EU plans digital-only Schengen visa application process

The European Commission has proposed to make the Schengen visa process completely digital. The special visa, which allows to stay for tourism or business (but not work) in 26 European countries for up to 90 days in any 6-month period.

The proposal will have to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, but is in line with an agreed strategy that EU governments are keen to accelerate in the aftermath of the pandemic. When the new system will be in place, the Commission says, applicants will be able to check on the EU Visa Application platform whether they need a visa. If so, they will create an account, fill out the application form, upload the documents and pay. 

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