France becomes the first EU nation to issue Digital Schengen visas, paving the way for a smoother travel experience in Europe. This exciting development marks a significant step towards the complete digitalization of Schengen visas by 2026.

Who’s Invited to the Digital Party?

While not everyone can apply just yet, two specific groups can rejoice:

1. The Olympic and Paralympic Family:

Athletes, coaches, officials, media, and even donors – if you’re accredited by the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee (OCOG), your visa application just got easier!

Say goodbye to:

  • Waiting for appointments
  • Gathering mountains of documents
  • Paying visa fees


  • Head to the visa center with your passport and accreditation certificate
  • Get your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) captured
  • Viola! Your digital visa awaits!

2. Officially Invited Guests:

If you’ve received a special invitation from the OCOG, you’re eligible for a digital visa too! The process is similar, but you’ll need to:

  • Complete an online application on the France-Visas website
  • Gather required documents as per the website
  • Submit a letter of invitation from the OCOG
  • Get your biometrics captured

Important Note: Spectators attending the games will still need regular Schengen visas.

The Future is Digital:

This pilot program is just the beginning. By 2026, the entire Schengen zone aims to embrace digital visas, streamlining travel for countless individuals.

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