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 Vatican Citizens
Many countries around the world have a list of visa requirements for citizens of the Vatican, which determine the type of permit needed to enter in any given situation.
Vatican citizens may need a different type of visa or travel authorization depending on the length of the trip and the purpose of traveling to the destination in question.
According to the Henley Passport Index, the Vatican passport is ranked 27th in the world in terms of travel freedom. It allows holders to enter over 150 destinations without applying for a visa from an embassy prior to the trip.
A number of countries have an online visa platform available to Vatican nationals, which allows travelers to fill out an application from their home or office rather than go to a diplomatic mission in person.
These electronic visas (eVisas) and electronic travel authorizations (eTAs) are considered the most convenient way for Vatican passport holders to get permission to travel to foreign nations.
Citizens of Vatican City are able to apply for a visa on arrival for some destinations. This involves joining a queue at border control and filling out an application there and then, before waiting in the normal line to clear immigration.
Visa on arrival applicants from the Vatican should ensure they have all necessary supporting documents and be prepared to spend some time at the border.
The visa requirements for Vatican citizens entering various other countries state that a visa must first be obtained at an embassy or consulate abroad, including for short stays.
Long-stay visas, work visas/permits, and residence visas/permits for most countries are only available at embassies or offices inside the country itself, according to the immigration requirements for nationals of the Vatican. In order to relocate to another state, Vatican passport holders must obtain the relevant visa from an embassy.
On the other hand, Vatican passport holders enjoy visa exemption for a number of destinations, allowing them to visit for short-term stays without a visa or travel authorization.
Find below an in-depth guide to the different visa requirements for Vatican nationals for destinations around the globe.