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Biometric Data Collection

As of 12 October 2015 all applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be required to present their biometric data - ten fingerprints and a digital photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period) between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.

Therefore, as of 12 October 2015 all visa applicants will have to appear in person at the Greece Visa Application Center, when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints. For subsequent applications within 59 months, the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. Visa applications which are applicable to the biometrics exempted situation could be submitted either in person or by an authorized third person who holds an authorization letter issued by the applicant.

ADS applicants will submit their visa applications via ADS-accredited travel agencies, but they will have to appear in person at the Visa Application Centre for the collection of their fingerprints, if submitting an application for the first time. Group visa applications (a group of 5 or above applicants, not limited to ADS groups) should send an email to the Visa Application Centres make an appointment. Calls are not accepted. The appointments will be made on a first come first served basis.

Guangzhou Visa Application Centre: gzgroup@vfshelpline.com

Shenzhen Visa Application Centre: infojvac.shenzhenchina@vfshelpline.com

Fuzhou Visa Application Centre: infojvac.fuzhouchina@vfshelpline.com

Changsha Visa Application Centre: infojvac.changshachina@vfshelpline.com

Kunming Visa Application Centre: infojvac.kunmingchina@vfshelpline.com

It should be noted that if for some reason fingerprints are not found in the VIS, the applicant will have to appear in the Visa Application Centre to have his fingerprints collected.

Applicants may request the collection of their fingerprints each time when applying for a visa.

In order to avoid prolonging processing time of their application, in cases where their fingerprints, for some reason, may not be found in VIS.
For security reasons - to confirm the identity of the applicant.
If the applicant does not remember whether fingerprints were collected within the last 59 months or is not sure if fingerprints have ever been collected before.

Children under the age of 12 and persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible are exempted from the requirement to give fingerprints.


Visas issued before 12 October 2015 are valid through their period of validity without biometric data.