APPLYING FOR ETIAS ON BEHALF OF A MINOR
Children’s families should be prepared for the increased travel needs. Fortunately, parents or legal guardians can fill out the online ETIAS application form on their child’s behalf.
The parent or guardian should merely mention that they are submitting the request on behalf of a youngster and supply basic personal information. The following details are required:
- Full name
- Home address
- Email address
- Telephone number (if available)
The remainder of the procedure stays unchanged. The parent or guardian should carefully copy the child’s passport information, ensuring that all data is correctly entered.
Most ETIAS applications submitted on behalf of minors will be approved almost immediately after the information provided by the child and adult has been verified. After that, the visa waiver is electronically linked to the biometric passport.
WHO CAN APPLY ON BEHALF OF A MINOR?
Article 17 of the rule states:
“Minors must submit an application form signed electronically by a person with permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship.”
To fill out and submit the application on behalf of a minor, the adult must be either the child’s parent or a court of law has given legal guardianship.
Older siblings or other family members are not authorised to complete the request unless they are legally appointed as the young person’s temporary or permanent guardians.
DOCUMENTS CHILDREN NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE EU
From November 2023, children will be required to have their own valid passport with an authorised ETIAS attached.
If the child is travelling alone or with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, an official document signed by the parent/guardian authorising the trip may be necessary.
Because there are no EU-wide laws in this area, it is important to examine the needs of the relevant member state.
ETIAS FOR MINORS: KEY INFORMATION
ETIAS for children has the same advantages as ETIAS for adults. It is quick and simple to apply for, and the entire application process may be performed from the comfort of your own home.
Validity: An ETIAS authorization is valid for three years from the date of approval, or until the passport expires. During this time, it is possible to travel to Europe many times.
Parents should keep in mind that children’s passports often have a shorter validity period. Passports for under-16s in the United States and Australia, for example, expire after five years rather than the customary ten. When a passport is renewed, a new ETIAS request must be submitted; the visa waiver cannot be transferred to the new travel document.
Length of stay: Children, like adults, can stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period with an authorised ETIAS visa waiver.
Minors must get an ETIAS visa waiver to cross an external Schengen border. Because there are no internal borders in the Schengen area, the child can freely move between Schengen member states. They should always have their passport with them.