By Mazzeschi

The government has presented the new web portal “E-@pplication” through which Schengen visa applicants can now fill out the visa application form online. The new system only affects short-stay visa applications – for up to 90 days in Schengen countries (Schengen visa).

Long term visa applications will continue to be filed using the paper application forms.

The new system ensures greater accuracy of the data entered in the application forms and reduction of typos, resulting in an overall improvement of the consular services both in terms of efficiency, cost and time optimization.

The online form is available in Italian and English at the link The process requires the applicant to fill out the online application form, sign it and print the form containing the barcode then take it to the relevant Italian Consulate.