Digital fingerprinting of the European Visa Information System (VIS) has become a mandatory requirement for anyone at the Schengen visa request.

If the applicant has obtained a Schengen visa within the past 59 months (4 years and 11 months) the fingerprints should not be collected. If the applicant cannot provide the information of that visa (photocopy of the visa or indication of visa's data on the application form), it is preferable to collect fingerprints.


  • Digital fingerprints for countries outside of Schengen aren't valid.
  • In case of the last name change due to marriage or divorce Digital fingerprinting is needed again.
  • Digital fingerprints given to competent Turkish authorities for passport processing are invalid in visa procedures.
  • Applicants with the letters '' Ö '' and '' Ü '' in their first or last name must re-submit digital fingerprints for the first Italian visa application they have made if they had previously digitally fingerprinted at a "Schengen" Consulate.
  • Even if you have already submitted a digital fingerprint during a Schengen visa application you have already done, in some exceptional cases you can be called to the iDATA office for the duplication of the digital fingerprinting by the Consulate General.
  • The applicants up to 12 years of age are exempt from the collection of digital fingerprints.