Visa Information System

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The Visa Information System ('VIS') is a system for the exchange of visa data between Member States created by Council Decision  2004/512/EC of 8 June 2004 as completed by Regulation (EC) 767/2008 of 9 July 2008 ('VIS Regulation') and Council Decision 2008/633/JHA. The system has been operational since October 2011.

As stated in Article 2 of the VIS Regulation, the purpose of the VIS is to facilitate the visa application procedure, prevent visa shopping and fraud, facilitate border checks as well as identity checks within the territory of the Member States and to contribute to the prevention of threats to the internal security of the Member States. To this end, the VIS provides a central repository of data on all short-stay Schengen visas.

Everyone has the right to know what data about them has been entered in the VIS. They also have the right to demand correction or deletion of incorrect data.

If you would like to find out what data about you have been entered in the VIS, please send an application to the Ministry of the Interior, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Data Protection Inspectorate. Please also contact these authorities if you would like to have any incorrect data entered about you to be corrected or deleted.

You have the right to file a complaint with the Data Protection Inspectorate or an administrative court if your application is not satisfied. The procedure in Data Protection Inspectorate is free of charge.

The applicant must send a signed application that contains the applicant's name, date of birth and citizenship. A copy of an identification document must be enclosed.

The following must be noted on the application:

  1. the authority that entered the data concerning the person;
  2. everything that concerns said data (type of data, information on where and how the owner learned about their data in VIS, etc.);
  3. the data that the person would like to have deleted to corrected (if this is the purpose of the application).

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