• Italian passport
  • Passaporto italiano
The front cover of a contemporary Italian biometric passport
The biodata page of an Italian biometric passport
TypePassport
Issued byMinistry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
First issued26 October 2006 (biometric passport)
20 May 2010 (current version)
PurposeIdentification
EligibilityItalian citizenship
Expiration10 years after issuance (for adults); 5 years (for minors aged 3–17); 3 years (for children aged 0–3)[1]
Cost€116
Inside cover of an Italian biometric passport issued in 2006

An Italian passport (Italian: Passaporto italiano) is issued upon request to an Italian citizen for the purpose of international travel. It is valid for 10, 5 or 3 years, depending on the applicant's age. Its biometric version has been available since 2006.

Every Italian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card, allows for free movement and residence in any EU member state, in the European Economic Area and in Switzerland.

According to the Henley Passport Index, by 2023, with 190 countries with "Visa-free" access (including "Visa on arrival" and "Electronic Travel Authorization" - eTA) it is the third strongest passport in the world.[2]

Physical appearance

Italian passports share the common design of EU Passports: they are burgundy-coloured, with the Emblem of Italy emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The word "Passaporto", meaning passport, is inscribed below the emblem and "Unione Europea" (English: European Union), "Repubblica Italiana" (English: Italian Republic) above. The biometry symbol appears right below "Passaporto" in the centre. The current version of the passport contains 48 pages.[3]

Identity information page

The biodata are on page 2 of the passport, and include the following:

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.

Languages

The data page is printed in Italian, English and French. Further translation is provided on page 6, in all 23 official languages of the European Union.

Visa requirements

Main article: Visa requirements for Italian citizens

Visa requirements for Italian citizens
  Italy
  Freedom of movement
  Visa not required / ESTA / eTA / eVisitor
  eVisa
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa on arrival
  Visa required prior to arrival

Visa requirements for Italian citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Italy. As of November 2023, Italian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 194 countries and territories, ranking the Italian passport 1st in terms of travel freedom (tied with France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Spain) according to the Henley Passport Index.[4]

Issuing

The Italian passport is issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, through

Italian citizens can only apply online on the official Police website. Since the introduction of biometric passports in 2006, applicants should appear in person at the Police offices to have fingerprints collected; children under 12 are exempt, but should appear in person nonetheless.

The current fee for a standard 10-year biometric passport is €116. The requirement to attach an annual revenue stamp inside the passport was canceled in 2014.[6]

Multiple passports

Italians are allowed to have two passports if they have a valid reason, such as having a stamp from a country like Israel, which may cause trouble with other countries (some countries do not accept passports that contain stamps issued by Israeli authorities).

One passport will have to be stored in a Questura (provincial headquarters of the State Police) or consulate.[7]

Gallery of historic images

See also

References

  1. ^ "Passaporto per i minori". Poliziadistato.it. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
  2. ^ "Passport Index". Henley & Partners. Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  3. ^ "Passaporti: sul sito tutte le novità | Polizia di Stato". www.poliziadistato.it. Archived from the original on 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  4. ^ "The Official Passport Index Ranking". Henley & Partners. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  5. ^ Law n. 1185 of 1967 (Norme sui passaporti)
  6. ^ "Passport". Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione internazionale. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  7. ^ "Doppio passaporto | Polizia di Stato". www.poliziadistato.it. Retrieved 2020-02-01.