Short-Term Schengen Visa Requires Applicants' Fingerprints
Residents of non-Schengen countries applying for a short-term visa for the EU's passport-free travel area at either the Estonian consulate in Egypt or at an Estonian border point will be required to provide fingerprints as of October 11.
The new regulations were implemented due to the newly adopted Schengen Visa Information System and the changes apply to all member states, Valeria Jegisman, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, told Postimees.
According to Jegisman, once a visa has been obtained, the regulations do not stipulate any further fingerprint-based identity checks during the visitors' stay in the Schengen area. Fingerprints will be checked, however, prior to crossing one of the external borders.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the newly implemented procedure. Finger printing will also not be required when the applicant has a formal letter of invitation, or from heads of state and members of royal families.