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How to pass Italian immigration?

Passing customs can terrify some people, mainly because of the language, but with our tips, you will have no problems!

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How to pass Italian immigration?

Immigration is perhaps the most boring part of a trip, especially in high season: there are queues, sometimes it takes time and one does not always understand the other’s language. In Italy, passing customs is generally very calm, of course they can sometimes stop you to request information, but it is a standard procedure, so don’t think that you were stopped because of your appearance or because they ‘suspect’ of something. Shall we learn how pass Italian immigration?  Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


Since we are NOT talking about ‘wanted’ people, there is nothing to worry about (lol)! The authorities have a type of ‘standard’ when it comes to stopping a passenger or not, they usually request more information for those traveling alone or for those with a lot of luggage. Even after you have taken your bags from the conveyor belt and have your passport stamped, there is another security control at the exit gate, that is, it is at that time that they may (or may not) ask you to, for example, open your bags. It is also standard procedure. Guys, keep one thing clear in your mind: their goal is NOT to stop tourists, it is ONLY to do their job!

1) How to pass Italian immigration?  GET TO KNOW IF THE VISA IS NECESSARY

Some tourists who will visit Italy are EXEMPTED from VISA for a stay of up to 90 (ninety) days. So, that you have no more doubts about visa and documents, today we will tell you which countries are exempt from visa and what documentation you will need to visit Italy. Read the post: What documents I need to enter in Italy? and always have them at hand. Read also: “I lost my passport in Italy, what to do?”  “Better to be safe than sorry” 😉

2) How to pass Italian immigration? DOCUMENTS IN HANDS

To always have at hand: return ticket, mandatory insurance and hotel reservation. Also read our Special Post on “Documentation for entering Italy”

3) How to pass Italian immigration? RESERVED ACCOMMODATION

If you are staying with friends, present the Invitation Letter at the counter. Don’t you know what it is? Then read our post “Invitation Letter to enter Italy“.

Important to Know

  • Remember that the agents are just doing their job and protecting their own country, so there is nothing to worry about. Do not forget, unfortunately, not all people are ‘good’ and this type of control is very important for all countries, so be calm and patient, O.K.?

4) How to pass Italian immigration? KNOW A LITTLE OF THE LANGUAGE

Do Italians speak English? Some yes, others not! Even so, Italians try VERY hard to understand the visitors who are arriving at their “home”, and some even venture an attempt of speaking English just for sympathy. The flow of people they serve each day is huge, so even though they don’t want to, they end up learning some words in other languages. Also read our Post “Basic Vocabulary“. It would be very interesting if you learn some words in Italian, it helps a lot.


To help those who do not speak Italian and are traveling for the first time, below we list the most frequently asked questions and answers asked in immigration.

Parla Italiano? Parla Inglese? (Do you speak Italian? Do you speak English?)

⇒ No! (pronounced: Nô!)

Qual è il motivo del viaggio? (What is the reason for the trip?)

There are countless variations, but they all mean the same thing: what is the purpose of the trip? Then they can ask you: Perchè sei in Itália ?; Qual è il scopo del viaggio?; Qual è la ragione del viaggio?

⇒ Tourism!

È la tua prima volta in Itália? (Is this your first time in Italy?)

⇒ Si!

Qual è il suo destino finale? (What is your final destination?)

⇒ Rome!

Posso vedere il tuo biglietto di ritorno? (Can I see your return ticket?)

⇒ Si!

Posso vedere la riserva del albergo? (Can I see the hotel reservation?)

⇒ Si!

Può aprire la valigia, per cortesia? (Can you open the suitcase, please?)

Sometimes they are not so “polite” as to ask “please” (laughs), so you can also hear “Apra la valigia!”.

⇒ Va bene! Grazie! Buon viaggio! (Okay! Thank you! Have a nice trip!).

And that’s how you passed Italian customs without a problem! Did you see?! There is no reason to be nervous, isn’t there?!

Important Tips

  • Avoid “gold plating” the answers! If you DON’T SPEAK Italian, a simple ‘no’ is enough. If you go too far ‘speaking’ Italian, the agent may think that you are lying or kidding around and he may end up teasing you, making this procedure last even longer! So, stay on the basics!
  • Learn the name of the city that is going in Italian! For example: Milan is Milano, Florence is Firenze, Venice is Venezia, Turin is Torino.
  • If you have the Invitation Letter, present it to the agent when he asks you about the hotel. It serves as ‘hotel reservation’ too.


How to pass Italian immigration? Passing customs is much simpler than you think even for those who don’t speak Italian, so there’s no need to worry or be nervous! Anzi (on the contrary), the more you show nervousness the greater the possibility of them thinking that something is wrong, so relax, enjoy your trip and ‘arrivederci’.

And if you feel insecure, have no time, and need help to organize your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true. And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how we make your life and your trip much easier.

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