Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

The Commission is launching today a public consultation on making visa procedures digital. Visa applicants, the travel industry, other interested stakeholders and the general public are invited to contribute.

The changes under consideration include introducing a digital visa to replace the paper visa sticker currently in use and enabling those planning to travel to the EU to submit their visa application fully online. A paperless and contactless visa procedure will save time and money to travelers and to consulates, while also ensuring the highest level of security at the external borders of the Union.

This initiative is fully aligned with the Commission’s objective to modernize and digitize public services in the Union. The consultation will run until 3 June and its results will feed into the preparation of a Commission proposal to be presented by the end of 2021. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum sets the objective of making the visa procedure fully digitalized by 2025.

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