ETIAS FOR EAST TIMORESE CITIZENS
EUROPE’S TRAVEL AUTHORISATION FOR NATIONALS OF TIMOR-LESTE
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Citizens of Timor-Leste, or East Timor, will be able to apply for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to travel to more than 20 European countries beginning in November 2023.
These nations comprise the Schengen Area, an area with open borders in which travel between member states is permitted. France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Sweden are among the Schengen nations.
East Timorese citizens do not need a visa to visit countries in the Schengen Area. This is because Timor-Leste is on the list of Schengen visa-free nations.
ETIAS will be operational beginning in November 2023 and will become a mandatory requirement. Visitors from East Timor will need to register with this visa waiver programme in order to visit these European countries.
COUNTRIES THAT REQUIRE EAST TIMORESE NATIONALS TO CARRY AN ETIAS
ETIAS authorises East Timorese Nationals to travel to all Schengen member states from November 2023:
Non-EU Member States:
Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:
HOW CAN EAST TIMORESE NATIONALS GET ETIAS AUTHORISATION?
Timorese nationals will be able to receive Schengen Area entry authorization by registering their details with the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. This may be accomplished quickly and conveniently by filling out an ETIAS application form online.
It is not essential to visit an embassy; the registration can be performed fully from the applicant’s home or workplace.
The East Timorese applicant must fill out a part of the form with their personal information, passport data, and trip intentions, followed by security questions.
The following personal and contact information must be provided by the applicant:
- Full name
- Date and country of birth
- Current address
- Contact phone number and email address
PASSPORT DETAILS TO APPLY FOR ETIAS FROM EAST TIMOR
They must also give information about the passport they intend to use. This is significant since the ETIAS authorization is digitally linked to the passport used to apply.
If a traveller comes at a European border check with a passport that differs from the one shown on their ETIAS registration, they may be denied entrance. If the traveller’s passport used to register with ETIAS is lost, stolen, or destroyed, they must register with ETIAS afresh using their new passport.
Passport information necessary for ETIAS registration includes:
- Passport number
- Passport country
- Date of issue
- Date of expiry
The applicant must provide information about their travel plans in Europe, such as their Schengen country of entry and intended travel dates.
Following the submission of the ETIAS application, the information is screened against international databases in a process designed to identify threats to European security. Although the majority of applications are approved almost immediately, travellers should apply ahead of time in case of any unexpected delays.
East Timor applicants will be notified via email once their application has been processed and approved.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ETIAS FOR CITIZENS OF TIMOR-LESTE?
To be eligible for the visa waiver, East Timorese nationals must fulfil the following ETIAS requirements:
- The purpose of visiting the Schengen Area must be tourism, business, or transit
- The stay cannot exceed 90 days within a 180-day period
If a Timorese national desires to live, work, or study in a Schengen member state, they must apply for the necessary visas and permissions.
Similarly, if the tourist intends to stay for more than three months, he or she must apply for a visa.
The following documents are necessary to submit an ETIAS application from East Timor:
- A valid passport from a visa-exempt country
- A current email address (to receive confirmation)
- A payment method (credit or debit card)
All information must be entered precisely and truthfully. Errors or anomalies may cause the ETIAS application to be delayed or refused. The information on the passport must match the information on the passport used to enter Europe.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ETIAS FOR EAST TIMORESE TRAVELLERS?
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System is being implemented to strengthen border security in Europe. This will make the continent safer for European citizens as well as international tourists, such as Timorese.
Each East Timorese applicant’s information is cross-checked against the following foreign databases:
- Interpol (TDAWN, SLTD)
- The ETIAS watchlist for Europe
By pre-screening each traveller from East Timor before they arrive, border control authorities for the Schengen Area can identify security risks and prevent them from arriving in Europe. ETIAS will help prevent cross-border crime and illegal immigration.
To help identify potential security risks, the ETIAS application requires that the travellers from Timor-Leste answer some questions about their employment history, past travel (especially to zones of conflict), and criminal record (if any).
The increased security afforded by ETIAS will give travellers peace of mind when visiting European countries. There are further benefits for East Timorese travellers:
- Digitised data and pre-arrival checks
- ETIAS is valid for 3 years after issue
- It can be used for multiple entries to the Schengen Area
- Valid to visit all Schengen member states
DO NATIONALS OF TIMOR-LESTE NEED A VISA FOR EUROPE?
East Timorese citizens do not require a visa to visit any of the Schengen countries. However, there is a visa-free stay restriction of 90 days, beyond which the tourist would require a long-term visa.
Following the implementation of the ETIAS visa waiver, it will become an extra requirement to enter Schengen nations. However, ETIAS is not a visa, but rather a travel authorization, comparable to ESTA in the United States and eTA in Canada. It will be far faster and easier to get than a consular visa.
The Schengen Area does not encompass all of Europe. Sovereign governments who have not signed the Schengen Agreement have their own immigration and visa procedures.
The majority of European countries outside the Schengen Area also grant Timorese citizens visa exemption, which means no visa is required. These countries are:
- The UK
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Certain European nations, however, need East Timorese tourists to have a valid visa, including the following:
- Georgia (eVisa)
- Turkey (eVisa)
- Ukraine (eVisa)
Before planning a trip to Europe, be sure you have the necessary visa or visa waiver for each country you intend to visit.