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Holy See Visa

Type of Holy See Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10 to 15 days
  • Stay Period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,199/-
  • Ideal for: Indian passport holders who want to visit Holy See for tourism, sightseeing or visiting family and friends
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10 to 15 days
  • Stay Period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7199/-
  • Ideal for: Indian passport holders who want to visit Holy Seefor the purpose of business such as attending meetings, conferences, participation in exhibitions, seminars or any other commercial activities

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Documents required for Holy See Visa:

  • Must have Documents for Holy See Visa :
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any
    • 2 Scanned recent colour photograph. (Photo Specification);
    • Visa Application forms: completed and signed
    • Personal Covering letter: explaining purpose of travel to the country
    • Original Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 3 months with bank seal
    • Income Tax Returns/Form 16: for last 3 years Air tickets: proof of return flight tickets from and back to your home country
    • Hotel reservation: proof of accommodation for your entire stay
    • Travel Itinerary: day-wise plan outlining all elements of the trip
    • Air tickets: proof of return flight tickets from and back to your home country
    • Travel Insurance: with minimum coverage of EUR 30000 and valid for entire duration of stay
    • Kindly note:

      The Embassy/Consul General has the right to ask for additional information or documents and request a personal interview with the applicant.
  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:

    1. If Employed:

    • Leave Sanctioned Certificate: with company seal providing approval for leave
    • Salary Slips: of last 3 months

    2.If Self Employed:

    • Business Proof: Registration License/MOA/Partnership deed
    • Company Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 6 months with bank seal
    • Company’s Income Tax Returns: of last 3 years

    3. If Retired:

    • Retirement Proof: pension book, statement etc

    4. If Student

    • ID Card: from school, college or institute

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents
    • Legalized Letter of Consent (NOC)
    • If the child is travelling with one parent, the letter of consent authorizing travel must be legalized by the other parent
    • If the child is travelling alone or without either parent, a notarized letter of consent from both parents permitting travel
    • Death Certificate: in case one or both parents are deceased
    • ID Proof: of parents

    6. If Visiting friend or relative

    • Invitation letter: stating the relationship with the inviter and purpose of visiting the country & assuring the responsibility for housing and related expenses during the guest's stay in Algeria
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill

    7. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship Letter: providing the name of the visitors, what the purpose of the visit is, relationship with the visitors, length of stay, dates of travel & any other additional information if necessary
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill
    • Proof of Financial Support: updated bank statement, pay slips

    8. For Business Visa

      Introduction/ recommendation letter from:

    • One of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries, government of India;
    • Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India;
    • Export Promotion Council of India; or Reference number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan.
    • Registration certificate of the company from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India:

    • Income tax documents of the last three years;
    • Letter from the company addressed to the embassy, introducing the business man for visa issuance;
    • Invitation letter from the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan;
    • Copy of the license (JAWAZ) of the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan.
    • *Note: The Embassy/Consul General has the right to ask for additional information or documents and request a personal interview with the applicant.

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Holy See Visa FAQs

  • add Do I need a visa for Holy See?

    The Vatican (also known as Holy See) does not require its own visa even if it is an independent city state. The visa that one will need to gain entrance is the Italian visa. It will be your entry ticket to Rome since you will have to go through the Italian borders before you can get to the Vatican.
    Holy See does not have any visa requirements of its own. All Indian travellers visiting Holy See must enter via Italy. Therefore, even though there are no border formalities in Holy See, Indiantravellers are required to hold a valid Italy Visa or any other Schengen country visa. Simultaneously anyone visiting a Schengen country can enter Holy See with a valid Schengen visa.

  • add Is Holy See (the Vatican) part of the Schengen territory?

      Although not a member of either the European Union or the European Economic Area, the Vatican City maintains an open border with Italy and is treated as part of the Schengen Area. Since the Vatican City is only accessible via Italy, entering the Vatican City is not possible without entering the Schengen Area first; hence Schengen visa rules apply de facto. Nevertheless, as the Vatican City has no tourist accommodations (hotels or rental apartments), it is therefore virtually impossible to stay overnight as a tourist.

  • add So, in order to visit Holy See, I must apply for an Italy Visa (Schengen visa)?

      Yes. You must apply for an Italy visa or any other Schengen country visa.
  • add What is an Italy Schengen visa?

    An Italy Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Italy for a maximum period of 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream which lets you travel to all the Schengen countries on one visa.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • add How long can I stay in Holy See on the basis of my Schengen visa?

    The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in 6 months.

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings.

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:

    • The purpose of your trip
    • When and where you intend to travel
    • How your trip is going to be funded
    • Day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    • Duration of the trip
  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for the Schengen Visa?

    You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure.We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process.

  • add How long does it take to obtain the Visa?

    Typically, a Schengen Visa takes approximately 10 to 15 days for processing.However, the processing time is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the embassy's discretion.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Schengen Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Schengen Visain order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy/Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country, then you must apply to the Embassy/Consulate of the country which you will be entering first.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry Schengen Visa?

    A single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen externalborders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provideadditional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient meansto cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry withyou copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g.letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of yourstay).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add What are the eligibility criteria for an Italy visa application?

      To enable the authorities to process your application, you must clearly state:

    • Why are you visiting Italy
    • How long you intend to stay in Italy
    • How will you support yourself during your time in Italy
    • What is the purpose of your visit to Italy
    • Type of passport you hold and for how long it is valid
    • Where do you intend to travel following your visit to Italy
    • If you have a permit to Brunei the country you intend to travel to after your stay in Italy
  • add How do I receive my Italy visa online?

    The visa will be stamped on your passport.

  • add What should be done if my Holy See visa gets rejected?

    In the case of a Holy See visa rejection, the Embassy will state the reason for rejecting your visa application. You may also appeal against the decision if you find it necessary.

  • add What is the easiest way to get a Schengen Visa for Indians?

    Contact our Visa Experts and apply for your Schengen visa instantly with minimum documents and lowest visa fee. No need to visit our office and no need to deal with the Embassy. We do it all for you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Holy See Visa process?

    Please feel free to contact us for all your Holy See Visa worries. We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

    Important Notice:

    The information provided here are subject to change without prior notice. For confirmation on visa requirements and fees, you may consult with the nearest Italy Embassy or Consulate in India.


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Simple steps to get a Holy See Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer quick and hassle-free Holy See visa assistance. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Holy Seevisa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for an Holy SeeVisa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Contact our Visa Expert with your travel plans and gather all the visa information and requirements.
Step 2: Pay your Holy See visa fee online and get your documents picked by us from your home or office.
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify, complete your Visa application online and schedule an appointment as part of the visa process
Step 4: On the appointment day personally visit the High Commission / Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprints) and documents.
Step 5:Receive your Holy SeeVisa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Holy See

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Holy See Visa;
  • Be in good health Read more
  • Good moral character
  • Thorough knowledge of your accommodation and itinerary details to furnish at immigration if asked to
  • Return flight tickets or onward flight tickets to ensure your return to home country or your next destination once your visa expires
  • Adhere to the moral standards of the country and follow the general rules
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Valid Holy See Visa depending on the purpose of your visit and duration of stay Read more
  • Confirmed return or onward tickets.
  • Details of accommodation.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Foreign currency
  • Any additional documents to support your purpose of visit, especially for business visa travellers
  • Have all documents authenticated before traveling
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What to do when you arrive in Holy See?

  • Keep all your travel documents ready to be produced for verification by the immigration officers
  • Ensure you are not carrying any forbidden items that will not pass through customs, including ‘any immoral items liable to cause a breach of the peace’ like books, audiobooks, audio and video tapes Read more
  • Always carry your passport or a copy of it while traveling within Holy See
  • Note down emergency helpline numbers in the country
  • Be aware of the general rules of conduct in public places
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Holy See Travel guide

Holy See is the headquarters of and operates from Vatican City. It has the distinction of smallest country on Earth goes to Vatican City. Located within Rome, Italy, Vatican City has less than 1000 inhabitants and has been an independent country since 1929. Read more

  • Also called the Holy See, it has been the home of the Catholic Pope since the 14th century and is the seat of worldwide Catholicism.
  • Each year, roughly five million tourists visit this tiny country, each one entering through St. Peters Square. It’s only 44 hectares (110 acres) in area. The Holy See is the universal government of the Catholic Church and operates from Vatican City State, a sovereign, independent territory. The Pope is the ruler of both Vatican City State and the Holy See.
  • What to see in Holy See?

    Saint Peter’s Basilica

  • Built over the tomb of Saint Peter, this is one of the largest churches in the world. It’s also one of the world’s most beautiful. The modern-day structure was completed in the 17th century and built on top of an earlier 4th century church. It took roughly 120 years to complete and is a treasure trove of history. Entrance is free, though there is a dress code, and once inside you’ll see three of the most celebrated masterpieces of any age: Bernini’s 29-metre-high baldachin which sits over the papal altar, Michelangelo’s Pieta, and his glorious Sistine Chapel.
  • Saint Peter’s Square

  • Designed in the 17th century by Bernini, Saint Peter’s Square is the main entrance to the basilica and Vatican City. Divided into two sections, Bernini wanted an effect that would honour ‘the matrix of all the churches.
  • There are 140 statues of saints along the balustrade, two majestic fountains, Michelangelo’s Pieta, a wide promenade leading to the basilica, and statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The Swiss Guard

  • The Swiss Guard have guarded Vatican City since 1506. Today they still dress in the traditional Swiss Guard costume. Guard recruits must be Roman Catholic Swiss nationals, between 19 and 30 years of age, single, high school graduates and at least 174cm tall. They must have also completed Swiss military service.
  • Castel Sant Angelo

  • Castel Sant Angelo, on the Tiber River, was built as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian in the second century. In the Middle Ages, it was used as a fortress until it became a papal residence in the 14th century. It was built over the Roman walls and has an underground passageway to the Vatican. You can visit Castel Sant Angelo and, in the summer, concerts and special programs are held there.

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Holy See Facts and Figures

Vatical City
Time in Holy See:
IST (-) 3 hours 30 minutes Read more
Italian(official), Latin, French
44 hectares
1000 approximately
Main Airlines:
EasyJet, Alitalia
Main Airports :
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome Ciampino Airport
Best time to visit:
April to June & September to October
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