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Step-by-Step Pilot for Apply Italian Schengen Visa from Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans who wish to visit the beautiful landscapes and cultural centers within Italy will need an Italian Schengen visa. It is because of the vastness of what Italy brings with it: a land full of peace, with Tuscan vineyards, old Roman buildings, busy Milanese life, and streets filled with historic Florence. To be a part of all these means is to obtain an Italian Schengen visa. The application procedure is demanding, and an applicant is required to understand the criteria for authorization well to apply successfully. The Italian consulate is dealing with these documents very thoroughly to enable the accuracy and completeness of the documents, hence making it easier for the citizens of Zimbabwe to apply. The guide comprehensively helps during the application process for an Italian Schengen visa from Zimbabwe and is appreciated because of the intense demand for thorough guidance. Though primarily created for citizens of Zimbabwe, it can also be used easily by non-nationals in the country. Rigorous adherence to these guidelines raises the chances for a visa to be issued, making traveling to many attractions in Italy possible.

Italy hosts visitors from all points on the globe and countries that include, amongst others, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Nepal, Belarus, Pakistan, Thailand, Morocco, and Vietnam. If you require any sort of assistance with an Italian Schengen visa from the aforementioned countries, you are welcome to utilize the links provided in the attached instructions.


Applicant Statistics for an Italian Schengen Visa from Zimbabwe

Schengen Visa Statistics confirms the multitude of yearly applications for Italian Schengen Visas to the Italian Consulate in Zimbabwe. In 2022, about 1,046 Italian visa applications were applied in Zimbabwe, out of which more than 96% were accepted.

Years Schengen State Country Consulate Number of Visa Applications Visas Issued Visas Denied Not issued rate for uniform visas
2018 Italy Zimbabwe Harare 1,045 1,010 35 3.35%
2019 Italy Zimbabwe Harare 836 804 32 3.83%
2020 Italy Zimbabwe Harare 836 804 32 3.83%

Obtaining an Italian Schengen Visa from Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean nationals intending to travel to Italy, whether for business or pleasure, need to secure a Schengen visa. The application process begins at the Italian Embassy Consulate in Zimbabwe, the primary entrance 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.

Zimbabwean passport holders seeking a Schengen visa for Italy should submit their applications at the Italy Consulate located in Harare. The embassy of Italy operates a consular service for Italian visas in Zimbabwe, the visa center facilitates a 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 Zimbabwe

Visa requirements for traveling from Zimbabwe to Italy depend on the length and purpose of your stay:

  • Short-Term or Transit Visa: Ideal for visits of less than 90 days, whether you’re planning a vacation, a business trip, or visiting family or for those who will be transiting Italy through the airport alone.
  • Long-Term Visa: Necessary for stays longer than 90 days, typically for work, study, or joining family members already in Italy. Also known as the National Visa


Application Protocol for Obtaining an Italian Schengen Visa from Zimbabwe

Italian Embassy Consulate in Harare, Zimbabwe, exclusively offers consular services to visa applicants.

Here are the sequential steps when seeking an Italian visa:

  1. Assembling Documents
  2. Verify Passport Validity
  3. Complete the Application Form
  4. Arrange an Appointment
  5. Submit Your Application
  6. Await Processing of the Application
  7. Collect Passport

Step 1 – Assembling Documents

Visit the official consulate website to find a detailed list of the essential documents required for your Italian Schengen visa application. Carefully gather all the necessary materials and ensure selecting your travel intent accurately during the process.


Step 2 – Verification of Passport Validity

Please ensure your Zimbabwean passport or passport of non-national residents is valid for at least six months beyond your intended arrival date in Italy. If necessary, apply for a new one.

Step 3 – Complete the Application Form

The Italian Schengen visa application form can be accessed through the link provided by the Italian Embassy. Complete the form accurately, print it out, and bring the printed version to the Visa Application Centre for submission.



Step 4 – Arrange an Appointment

Arrange an appointment with the Italian Embassy or Consulate for your Italian Schengen visa application submission in Zimbabwe. You can book this by sending an email to them directly at consolato.harare@esteri.it

Step 5 – Submit Your Application

When you arrive for your appointment, ensure you hand in your fully filled-out application form, as well as all the necessary documents and your passport. Remember to make the required payments. Please note that applicants must personally submit their Italian Schengen Visa application from Zimbabwe, as fingerprinting will also be conducted during the process. Additional documents can be requested to submit along with the application.

Step 6 – Await Processing of Application

After submitting your Italian Schengen visa application at the Italian Consulate in Harare, Zimbabwe, an immigration officer will review your application and documents. The officer will assess the information and documentation you provided. Based on this review, your visa application will either be approved or denied. A notification of the decision will be sent in due course. 

Step 7 – Collect Passport

Once your Italian Schengen visa is approved, it will be stamped into your passport. You will be notified via email letting you know it’s ready for retrieving from the Italian Embassy Consulate. Please ensure to bring along any IDs or receipts that are required for passport collection.



Required Fee for Italian Schengen Visa from Zimbabwe

The administrative Italian Schengen Visa processing fee is to be paid at the consulate at the time of document submission. Payment is to be made in cash in US dollars only.


Documentation Requirements for Obtaining an Italian Schengen Visa from Zimbabwe

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

Ensure the Italian Schengen visa application form is accurately completed and signed by the applicant. For minors, the form must be signed by at least one parent or legal guardian.

One recent colored photograph, taken within the past three months, measuring 3.5 x 4.5 cm against a white background.

Provide an original passport valid for at least three months beyond the visa expiry date, with a minimum of two blank pages. 

return air ticket or an itinerary with confirmed travel reservations.

Ensure travel medical insurance is valid for the Schengen area, providing coverage for medical expenses and repatriation costs, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros. The insurance should cover the entire duration of your stay. Provide both the original insurance document and a copy.

  • Include evidence of accommodation, such as a hotel reservation or an invitation letter from an Italian resident.
  • In the case of an invitation letter, the letter should be addressed and sent directly to the Embassy of Italy via email (consolato.harare@esteri.it).

Proof of Financial Means: Provide a personal bank statement showing transactions from the last three months, issued within the past month. The account must be usable abroad (e.g., in USD or EUR) and have a sufficient balance to cover your stay. If the statement is from a Lebanese bank, it must be original; if from abroad, a copy is acceptable.

  • Credit Card Statement: If applicable, include a credit card statement showing transactions from the last three months.

Proof of Employment Status:

  • Employees: A certificate of employment with salary details for the last three months.
  • Self-Employed: A certificate of company registration.
  • Retired: A pension certificate.
  • Students: A student ID or enrollment certificate.
  • Unemployed: A copy of your labor book.


Italian Embassy in Harare Contact Information

7, Bartholomew Close – Greendale – Harare (Zimbabwe)

Tel: 00263242497373 / 00263242498190

Fax: 00263242498199


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