Until the end of 2020, citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis are allowed to enter the European Union just by presenting their passport at the border upon arrival.
Kittitian Or Nevisian nationals may travel to Europe visa-free thanks to the visa waiver agreement between Saint Kitts and Nevis and Europe until the implementation of ETIAS.
The ETIAS is a new travel authorization system that is being developed by the European Union in order to fight terrorism and improve security within the Schengen member nations.
All travelers from countries that are currently visa-exempt for Europe will be required to carry an approved ETIAS in order to be granted entry into the Schengen Area form 2021, onwards. This includes nationals from Saint Kitts and Nevis.
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System and is part of an integrated EU intelligence initiative with a common goal: Improving security and preventing the entry of individuals that may pose a risk to the safety and wellbeing of European citizens.
What countries do Kittitian or Nevisian nationals need an ETIAS for?
The ETIAS travel authorization for Europe is a required document that will allow citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis to enter all of the Schengen member nations:
ETIAS will allow Venezuelan citizens into the following 22 European countries that are part of the Schengen Area:
- 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
Traveling to Europe from Saint Kitts and Nevis
Citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis will continue to enjoy visa-free travel to the European Union in 2021. However, this visa-exempt condition will entail a new mandatory entry document known as the ETIAS travel authorization.
Once the Kittitian or Nevisian national is ready to board a flight or ship headed towards the Schengen Area, they will be required to present their valid passport as well as have the obligatory ETIAS. Airline carriers and other transportation companies will be held responsible and asked to verify that all passengers, including Kittitians and Nevisians, have the appropriate documentation prior to boarding.
Travelers from Saint Kitts and Nevis —like all other ETIAS eligible citizens— will be prescreened once they have submitted their application form. Their data will be checked against multiple security databases such as:
If the citizen’s data raises no red flags, their ETIAS from Saint Kitts and Nevis will be automatically approved within the first 24 hours after their application.
Should the application require manual processing because the data received an alert within the automated ETIAS revision, the traveler may have to wait for up to 2-3 business days to receive a reply.
Although most applications for an ETIAS from Saint Kitts and Nevis should be approved in 24 hours, it is best to apply at least 3 business days prior to your trip. This is to ensure enough processing time in case you are required to provide additional information.
ETIAS Application for Kittitian Or Nevisian citizens visiting the Schengen Area
Obtaining an ETIAS from Saint Kitts and Nevis will be much simpler than a traditional consular visa for any of the European countries.
The visa waiver document can be easily obtained online by completing an ETIAS application form with the traveler’s personal and passport information, including:
- Full name
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Issue date and country of passport
- Passport expiry date
Next, the applicant will be asked to provide some basic travel details, such as:
- Intended date of arrival into the Schengen Area
- Schengen member state of first intended entry
Additionally, Saint Kitts and Nevis citizens will be asked to provide their contact details, which are necessary in order to receive updates in regard to their ETIAS application.
Once the ETIAS is approved, the national will be sent an electronic copy of the travel document for their reference and travel purposes. Applicants are asked to provide the following contact information:
- A valid email address they have access to
- A mobile phone number
Important notice: It is advisable that applicants carefully revise all the data entered in the ETIAS for Kittitians and Nevisians form.
The personal and passport information introduced by the Saint Kitts and Nevis national must coincide exactly with the data printed on their passport.
Finally, the ETIAS form for Saint Kitts and Nevis will require the applicant to answer some simple questions in regard to security and health.
It is very important to answer all the questions on the ETIAS application form honestly.
ETIAS Visa Waiver Requirements for Passport Holders of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis applying for an ETIAS travel authorization for Europe need to have the following requirements at hand in order to successfully fill out their form:
- A current passport from Saint Kitts and Nevis that remains valid (does not expire) for at least 3 months beyond the intended date of exit from the Schengen Area
- A valid email address the applicant has access to
- A valid credit or debit card in order to pay for the ETIAS online processing fees
Since the ETIAS can be obtained entirely online from Saint Kitts and Nevis, there is no need to present any paper documents at a European consulate or embassy.
Once the application is processed, the citizen will receive their ETIAS in digital format to the email address provided in the application form.
Please take a moment to carefully revise your application prior to finalizing your ETIAS request from Saint Kitts and Nevis. Any typing errors in the email address mean the applicant may not receive their ETIAS via email once it is approved.
ETIAS from Saint Kitts and Nevis - FAQ
Do travelers from Saint Kitts and Nevis with dual citizenship need an ETIAS to visit the EU?
Travelers from Saint Kitts and Nevis with more than one valid passport due to dual citizenship will have to choose which passport they wish to travel on.
Should the citizen’s second passport be issued from a visa-required country, they will find it much more convenient to travel on their Saint Kitts and Nevis passport with an ETIAS —which is quicker and easier to obtain.
Should both passports be ETIAS eligible, it would be advisable to use the one with the longest validity (furthest expiration date) in order to utilize the travel authorization for a full 3 years.
Since the ETIAS is electronically linked to the exact passport used in the application process, it cannot be transferred to a second passport —not even when both belong to the same citizen.
Therefore, it is very important to apply for the ETIAS using the data of the passport you intend to travel to Europe with. Saint Kitts and Nevis citizens attempting to enter Europe with a different passport than the one the ETIAS was issued for may encounter trouble at the border.
How much time can Kittitian or Nevisian nationals spend in Europe on an ETIAS?
Once it is approved, the ETIAS travel authorization for passport holders of Saint Kitts and Nevis will be valid for 3 years. The ETIAS remains valid as long as the Saint Kitts and Nevis passport submitted within the visa waiver application remains current.
Should the citizen’s passport expire prior to the 3 years mentioned above, the ETIAS will be rendered null. The national will then have to apply for a new ETIAS using the details of their new passport. Fortunately, this is a quick and easy process that can be completed online in under 10 minutes and is usually approved within 1-3 business days.
During its 3-year validity, the ETIAS will allow travelers from Saint Kitts and Nevis to enter the Schengen Area multiple times. Therefore, there is no need to apply for a new ETIAS prior to every trip, since it allows an unlimited number of entries.
The ETIAS for Kittitian or Nevisian nationals allows them to stay in Europe for up to 90 days per 180-day period. This means that they may stay a total of 90 days in the Schengen Area —whether the stay happens in one country or several, is consecutive, or not, is entirely up to the traveler.
Once the 90-day stay is up, the Kittitian or Nevisian national will have to exit the Schengen Area for the following 90 days in order to be, once more, granted a new 90-day stay.
Can Kittitian or Nevisian citizens with a criminal record visit Europe?
Applicants are advised to be as honest and as accurate as possible when answering security questions on their ETIAS form from Saint Kitts and Nevis.
It is possible for Kittitian or Nevisian nationals with a criminal record to still be able to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization. For their ETIAS to be granted, applicants would need to be considered not to pose a threat to the security and wellbeing of the European Union.
In the event that a Kittitian’s or Nevisian’s ETIAS application is refused, whether for having a criminal record, or for another reason, the applicant will be notified via email. The email notification for a denied ETIAS from Saint Kitts and Nevis will contain the grounds for the refusal as well as instructions on how to appeal the decision, should the traveler wish to do so.
If the ETIAS is denied once more after the Kittitian or Nevisian national’s appeal, they may still be eligible to apply for a consular visa or Schengen visa to enter the European Union.