As the time draws closer when ETIAS will become a reality and all eligible citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS for Europe, the process for registering online is being outlined step by step to familiarize travelers with ETIAS and the procedures and conditions surrounding the new European travel authorization system.
Below you’ll find a guide for travelers making the journey to the EU with ETIAS that will answer all your questions regarding the application process and the trip to Europe.
Applying Online for ETIAS Travel Authorization
The first step when traveling to a foreign country is to ensure you have the right travel documents and paperwork to enter that country. As the EU has a common visa policy, if you plan to travel to Europe, you only have to apply for one visa to visit all the countries in the Schengen Zone. If you are from one of the ETIAS eligible countries, you do not need a visa but will have to register for the ETIAS travel authorization online by completing an application form.
The ETIAS Application form will be easily accessible online for all eligible travelers on any PC or mobile device, and should take citizens approximately 10 minutes to complete. The ETIAS online application will be individual and require basic information about the traveler such as their passport information and contact details.
All citizens required to make an ETIAS application will need to have a valid passport and credit or debit card available to pay the ETIAS visa waiver fee via the secure online platform.
Registering with ETIAS
Once a traveler has filled out the online ETIAS application form, they will need to proceed to an electronic payment system to complete the ETIAS application. There will be no fee on arrival or extra red tape charged in air, land or sea ports if you have an approved ETIAS.
The ETIAS online program does not receive, share or store bank information as the payments will be processed through an intermediary bank.
When the ETIAS entity receives the successful payment notice and and completed registration, the bodies responsible will process the application by screening it against several international security databases including its own ETIAS watchlist. If no problems arise in this part of the ETIAS process, the approved ETIAS travel authorization will be sent directly to the applicant’s email address.
The EU aim to process 95% of all ETIAS applications within minutes, reaching 100% in no longer than three days. No application will go unanswered longer than a month from the date of registering.
Entering the EU with ETIAS
With the approved ETIAS visa waiver in hand, travelers can begin their journey to Europe. At the exit port of the country of origin the ETIAS must be shown and if all is in order, the traveler will be allowed to board their choice of transport to travel to Europe. This is the first stage in their journey where any problems with ETIAS could arise if the application does not match the information provided by the traveler.
When an eligible traveler arrives at the entrance to Europe, they will have to present the ETIAS a second time for border control authorities to review. When the ETIAS applicant’s passport is scanned, the ETIAS will also automatically be recognized and checked.
Although an approved ETIAS visa waiver essentially allows the bearer access to Europe, the final decision to admit the traveler is made by the Border Control in that port of entry. The status of the ETIAS travel authorization does not influence the judgement of the border guards.
ETIAS for traveling in Europe
When you apply to ETIAS in order to gain access to Europe and an ETIAS is granted you will be able to travel to Europe as many times as you like throughout the period of validity of 3 years or until the traveler’s passport has expired because ETIAS is a multiple-entry travel authorization.
Once an ETIAS eligible traveler has their fully valid ETIAS approval and has crossed the border into Europe, they are permitted to stay for as long as 90 days within any 180-day period. The ETIAS EU travel visa waiver allows access to the Schengen Area through any land, sea or airport. So, it’s time to start exploring!