Australians can enter EU-Schengen zone without a visa for up to 90 days. Your 90 days start from when your passport is stamped upon entry at customs. When these 90 days are up, you will need to exit the EU-Schengen zone for 180 days before the 90 days is reset. If you plan on staying for more than 90 days you must apply for a visa.
Please consult smartraveller.gov.au and your local embassy for the most up to date visa and entry requirements.
If you require a supporting letter from the AIS please contact Cathy Perre.
AIS European Training Centre Italian based visas
The AIS European Training Centre (ETC) in Gavirate, Italy has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italian authorities on behalf of the Minister of Sport. This agreement will facilitate those working and training at the AIS ETC to obtain visas to stay for longer than 90 days, to a maximum period of 365 days. In general, a visa grants you access into Italy but then must be converted to a ‘permit of stay’ which allows you to stay up to 365 days. Only individuals based in Italy, with a residential address at or near the AIS ETC are eligible for this ‘permit’. Successful granting of the permit will enable the holder to travel freely for training and competition in the EU-Schengen area for a year. It is important to note that obtaining a visa through our MOU with Italy is not a side door to the EU-Schengen area. Individuals who are training with a European club and are not using the AIS ETC as their main base must arrange the long-term visa through that club or apply for a ‘permit of stay’ in the country where they will be staying.