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Step-by-Step Mentor for Apply Italian Schengen Visa from Ecuador

Ecuadorian nationals keen to explore the rich tapestry of Italy must apply for an Italian Schengen visa. Italy invites Ecuadorian explorers to embark on a memorable journey across its landscapes, steeped in deep history and cultural wealth. Italy offers several enchanting experiences, from the serene vineyards of Tuscany and the iconic architecture of Rome to the bustling cultural life of Milan and the historic streets of Florence.

Holding an Italian Schengen visa is essential for Ecuadorians who desire to experience Italy’s unique attractions. The visa application process is detailed and requires a thorough understanding of the criteria to achieve authorization successfully. The Italian consulate diligently verifies that all necessary documents are completed, thus facilitating a smoother application process for Ecuadorians. This guide provides detailed information on the application process for an Italian Schengen visa from Ecuador, addressing the high demand for clear guidance following the publication of requirements for visas to other European nations. While primarily targeted at Ecuadorian citizens, non-nationals residing in Ecuador will also find this guide valuable for applying for Italian visas. Strict compliance with these guidelines markedly increases the likelihood of visa approval.

Italy draws visitors from across the globe, including nations like Lebanon, Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Nepal, Belarus, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Morocco, China, and Vietnam. If you are a resident or national of one of these countries and require assistance applying for an Italian visa, you are encouraged to consult the attached guideline links.


Applicant Statistics for an Italian Schengen Visa from Ecuador

The Schengen Visa Statistics indicate that the Italian Consulate in Ecuador processes a significant number of applications for Italian Schengen visas each year. In 2022, there were 5,618 applications, with over 75% of these applications being approved. 

Years Schengen State Country Consulate Number of Visa Applications Visas Issued Visas Denied Not issued rate for uniform visas
2018 Italy Ecuador Quito 5,894 4,534 1,360 23.07%
2019 Italy Ecuador Quito 6,307 4,704 1,603 25.42%
2020 Italy Ecuador Quito 1,591 1,137 454 28.54%

Securing an Italian Schengen Visa from Ecuador

Ecuadorian nationals intending to travel to Italy, whether for business or pleasure, are required to secure an Italian Schengen visa. The application process begins at the Italian Embassy Consulate in Ecuador, which serves as the primary point of entry into the Schengen zone. Once granted, the visa permits its holders to remain within the Schengen area for up to 90 days over six months, contingent on the visa’s period of validity.

Ecuadorian passport holders seeking a Schengen visa for Italy should submit their applications at the Italy Visa Application Centre located in Quito. Operated by VFS Global, the designated service provider for Italian visas in Ecuador, the center facilitates the streamlined and efficient processing of applications, providing complete submission services. Applicants, whether they are traveling for business, leisure, or educational reasons, will benefit from the center’s comprehensive support and the expertise of its amiable and well-informed staff.


Types of Italian Schengen Visas available at The Italian Embassy in Ecuador

The visa requirements vary depending on the purpose of travel from Ecuador to Italy:

Short-Term Visa: Suitable for visits lasting fewer than 90 days, including tourism, business, or family visits.

Tourist Visa:  Issued to travelers visiting Italy for leisure and sightseeing purposes.

Business Visa: Designed for individuals engaging in business activities such as meetings, conferences, or negotiations in Italy.

Long-Term Visa: Intended for stays exceeding 90 days, often for work, study, or family reunion purposes.

Sports and Other Events Visa: For individuals participating in short-term sports competitions or cultural events in Italy.

Application Protocol for Obtaining an Italian Schengen Visa from Ecuador

VFS Global in Ecuador serves as the designated service provider for the Italian Embassy Consulate in Quito, exclusively offering administrative support services to those applying for visas.

Here are the sequential steps when seeking an Italian visa:

  1. Determine the Suitable Visa Type
  2. Initiate the Visa Application Procedure
  3. Schedule an Appointment for a Visa Application
  4. Fulfill the Obligation of Fee Payment
  5. Submit Your Application at the Designated Visa Center
  6. Monitor the Progress of Your Application
  7. Retrieve Your Passport Following Approval

Step 1 – Determine the Suitable Visa Type

Start by identifying the appropriate visa category on the VFS Global website and confirming that you meet the eligibility requirements for an Italian Schengen visa from Ecuador. After determining the category, gather all required documentation, complete the application form, and prepare to pay the relevant fees. Make sure that any documents not in English are thoroughly translated before submission.


Step 2 – Initiate the Visa Application Procedure

When you are prepared to proceed, obtain the visa application form either from this link or directly from the website of the Italian Embassy. After downloading the form, fill it out, print the completed version, and bring it along to the Visa Application Centre for submission.


The Visa Application Centre offers dedicated slots for up to 8 visa applications per day from family members of European Union citizens, available from 08:00 to 09:00, Monday through Friday, and no prior appointment is required for these slots. To streamline your visa appointment, consider using the Digital Document Check service, which allows you to have your visa application form and documents pre-reviewed online before you visit the center. You can opt for this service when scheduling your appointment. 


Step 3 – Schedule an Appointment for a Visa Application

After submitting your Italian Schengen visa application, the next step is to schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Centre to provide your biometric information, which includes fingerprints and a photograph. Upon securing your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email along with an appointment letter. If you are applying as part of a family or group, remember that each member must have a separate appointment.


Step 4 – Fulfill the Obligation of Fee Payment

After arranging your appointment, you must pay the visa application fee at Banco Pichincha no later than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.


Step 5 – Submit Your Application at the Designated Visa Center

It is integral to personally submit your completed Italian Schengen visa application form at the Visa Application Centre.


Step 6 – Monitor the Progress of Your Application

You will be notified via email once your application decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. For those who prefer not to rely solely on email, or who desire more detailed updates, an SMS tracking option may be available. Please verify the availability of this service at your specific Visa Application Centre. Additionally, you have the option to track the status of your visa application online. Simply use the Reference Number found on the invoice/receipt provided by the Visa Application Centre, along with your last name, to access this tracking service.


Step 7 – Retrieve Your Passport Following Approval

After your visa application decision, you can either collect your documents in person from the Visa Application Centre or opt for courier return for an additional fee, though some centers may only offer courier service. To collect documents in person, bring the receipt from the Visa Application Centre and a valid government ID. If allowed, a representative can collect on your behalf with a signed authorization letter, the same receipt, and their government ID. Check with the Visa Application Centre at your appointment for specific collection options.


Documentation Requirements for Obtaining an Italian Schengen Visa from Ecuador

The documents necessary for acquiring an Italian Schengen visa from Ecuador include:

Application Form 

Completed and signed by the applicant. For minors, both parents must sign.

Consent Letter

Notarized consent letter from parents for unaccompanied minors.


One recent passport-sized color photograph on a white background is attached to the application.


Current and previous passports (if any), with at least 3 blank pages. The Current passport should be valid for at least 1 year.

Sponsored Visit

  • Original sponsorship letter according to the current valid format.
  • Copy of the sponsor’s passport/identity card.
  • Additional form for non-Italian citizen sponsors 

Non-Sponsored Visit

  • Confirmed reservations for hotels or apartments.
  • Proof of employment, including Company business registration and/or memorandum of articles and/or articles of association.
  • Company income tax slips, annual reports, balance sheet statements, and audit reports.
  • Employer letter detailing the visit’s purpose, employment start date, professional status, leave approval, and who bears travel/additional expenses.
  • Recent salary slips (last 3 months).


  • Permission letter for academic leave from educational institution.
  • School certificates.

Personal Financial Status

  • Bank certificates.
  • Certified valuations of movable and immovable assets.
  • Municipal tax payments.
  • Bank guarantee for the applicant (if sponsored).
  • Notarized economic guarantee for minors traveling alone 


Travel, medical, and accident insurance cover up to €30,000, as per the travel itinerary.

Airline Ticket

Confirmed reservation issued by an airline or travel agency.

Proof of Family Bonds

  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates, are all apostilled.
  • For applicants invited by a family member with Italian nationality (an EU citizen), certain visas may be free for direct relatives.

Document Checklist 

Invitation Letter



VFS Global Ecuador Contact Information

Feel free to reach out for any information regarding the Italy visa process:

Contact VFS Global by phone:

(593) 2 5137684

(593) 2 2555739

Contact VFS Global by email:




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