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The Italian Embassy is the only Embassy in Eritrea authorized to issue Schengen Visas for short term visits (90 days). It also issues all kinds of national Visas for Italy.

On the basis of a number of representation agreements, the Embassy issues Schengen Visas for: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the Netherlands.

All information needed is available on the web site “A visa for Italy


– That the Embassy receives the applicants only by appointment from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 12.00; appointments must be made by calling the Embassy at the following number (+291 1 121528) – Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

– That the application fee is the equivalent of 80 euros, to be payed only in local currency Nakfa at the exchange rate established quarterly by the Bank of Italy; the payment is due upon submission of the application to the Visa Section; the payment is due regardless of the outcome of the application. Therefore, in case of refusal, the fee will not be refunded.

– That the applicants must fulfil every obligation established by law; the collection of the required documents is entirely a responsibility of the applicants; the relevant documents cannot be sent to the Embassy through any channel; the Embassy will consider only the documents submitted personally by the applicants.

– That, due to preliminary consultations required by Schengen Partners in accordance with art. 22 of the European Visa Code (Regulation n. 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council), all visa applications of Eritrean nationals will be subjected to internal silence procedure for seven calendar days, to which the time needed to process the visa applications must be added. Applicants are invited to take this time limit into account when contacting the Embassy for an appointment.

The application form and the information sheets are available at the gate of the Embassy.

For information on the procedure and documentation for the most requested types of Schengen visa at this Embassy, please read the following information sheets:


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Regulation (EU) 2019/1157, containing provisions on strengthening the security of identity cards f Union citizens and of residence documents issued to Union citizens and their family members exercising their right of free movement has established, in article 8, the termination, starting from 3 August 2023, of the validity of residence cards of family members of EU citizens who do not comply with the new requirements.

The documents that will no longer be valid from that date include the Residence Card for a family member of an EU citizen in paper format. The holders of the aforementioned cards who have not converted their document will therefore have to obtain a visa for the purpose of crossing the Schengen borders, if required by their nationality. The visa that must be requested will be type C “Tourism/EU Family members” (90 days multiple entries) which allows foreign citizens to enter Italy and regularize their position.

This is without prejudice to the possibility, for foreign citizens who have applied for updating their residence permit and whose application has not yet been completed, to re-enter the national territory by direct flight by exhibiting the receipt for the renewal of their residence document.