Citizens of Grenada have been able to travel to all of the countries in the Schengen Area for 90 days visa-free since 2015, when a short stay visa waiver agreement was signed between the EU and 7 Caribbean and Pacific States.
Although Grenadian citizens do not currently need a travel document to travel to Europe, from 2021 it will be mandatory for all nationals of Grenada to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to visit the Schengen countries and territories for short stays. ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. The European Parliament has approved the ETIAS system in order to pre-screen travelers from the 60 visa-exempt countries for the Schengen Area and strengthen Europe’s external borders by pre-identifying any potential security risks.
Grenadians who wish to visit any of the Schengen countries for up to 90 days are able to pre-register for an ETIAS Europe visa waiver through a simple online application, eliminating the need to apply from an Embassy or Consulate.
Who Needs an ETIAS Authorization for Grenada Citizens?
Once the system is implemented in 2021, it will be necessary for all travelers from Grenada planning to visit the Schengen Area for short stays to apply for an ETIAS to visit European visa-free countries, no matter their age. This means all children under the age of 18 and citizens over the age of 70 will also be required to have an individually approved ETIAS to travel to Schengen countries.
An approved ETIAS for Grenadian citizens is a multiple entry travel authorization. It will permit the holder to visit any of the following Schengen countries and territories for stays up to 90 days with each entry, within every 180-day period:
ETIAS permits Australians to travel to all 26 Schengen member states from 2021:
- 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 from is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of issue, or until the associated passport expires, whatever comes first. This means there is no need to apply for a visa waiver before every trip to Europe.
ETIAS allows the holder to travel to all of the countries in the Schengen zone for short stays for business, tourism, transit, and purposes of medical treatment. Those who wish to visit the Schengen Area for other purposes, such as to work or study, or stay for longer periods, are required to apply for a Schengen visa to visit Europe from an embassy and consulate of the country of first intended entry.
ETIAS Visa Waiver Requirements for Grenadians
It is necessary for Grenadian citizens to meet the EITAS Europe visa waiver requirements before they can submit an application online. All ETIAS applicants from Grenada must have the following:
- Grenadian passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended entry date to the Schengen Area
- Current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved ETIAS visa waiver
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS from Grenada fee.
Citizens of Grenada with dual nationality are required to ensure they use the same passport to complete the application which they will later use to travel to Europe. This is because an approved ETIAS for Grenadians is electronically linked to an individual passport. For this reason, it is necessary to submit a new ETIAS visa waiver application from Grenada if the associated passport expires during the validity of the ETIAS.
ETIAS from Grenada Visa Waiver Application
To apply for an ETIAS visa waiver from Granda, it is necessary to complete the online application form with basic personal, passport, and travel information, including:
- First name
- Maiden name, if applicable
- Passport Number
- Passport issue and expiry dates
- Parents’ information
- Place and date of birth
It is also necessary to fill in the following contact information:
- Contact telephone number
- Current address
- The current email address at which to receive the approved ETIAS for citizens of Grenada.
Applicants must then pay the ETIAS from Grenada fee and also answer a few questions related to the following topics to submit the online form:
- Employment/education history
- Criminal history
- Security information
- Human trafficking
- Information about previous travel to Europe
- Information about any previous travel to conflict areas.
Before submitting the ETIAS form, applicants should carefully check all the information entered is correct before submitting, as even small mistakes can result in a delay in processing the application or even the refusal of the ETIAS.
Before the visa waiver is approved, all of the information provided on the ETIAS application is checked against security databasesoperated by eu-LISA, the European Union Agency which manages the operations of its large-scale information systems.
Travel to Europe with ETIAS for Citizens of Grenada
Those who wish to submit an ETIAS application for Grenadian citizens are advised to do so at least 72 hours before the intended date of entry to the Schengen zone, to allow sufficient time for the electronic visa waiver to be approved.
The majority of applicants will receive a decision about the ETIAS from Grenada between 24 and 48 hours of submitting the online form. However, applicants are advised to apply in advance as in some cases it can take up to a maximum of 3 days (72 hours) for an ETIAS to be approved.
An approved ETIAS Europe for citizens of Grenada is electronically linked to the passport used to complete the online form. Holders of an ETIAS from Grenada are simply required to present the same passport to board a flight to Europe, and upon arrival at a Schengen border checkpoint, to gain access to the Schengen Area.
Because of this, it is not expected to be mandatory to print the copy of the ETIAS sent to the traveler's email address. Nevertheless, travelers are advised to print and carry a copy of the approved visa waiver in the rare case of any failings with the electronic system.
Once the 3-year validity of the ETIAS for Grenadians expires, it is necessary for the holder to submit a new ETIAS application from outside of the Schengen Area in order to continue to travel to Europe.
ETIAS for Grenadian Citizens - FAQ
Do Grenadian citizens need a visa for Europe?
Citizens of Grenada do not currently need a visa for Europe to travel to any of the Schengen passport-free countries for stays of up to 90 days. This is because of a short stay visa waiver agreement signed between the EU and the Caribbean country in 2015. Although Granadians do not need a visa to visit Europe for under 90 days, it will be necessary to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver from Granada once this electronic travel authorization is implemented by the end of 2021. An approved ETIAS for Grenadian citizens is a multiple entry travel authorization which allows the holder to visit any of the territories in the Schengen Area for 90 days with each entry, within every 180-day period. It is valid for 3 years from the date of approval, meaning there is no need to submit an ETIAS application before every trip to Europe.
Can I work in Europe with an ETIAS from Grenada?
An approved ETIAS from Grenada permits the holder to travel to all of the Schengen Area territories for multiple short stays, for purposes of transit, tourism, business, or medical treatment.
It is not possible to undertake paid employment in Europe with an ETIAS for citizens of Grenada. Grenadian nationals who attempt to work in the Schengen Area while traveling with an approved ETIAS are liable to have their visa waiver revoked, as this would break the conditions under which the ETIAS was issued. Grenadian passport holders seeking employment in Europe are required to apply for a Schengen work visa or work permit from an embassy or consulate of the individual Schengen country where they wish to work.
Can I study in Europe with an ETIAS for Grenadian citizens?
An approved ETIAS visa waiver from Grenada is valid for transit through the Schengen Area on the way to an onward destination, or to visit Schengen countries for purposes of tourism, business, or medical treatment. Unfortunately, holders of an ETIAS for Grenadians are not able to undertake a program of higher education in the Schengen zone. This would invalidate the conditions under which ETIAS is issued and could result in a revocation of the approved visa waiver.
To study in Europe, citizens of Grenada are required to apply for the relevant national visa or study visa from an embassy or consulate of the individual Schengen country in which the traveler wishes to undertake a program of education.