All citizens traveling to Europe from Nicaragua for business or tourism will need to apply for a new European travel authorization, known as an ETIAS visa waiver, in the end of 2021. The ETIAS E.U. visa waiver, meaning European Travel Information and Authorisation System, has been introduced by the agreement of the European Council and European Parliament with the aim of improving security and immigration issues in Europe.
Visa Waiver Requirements for Citizens of Nicaragua
Currently Nicaraguans visiting Europe for tourism or business for short-term stays do not need to apply for any type of European visa, including the Schengen visa. However when the new EU visa waiver policy comes into effect in 2021, citizens will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Nicaraguans which will satisfy the migration standards of the EU.
There are a few key ETIAS requirements for Nicaraguan citizens which are detailed below:
- Firstly, applicants must have a valid passport administered by the Nicaraguan authorities with a minimum of 3 months validity beyond the intended stay. The information from each citizen’s passport will be a prerequisite to complete the application for a European visa waiver for Nicaraguan citizens.
- Additionally there is an ETIAS fee to be paid through the online application system which demands an authorized credit or debit card.
- Finally, tourists must provide an active email address where they can receive the approved EU visa waiver for Nicaraguan citizens.
How to apply for ETIAS for Nicaraguans
To apply for a Europe visa waiver for Nicaraguans, citizens must simply go online to access the ETIAS application and complete the form provided.
The form will ask for basic personal information as well as standard travel details and documental data such as the passport number and dates of validity.
Nicaraguan citizens will also need to answer some basic security questions regarding health and immigration history in order to comply with European law.
The application will be sent online and screened electronically in most cases allowing for a quick turnaround time regarding approvals.
Most applications will be granted within hours if not minutes and the ETIAS approval will be sent to the email address supplied by the applicant.
It is advisable, however, to leave sufficient time before the planned departure to apply therefore citizens of Nicaragua are recommended to send their EU visa waiver application at least 3 days prior to travel.
From Nicaragua to Europe
For stays of under 90 days in Europe, Nicaraguan citizens will be able to apply online for an ETIAS visa waiver which permits entry into the Schengen zone and freedom of movement between the ETIAS countries.
In order to improve security and strengthen the external Schengen zone border against possible terrorist threats and health risks as well as gain a better control of immigration between countries, the EU have launched the ETIAS European visa waiver which Nicaraguans can access via a quick online application before arriving in the EU bloc.
This visa waiver will permit Nicaraguan citizens to visit any of the EU countries included in the program during the 3 years validity of the travel authorization or until the corresponding passport expires.
All over 18s will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before visiting Europe from Nicaragua therefore travelers are advised to follow these guidelines and submit their application when the time comes to avoid unwanted delays or problems when visiting Europe.