Entry for EU citizens
EU nationals who decided to stay in Italy for periods not exceeding 3 months do not require a residence permit. EU citizens who wish to stay in Italy for a period exceeding 3 months should register with the local Anagrafe (population register of the place of residence) for the district they reside in. Otherwise evidence must be given to have sufficient financial resources as well as to be covered by a sickness insurance policy for the duration of one’s stay in Italy.
For stays of more than 3 months family members of EU citizen who are not EU nationals need to apply for a residence permit to the local Questura or to a Post Office. Family members of an EU citizen who are not EU nationals may apply for a permanent residence card after five years of continuous residence.
Entry for non-EU citizens
Non EU nationals may enter Italy provided that they hold both a valid passport and, if required, an entry visa issued in their country of origin. As soon as foreign nationals enter Italy they should apply for a residence permit based on the same motivations specified on their entry visa. A residence permit is not required for business, tourism, short visits or study, provided that the stay does not exceed 3 months.
Entry may be refused at the border if certain requirements are not met, even if a valid entry or transit visa is held. Foreigners who stay in Italy for visits, business, tourism or study for periods not exceeding 3 months are not required to apply for a residence permit. If foreign citizens have arrived from non-Schengen states, they should report their presence to the border authorities when entering Italy and the border authorities will put a uniform Schengen stamp on their travel documents.