Schengen applications to move online for millions of visitors in the next few years, The world’s longest footbridge has just opened, and it looks terrifying and more in top news of the day.
New visa rule: Schengen applications to move online for millions of visitors
The new digital system – proposed by the European Commission last week – will replace the tedious paper application process endured by millions of would-be visitors to Europe and travellers can expect a “smoother and more secure” system.
The Schengen visa allows travellers to stay for tourism or business in 26 European countries for up to 90 days in a 180 day period. At the moment, would be visitors must submit their application at the consulate of the country they intend to spend the most time in during their trip and collect their passport in person once the visa is issued which is a time consuming process and became complicated specially during the pandemic.
The EU is working on a goal to “fully digitise” visa procedures by 2025 where Visa applicants will be able to apply – and pay – for a visa through a single online EU platform. Instead of a physical sticker, the visa is expected to be a cryptographically signed 2D bar code.
The world’s longest footbridge has just opened, and it looks terrifying
The opening picture above is the Sky Bridge 721, the new longest suspension footbridge in the world and a frankly terrifying feat of engineering. At 721 metres long (almost half a mile), 95 metres high and just 1.2 metres wide, heck, even if you’re not scared of heights, we wouldn’t blame you for getting the shivers with this one. The Sky Bridge is in the Dolní Morava resort in East Bohemia, Czech Republic.
The Sky Bridge is the longest footbridge in the world, but the previous titleholders were Arouca 516 in Portugal, which was completed in 2021 and spans – you guessed it – 516 metres and the 567 metre-long Baglung Parbat Footbridge in Nepal.
Vadnagar to be Gujarat’s new heritage-tourism destination soon
The historic city of Vadnagar will soon be turned into a heritage destination. Vadnagar town is located in Mehsana district in Gujarat. It is a historically important town, with a history of continuous human settlements, dating back to the third and fourth centuries. The ancient town is rich in heritage, culture and holds many important archaeological treasures. Vadnagar was earlier known as both Anatapura and Anandapura (mentions of which can be found in ancient inscriptions and old literary sources including Mahabharata and Puranic tales). Vadnagar is also one of the important Buddhist sites in India.
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