Citizens from traveling to Europe from Singapore will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Singaporeans from 2021, when a new European travel visa waiver (ETIAS) comes into effect. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is being implemented by the European Union to increase border security around the Schengen zone in the light of recent terrorist attacks.
What do Singaporeans need to do before visiting the Schengen zone?
The ETIAS requirements for Singaporean citizens are straightforward. From 2021, citizens from Singapore will need to present a valid passport, a current email address (to receive the visa waiver), and a valid credit or debit card in order to make the payment, when applying online for an ETIAS EU visa waiver.
Applicants will not be able to obtain an EU visa waiver for Singaporean citizens, and therefore will not be able to travel to the Schengen zone, if any of these three basic requirements are not met.
Once the online ETIAS application form has been completed, all applicants from Singapore will need to pay the ETIAS visa waiver fee using a credit card or debit card, following the simple instructions.
ETIAS visa waiver application for citizens of Singapore
Tourists from Singapore wishing to travel to the Schengen zone will have to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver by completing an online application form. Europe visa waiver requirements for Singapore citizens:
- Passport details including passport number, expiration date, and country of issue
- Personal information including name, address, and date of birth
- Security questions relating to travel history and health
Singaporean applicants will need to give appropriate answers these questions in order to receive the approved EU visa waiver for Singaporean citizens by email.
The European visa waiver for Singaporean citizens will be approved for most applicants within hours of completing the application and will help to process people more quickly and efficiently through border control when entering the Schengen Zone.
The information provided by the applicant is checked against various security databases such as Interpol and Europol. The main aim of the ETIAS visa waiver is to strengthen Europe’s borders while speeding up the process for travelers.
Visiting the Schengen Zone with ETIAS Visa Waiver for Singaporeans
Once approved, the ETIAS visa waiver for Europe will be sent to the applicant by email. It allows travelers to gain entry into the Schengen Zone. The ETIAS visa waiver is valid for 3 years (or until the ETIAS holder’s passport expires) and allows multiple entries into the Schengen Zone, as long as the visits are no longer than 90 days in any 180-day period.
Once the ETIAS visa waiver expires, or the passport expires, citizens of Singapore will need to reapply for a ETIAS visa waiver and complete the ETIAS application process again, including the application form the ETIAS fee.