Italian Consulates Narrow Definition of Business Visa Activities

Starting March 2018, Italian Consulates are now applying a stricter approach in evaluating business visa applications. According to the Visa Decree 850/2011, permissible business-related activities have been limited to include:

  • Contract Negotiations
  • Training Prospective Employees
  • Verifying the use and functioning of capital goods purchased or sold under commercial and industrial cooperation agreements.

All other business-related activities will be subject to the discretionary review of Consulate Officers on a case-by-case basis.