09 November 2019
Please be informed that Monday, 11 November 2019 has been declared by the Federal Government of Nigeria as public holiday to mark the 2019 Eidul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PDUH). All our offices will remain closed on the said dates
Visa application acceptance will resume on 12 November 2019.
26 September 2019
Kindly be informed that Italy consulate will be closed on 27 September 2019 and 30 September 2019 respectively, hence the application centres in Lagos and Abuja will be closed on the said date.
Visa application acceptance will resume on 02 October 2019 in Lagos and Abuja.
08 August 2019
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, 12 August 2019 and Tuesday 13 August 2019 as Public holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-El-Kabir Celebration. Italy Visa Application Centres in Lagos and Abuja will remain closed on these two days. Normal business will resume on 14 August 2019.
04 June 2019
All Applicants Are Requsted To Submit- together with their visa application form – a typed information sheet providing the following details as per their passport:
Submission of these details is mandatory
Important Notice For All Visa Applicants
With immediate effect, all visa applicants are requested to submit all previous passports (if any) along with their colour photocopies. Photocopies alone will no longer be accepted.
NOTE – ALL APPLICANTS BOOKING APPOINTMENT AS A FREQUENT TRAVELLER SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST TWO(2) PREVIOUS SCHENGEN VISAS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
Very Important Points To Be Noted By Applicants Of Family Reunion Visa And Work Permit Visa
All the documents pertaining to the applicant
Must be duly Legalized by the Nigerian Ministry of External Affairs in Abuja and translated in Italian. The validity of these documents is One Year only from the date of legalization.
29 May 2019
The Government of Nigeria has declared Wednesday 29 May 2019 as public holiday owing to transition to a new government and hence our offices will remain closed on that day. Normal business will resume on Thursday 30 May 2019.
12 May 2019
Effective 13 May 2019 all applicants are required to book an appointment online to submit their visa application at the Joint Schengen visa application center.
07 December 2018
APPLICANTS REQUESTING FOR A VISA TO MALTA ARE NO MORE REQUIRED TO SCAN THEIR DOCUMENTS TO firstname.lastname@example.org. ALL MALTA APPLICATIONS WILL BE SUBMITTED THROUGH VFS CENTRE (LAGOS/ABUJA) WHICH WILL BE PROCESSED BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY.
APPLICATIONS MORE THAN 90DAYS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED.
FOR ANY INQUIRY REGARDING VISAS, APPLICANTS SHOULD WRITE TO email@example.com.
08 October 2018
Dear Applicants, please be informed that we are relocating to below new location in Abuja from 15 October 2018
Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083 Mohammadu Buhari Way,
Central Business District, Abuja.
27 July 2018
The Italian Ministry of Health, following the recommendation of WHO (World Health Organization) against the spread of polio, recommends that all travelers to and from polio-affected areas (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo) should be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents and visitors who stayed in that countries for more than four weeks has to get a dose of bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV) or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within four weeks to 12 months before travelling to Italy.
Consequently, we inform that under Art. 21, 3 (d) of the Visa Code (REGULATION (EC) No 810/2009) all applicants asking for a visa to Italy are requested to submit with their visa application an International Certificate of Vaccination against polio, as a compulsory document, stating that they have done the vaccine. The certificate has to be issued in accordance with the specifications of International Health Regulations (2005) of World Health Organization. Sample of it is herewith enclosed:
The aforementioned certificate will be requested as compulsory document starting from next Monday 30 July 2018
20 July 2017
This is to inform all prospective applicants, that effective 03 July 2017, the following categories for long stay visa will be collected by VFS:
Kindly find more information in the “visa types” section.
04 May 2015
The Italy Visa Application Centre has moved
The Italy Visa Application Centre has moved to the below address;
Manor House, Plot 110,
Admiral Ayinla Way,
(Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway)
Lekki Phase I,
28 February 2013
Biometrics Data Collection: With effect from 14 March 2013, all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, will have to apply in person to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) and have their finger-scans taken
All fees (Visa fee and VFS Global fee) have to be paid at VFS Global Lekki center while submitting applications.
For any further clarification, you can call our helpline 0815 018 8800
Important to note: The application for a Schengen visa has to be made in the Consulate of the country where the main purpose of travel lies. Therefore, please check your travel plans before making your application. In case you are planning to travel to multiple Schengen countries, please make your application to the Consulate where you are going to stay for a longer time.
21 December 2007
As of 21 December 2007, nine European countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) have joined the Schengen Agreement. This means that the Schengen area includes now 25 European Countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. New regulations have been established and the visa processing time has lengthened to two weeks.
Any inconvenience ensued by this new regulation is deeply regretted.
Passport Validity: Dear Applicant for any tourist/Business or Conference application, your passport validity should be of 6 months from the date of submission.
For Long Stay visa application, passport validity should be minimum of 18months valid from date of submission.
Passport Pages: Applicants please be informed that Italian consulate would require a minimum of three (3) consecutive empty pages in your passport in order to issue a visa Sticker on your passport.
Family Re-Union visa: Dear Applicants, please be informed that before applying for " Family Re-Union" application on our website, make sure that you have all documents' legalized and your passport should have proper validity of 18 months from the day of your application, otherwise your application will not be accepted.
Passport collection notice: Dear applicants, please be informed that for any collection of passports, applicant himself or herself needs to visit the visa application center in person. Otherwise, passport would not be handed over. If in an event that husband and wife applied together, for any collection purpose, they have to come either together or separately to collect their individual passports.
Short term applications: First Time Short Term Visa applicants are advised to apply for their visa at VFS Global at least 3 months in advance to avoid delays on any working day.