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MOFA reminds travelers of changes in Schengen visa requirements

MOFA reminds travelers of changes in Schengen visa requirements

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded travelers to Europe's Schengen Area Thursday of changes to visa requirements that will be formally implemented for travelers from East Asia soon. The requirements include the collection of fingerprints from all 10 fingers and a digital photograph of each visa applicant as part of the Visa Information System (VIS) launched in 2011 that requires Schengen member states' overseas missions to begin gradually rolling out the new system over a three-year period. The new measures will be implemented Oct. 12 for travelers from China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan, said Anna Kao (??), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of European Affairs at a regular news conference. According to information on the website of the European Commission, 10-digit finger scans are not required from children under the age of 12 or people who physically cannot provide finger scans. Most Taiwanese travelers to Europe, however, are not subject to the new requirement because they enjoy visa-free entry to all European Union countries for tourism, business and short-term study, the ministry noted. However, those who participate in working holiday programs or plan to stay in the Schengen Area for more than 90 days for work, study or other purposes, require a visa, the ministry said. The VIS aims to improve and reinforce external border management within the over two dozen Schengen member states. The system allows countries to exchange visa data via a central IT system and a communication infrastructure that links it to national systems. It can also perform biometric matching of fingerprints for identification and verification purposes. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 19:52 GMT+08:00