The Visa Information System – VIS

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The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. A phased rollout is underway, connecting more of these states’ visa sections to the VIS at each stage.

In Japan, the Visa Information System will be operational starting 12 October 2015.

The VIS works by linking Schengen States’ consulates and external border crossing points to the central VIS database.

The introduction of the VIS has necessitated various changes to the visa application process:

  • People applying for a visa for the first time must apply in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
  • Finger scans stored in the VIS can be re‑used for further visa applications within the following five years, so interviews may be waived for future applications during that period of time.
  • When travellers enter the Schengen area, the border authorities are thus able to verify their identity by accessing the VIS.

The Visa Information System – VIS


Visa-application form (Schengen visas)

Please read the following instructions completely in order to avoid that your visa application will be delayed for formal reasons. The following web-based application form is only valid for applicati...

VIDEX - General User Guidelines

We want to make VIDEX as easy as possible. You will find all the relevant information on how to use VIDEX and how to submit your application at the link below. Please read the following information carefully before starting to enter your data in VIDEX.

Appointment required / German Embassy

With the new service, you are now requested to book a time slot to meet the visa officers at the Embassy.

Appointment required / German Consulate Osaka-Kobe

With the new service, you are now requested to book a time slot to meet the visa officers at the Consulate General Osaka-Kobe