If you plan to travel to any European country, you need more than a passport. And besides the traditional visa, you could consider using an ETIAS.
So, what is ETIAS, and why do you need it?
This article will briefly explain ETIAS, its importance, how and where to apply, and its cost.
Let’s get started.
What is ETIAS?
ETIAS is an abbreviation for European Travel Information and Authorization System. The system was created for visa-exempt individuals traveling to the EU and the Schengen Area (Except Ireland).
ETIAS is linked to a traveler’s passport and expires after three years or until your passport expires (whichever comes first). If you acquire a new passport, you must also get a new ETIAS travel authorization.
A valid ETIAS allows you to enter any European country and stay for 90 to 180 days. However, you won’t enter any EU regions with an ETIAS only. You need a passport and other documents to be verified at the border.
The main objective of establishing ETIAS is to improve security without making it hard for international travelers who want to visit countries that don’t require a visa. An electronic application approval system like ETIAS has helped the European Union automatically verify all individuals wishing to enter their region and easily flag potential threats.
How Do I Apply for ETIAS?
To visit the EU region, you must first apply for an ETIAS. The application process takes, at most, 10 minutes. Also, the site processing your ETIAS application supports both mobile and desktop devices.
To apply for an ETIAS, you will need:
- Personal and biometric information such as full name, DOB, and gender
- Contact details such as home and email addresses
- Education History
- Your travel document information, like your passport
- Current job occupation
You must also answer questions about previous criminal activity, travel to a conflict zone, drug use, and EU and non-EU immigration history.
A third party may also handle the application on your behalf. However, they need to disclose that when applying. They must also provide their full number, contact details, company information, and relationship with the applicant.
Tips for Applying for ETIAS
Below are several tips to consider when applying for ETIAS.
- Apply for ETIAS before you buy your ticket or book your accommodation.
- Ensure your passport information matches that on your ETIAS application.
- Confirm that your ETIAS travel authorization is valid.
- Check how long you can stay in the EU countries requiring ETIAS.
- Ensure your passport is valid for three months after you depart from the European region needing ETIAS. Or else you will be denied entry at the border.
How Much Does ETIAS Charge Applicants?
There are no application fees for travelers under 18 years old. For travelers between the ages of 18 and 70, you are required to pay 7 euros.
With systems like ETIAS, visiting EU countries is easy. And even better, the application process is easy; it is affordable and free for minors.
Nevertheless, applying for an ETIAS requires you to be at your best. Be sure to understand all the requirements and have them on standby whenever needed. Also, remember that successfully applying for the document isn’t guaranteed uninterrupted travel. You could still be denied entry at the border if you are a threat.