12 cities across Europe will host the UEFA Euro 2020 events, and Rome is among them. What makes this city special is that it will hold the opening match in the Olimpico Stadium, in which Italy will play against Turkey on the 12th of June. The other 3 games will take place on the 17th and 21st of June, and on the 4th of July. But did you know that attending the UEFA Euro 2020 in Rome, Italy may entail a visa application process? Depending on where you are coming from, you may have to get a visa in advance. The information below should help you find that out.
First of all, keep in mind that Italy is a member state of the Schengen Area, so the rules of the Schengen visa policy apply. What does that mean? As a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you can travel to Italy without any kind of travel document. All that is necessary is a national ID card.
Second of all, according to the Schengen Area visa policy, the citizens of 62 countries and territories can enter the Schengen Area and stay for a period that is limited to 90 days. If you happen to be among them, please note that you need a valid passport that maintains its validity for at least 6 months from your date of arrival.
In case you are neither visa exempt nor from an EU/EEA country, your only option is to obtain a visa from the Italian embassy or visa center in your area. However, what you need is not an Italian visa, but a Schengen visa. Applying for one does not require too much effort, although you do have to go to the embassy in person. Fortunately, you have the option of submitting an application online. Once you do that and pay the fee, you can schedule an interview.
The requirements for an Italian Schengen visa are nothing out of the ordinary. You must hold a valid passport that remains as such for 6 months after your date of arrival, accommodation details, an airline confirmation, and proof of sustenance. The latter is not the same for every Schengen country, but in Italy, if you plan on staying for 5 days, you must have at least 269 Euros. The amount differs depending on the number of days you want to spend in Italy.
Depending on how your interview goes, it may take up to 15 business days for your visa application to be approved. If that is the case, you can travel to Italy and stay there for a period that cannot exceed 90 days.
Now, please note that if you plan on attending the UEFA Euro 2020 in Rome, Italy, and you get a visa to do so, the Schengen visa you are issued can grant you entry into all the other Schengen countries. You can attend other UEFA Euro 2020 matches, or you can use this opportunity to plan a vacation across Europe.
To find out in which category of travelers you are, feel free to use iVisa’s Visa Checker Tool. It’s located on our homepage. Just select your country of origin in the drag-down menu on the left, and then choose Italy in the one on the right. What you need to know is just two clicks away.
All in all, you may not be required to get a visa if you want to go to the UEFA Euro 2020 matches in Rome, Italy. But even if you are, getting a Schengen visa is not that difficult. If you have more questions regarding this topic, do not hesitate to contact iVisa’s customer support service, which is open non-stop and free of charge.