Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS)

On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicant.

Therefore, all Swiss diplomatic representations connected to the VIS capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The Swiss diplomatic representations have gradually been connected to the system region by region according to the following timetable:

Date of connection Roll-out Region
Swiss diplomatic representations concerned
11.10.2011 1. North Africa and authorities in Switzerland Cairo, Rabat, Tunis, Algier, Tripolis
10.05.2012 2. Middle East Tel Aviv, Beirut, Damascus (currently closed), Amman, Ramallah
02.10.2012 3.
Tehran, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi
14.03.2013 4. West Africa
Abidjan, Accra, Abuja, Dakar
5. Central Africa Yaoundé, Kinshasa
06.06.2013 6. East Africa
Addis Abeba, Antananarivo, Cape Town, Khartoum
7. Southern Africa Nairobi, Pretoria
05.09.2013 8. South America Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Saõ Paulo
14.11.2013 9. CIS-Central Asia 
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
10. Southeast Asia Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
15.05.2014
12. Central America Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
15.05.2014 13. North America Canada, Mexico, United States
15.05.2014 14. Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
15.05.2014 15. West Asia Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timos-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
01.09.2014 16. West Balkans Albania, Bosnia and Herzegowina, former Yugolsav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, Montenegro,  Serbia
25.09.2014 16. West Balkans Turkey
23.06.2015 17. Eastern Partnership countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
14.09.2015 18. Russia  
12.10.2015 19. China, Japan and neighbouring countries China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan
02.11.2015 20. India, Pakistan and neighbouring countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka
20.11.2015 21. European Microstates
Andorra, Holy See, Monaco, San Marino
22. EU Member States non Schengen Ireland, United Kingdom
23. Schengen Member States Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
20.11.2015 External Borders  

The introduction of the VIS is completed.
    

An information leaflet in different languages regarding the introduction of the VIS and the capturing of biometric data can be found below.

Information leaflet Visa Information System (VIS)

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