As a beautiful country with a rich culture, Italy is many things. A country with delicious food, masterpieces of art, and gorgeous landscapes, Italy is a destination that every travel enthusiast has to visit at least once in their lifetime.
But it can be extremely heartbreaking when you have made all your bookings and reservations, only to find out that the Italian consulates are booked for the next 3 months. Being one of the most popularly visited countries in Europe, Italy pulls a large tourist crowd from around the world. Just in the year 2017, Italy received more than 1.8 million visa applications from around the world. There are only so many appointments a consulate can handle in a day. Which is why the Italian consulates, including the one in Edinburgh, get booked several months in advance.
Once you get an appointment, you can start collecting all the documents required to apply for your Italy Schengen visa.
Being unable to find an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh can be extremely frustrating and disappointing. If you need help booking an appointment, you can fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and our team will help you out.
Steps to get an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh
Before you head out to submit your documents to the Italian consulate, you will need to ensure that you have an appointment first as the consulate doesn’t appreciate walk-ins.
The Italian consulate in Edinburgh has outsourced the appointment booking process to a third-party agency called VFS Global. So, to be able to book an appointment, you will have to head over to their VFS Global page for appointment bookings from the UK.
The link above will take you to a website like in the image below. Click on “Scotland and Northern Ireland“.
The page will reload into a different one like in the image below.
Scroll down to find the option for scheduling an appointment with the Italian consulate.
Click on “Click here” given right under the option of Scheduling an appointment like in the image above.
You will be taken to another page where you can find information on Italy Schengen visa. Read it carefully.
The steps to book an appointment from Edinburgh are given slightly lower on the same page. Click on “here” given in brackets right next to Edinburgh, like in the image above.
The page will reload to a login page. Here, click on “New User?” to start a new registration to book an appointment with the Italian consulate.
The page will refresh again and you will be given a form to fill for a new registration. Fill in all your details and click on “Submit“.
Once you are done with this step, you can start applying for your visa and also be able to book an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh. VFS Global charges a nominal fee of £8.10 for their services, which is exclusive of the visa application fee.
I’m unable to find an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh. What do I do?
There are ways you can battle this situation to get an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh. Read below to understand the steps.
Try the consulate with a different jurisdiction
In case you are unable to find an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh, you can try the Italian consulate in London to see if there are any available slots. However, the possibility of you getting an appointment in the Italian consulate in London is subject to availability. There are chances that you might not get a slot in this consulate either.
Make sure to check the availability before you try other methods.
Change the main destination of your travel
In case you are traveling to multiple Schengen countries, the country that you will be spending the most amount of your time is the main destination of your travel. And in case you are spending equal amounts of time in all the countries, then the country you land in first will be considered as your main destination.
When it comes to popular countries like Italy, France, Spain, etc., their consulates get booked out months in advance, sometimes even 6 months in advance. To avoid the hassles of finding an appointment in these consulates, you can try booking an appointment with a different country’s consulate.
Countries like Malta. Slovakia, Luxembourg, etc., don’t have an extremely high inflow of tourists every year. You can provide tentative travel plans to show that your main destination is one of these countries and get a Schengen visa from their consulate. In fact, Travel Visa Bookings can help you prepare a tentative travel plan just for this purpose. Take a look at our pricing for temporary flight and hotel bookings.
Once you have your visa in your hand, you are free to travel anywhere in the 26 Schengen countries as you like. Once you land, you can catch the next transportation to Italy. To get the consulate to approve your Schengen visa, you can say that, say Malta, is actually your main destination and you are only spending a few days in Italy.
Wait for someone to cancel their appointment
This might look far-fetched with high risks, but when all other means are shut, you aren’t left with much of an option. You are forced to wait for someone to cancel their appointment to be able to get your visa. For this, you’ll have to keep multiple tabs and windows open, keep refreshing, and have a keen watch to be able to catch the first appointment that becomes available.
Don’t always discard this option as there have been many times when travelers were able to find an appointment with this method. To help you out, Travel Visa Bookings has an entire team dedicated to looking for these appointments.
If you want us to find an appointment for you, just fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and our team will get back to you.
Do you want Travel Visa Bookings to find you an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh for you?
If you are unable to find an appointment even with the steps mentioned above, we can help you get an Italy Schengen visa appointment. Currently, we are providing this service to USA, UK, and India. We are trying to expand this service into more and more countries every month.
Travel Visa Bookings, being a pioneer in addressing issues related to international travel, has been making these appointments for many years now. We not only make corporate bookings but can also help you find an appointment within the next 7 to 15 days.
We charge a fee of $35 above the quote of the consulate for this service. Out of this, you will have to pay $10 as an initial fee for our team to start looking for appointments.
Just fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and follow the steps given below to get your Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh.
Fill in your details in the form and make the payment of the initial fee through direct bank transfer or through PayPal.
Our team will respond to you in the next 8 hours to give you an update on the appointment found.
Make the payment of the remaining fee and approve the slot that is preferable to you.
We will give you an appointment reference number that can be used to attend your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions on Italy Schengen visa appointment from Edinburgh
If you want detailed instructions on how to get an Italy Schengen visa, then take a look at “Italy Schengen visa in 7 days” in our blog. In case you have any other questions, see if they have been answered below.
Is one appointment enough for my entire family?
No, unfortunately, each person will need to have their own appointment with the consulate, even if they are aged or a child.
My child is too young to attend the Schengen visa interview on his own
In most cases, it is mandatory that a person goes alone to the interview. But in special cases, like a minor, or aged (80 and above), or a person with a disability can be accompanied by someone to help them with the interview process.
How many appointments can I book with VFS Global?
A single account allows you to book only up to 5 appointments. In case you want to book more than 5 appointments, you will have to register with another account.
I can’t find an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh, can you help me find one?
Sure, Travel Visa Bookings can find an Italy Schengen visa appointment for you. But the appointment booking will be subject to availability. In case you want multiple bookings, we can’t promise that you will get appointments in the same consulate for the same date, or even in the same consulate.
Just fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and our team will reach out to you.
What details do you need to book my appointment?
We will need your name and passport details like passport number and its issue and expiry dates. You can also send a picture of your passport and we will take care of the details for you.
Will an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh booked by you be valid?
Once you have paid the secondary fee to book your appointment, we will give you an appointment reference number. You can use this number to check whether your appointment has actually been booked on the VFS Global website or on the consulate website.
What is the fee for getting an Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh?
We charge an amount of $35 above the quote of the consulate to book you an appointment. Out of this, $10 will be charged as an initial fee to find you an appointment.
How do I make the payment?
You can either transfer the money directly to our bank account or pay us through PayPal.
How much time do I have to make the second payment for my Italy Schengen visa appointment in Edinburgh?
You have only an hour to make the second payment for your appointment details, once it is booked. There are always more people looking for the same appointment slot and we require your immediate response when it comes to sealing that coveted slot for yourself.
If we don’t hear a response from you or receive your second payment for the appointment, we will consider you to be uninterested and will issue the appointment to someone else in need. So, ensure that you are on a watch-out for a response from our team about your appointment.
I don’t want the appointment any more, will you give me a refund?
As long as our team has not already booked an appointment, we will be able to process a complete refund. But in case the appointment is already booked, the initial fee will be transferred to the consulate officer to hold the appointment for you.
Will I need a travel insurance for my travel?
It is mandatory that you have a valid travel insurance whenever you are traveling to a Schengen country. We can help you get a travel insurance for your travel as well. You can take a look at our blog on travel insurance for more information.
How long will it take to get my Italy Schengen visa?
It usually takes 7 to 15 days for your visa application to be processed and approved. Ensure that you have enough time in hand when applying for Schengen visa to get your visa approved in time.
Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh
32 Melville Street
Edinburgh EH3 7HA
(+44) 131 220 3695
(+44) 131 226 3631
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