The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Requirements for United States Citizens
Visa requirements for United States citizens are administrative entry restrictions to other countries that apply to US nationals. The United States passport is considered the 8th most powerful in the world in terms of travel freedom, according to the Henley Passport Index. US passport holders are currently able to travel to around 180 countries and territories without obtaining a visa or with a visa on arrival.
Visa requirements for US citizens vary depending on the country the traveler wishes to visit and the amount of time they wish to spend in the territory, and the purpose of the visit.
The majority of visa-free countries for American citizens permit travelers from the US to visit for a short period of time (most usually between 30 and 90 days) without having to obtain a travel document. However, for longer periods of stay, or purposes other than tourism, it is necessary for US nationals to obtain a visa to travel to these same countries.
Although it is not necessary to obtain a visa from the United States for short stays for visa-exempt countries, it may be necessary to register for an electronic travel authorization to receive permission to travel to certain visa-free territories.
American citizens who wish to visit any territory not on the visa not required country list for US passport holders are required to obtain a visa to do so. This may be either a consular visa from an embassy of their destination, a visa on arrival from a border entry point, or an electronic visa through an online application.