The new biometric visa, which will collect the face and fingerprints to make it safer carriers, has already launched in all countries of the Schengen borderless Europe.But there's this article, too: Belgium does not comply with the obligations to issue biometric passports. One way to read these stories together is: Belgium has the ability to process the biometric passports of other countries while not issuing biometric passports themselves. I wonder how many other countries in the above list are in the same boat.
Currently, the Schengen area are Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Europe: Biometric Visas Begin To Function In The Schengen
Strengthening the integrity of the Visa Information System (Newish.info)