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Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 12 October 2015
As from 12 October 2015 all applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and a digital photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.
When applying for the first time, all applicants will have to appear in person at a consulate or an external service provider. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS database and stored for five years. Frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period, as the fingerprints will be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.
The VIS will contain all Schengen visa applications and the decisions taken by any Schengen State's consulate. This will facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border of the European Union, as well as enhance security. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to a refusal of a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. This will also allow to establish more easily the lawful use of previous visas and applicants' travel history (e.g. when applying for a multiple-entry visa).
Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible. Chinese diplomatic passport holders, Heads of State and members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.
The implementation of the VIS is part of the gradual worldwide deployment, which began in 2011. On the same day as in China, the VIS will start operating in all Schengen consulates in East Asia.
Chinese Nationals willing to travel to Luxembourg are required to apply for a visa through one of its diplomatic representations in China. Non-Chinese passport holders, who are required to apply for a visa to Luxembourg, may also apply at either of the Luxembourg diplomatic representations, under the condition that they are in the possession of a valid Chinese resident’s permit. If they do not have a valid Chinese resident permit, they must apply in their country of residence or their country of origin.
- Please note that this section informs you about the required documents.
- A valid passport with a visa is required for citizens of the following countries: List
- The procedure for a visa application depends on the period and the purpose of the visit.
- Applications must be submitted by the applicant him/herself
- Visa application fee: 60 euro (C), 50 euro (D) - to be paid in RMB. Please note that the amount of the visa application fee in RMB is determined and regularly reviewed in application of the euro foreign exchange reference rate set by the European Central Bank.
- Please check that you have all documents before coming to the diplomatic mission to submit your application. Each applicant should provide at the time of application: 1 completed visa application form with 1 coloured picture (35mm x 45mm, with a white background);
- A copy of the first page of the applicant’s passport. The travel document presented must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Member States in case a single-entry visa is applied for. If a multiple-entry visa is applied for, the travel document must be valid three months after the last intended date of departure.
- Proof of a travel medical insurance covering the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay valid throughout the Schengen area. The insurance needs to include repatriation services, emergency medical treatment and hospitalisation. The minimum coverage shall be Euro 30.000;
- Please note that depending on the type of visa requested further documents might be required;
- For further information please check the respective information sheets available on this website.
Download here your Visa Application Form (English-Chinese).
Address of the Embassy of Luxembourg in Beijing
Unit 1701, Tower B, Pacific Century Place
2A Gong Ti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027
Telephone: +86-10-8588 0901 (Visa section)
Fax: +86-10-10 6513 7268
Service hours of the visa section: Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.
Telephone service of the visa section: Monday to Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.
the Consulate General of Luxembourg in Shanghai
(residents of Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian)
907-908, No. 1788 Nanjing Xi Lu Shanghai 200040
Telephone: +86-21-6339 0400
Service hours of the consular department: Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.