COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS REQUIRE ETIAS
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHENGEN ZONE
ETIAS is an acronym that stands for Europe Travel Information and Authorisation System. The ETIAS initiative was developed to increase security in the Schengen Area for both residents and tourists.
The European Council thinks that the new border and migration strategy will improve security and safeguard Europe from any future dangers. ETIAS also strives to improve international visitor mobility and migration.
According to the ETIAS for EU plan, more than 50 nations will initially be able to submit an online ETIAS visa waiver application.
The ETIAS visa waiver is a business or tourist travel authorization and is not a substitute for a student or working visa. Third-country nationals who desire to live, study, work, or stay in Europe for more than 90 days must apply for a visa.
IS ETIAS REQUIRED FOR TRANSIT PASSENGERS?
Anyone seeking to enter the Schengen Area for any length of time, including transit travellers, must first register with ETIAS.
Individuals travelling from one Schengen nation to another must still have a valid ETIAS authorization in order to enter the Schengen Area. Passengers will not be able to move through without an authorised ETIAS.
THE LIST OF ETIAS ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
When the travel authorization is completely implemented in November 2023, the following ETIAS nations will be able to apply. To obtain the visa waiver, applicants must fulfil the ETIAS standards. Visitors must have a passport from one of the ETIAS qualifying countries, among other restrictions.
As states attempt to improve travel for their residents, the list of ETIAS qualifying countries is subject to change:
- ETIAS eligible countries
- ETIAS countries
- Schengen eligible countries
ETIAS ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- North Macedonia
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
EUROPEAN VISA WAIVER REQUIREMENTS
The ETIAS requirements are required for the application procedure to be completed. ETIAS will be comparable to existing travel authorization visa exemptions, such as the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) in the United States, the eTA (electronic travel authorization) in Canada, and the ETA in Australia.
Applicants must verify that they meet the ETIAS standards in order to properly complete the application form. Those planning to go to Europe must have the proper papers to submit a travel authorization application.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN ETIAS FOR EUROPE
Each candidate must satisfy the conditions listed below.
- Passport with a minimum validity of 3 months from the date of arrival
- Debit or credit card to pay the ETIAS application fee
- Current email address where the approved ETIAS will be delivered
All candidates are required to submit the following information:
- First name(s)
- Surname or family name
- Maiden name (if applicable)
- Usual name(s)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Country of birth
- Passport number
- Issuance and expiration date
- Additional passport data (if applicable)
- Current address
- Email address
- Phone number
Additional information should be provided by the applicant:
- Member state of intended first entry
- Education and current employment details
The traveller will be asked a series of ETIAS background and security questions during the application procedure.
Family members of EU citizens or third-country nationals without residence permits will be asked the following questions:
- Please submit the applicant’s identify and data about the applicant’s family relationship with the EU citizen or third-country national.
If the traveller fits all of the ETIAS standards and is a citizen of an ETIAS qualified nation, the online application will take around 20 minutes to complete. Aside having a valid passport, no more proof is necessary unless explicitly asked by the member state for which the application is lodged. ETIAS will accept applications submitted on behalf of an applicant by third parties.
Before applying for the Europe visa waiver, please review our list of ETIAS criteria.
REJECTION OR ANNULMENT OF ETIAS TRAVEL AUTHORISATION
The ETIAS initiative will strengthen internal EU security in two ways:
- Identifying anybody who poses a security concern before they cross the Schengen border
- Making information available to national law enforcement authorities and Europol in situations of terrorism or other major criminal offence prevention, detection, or investigation
When the prerequisites are no longer satisfied, an ETIAS travel authorization will be revoked. This is especially true if there is cause to assume that the ETIAS was obtained via the provision of false or misleading information.
Applications that are refused automatically will be forwarded to an ETIAS Central Unit within the European Border and Coast Guard. They will swiftly validate the application and determine whether or not the information supplied is correct and true. Suspicious applications, or those that generate an alert or hit, will be sent to the member state(s) in charge of issuing the warning.
WHAT TO DO IF AN ETIAS APPLICATION IS DENIED
In the event of refusal, the applicant may file an appeal with the member state that denied the ETIAS visa waiver. In such instances, the member state will have jurisdiction over the appeal. There will be a specific system in place for extraordinary circumstances such as humanitarian concerns, national interests, or international commitments. ETIAS National Units may grant a travel authorization with limited geographical and temporal validity in several instances.
The ETIAS National Unit may ask the applicant for more information and/or documents. This might happen if the information supplied during the application procedure prevents the appropriate ETIAS National Unit from making a judgement. The relevant body, ETIAS National Unit, will send an email with a comprehensive request for further information.
This information and/or proof must be provided by the applicant within 7 working days. The ETIAS National Unit will subsequently process the ETIAS authorization, which might take up to 72 hours. In unusual cases, the candidate may be asked to attend an interview in a consulate in their home country.