The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a program which has been designed by the European Commission to strengthen Europe’s border security. The EU has announced that, from 2020, citizens traveling to Europe from Bosnia and Herzegovina (to the Schengen zone) will need to obtain an ETIAS visa before their stay.
WHAT SHOULD BOSNIANS AND HERZEGOVINANS DO BEFORE THEY TRAVEL TO EUROPE?
At the moment, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina do not need to apply for a visa when traveling to the Schengen zone, as long as their stay is under 90 days.
However, this will change in 2020, Bosnians and Herzegovinans will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa.
The ETIAS authorization application process requires applicants to meet the following requirements when they access the ETIAS online application:
- A passport, valid for more than 3 months beyond the first day of their trip.
- A current email address to receive the approved ETIAS visa.
- A debit card or credit card to pay the ETIAS visa fee.
ETIAS REQUIREMENTS FOR BOSNIA CITIZENS AND HERZEGOVINANS
From 2020, nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina will have to use an online registration system before leaving their country of residence to apply for an ETIAS, as this will be a legal requirement when traveling to the Schengen zone.
The ETIAS requisites for Bosnians and Herzegovinans include a valid passport, a credit or debit card and an email address.
The ETIAS application includes security questions, such as details about travel plans. The online process is easy to do, as long as the information provided is accurate. Once approved, the ETIAS visa is sent via email.
TRAVELING FROM BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA WITH AN ETIAS
All Bosnians and Herzegovinans traveling to Europe with an ETIAS can travel freely between the countries in the Schengen zone during the length of their stay.
As of 2020, the ETIAS will be an obligatory travel requirement for Bosnian and Herzegovinan citizens traveling to Europe. The ETIAS is valid for a period of 5 years and all people over 18 years of age are required to complete the online application. Minors do not need to obtain the ETIAS visa.
For security purposes, all applications are screened by the EU Border Control.