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Italian passport

Italian passport
The front cover of a contemporary Italian biometric passport
The biodata page of an Italian biometric passport
Date first issued October 26, 2006 (biometric passport)
May 20, 2010 (current version)
Issued by  Italy
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Italian citizenship
Expiration 10 years after issuance (for adults over 18); 5 years for applicants aged 3-17; 3 years for applicants under 3[1]
Cost €116
Inside cover of an Italian biometric passport issued in 2006

Italian passports are issued to Italian citizens for the purpose of international travel. Biometric passports have been available since 26 October 2006, are valid for 10, 5 or 3 years (depending on the applicant's age). Every Italian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union and European Economic Area.


  • Physical appearance 1
    • Identity information page 1.1
    • Languages 1.2
  • Visa free travel 2
  • Issuing 3
  • Gallery of historic images 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Physical appearance

Italian passports share the common design of EU Passports: they are burgundy-coloured, with the Emblem of Italy emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The word "Passaporto", meaning passport, is inscribed below the coat of arms and "Unione Europea" (English: European Union), "Repubblica Italiana" (English: Italian Republic) above. The biometry symbol appears right below "Passaporto" in the centre. The current version of the passport contains 48 pages.

Identity information page

The biodata are on page 2 of the passport, and include the following:

  • Photo of Passport Holder
  • Type (P)
  • Code of Issuing State (ITA)
  • Passport No.
  • Surname (1)
  • Given Names (2)
  • Nationality (3)
  • Date of Birth (4)
  • Sex (5)
  • Place of Birth (6)
  • Date of Issue (7)
  • Date of Expiry (8)
  • Authority (9)
  • Holder's signature (10)

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.


The data page is printed in Italian, English and French. Further translation is provided on page 6, in all 23 official languages of the European Union.

Visa free travel

Visa requirements for Italian citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Italy. In 2014, Italian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 172 countries and territories, ranking the Italian passport 3rd in the world.[2]


The Italian passport is issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, through

However, Italian citizens can also apply through Carabinieri (Stazioni dei Carabinieri) and Police (Commissariati) offices. Since the introduction of biometric passports in 2006, applicants should appear in person at the Police offices to have fingerprints collected; children under 12 are exempt, but should appear in person nonetheless.

The current fee for a biometric passport is €116. The requirement to purchase revenue stamps annually was eliminated on June 24, 2014[4]

Gallery of historic images

See also


  1. ^ "Passaporto per i minori". Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2014". Henley & Partners. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Law n. 1185 of 1967 (Norme sui passaporti)
  4. ^ 

External links

  • Italian Police official site
  • Passport process site
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