In an effort to protect the region from terrorists attacks, the EU has launched the European Travel Information and Authorization System, ETIAS. This visa waiver program will be implemented as of 2020 and citizens of Guatemala traveling to Europe are obliged to apply before their departure.
WHAT SHOULD GUATEMALANS DO BEFORE HEADING TO EUROPE
At the present time, citizens of Guatemala are not required to get a Schengen visa. While this is likely to stay the same, by 2020, all Guatemalan citizens will be required to apply online for an ETIAS authorization.
Guatemalans who wish to visit Europe for a period of 90 days or less, should have a valid passport of a minimum of 3 months beyond the intended stay. All applicants are expected to pay a fee, therefore a credit card or debit card will be needed during the application process. All guatemalan citizens that enroll with the ETIAS need a current email account where the approved visa will be sent to.
Those travelers who don’t have a valid passport or apply for an ETIAS on time will not be able to enter the Schengen zone area.
GUATEMALANS CAN APPLY ONLINE FOR ETIAS
Guatemala can obtain the ETIAS visa by applying online. The program has created a platform that is easy to follow and has steps that simply require people’s basic biographic details.
The ETIAS form will ask of its applicant to complete a full name, passport information and specify travel plans. The guatemalan citizen completing the form should provide a current email.
The EU has come up with this program to pre-screen travellers before they fly to Europe. Due to recent attacks to the security of the region, the ETIAS system aims to improve safety for all.
There’s one nominal ETIAS fee, once approved, it will be valid for a period of five years or until the passport expires. The ETIAS will be sent to the candidate’s email address. As a general rule, all those who will travel to Europe should apply at least 3 days in advance.
TRAVELING FROM GUATEMALA TO EUROPE WITH AN ETIAS VISA
Citizens of Guatemala traveling for short term stays in 2020 should be mindful of the ETIAS application process. All Guatemalan nationals should apply online before their trip.
Traveling to Europe from Guatemala has other restrictions regarding the luggage travelers take. Under no circumstance should people travel with explosives, firearms or other threatening materials. Exporting and importing large amounts of money is also not allowed.
The ETIAS visa is mandatory for Guatemalans over 18 years of age. Minors only require a valid passport when they travel. As a citizen of Guatemala take all of our recommendations into account.