By: Elaine Hou, Central News Agency
Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded travelers to Europe’s Schengen Area Thursday of changes to visa requirements that will be formally implemented for travelers from East Asia soon.
The requirements include the collection of fingerprints from all 10 fingers and a digital photograph of each visa applicant as part of the Visa Information System (VIS) launched in 2011 that requires Schengen member states’ overseas missions to begin gradually rolling out the new system over a three-year period.
The new measures will be implemented Oct. 12 for travelers from China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan, said Anna Kao (??), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of European Affairs at a regular news conference. [FULL STORY]