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Taiwanese citizens are non-EU citizens who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen zone. The EU is adopting the ETIAS visa waiver to enhance border management, which will be accessible in late 2023. Because Taiwanese nationals do not require a visa, they must register with ETIAS before travelling to Europe.

The ETIAS programme is not a visa, and the application process is distinct. Taiwanese citizens can apply for their ETIAS travel authorization online. Before travelling to Europe, residents from qualified countries can use a mobile phone, tablet, or computer with an Internet connection to complete the ETIAS application form.

ETIAS will be a new entry requirement for nationals from more than 50 countries. Taiwanese citizens will be required to present a valid ETIAS upon entry into the Schengen Area.

Taiwanese visitors visiting the Schengen Area will need to have a valid ETIAS when it becomes required. This new automated system is designed to handle ETIAS applications in minutes. However, on rare cases, applications must be manually updated, and processing time may be extended.

ETIAS is being developed to pre-screen the data of applicants. Processing will be quick because it is an automated system. However, it is still recommended that you file for ETIAS as soon as possible before your trip. Applicants should ensure that the information they input is correct and matches the information on their passport.

ETIAS will be valid for multiple trips over a three-year period beginning on the day the travel authorization is issued. However, the passport must be valid for the entire three years. If the traveller’s passport expires, he or she must apply for a new ETIAS visa waiver.

The validity of an ETIAS travel authorization cannot be extended. When it expires, the traveller must submit a new application. ETIAS is electronically linked to the traveller’s biometric passport. This is why, when travelling to Europe, both ETIAS and the passport must be valid.

Obtaining an ETIAS will be quick. Holders have the option of staying in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.