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Timorese nationals will be able to get ETIAS to visit any Schengen member state beginning in late 2023.

The only exemption would be any East Timorese with dual citizenship whose second citizenship was in one of the Schengen states. They would not need authorization or a visa to enter the Schengen Area due to their Schengen citizenship.

East Timorese nationals who are not also citizens of a Schengen country must apply for an ETIAS for visa-free travels of up to 90 days. The ETIAS does not allow you to stay any longer than this. A long-term visa is required for stays of more than three months.

Citizens of Timor-Leste will be able to travel to any of the member states of the Schengen Area from late 2023 using the ETIAS. They will be able to visit for purposes of tourism, business, health, and transit.

ETIAS can be used to attend conferences, workshops, and events in Europe. However, the ETIAS does not entitle international visitors to study long-term in any of the member states of the Schengen zone. Each country has their own policy regarding international students and residency for nationals of countries outside of the European Union and Schengen Area.

East Timorese citizens who wish to attend university in Europe or otherwise study in a European country must apply for and obtain the relevant visa and any applicable residency permit and study permit they may need for that particular country.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System does not constitute a visa. While candidates from East Timor must provide some of the same information as in a visa application, the process is quicker and easier.

Visas often require the applicant to apply at an embassy and, in many circumstances, to undergo an interview. ETIAS can be obtained by applying online without leaving the house or travelling.

ETIAS is a visa waiver scheme that allows border officials to check travellers in order to prevent dangers. The ESTA for America and the eTA for Canada are both similar systems.

ETIAS allows East Timorese citizens multiple entries into the Schengen Area and is valid for three years, whereas most visas have stricter restrictions.