Good news for travellers to Europe! The Schengen visa is going digital
In a move that will provide big relief to travelers around the world, the European Union has announced plans to make the Schengen visa application digital/computerized.
European Association unfamiliar pastors have embraced a change that will move the method involved with applying for Schengen visas to visit the Schengen Visa area to a web-based stage. This move towards digitalization wipes out the requirement for visa candidates to get a sticker in their identification, smoothing out the application cycle and getting rid of department or specialist co-op arrangements.
The change is supposed to become effective following specialized work on the visa stage, which is expected to require a while, and ensuing distribution in the EU's regulatory newspaper.
The Schengen area incorporates 23 of the 27 EU part nations, alongside related neighbors Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
Spain's Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, whose country/nation holds the EU presidency, said that the online visa system "will simplify the application process for travelers." Once implemented, individuals applying for short stays in the Schengen area will upload necessary documents, data, and electronic copies of their travel documents with biometric information/data and pay fees, all through the online platform/stage.
In the event that supported after cross-checks with data sets, candidates will get a cryptographically marked standardized tag to print or store in a gadget. Be that as it may, first-time candidates or those with new travel papers or changed biometric information might in any case require an in-person arrangement.
While residents from more than 60 nations, including Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, and the US, as a rule don't need Schengen visas for short visits, they will in any case have to apply online for pre-screened section through the European Travel Data and Authorisation Framework (ETIAS), expected to be functional in mid-2025.
All guests entering the European Association, whether with visas or visa waivers, will go through handling through a robotized EU Section/Leave Framework (EES), set to be executed toward the finish of 2024. The EES will record people's subtleties, biometric information, passage and leave dates, checking outstays and rejected sections.