In 2020, travelers holding a Kiribatian passport can travel to Europe without a visa. This is due to the Visa Waiver Agreements between Kiribati and the European Union. Kiribatian citizens are granted entry into the EU for business, leisure or transit for up to 90 days just by presenting their valid passport at the border upon arrival.
In 2021, visitors from over 60 visa waiver countries —including Kiribatians— will be required to carry an additional mandatory travel document in order to be granted entry into the Schengen Area. This travel authorization is known as the ETIAS, or European Travel Information and Authorization System.
The ETIAS is being implemented in order to improve security within the European Union. The ETIAS also aims to speed up border control for passengers from Kiribati, or other eligible countries, who are not considered a threat to the EU.
The ETIAS is not a visa, it is a travel authorization that will register the data of all travelers from visa waiver countries. It will also revise the data automatically to prescreen travelers in order to block individuals connected with terrorism or other serious crimes from entering the Schengen member nations.
The ETIAS application will screen all applicant data against multiple databases, including:
The ETIAS is part of a common EU intelligence agency, and is being developed alongside other security systems such as the Entry Exit System and the Passenger Name Records. All of these work together seamlessly to improve security within the Schengen Area of Europe for both residents and visitors alike.
Countries Kiribati Passport Holders can enter with an ETIAS Visa Waiver
Unlike European visas, which are country-specific, the ETIAS will grant holders entry into and free circulation between all of the following nations and territories:
ETIAS permits Kiribatian nationals 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
European ETIAS Requirements for Kiribatian Nationals
Travelers who wish to visit the Schengen countries in Europefrom 2021 onwards will need to have the following at hand when applying for their ETIAS visa waiver from the Republic of Kiribati:
- A machine-readable Kiribatian passport which remains valid for more than 3 months beyond the intended travel dates to Europe
- An email address the applicant has access to in order to receive notifications regarding their ETIAS application as well as a digital copy of the ETIAS, once it is approved
- A credit or debit card with which the applicant can cover the ETIAS from Kiribati cost
Validity and Stay for Kiribatian ETIAS Holders
Once the ETIAS visa waiver for Kiribatian nationals is approved, the travel authorization will remain electronically linked to the passenger’s passport. The ETIAS for Kiribatian nationals will be valid for 3 years or until the passport used in the application form expires, whichever happens first.
In the event that the Kiribati passport expires before the ETIAS does, the travel authorization can not be transferred to the citizen’s new passport and will be rendered null.
The Kiribati citizen will then have to apply for a new ETIAS visa waiver using the details of their new, current passport, including:
- Passport number
- Passport issuance country
- Passport issuance date
- Passport expiration date
Fortunately, the ETIAS application from Kiribati is quick and straightforward. Most ETIAS visa waiver applications are approved within the first 24 hours of being completed.
The ETIAS visa waiver for Kiribatians will grant travelers permission to stay in the Schengen Area for a total of 90 days per 180-day period.
The travel authorization allows multiple entries to all Schengen nations so long as the total does not exceed 90 days per 180-day period.
This means that once the 90 days allotted by the ETIAS visa waiver run out, the Kiribatian citizen will have to exit the Schengen Area and spend the next 90 days outside of it.
Once the 180 days run out, the Kiribatian ETIAS holder will be granted another 90 days that they may spend inside the Schengen borders.
Applying for an ETIAS from Kiribati
The ETIAS visa waiver application from Kiribati is easy to fill out and can be completed entirely online in under 10 minutes.
Since the registration is entirely electronic, obtaining an ETIAS travel authorization from Kiribati does not require paying a visit to an embassy or consulate, nor waiting in line to submit the forms.
The ETIAS online application saves Kiribati passport holders time and hassle, since it can be completed from the comfort of their home or office.
Once the Kiribatian citizen has the 3 requirements mentioned above at hand, they will be able to complete the ETIAS online form with the following information:
- Full name as it appears on the passport
- Date of birth
- Passport information, including passport number, issue date, country, expiry date
- First country of arrival to the Schengen Area
- Intended travel dates to Europe
- Contact information, including cell phone number and email address
- Payment information, such as credit or debit card
Kiribatian citizens are advised to carefully review all of the information entered in their ETIAS visa waiver application form before finalizing their payment. This is to ensure that the information entered in the form coincides exactly with the data printed on the applicant’s Kiribatian passport.
Any errors or discrepancies in the data entered may cause delays in the processing time or even result in the rejection of the ETIAS from Kiribati application.
Once the payment is finalized, the ETIAS from Kiribati application will be processed. Most requests will be automatically approved within 24 hours, or less. However, a small number of ETIAS applications may require a slightly longer processing time, especially if the data entered raises any red flags during the automated review.
In this case, the citizen’s data will be manually revised by Frontex or national authorities in charge of ETIAS applications. This manual revision may take up to 3 business days.
When an ETIAS visa waiver from Kiribati is granted, the citizen will receive an email notification informing them that their application has been approved. The email will also contain an electronic copy of the approved ETIAS. This message is sent to the applicant at the email address they entered in the application form.
Should an ETIAS from Kiribati be refused, the citizen will also be informed via email. In this case, the message will contain a refusal notice as well as the grounds for the ETIAS denial. If the Kiribati citizen wishes to appeal the ETIAS refusal, they will find instructions on how they may do so in the same email message.
In case of appeal, processing time of an ETIAS application from Kiribati may be up to 4 weeks long. Should the ETIAS be refused once more, the applicant will still have a chance to apply for a Schengen visa at an embassy or consulate.
ETIAS from Kiribati - FAQ
Can Kiribatian citizens work in Europe with an ETIAS visa waiver?
Kiribatian ETIAS holders can spend up to 90 days in the Schengen Area for business. They can also enter all the Schengen member nations for short business trips multiple times during the ETIAS’ 3-year validity without needing any additional documents as long as they do not exceed the allotted 90-day total.
The ETIAS for Kiribati is valuable for travelers who wish to visit multiple European cities in order to decide which one they would like to reside and work in.
Nevertheless, the ETIAS does not allow Kiribatians to work nor seek employment in the Schengen Area.
Can Kiribatian nationals stay in Europe longer than 90 days?
Passport holders from the Republic of Kiribati can stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days per 180-day period. This is so in 2020 under the visa waiver program, where they can enter Europe just by presenting their passport, as well as under the ETIAS, from 2021, onwards.
Nevertheless, since not all European countries belong to the Schengen Area, a Kiribatian citizen who wishes to remain in Europe for more than 90 days, has the option to spend 90 days in a European non-Schengen Nation after having spend 90 days in a Schengen member country.
Since the ETIAS is a multiple entry travel authorization, once the holder has spent 90 days outside the Schengen Area, they will be granted another 90 days they may spend in any and all Schengen member nations.
Kiribatian citizens who wish to live long-term in the Schengen Area, however, will have to apply for a resident, work, or student visa. This can be done in person at the embassy or consulate for the country they wish to establish themselves in.
Do Kiribatian minors need an ETIAS travel authorization to visit Europe?
The ETIAS visa waiver is a mandatory entry requirement for all citizens of visa liberalization countries. It will be obligatory for travelers of all ages from 2021 onwards.
Kiribatian nationals traveling to a Schengen country with underage children can apply for an ETIAS on their behalf.
Parents and guardians of Kiribatian minors can complete the ETIAS travel authorization application using the child’s personal and passport information:
- Full name, as it appears on the child’s Kiribatian passport
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Passport number
- Passport country
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
- Contact details —can be the parent or guardian’s information