DO I NEED AN ETIAS OR A SCHENGEN VISA?
The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) is for nationals of countries that have visa-free access to the EU zone.
Currently, individuals from over 50 countries outside of the European Union can visit the EU Schengen Area without a visa.
If you are a citizen of one of Europe’s visa-free countries, you can currently enter the EU without a visa.
However, beginning in November 2023, the ETIAS visa waiver will be required to enter the EU without a visa.
Those who are not citizens of a visa-free country must instead obtain a Schengen visa. They are not permitted to enter the Schengen Area unless they have a valid visa.
If you qualify for the ETIAS EU visa waiver, you do not need to apply for a Schengen visa. If you do not qualify for the ETIAS, you must apply for a Schengen visa.
When ETIAS is fully implemented in November 2023, all non-EU travellers will be required to have either an ETIAS visa waiver or a Schengen visa.
KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ETIAS AND A SCHENGEN VISA
An EU visa waiver and a Schengen visa both allow the bearer to enter the Schengen Area, although they differ in several respects.
Some of the significant distinctions between these two travel papers are listed below.
EU TRAVEL AUTHORISATION VS. VISA
One of the primary distinctions between the ETIAS and a Schengen visa is that the ETIAS is a travel authorization rather than a visa. It enables the holder to travel to the Schengen Area without a visa, whereas a Schengen visa is required for non-visa-exempt travellers.