From 2021, it will become mandatory for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda traveling to the Schengen passport-free zone for short stays to obtain a ETIAS visa waiver.
Approved in 2016 and due to be introduced by the end of 2021, the ETIAS for Antigua Barbuda citizens is an multiple entry electronic travel authorization which will allow the holder to travel to all of the Schengen Area countries. It allows a stay of up to 90 days with each entry.
The ETIAS authorization from Antigua and Barbuda is part of an EU intergovernmental initiative being introduced by the European Commission, in order to pre-screen travelers for any security risks and strengthen the external borders of the Schengen Area.
Travelers from Antigua and Barbuda are able to complete the simple ETIAS application online in a matter of minutes, to receive an approved ETIAS valid for 3 years from the date of issue. This eliminates the need to apply from an embassy or consulate or submit an ETIAS application before every trip to Europe.
An approved ETIAS visa waiver for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda allows multiple short stays in the Schengen zone for purposes of tourism, transit, medical treatment, and business.
ETIAS visa waiver requirements for Antigua Barbuda citizens
In order to submit an online ETIAS form, applicants are first required to meet the ETIAS for citizens of Antigua Barbuda requirements. Travelers from Antigua Barbuda are required to have:
- A passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended entry date to the Schengen zone
- A current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved ETIAS from Antigua Barbuda
- Valid credit or debit card details with which to pay the ETIAS visa waiver fee.
When completing the online ETIAS form, it is necessary to provide the following personal, passport, and travel information:
- First name and Surname
- Maiden name (if applicable)
- Place, date, and country of birth
- Passport number
- Passport expiry/issue date
- Current Address
- Contact telephone
- Schengen member state of first intended entry.
It is also necessary to provide some details of the applicant’s education/current employment, and answer a set of security-related questions to submit an ETIAS application.
All of the information provided on the online form is pre-screened against several European security databases, including Interpol, Europol, SIS, and VIS, before an ETIAS application for citizens of Antigua Barbuda can be approved.
Countries Antigua Barbuda citizens can visit with ETIAS
Travelers who obtain an approved ETIAS travel authorization are able to visit all of the countries and territories which have signed the Schengen Agreement and permit visa-free travel within their borders.
The 22 ETIAS countries in the European Union are as follows:
- EU Schengen
- Non-EU Schengen States
- Non-Schengen EU States
Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Non-Schengen EU States
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
An approved ETIAS allows multiple entries to all of these countries and territories during its validity. Travelers can stay in the Schengen zone for 90 days with each entry, within every 180-day period.
Apply for an ETIAS for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are able to submit an ETIAS visa waiver application online from anywhere in the world outside of the Schengen Area countries.
On average, it only takes applicants around 20 minutes to complete the ETIAS application with the required information and to answer the questions related to health and security-related matters.
After completing the online form, it is necessary to double check that all the information provided is correct before submitting the application. This is because even small errors are likely to result in delays in receiving the visa waiver or even the ETIAS being denied.
It is advisable to a submit an ETIAS application for Antigua Barbuda citizens at least 72 hours before the intended date of entry in the Schengen zone to allow for sufficient time for the ETIAS to be approved. An ETIAS may be approved in minutes, but the process can sometimes take longer and it may be necessary to wait for a few days for the visa waiver to be approved.
Once issued, the approved ETIAS from Antigua Barbuda is both electronically linked to the traveler's passport and a copy is sent to the applicant’s current email address.
Although not expected to be a mandatory requirement, travelers are advised to print a copy of the approved visa waiver to present to transport carriers and at Schengen border control, in order to guarantee access to Europe in the rare case of a problem with the electronic system.
Traveling to Schengen Countries with ETIAS from Antigua and Barbuda
Those with a valid approved ETIAS from Antigua and Barbuda are able to present the ETIAS-linked passport when boarding their flight to gain entry to the aircraft, as well as at Schengen border control to gain access to Europe.
Antigua and Barbuda applicants with dual nationality, and so multiple passports, should use the same passport to complete the online form which they will later use to travel to the Schengen Area, as the approved ETIAS for Antigua Barbuda citizens is electronically linked to one individual travel document.
For this reason, it is also necessary to submit a new online application from outside of the Schengen zone if the traveler's passport expires during the validity of the visa waiver.
It is necessary to be a full citizen of Antigua and Barbuda in order to apply for the ETIAS online. Those who hold a different passport or travel document with a status such as Antiguan and Barbudan subject, Antiguan and Barbudan overseas citizen, or Antiguan and Barbudan protected person, are required to apply for a Schengen visa.
Those who wish to travel to the Schengen zone for purposes other than those permitted with an ETIAS, such as to work or study, are also required to apply for a Schengen Area from an embassy or consulate of the country of first intended entry.
Antigua Barbuda Citizens Citizens - FAQ
How much time can citizens of Antigua and Barbuda stay in Europe?
At the moment, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are able to visit the European countries and territories in the Schengen Area for a stay of up to 90 consecutive days.
However, by the end of 2021, it will be necessary for travelers from Schengen visa waiver countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to the Schengen zone for short stays.
ETIAS from Antigua and Barbuda allows the holder to travel to all of the Schengen countries and territories for multiple stays during its validity. An approved ETIAS permits a total stay of up to 90 days with each entry to the Schengen Area, and is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
Can Antigua and Barbuda citizens work in Europe with an ETIAS?
An approved ETIAS for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda allows the holder to travel to Schengen Area countries for short stays for purposes of business, tourism, transit, and medical treatment. Antigua and Barbuda nationals who wish to work in European countries are not able to do so with an ETIAS.
Working with an Antigua and Barbuda ETIAS in Europe is not permitted under the terms of the visa waiver and could result in the revocation of the approved ETIAS, as well as a temporary ban from applying for ETIAS from Antigua and Barbuda in the future.
In order to work in the Schengen zone, it is necessary to apply for the appropriate national visa or work permit from an embassy or consulate of the Schengen country of first intended entry.
Can citizens of Antigua and Barbuda use an ETIAS for study purposes?
Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda who wish to travel to study in a European country are unable to do so with an ETIAS.
An approved ETIAS for Antigua and Barbuda citizens allows the holder to travel to any of the Schengen zone countries and territories for purposes of transit, tourism, business, or medical treatment.
In order to study in Europe, it is necessary to apply for the appropriate study visa or national visa from Antigua and Barbuda for the individual Schengen country the traveler wishes to visit, from the nearest designated embassy or consulate.