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30/01/2013 Tourism and Destinations

The issue of entry visas into Italy now more efficient thanks to an agreement between the Foreign Ministry and ENIT

The agreement signed between the Foreign Ministry and  l'ENIT Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo which predicts an increase in the number of entry visas into the country thanks to an acceleration of the issuance process, is targeted at promoting tourist influx to Italy.

“Italian visa policy is essential to diplomacy’s efforts to support the country’s growth. It encourages the influx of tourists attracted by Italy’s unique cultural heritage, as well as of businesses interested in investment opportunities”, commented Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Amb. Michele Valensise,  

According to this agreement, ENIT will supply staff support and materials to the embassies and consulates of countries such as Russia, India, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, where visa demand for tourism has been rising.

"Having a rapid response to the growing visa demand", Ambassador Valensise stressed, "will strengthen our network’s ability to supply an increasingly efficient service in a highly strategic sector".

The use of Italian embassies and consulates around the world in close coordination with ENIT has made it possible over the years to strengthen a strong upward trend in visa issuances: in 2012 over 1,870,000 (+9 % compared with 2011), and our country was a preferred destination for both tourists (more than 1,360,000 visas, up by 15.3%) as well as business persons (over 202,000 visas, up by 5.45%). The majority of this activity was concentrated in emerging countries and, in particular, in Russia (upwards of 631,000 visas, + 8.2% against 2011), China (over 288,000 visas, up 12.8%) and Turkey (more than 116,000, + 14.5%).


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