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  • 01 July 2020

    Effective 01 July 2020
    Italy Visa Application Centre accepts applications only with prior appointment. Please note change in our operational days and hours until further notice:

    Johannesburg Centre – Monday to Friday – 09:00 hrs-12:00 hrs.
    All other centres will remain closed till further notice

    Please note only applications by appointment will be assisted.

    For applicants with previous Shengen visa kindly send your last issued visa to info.itza@vfshelpline.com for further directions before making an appointment.

    Kindly note due to COVID-19 no Family/Group appointments will be allowed, only individual appointments will be accepted at the Application Centre

    Owing to the COVID -19 development and directives by the Government of South Africa, the Italy Visa Application Centres will now be able to operate as per the level 3 regultions as from the 01 July 2020. Please note only applications by appointment will be assisted.

    We have a very important update for our customers in South Africa regarding the functioning of our Italy Visa Application Centres.

    As the safety of our customers and staff is our priority, we have implemented strict health and safety measures in line with Government guidelines for social distancing at our Application Centres.It is mandatory to wear a face mask/face covering to enter the Visa applications centre premises.

    We will deny entry if you are present without a face mask/ face covering. On arrival at the Visa Application Centre, you will be required to undergo a temperature reading. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty in breathing will be allowed to reschedule their appointments for another day and not proceed further for their applications.

    For your safety, kindly adhere to the precautionary measures at our Centres. All processed applications will be subject to accepting the mandatory courier service to reduce the number of visits to the Centre.

    For more updates, we request customers to visit our website www.vfsglobal.com

  • 16 March 2020

    As per the Decrees of the President of the Council of Ministers dated 08 March 2020 and 09 March 2020, the following are the main measures adopted by the Italian Government in order to combat and contain the Coronavirus in Italy:

    All unnecessary movement of people must be avoided (both within the national territory and entering or leaving the country). Exceptions for proven work or health reasons, and in emergency cases must be justified by a written Affidavit (see enclosed Form);

    It is allowed to return to one’s own place of residence;

    Limitations for public establishments are in place (although essential services are guaranteed) as well as for public activities, events, sport competitions and any other public gathering;

    Schools, universities and museums are temporarily closed;

    It is recommended to respect a distance of at least one meter between one person and another.

    There are no longer selective red areas; these measures have been extended to the whole Italian territory and are in place from 10 March 2020 to 03 April 2020.

    These further measures, inspired by the principle of maximum prevention and based upon scientific assessments, and which would impact substantially on the lives of residents as well as on the Italian economy, are nevertheless deemed necessary to protect public health.

    Additional information can be found at the following link.

    In view of these measures and of the numerous enquiries received by this Consulate General, the following are some specific information for Italian and foreign citizens:

    Italian nationals and foreign citizens residing in Italy who are momentarily abroad are allowed – if transport is operational and available – to enter Italy in order to return to their place of residence;

    Italian nationals and foreign citizens residing abroad who are momentarily in Italy are allowed - if transport is operational and available – to leave Italy in order to return to their country and place of residence;

    Entry and exit Italy for proven work needs is also permitted (this includes cross-border workers);

    Entry for tourism reasons must absolutely be avoided. Foreign citizens, after entering Italy, will also be subjected to the Government measures that restrict movements within the national borders, with the exception of movements motivated by proven work needs or in an emergency situation or for health reasons;

    For what concerns Visas, the following exceptional rules have been implemented:

    1. Applications not yet finalized: the applicants will be contacted by our Visa Outsourcer – VFS Global – and they will be advised to re-schedule their trip during the course of the next semester. To this end, applicants must submit a new travel itinerary with the new dates. Applicants who otherwise decide to cancel their trip altogether, will be able to withdraw their application without risking a Visa refusal but the visa fees will not be reimbursed.
    2. Applications already finalized with the issue of a Visa. This Consulate General will evaluate the possibility of issuing new Schengen Short Stay Visas with the following conditions: the already issued Visa shows a validity from 1st February to 30th June 2020 and has not yet been utilized; the applicant must prove to have postponed - and not altogether cancelled – already booked travels and not to have obtained any reimbursements from Italian travel operators. Should these conditions be met and a new Visa be issued, the recipient will NOT be required to pay again the Visa fees.

    Airports and trains stations remain viable and open;

    In case of a flight cancellation, contact the Airline Company which issued the ticket or the Travel Agency\Tour operator;

    At the moment, there are no restrictions in place concerning the entrance to South Africa by Italian citizens or by travellers arriving from Italy. The Italian citizens who intend to travel to South Africa are advised to constantly check the website www.viaggiaresicuri.it where any further updates will be timeously posted. Passengers arriving at South African International airports will be subjected to temperature checks and, only if symptomatic, will be transferred to designated hospitals where they will be receiving further medical tests.

    For any update, please refer to www.viaggiaresicuri.it, www.esteri.it/mae/it/sala_stampa/archivionotizie/approfondimenti/farnesina-al-lavoro-per-una-corretta-informazione-all-estero.html, www.salute.gov.it/nuovocoronavirus.

    in the occurrence of any symptoms relatable to Coronavirus whilst in South Africa, contact the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) Call Centre + 27 (0) 800 029 999 before visiting any hospital or medical centres.

  • 12 December 2019

    Due to the ongoing power outage issue nationwide, our operations in South Africa have been impacted.

    We regret the inconvenience encountered at our centres which include longer waiting time faced by our customers.

    Appreciate your patience.

  • 08 August 2019

    Please note VFS Global now has offices in Bloemfontein and Polokwane for your convenience as per your jurisdiction.