The European Travel Information Authorization System has been designed by EU members in order to protect their international borders.
As of 2021 citizens of Hong Kong who wish to visit Europe will be required to register for an ETIAS visa waiver in order to enter the Schengen Zone.
CITIZENS OF HONG KONG WHO WISH TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE
At the moment citizens of Hong Kong can travel to the Schengen Zone without a visa. They can travel for tourism and business purposes and remain in the region for a period of up to 90 days.
As off 2021, Hong Kongese traveling to EU Schengen member countries will be obliged to apply online to obtain their Etias visa waiver. This will be a mandatory requirement for citizens of third member countries that currently can travel to Europe without a visa.
The citizens of Hong Kong can fill out the Etias application online. The ETIAS requirement include a valid Hongkongese passport, a debit or credit card to pay for the fee and a current email address where the approved ETIAS will be emailed to.
THE ETIAS APPLICATION FOR HONG KONGESE
When completing an ETIAS online application, any citizen of Hong Kong should be able to provide: passport details, along with their full name, date of birth, and address. Information about the employer and travel plans will be also requested when doing the enrollment.
As an ETIAS applicant and a citizen of Hong Kong, it is necessary to respond a series of security questions. It is strongly recommended that those who wish to travel to the EU should answer all questions with integrity.
The ETIAS travel authorization for Europe will be a mandatory migratory requirement. It is advised that travellers begin the process 72 hours before departure.
VISIT EUROPE FROM HONG KONG WITH THE ETIAS VISA WAIVER
When an ETIAS application is approved, the ETIAS travel authorization will be valid for 3 consecutive years with unlimited short-term stay entries. The approved ETIAS visa waiver allows citizens of Hong Kong to enter any country in the Schengen Zone.
If the passport is near its expiration date, it is best to apply for a new passport before applying for the ETIAS. The passport during the application should be valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of arrival.
The new ETIAS European visa waiver is mandatory for all citizens of Hong Kong to travel to Europe, minors included.