European Union approved A procedure such that the application for entry visas to the European Schengen Area is carried out entirely online.
Digitizing the visa process It will eliminate the need for every applicant to have a sticker or sticker in their passportWhich means there will be no more appointments at consulates or service provision offices.
Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, whose country holds the semi-annual presidency of the European Union, said that this system “will simplify the application process for travellers.”
The Schengen Area includes 23 of the 27 countries in the European UnionIn addition to associated countries such as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Amending the visa application process would require postponing negotiations in the European Parliament It will enter into full force three weeks after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Once the system is implemented, People requesting a short stay in space will be able to upload electronic copies of their travel documents With biometric information and payment of fees.
When the visa is approved, The person will receive a cryptographically signed barcode to print or store on a mobile device.
Citizens of more than 60 countries around the world do not need to apply for Schengen visas for short visits.
but Those who apply for visas in this way will be subject to the European Travel and Authorization Information System (ETIAS).It is similar to the ESTA system used by the United States.
All visitors entering the EU (on visas or visa exemptions plus ETIAS) will go through the EU Automated Entry/Exit System (EES).
The computerized EES system will record the person’s details and biometric data as well as entry and exit dateTrack duration overruns and rejected entries.