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How To Apply Italian Schengen Visa from Kenya – Ultimate Guide

If you are sustenance in Kenya and want to visit Italy, then you must apply for an Italian Schengen visa from Kenya. But, our experts found many queries from Kenyans through different platforms regarding the application requirements and the procedure for applying Italian Schengen visa for Kenya.

So, this contrivance will express a step-by-step procedure to apply for an Italian Schengen visa from Kenya, the required documents, and where to submit your Italian visa application as a citizen of Kenya. Here we want to clarify that all given counsel we directed from the Italian consulate in Nairobi as we found this the only Italian consulate in Kenya, but if there is another consulate in your city, please verify the requirements directly from the specific consulate.

After a deep study of the European Union Statistics, we discover number of Kenyans apply for Italian Schengen visas every year. Secondly, the acceptance rate for Kenyans is significant, and they have a 90% chance of getting an Italian Schengen visa from Kenya.

Years Schengen State Country Consulate Number of Visa Applications Visas Issued Visas Denied Not issued rate for uniform visas
2020 Italy KENYA NAIROBI 958 842 116 12.11%
2019 Italy KENYA NAIROBI 4,442 3,848 585 13.17%
2018 Italy KENYA NAIROBI 4,218 3,753 428 10.15%

Types of Italian Schengen Visa from Kenya:

There is various type of Italian visas that commonly use. You can choose any of them concerning your travel purpose.

  • Italian Visit/Tourist Visa
  • Italian Medical Treatment Visa
  • Italian Air Transit Visa
  • Italian Family & Friend Visa
  • Italian Airport Transit Visa
  • Italian Family Reunion Visa
  • Italian Student Visa
  • Italian Sports Competition Visa
  • Italian Religious Purpose Visa

You will extract supplementary information regarding Italian Schengen visas from Kenya. Please read more by using this webpage link.


What are the required documents for applying Italian Schengen visa from Kenya?

Before applying for an Italian visa, we strongly recommend you arrange all the following required documents because embassies are very straightforward regarding documentation and its validity.

  • Italian Schengen Visa Application Formduly completed and signed by the applicant. Keep it with other required documents. Please fill it out entirely in Block Letters.
  • Your Passport: Must be valid for more than three months from the intended date of the trip, not older than ten years. It must have two blank pages.
  • Copies of Previous Passports (if available)
  • Photographs: Two recent passport-size pictures in color, 35×40 mm in size. Find more details regarding the Schengen visa photo here.
  • Cover Letter (if applicable): Explain why you are visiting Italy and provide additional details of your trip. You can find the best way to write a cover letter for a visa application here.
  • Kenyan ID (in the case of other nationalities): Kenya residence permit and related documents.
  • Round-Trip Flight ReservationIt must be with the departure and return dates and locations.
  • Travel Medical Insurance: It must support coverage of 30000 Euro and must cover all Schengen zone.   
  • Sponsorship Letter (If applicable): Read how to write a Sponsorship letter for a visa application.
  • Hotel Booking: The genuine proof of accommodation after landing in Italy.
  • Invitation LetterShould be written by an individual or organization that is inviting you to Italy.
  • Personal Socio-Economic Status: Proof of employment (employment contract letter), enrolment letter, or bank statements.
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds3 months of bank and Credit card statements. You can get more details using this link.
  • No Objection Letter (NOC): stated that your employer or institute has no objection to your leaving and mentioned when you join again.

If you want to learn more about the required documents from the Italian embassy webpage, please follow this link.


Ultimate procedure for applying Italian Schengen visa from Kenya

Here are the following steps you should need to accompany if you want to get an Italian visa without any complications. As the Italian consulate does not offer direct appointments, you need to book your visa appointment via VFS Global.


1) Select your visa type

First, select an Italian visa type accordingly to your travel purpose. You will get all information from this link, like the required documents, visa fee, photo requirements, and processing time.

2) Prepare your visa application & documents

Fill Italian visa form completely and duly signed. Once you have done, contact a consulate and ask for further process at visti.nairobi@esteri.it. You may contact VFS for visa application submission.

3) Book your appointment

Once you submit your visa application, now is the time for Biometric information. You can book your appointment for fingerprints and photos using this link.

4) Pay your visa fee

There are two ways to submit an Italian Schengen visa fee:

  • If you will apply online, pay the fee online using card payments.
  • If in person, you will need to pay at the appointment time.

4) Visit the visa application center (VAC)

 It’s time to visit VAC on the booked date and submit a complete visa application in person. You need to submit the application form and all required documents as well. You can read more about what will happen there using this link.

5) Track your visa application

After the submission, you can track your application using this VFS tracking link.

6) Collect your passport

After all processes, including Biometric data capturing and Rectifying the application, you will announce by the consulate regarding acceptance or rejection. After the decision, you will collect your passport in person from the VAC.

Italian Schengen Visa Application Fees from Kenya

Here are the fees you need to pay for an Italian Schengen visa from Kenya:

Schengen visa fee for 12+ years = 80 EUR

Schengen visa fee for children between 6-12 years = 40 EUR

Schengen visa fee for children 0-6 years = 0 EUR

VFS service charges per application are approximately 3,250 KES – 2,750 KES.


VFS visa application centers in Nairobi, Kenya

You may contact VAC if you have queries regarding your Italian visa application or visa appointment.

Address: 5th flr, Parkfield building, Muthangari Drive-Off Waiyaki Way, (Opposite Safaricom Hse) Westlands, NAIROBI Nairobi P.O Box 25180-00100

Phone: +254 205 147 906

Email: info.itke@vfshelpline.com

Contact Italian Consulate General in Kenya

You can contact the Italian consulate by using the below information. 

Address: United Nations Crescent, Gigiri

P.O. BOX 63389 – 00619, Muthaiga, Nairobi

Phone: +254 20 5137500

Email: ambasciata.nairobi@esteri.it


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