Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Rounded two-pin or three-pin plugs are standard.

Language

Vatican City has not established an official language. Italian, German, French and English are all widely spoken and understood.


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Local customs

Vatican City is a Roman Catholic state, and visitors should respect local religious traditions. Modest dress is required (no sleeveless shirts and short pants or skirts), and people are expected to remain quiet in sacred areas.


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Passport & Visa

Since the Vatican City is only accessible through Italy, visitors must hold a Schengen Visa. Visitors may be refused entry if they do not have visible means of support (unless a sponsor can guarantee their support at the airport upon arrival) and/or return or onward tickets and other documents required for their next destination. It is highly recommended that visitors' passports have at least six months' validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Passports and/or passport replacing documents issued more than 10 years prior to date of travel are not accepted. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Entry requirements

US nationals require a passport valid for three months beyond period of intended stay for entry into Vatican City. No visa is needed for stays up to 90 days.

British nationals do not require a visa to enter the Vatican City, but those with endorsements other than 'British Citizen', 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar, 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), or an Identity Card issued by the Gibraltar Authorities are allowed up to 90 days stay in the country without a visa.

All passports must be valid: passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar, 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom) or an Identity Card issued by Gibraltar must be valid for duration of stay. Passports with all other endorsements must be valid for three months beyond period of intended stay.

Canadian nationals require a passport valid for three months beyond period of intended stay for entry into Vatican City. No visa is needed for stays up to 90 days.

Australian nationals require a passport valid for three months beyond period of intended stay, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days.

South African nationals require a passport valid for three months beyond period of intended stay and a visa for entry into the Vatican City.

Irish nationals require a passport valid on arrival for entry into Vatican City. A visa is not required.

New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for three months beyond period of intended stay, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days.

Useful contacts


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Embassies / consulates in other countries

Italian Embassy, Washington DC, United States (also responsible for the Vatican): +1 202 612 4400.

Italian Embassy, London, United Kingdom (also responsible for the Vatican): +44 (0)20 7312 2200.

Italian Embassy, Ottawa, Canada (also responsible for the Vatican): +1 613 232 2401.

Italian Embassy, Canberra, Australia (also responsible for the Vatican): +61 (0)2 6273 3333.

Italian Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa (also responsible for the Vatican): +27 (0)12 423 0000.

Italian Embassy, Dublin, Ireland (also responsible for the Vatican): +353 (0)1 660 1744.

New Zealand Embassy, Rome (also responsible for the Vatican): +39 06 853 7501.

Embassies / consulates in Vatican City

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Rome, Italy:(+39) 06 4674 1

British Embassy to the Holy See, Rome, Italy: +39 06 4220 4000

Canadian Embassy to the Holy See, Rome, Italy: +39 06 6830 7316

Australian Embassy to Holy See, Rome, Italy: 349 00186

Embassy of Ireland Holy See, Rome, Italy: 0039 06 6828151