(11 March 2021) – 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.
According to the Commission, a paperless and contactless visa procedure will save time and money to travellers and to consulates, while also ensuring the highest level of security at the external borders of 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.