Schengen Visa procedure to be digitised soon; read all about it here
Soon, applying for a Schengen Visa will be a lot easier than what it is now. As per reports, the EU member states are considering moving the current in-person visa application process to a digitised one. As the new digital process eventually replaces the visa stickers with digitised ones, it is believed that this will be a safer route for both travellers and countries.
If reports are to go by, the plan to make the Schengen visa process digital will not only be more efficient, but will also be more convenient for travellers as they won’t have to make multiple trips to the consulate.
There will be a common online platform (website) where you can apply for a Schengen visa. The application will then get directed to the concerned authorised national system. Travellers will be required to upload all necessary documents for the visa application and pay the visa fees.
However, the online application process is not for everyone. First-time applicants will still have to make in-person appearances; the in-person appearance is also for those whose biometric information has expired.
For multiple destinations and those destinations that have specific visa requirements, the website will direct automatically to any further requirements made by any of the countries you are planning to visit.
Currently, there are 27 Schengen countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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