US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution while in the Holy See due to terrorism. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in Italy.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the country more than 89 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

[39] (06) 4674-1; US Embassy to the Holy See, Via Sallustiana, 49, 00187 Rome, Italy;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 113; Fire: 115; Police: 112


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for the Vatican: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, COVID-19, pneumonia and influenza.


Temperate; mild, rainy winters (September to May) with hot, dry summers (May to September)

Currency (Code)

Euros (EUR)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F, L

Plug Type CPlug Type FPlug Type L

Major Languages

Italian, Latin, French, various other languages

Major Religions

Roman Catholic

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Potable Water

Yes, but some opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Saint Peter's Basilica; Sistine Chapel; Vatican Palace; Pinacotheca (Art Gallery); Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square); Museo Pio Clementino

Major Sports


Cultural Practices

Access to museums, the Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica is prohibited to visitors wearing sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats.

Tipping Guidelines

This tiny state requires its visitors to show reverence and respect toward the Roman Catholic Church. This implies sleeveless or navel- or bust-revealing shirts, as well as those which feature profanities; shorts, above-knee length skirts, and excessive jewelry, are not allowed to be worn within Holy see territory.


Religious items including blessed rosaries, prayer cards, replicas of holy icons, and relics from saints; collectible Vatican stamps, authentic gemstone and gold as well as costume jewelry

Traditional Cuisine

Fettuccine alla papalina — a creamy pasta dish with ham or Prosciutto and peas

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Monday, September 25, 2023