New rules for registration of “Schengen”

Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask about the new application process for a Schengen visa.


On June 23, new procedures for issuing and obtaining a Schengen visa came into force in Ukraine.

As often happens after any changes, a lot of conflicting information has appeared on the Internet. tripmydream has put together all the information you need and answered all your possible questions in advance.

What has changed?

The main thing that has changed after June 23 is that now everyone who wants to get a Schengen visa must personally appear at the consulate.

This is necessary so that you can confirm your biometric data – provide fingerprints and digital photos. This data will be stored and considered valid for 5 years (that is, you will not need to go through this procedure every year).

Why get fingerprints?

This is done solely for security purposes, and these innovations are valid not only in Ukraine, but throughout the world.

Who doesn’t need to be fingerprinted?

An exception to the innovation applies to children under 12 years of age, as well as heads of state, members of government and their families.

Are visas issued before June 23 valid?

Yes, you can safely use such a visa until its expiration. But to get the next Schengen visa, you still need to go through a new procedure.

How much does such a visa cost?

Changes in the procedure for applying for a Schengen visa did not affect the cost of the visa in any way.

If I have a biometric passport, do I need to be fingerprinted?

Yes need. The authorities in the Schengen area do not have access to the chip of your biometric passport. Therefore, they collect separately the necessary data for security.

Who can use my personal data?

Access to your fingerprints and digital photos will only be with the authorities of the Schengen countries responsible for border and immigration control.

This information will not be passed on to any third parties and international organizations. The only exception can be the law enforcement agencies of the Schengen countries in the event of a threat of terrorist acts and other serious criminal offenses.

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