submissions will start again from the 31 December 2019

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    05 November 2019

    Important notice for all applicants - 5 or more appointments booked by the same applicant will not be accepted at VFS and will automatically be cancelled, online VFS service fees will not be refunded in case of cancellation. Online VFS fees will also not be refunded in case of appointment not attended at VFS date and time given by applicants.

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    21 October 2019

    With effect from the 21 October 2019 all visa applicants are requested to book an appointment using their personal credentials. Walk-in applications for short and long stay visas both will not be entertained at the Visa Center

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    21 October 2019

    With immediate effect, in order to submit the legalizations for divorces issued from Sri Lanka it is mandatory to include in the application a copy of the identity documents of both the ex-spouses and the written communication with proof of receipt to the competent Italian Questura (Police Headquarter) from both the ex-spouses informing about the change of the civil status from married to divorced and therefore the missing pre-requisites for a family reunion permit stay (permesso di soggiorno). In the letter to the Questura the cancelled permit stay details of the ex-spouse after the divorce must be mentioned.

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    05 September 2019

    With effect from the 05 September 2019 the online appointment bookings for any visa category will be finalized only with the online payment of VFS Logistic Fees. Fees paid online are not refundable in case of appointment cancellation or in case of missed submission at the VFS on the date and time reported in the appointment letter. Applicants who have correctly made the payment online and booked the appointment are requested to carry the appointment letter at the moment of visa submission to be shown to VFS Officers. Applicants without appointment letter will not be accepted.

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    14 June 2019

    Starting from Moday 13 May 2019, submission of applications for legalization will have to be presented to the VFS Office (Italy Visa Application Center)

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    05 June 2019

    Important notice for family reunion visa applications for holders of nulla osta s.u.i.

    Starting from 30 April 2019 applicants for type d visa to italy for family reunion will need to submit documents relating to their family bond (marriage/birth/death/divorce/court decree depending on the case) duly translated into italian and legalized by the consular section of the embassy of italy in colombo.

    As the nulla osta issued by the italian prefecture (sportello unico per l’immigrazione) will have a validity of 6 months, sri lankan nationals are recommended to prepare their family status documents in advance as the legalization process – pending the verifications needed – may take a few months.

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    13 May 2019

    Important Notice – Starting from Moday 13 May 2019, submission of applications for legalization will have to be presented to the VFS Office (Italy Visa Application Center) located in First floor 464, Galle road, Colombo 3.

    The booking system will remain unchanged. You can therefore book your appointment only through the Online booking of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The Embassy of Italy in Colombo reminds all users that the PrenotaOnline booking system is completely free and does not include any registration costs.

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    29 April 2019

    Important Notice – IOM office will remain closed until further notice

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    26 April 2019

    Applicants are advised to read the “Security Regulations” section of this website prior to visiting the visa application center.

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    16 March 2019

    Due to National Elections Day, on 18 April 2019 the VFS Italy Visa Helpline service may not be operative.

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    14 March 2019

    IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FAMILY REUNION VISA APPLICATIONS FOR HOLDERS OF NULLA OSTA S.U.I.

    STARTING FROM 30 APRIL 2019 APPLICANTS FOR TYPE D VISA TO ITALY FOR FAMILY REUNION WILL NEED TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THEIR FAMILY BOND (MARRIAGE/BIRTH/DEATH/DIVORCE/COURT DECREE DEPENDING ON THE CASE) DULY TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN AND LEGALIZED BY THE CONSULAR SECTION OF THE EMBASSY OF ITALY IN COLOMBO.

    AS THE NULLA OSTA ISSUED BY THE ITALIAN PREFECTURE (SPORTELLO UNICO PER L’IMMIGRAZIONE) WILL HAVE A VALIDITY OF 6 MONTHS, SRI LANKAN NATIONALS ARE RECOMMENDED TO PREPARE THEIR FAMILY STATUS DOCUMENTS IN ADVANCE AS THE LEGALIZATION PROCESS – PENDING THE VERIFICATIONS NEEDED – MAY TAKE A FEW MONTHS.

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    26 February 2019

    Important Notice - due to expected changes in Italy Visa Application Fees:

    • Visa applications submissions will not be accepted on the 27 and 28 March 2019; visa application submissions will proceed as usual from the 29 March 2019 onwards;
    • Visa applications submissions will not be accepted on the 26 and 27 June 2019; visa application submissions will proceed as usual from the 28 June 2019 onwards;
    • Visa applications submissions will not be accepted on the 26 and 27 September 2019; visa application submissions will proceed as usual from the 30 September 2019 onwards;
    • Visa applications submissions will not be accepted on the 24, 27  and 30 December 2019; visa application submissions will proceed as usual from the 31 December 2019 onwards;

    The above decisions are made on instructions received from the Embassy of Italy in Colombo.

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    18 January 2019

    Important Notice- As per instructions received by the embassy of Italy in Sri Lanka, VFS will not accept any documents for Legalization and additional documents until further notice.

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    07 November 2018

    As per instructions received by the embassy of Italy in Colombo, visa applications will not be accepted on 09 November 2018, 12 November 2018 and 13 of November 2018. Visa application acceptance will proceed as usual from 14 November 2018 onwards.

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    31 October 2018

    As per instructions received by the embassy of Italy in Colombo, visa applications will not be accepted on 02 and 05 November 2018. Visa application acceptance will proceed as usual from 06 November 2018 onwards.

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    17 October 2018

    Due to expected changes in Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications  and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 24 December 2018, 27 December 2018 and 28 December 2018. Visa application /Legalization documents acceptance will proceed as usual from 31 December 2018 onwards. The above decision is made on instructions received from the Italian Embassy in Colombo.

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    28 July 2018

    Change in VFS helpline number

    Kindly note that the VFS helpline number for Italy will be changed to +94112350602 with effect from 01 October 2018

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    12 July 2018

    Appointments are mandatory to lodge Schengen visa applications and can be booked at the following link:

    http://www.italy-vfs.com/schedule_an_appointment.html

    D type Italian national visa applications will be accepted without appointments.

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    28 March 2018

    Long Stay Study Visa

    Italy Long stay Study Visa applications will not be accepted until 23 April 2018. The applicants should obtain a prior appointment after 23 April 2018 in order to submit the applications.

    Legalization

    Due to expected changes to Italy Legalization Fees, the Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 March 2018 /30 March 2018 and 03 April 2018. The above decision is made on instructions received from the Italian Embassy in Colombo. All the applicants are requested to reschedule the appointments for the next available date.

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    20 December 2017

    Due to expected changes in Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications will not be accepted on 27 December 2017, 28 December 2017 and 29 December 2017. Visa application acceptance will proceed as usual from 02 January 2018 onwards. Legalization document acceptance will not be impacted and will continue with submission acceptance as usual. The above decision is made on instructions received from the Italian Embassy in Colombo.

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    20 December 2017

    Italy Legalization documents will not be accepted on 14 November 2017 and 15 November 2017.Applicants can submit their documents on 16 November 2017 onwards.

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    10 November 2017

    The visa section of the Italy Embassy will remain closed on 13 and 14 November 2017. The Italy Visa Application centre in Colombo will also remain closed on the above mentioned dates for visa application submissions. Applicants can submit their documents for legalization on these days as usual.

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    26 September 2017

    Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 September 2017 and 02 October 2017.

    Due to expected changes to Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications will not be accepted on 29 September and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 September 2017 and 02 October 2017. The above decision is made on instructions received from the Italian Embassy in Colombo.

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    18 August 2017

    Due to technical maintenance, the visa section of the Italy Embassy will remain closed on 21 and 22 August 2017.

    Due to technical maintenance, the visa section of the Italy Embassy will remain closed on 21 and 22 August 2017. The Italy Visa Application centre in Colombo will also remain closed on the above mentioned dates for visa application submissions. Applicants can submit their documents for legalization on these days as usual.

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    26 June 2017

    Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 June 2017 and 30 June 2017.

    Due to expected changes to Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 June 2017 and 30 June 2017. Applicants are required to visit the VFS Global Visa application centre from 03 July 2017 onwards to lodge their applications/Documents. The above decision is made on instructions received from the Italian Embassy in Colombo

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    24 March 2017

    Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 March, 30 March and 31 March.

    Due to expected changes to Italy Visa Application Fees, visa applications and Legalization documents will not be accepted on 29 March, 30 March and 31 March. Applicants are required to visit the VFS Global Visa application centre from 03 July 2017 onwards to lodge their applications/Documents. The above decision is made on instructions received from the Italian Embassy in Colombo

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    28 February 2017

    Kindly note that on 02 March 2017 due to technical upgrade. The Italy Visa Application Centre will be closed.

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    10 December 2016

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    28 October 2015

    Update from The Embassy of Italy

    As confirmed by Italy Embassy, VFS will accept Schengen Visa applications till 27 October 2015. No Schengen visa Applications will be accepted on 28 October 2015, 29 October 2015 and 30 October 2015.

    From 02 November 2015, VFS will accept Schengen Visa applications and all applicants will have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints)

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    24 October 2015

    Important Notice: New application procedures from 02 November 2015

    All diplomatic and consular Schengen missions in India will introduce Visa Information System (VIS) on 02 November 2015. This System enables better data exchange between all Schengen member states. VIS eases application procedures and improves security. Since 2011 VIS is already established in most of 23 regions worldwide. By the end of 2015 all visa sections of Schengen countries worldwide will be equipped with VIS.

    Applicants applying from 02 November 2015 for a Schengen visa will need to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph). This is a simple and discreet procedure…To Read More ‘Click Here

    Schengen Visa Information System (VIS) Launches in India on 02 November 2015

    1. Visa Information System
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    13 May 2015

    New Location of the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre

    The Joint Schengen Visa Application Center will be moving to the below location from 01 June 2015 onwards.

    No.61, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 (Opposite the Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

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    11 June 2014

    With effect from 16 June 2014, The Embassy of Italy in Sri Lanka has designated the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to conduct verification of document integrity and authenticity of Sri Lankan nationals, applying for family reunion visas to Italy, to facilitate their safe and legal migration to Italy.

    The IOM can be contacted as follows:

    Operations & Migrant Services Unit
    Migrant Health & Operations Center
    International Organization for Migration
    No 53C
    Green Path
    Colombo 03

    Tel: 0115 933333

    Email: idvsl@iom.int

    Document Submission Time: from 09:30 to 13:00 Monday to Thursday (excluding public holidays).Applicants can call for an appointment OR walk in during the above mentioned hours.

    The IOM will charge a non-refundable service fee and the mandatory government charges for the conduct of verification of document integrity and authenticity of Sri Lankan nationals.

    The Embassy of Italy informs all applicants that the verification of document integrity and authenticity is a necessary requirement of the visa issuance process and that their failure to comply with the instructions of IOM may lead to rejection of the application.

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    14 February 2014

    Beware of fraud Please note nobody can help you in anyway with getting your visa or any documentation for a visa. If any person claims to be able to influence your visa application in anyway, Please contact the Italy embassy immediately.

    Email: visit.ambcolombo@esteri.it

    Fax:+94112588622

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    07 February 2013

    Due to security concerns, we do not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives or business contacts to accompany visa applicants.

    We request all applicants not to bring along any other interested parties, family or friends to the visa application centre and avoid loitering in the premises due to security concerns