Requesting information about oneself from the European Visa Information System (VIS) Substantial Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you want to know what information the Visa Information System (VIS) holds about you, you can request information.

The European Visa Information System (VIS) is a system for the exchange of visa data between the Schengen States.
The system simplifies visa applications and controls at external borders and increases security in Europe.

The Visa Information System contains data of third country nationals applying for a Schengen visa. The data is subject to strict data protection rules and is stored for up to five years.

You have the right to know

  • what information the VIS holds on you and
  • which member state of the Schengen area has entered your data into the system.

To do this, you must apply to the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) for information.

The VIS contains your data if you have applied for a Schengen visa. The following personal data are usually contained in the VIS:

  • Photo
  • Fingerprints
  • Information from the visa application, for example
    • personal data: surname, first name, place of birth, date of birth, place of residence
    • Nationality data
    • Your passport details
    • Details of the purpose and duration of the journey
    • Visa details
    • Further details, if applicable

In case of application by mail:

  • Proof of identity: In order to enable an exact allocation, you can voluntarily enclose a copy of your passport or identity card with the personal data. The copy will be used exclusively for the purpose of proof of identity. The copy will be destroyed immediately after viewing or returned with the information upon request. Black out any information on the copy that is not required for proof of identity. This includes, for example, eye color and height. If there is any doubt about the identity of the person submitting the application, the Federal Office of Administration may request additional information necessary to confirm the identity of the person.

If the application or information is submitted by or to a representative (authorized) person, the following must also be submitted

  • completed power of attorney with independent signature of the person concerned

Forms: yes

Written form necessary: yes

Online procedure possible: yes

Personal appearance necessary: no

Related Links

  • Online-Antrag zur Erteilung einer Auskunft nach Artikel 38 VIS-Verordnung
  • PDF-Formular für den Antrag auf Erteilung einer Selbstauskunft nach Art. 38 VIS-Verordnung
  • PDF-Formular für eine Vollmacht zur Stellung eines Antrages nach Art. 38 VIS-Verordnung


You do not have to meet any legal requirements to apply.

Related Links

  • Artikel 38 Absatz 1 Verordnung (EG) Nr. 767/2008 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 9. Juli 2008 über das Visa-Informationssystem (VIS) und den Datenaustausch zwischen den Mitgliedstaaten über Visa für einen kurzfristigen Aufenthalt (VIS-Verordnung)

Related Links

  • Informationen zum Visa-Informationssystem auf der Internetseite des Bundesverwaltungsamtes

You can apply online or by mail.
Online application:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Portal and fill out the application form for information on data subjects electronically.
    • Note: You will need your ID card with PIN number to use the online function.
  • Submit your application.
  • The BVA will check your application.
  • You will then receive the information about the stored data by mail.

Application by mail:

  • Download the application form from the website of the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).
  • Send the completed application form together with the required documents to the address of the Federal Office of Administration stated in the application form.
  • The BVA will check your application.
  • You will then receive the information on the stored data by post.

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