Published on : October 24, 2023
On October 18, 2023, Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) voted on a law for the digitalization of Schengen visas. Digital visa procedures were approved with 573 votes in favour, 36 against, and 16 abstentions. With digitalization, Schengen visas will be more secure as well as more accessible in the near future.
As per the new Schengen visa law, Schengen visa applications will be processed on a single online platform. Applicants will come to know as to which Schengen member state will receive their application if they are travelling to more than one Schengen country in the EU.
The new digital Schengen visas will be cryptographically signed and issued in a 2D barcode digital format.
By digitalizing the Schengen visa application process, Schengen visas will -
With the application process safer, the complete Schengen visa application process will be easier and cheaper for all nationals of third countries.
In the near future, application for Schengen visas can be made through a single online platform. First-time applicants will be required to submit their biometrics to the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS).
The finalization of the legislation is expected on November 12, 2023. The voluntary use of the application system is expected to be available from 2025. Mandatory use of the fully digital visa system for Schengen visa applications is likely to be implemented in 2031.
An official document issued by a Schengen state, a Schengen visa permits the visa holder to enter the Schengen Area for a short stay or transiting to an onward destination.
27 countries issue Schengen visas. Of these, 23 are in the European Union. There are 4 other countries in Europe that are not a part of the EU but issue Schengen visas.
There are 4 countries in the EU that don’t issue Schengen visas. These are -
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