How to apply for the ETIAS permit to travel to Europe
15 January, 2020Erika
What is ETIAS and how do I apply?
The ETIAS travel permit must be applied for by citizens of over 60 countries who wish to visit any Schengen Area member states for tourism, business or for short-term stays.
How do I know if I need to apply?
To verify if you need this authorization, firstly, you must enter your data in an online form. You’ll also need to answer some health and safety questions.
If you are a regular Internet user, it is a simple process. When the registration is complete, submitted and approved, you will receive a prompt response about the travel authorization.
How long is it valid for?
The ETIAS permit is valid for 3 consecutive years, during which you can travel between any of the Schengen Agreement countries, but the trip has to be for a maximum of 90 consecutive days.
What documents do I need to apply for the ETIAS permit?
- Passport with 3 to 6 months’ validity
- Email account
- And, credit or debit card
Is it necessary to print the form?
Although not required, it is advisable to keep a hard copy as evidence. Moreover, having a hard copy can speed up the resolution of any issues that may arise.
Which countries should need the ETIAS permit?
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United States, Georgia , Granada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama , Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
Remember that providing false information in the ETIAS application may result in permission to enter Schengen countries being denied. In addition, if you have been previously refused authorisation, authorities may request further information or documentation.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System, ETIAS, will enter into force in 2021. It was proposed by the European Commission in April 2016 and approved by the European Parliament on July 5, 2018. Its objective is to accelerate the entry into Europe of Eligible citizens countries, in fact, an estimated 30 million of whom will apply each year.
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