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 Chinese Citizens
Visa requirements for Chinese nationals are the rules and regulations surrounding the mandatory entry authorization (if any) that each country around the globe has in place for citizens of China who wish to travel there.
In terms of travel freedom, the Chinese passport is currently ranked 72nd by the Henley Passport Index, enabling holders to enter over 70 countries without a visa or by obtaining a visa on arrival.
Visa requirements for Chinese citizens vary from country to country. Many sovereign states have different visas or travel authorizations depending on the length and purpose of the stay.
Nationals of China enjoy visa exemption for certain countries and may enter with their passport alone. There is usually a limit on the length of time they can stay without a visa (typically between 30 and 90 days).
Various countries have an electronic visa (eVisa) with a streamlined application process that can be done via the internet. This makes visiting these destinations easier for Chinese travelers. Like visas on arrival, eVisas are usually for the purposes of short-term stays for tourism or business.
Several other sovereign states allow Chinese visitors to obtain a visa on arrival. Similarly, these tend to be valid for short stays, while different types of consular visa may be required for longer stays.
In order to visit a number of states, citizens of China must go to an embassy belonging to their destination country and apply in person for a consular visa.
If a Chinese national plans to live and/or work in another country, in most cases they will require a long-term visa and one or more additional permits, which can be obtained from an embassy.