What is ETIAS?
The ETIAS travel authorization is a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt nationals intending to travel to any of the 30 European countries. Having a valid ETIAS travel authorization allows you to enter the territories of these European countries multiple times for short-term stays, typically limited to 90 days within any 180-day period. However, it’s essential to note that possessing this authorization doesn’t guarantee entry. Upon arrival, a border guard will request your passport and other necessary documents to ensure you meet the entry requirements. If you obtain a new passport, you will be required to apply for a new ETIAS travel authorization.
List of European countries requiring ETIAS
How do I apply for ETIAS travel authorization?
You have the option to complete the application form either on the official ETIAS website or through the ETIAS mobile application. The cost of applying for the ETIAS travel authorization is EUR 7. However, it’s important to note that certain travelers may be eligible for a fee waiver. Applicants who are either under 18 years old or above 70 years old, as well as family members of EU citizens or non-EU nationals with the right to move freely within the European Union, are exempt from this payment.
What documents are required for ETIAS travel authorization?
- Personal information:
- Date and place of birth
- Home address
- Parents’ first names
- Email address
- Phone number
- Travel document details
- Details about your level of education and current occupation
- Details about your intended travel and stay in any of the countries requiring ETIAS
- Details about any criminal convictions
- Details about any past travels to war or conflict zones
- Information about whether you have recently been subject to a decision requiring you to leave the territory of any country.
ETIAS Application processing time?
Most ETIAS applications are processed promptly, but longer processing times are possible, and in such cases, a decision will be provided within four days. If additional information or an interview is required, the processing time may extend up to 14 or 30 days. To avoid travel disruptions, it is advisable to apply for the ETIAS travel authorization well in advance of the intended journey. After submitting the application, applicants will receive a confirmation email with a unique ETIAS application number for future reference. Once the processing is complete, another email will inform the applicant of the outcome, and it is essential to ensure that all information on the ETIAS travel authorization, including name, passport number, and other details, is accurate to avoid potential entry denial at the border.
What is the ETIAS validity period?
The ETIAS travel authorization remains valid for a maximum of three years or until the expiration of the traveler’s passport, depending on which comes first. It is essential to note that should a traveler obtain a new passport; they will need to apply for a new ETIAS travel authorization.
Who needs an ETIAS travel authorization?
You must obtain an ETIAS travel authorization if you fulfill these conditions:
- You are not an EU national.
- You are a citizen of a country whose nationals do not require a visa for short-term stays in the European countries that necessitate ETIAS.
- You do not possess any residence permit/card/document issued by any of the European countries that require ETIAS.
How to authorize somebody to apply on your behalf
You have two options for applying for your ETIAS travel authorization: either do it yourself or appoint a third party (person or commercial intermediary) to apply on your behalf. Both you and the third party need to sign a declaration of representation, which allows them to submit the application on your behalf, as well as on behalf of a minor or a person under your legal guardianship. Keep a copy of the signed document as proof of authorization and data sharing. The third party should also retain a copy of the signed declaration for the same purpose.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1) Is ETIAS travel authorization equivalent to a residence permit or visa?
Having the ETIAS travel authorization permits entry and short-term stays within the European countries that demand ETIAS. However, it does not grant the privilege of long-term study or work in those countries. If you plan to stay in an ETIAS-required European country for an extended period, you will likely require a long-term visa. Travelers possessing a valid visa are exempt from needing an ETIAS travel authorization.
2) Can I include my family members in my application?
No, you cannot include your family members in your application for ETIAS travel authorization. The authorization is issued only to an individual and is linked to their specific travel document. Each person, including family members, must apply for their own separate ETIAS travel authorizations.
3) What factors may lead to the refusal of an ETIAS travel authorization?
The reasons for the refusal to grant an ETIAS travel authorization include:
a) Using a travel document that was reported lost, stolen, misappropriated, or invalidated.
b) Being considered a security risk, a risk for illegal immigration, or a high epidemic risk.
c) Failing to respond to a request for additional information or documentation within the given deadline or not attending an interview.
d) Having a previous entry and stay refusal, accompanied by an alert recorded in the relevant information system.
e) Reasonable doubts about the reliability and truthfulness of the data, statements, or documents provided by the applicant.
4) How do I renew my ETIAS travel authorization?
To renew your ETIAS travel authorization, you will receive an email notification about the upcoming expiration of your current authorization. You can apply for a new authorization 120 days before your current travel authorization expires. Be sure to initiate the renewal process within this timeframe to ensure continuous validity for your future travels.
5) Can I cancel my ETIAS travel authorization?
Yes, you can request the revocation of your ETIAS travel authorization at any time. Nonetheless, if you are present within the territories of the European countries mandating ETIAS at the time of making this request, the revocation will only take effect after your departure.
For the latest information visit the ETIAS official website.