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I am trying to get an appointment for a Schengen visa from the Italian embassy's Dublin office online booking system.

https://ambdublino.esteri.it/ambasciata_dublino/it/informazioni_e_servizi/visti#BOOKING

I am getting the following error all the time:

Unable to book an appointment. Exceeded maximum number of requests.

I tried emailing them but it looks like nobody is responding. Has anyone faced a similar situation?

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    It is very likely a queued system, first in, first allotted. With only a certain number of appointments available on any given day, it would mean that all were taken before your 'request' hit the server.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 17:11
  • yes, but I tried multiple times. I checked the time slot for which I was trying and it was available in subsequent tries also.
    – Mukesh
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:15
  • They come out at specific times on specific days and you have to be quick to book it. Italian consulates are notorious for not being very efficient and booked up.
    – BritishSam
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 15:25

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It is very likely a queued system, first in, first allotted. With only a certain number of appointments available on any given day, it would mean that all were taken before your 'request' hit the server.

Anecdotal feedback suggests that this is not uncommon with the Prenota online appointment system. Apparently, about 10-12 appointments are released per day, so it may take some persistance, timing and tactics (e.g., multiple concurrent browsers).

As example, Prenota New York suggests that

In order to book an appointment with this visa office, we urge all our applicants, who could not find any availability, to repeatedly revisit our online appointment system since cancellations are quite regular. Please, be aware that the best time to check for appointment availability is after 6pm on.

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