Visa Information System


Since the introduction of the Visa Information System VIS, every applicant aged 12 years and over must apply in person in order to have fingerprints taken. Please book an appointment each in advance.


VIS The Visa Information System

The Visa Information System VIS is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of VIS is to simplify visa issuance processes, facilitate checks at border control and enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. Separate rollout phases have been implemented gradually connecting more and more member states’ to VIS. In the UK this will commence on 20 November 2015.

VIS works by linking Schengen member state missions and border control units to VIS central database.

The introduction of VIS has necessitated various changes to Schengen visa application processes.

  • First time applicants must apply in person in order to have biometric data taken, e.g. ten fingerprints and a digital photograph
  • Finger scans stored in VIS can be reused for future applications within the following five year
  • When entering Schengen territory border control will be able to verify each travellers identity by accessing VIS database

Click here for further information on the European Commission Website

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