All DoD Family Members (Dependents) require an Official or No-Fee passport and a Mission visa prior to entry into Italy.
Members must apply for their passport prior to requesting a visa. Recommend applying at least thirty (30) days prior to departure.
**Passport for Minors** A parent or legal guardian may sign the passport if the child is too young to sign his or her own name. To do so, a parent or legal guardian must print the child's name and sign his or her own name in the space provided for the signature followed by (mother)(father)(legal guardian).
The Italian Mission Visa Application Guide for family members can be found here: Italian Mission visa guide
Within eight days of their arrival in Italy, all family members and DoD civilian employees are required to apply for a Sojourner Permit, the Permesso di Soggiorno. This document is issued by the Italian government. A Sojourner Permit is a confirmation of your legal resident status in Italy, much like an American Green Card. If you do not have a visa upon arrival in Italy, you cannot obtain a Sojourner Permit. It is different from a visa, which is merely an approval for entry to the country. Italian law requires all foreign personnel working or living within Italy, other than an active-duty service members under military orders, to apply for a Sojourner Permit within eight days of arrival in Italy.