Useful Tips/Hints for Indian Businessmen Visiting Italy
- Visa is required for visitors coming from India.
- The monetary unit in Italy is Euro.
- For most of the year, Italian standard time is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Every year from the last week of MARCH to the last weekend in SEPTEMBER, the country adopts daylight saving time and advances clocks by one hour.
- Offices work for five days a week: from 09.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Most businesses and factories close down in late July and August for vacation. During this period businesses run on a skeleton staff and no effective contact can be made with management. In view of this, Indian companies may avoid visiting Italy during this period.
- Common custom tariff of the European Union applies for goods imported into Italy.
- No customs duties on goods transferred within EU member countries.
- Requests to participate in the Italian fairs should be made at least 9-12 months in advance. The Italian organisers often decline last minute entry citing reasons of non-availability of space.