Citizens traveling to Europe from Singapore for short trips of up to 90 days will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Singaporeans from 2021. When the new European travel visa waiver (ETIAS) comes into effect it will offer a simple, quick and secure method of allowing travelers permission to enter the Schengen area of the European continent.
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. This new visa waiver application will allow Schengen members to quickly and easily screen prospective travelers arriving from outside of Europe relatively unobtrusively. It is additionally hoped that this will greatly speed up and improve the immigration process at airports and seaports all over the Schengen zone.
These Are the Following Countries that Will Require A Valid ETIAS
What Do Singaporeans Need to do before Visiting The Schengen Zone?
At present, Singaporeans do not require travel authorization in order to visit Europe. However, that will change when ETIAS is fully implemented and becomes obligatory for citizens of Singapore. The ETIAS requirements for Singaporean citizens are quite straightforward. From 2021, citizens from Singapore will need to present the following details during an application for this new travel authorization:
- A valid Singaporean passport with 3 months remaining from the date of arrival in Europe
- A current email address (to receive the visa waiver)
- 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 provided.
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. The first step in completing this application will be to provide personal details. The ETIAS applicant will need to enter the correct information regarding their:
- First name
- Last name
- Date of birth
- Nation of birth
- The applicant’s current address
Once the applicant’s personal information has been submitted, they will then need to provide details about their passport. The online application form will ask them to specify:
- Their national citizenship
- A Singaporean passport number
- The issue date of their passport
- Their passport’s expiry date
In the final stage of the process, the user will then need to answer a number of personal, employment and security questions, to ensure that they conform to the application criteria of ETIAS. They will need to:
- Select the country they are going to enter the Schengen zone from
- Confirm and provide evidence of relationship with any family members who are EU citizen or EU resident that the applicant will be visiting with their ETIAS
- Provide information about their education background
- Give details of their work status
- Answer whether they’ve traveled to conflict zones previously
- Detail whether they possess a criminal record in Singapore
- Provide any information on if they have been prosecuted for human trafficking or drug offenses
- Submit information on previous travel to the European continent and Schengen area
Singaporean applicants will need to give appropriate answers to these questions in order to receive the approved EU visa waiver for Singaporean citizens. Once their application has been checked and confirmed it will then be sent by email to the email address registered during the application process.
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 main aim of the ETIAS visa waiver is to strengthen Europe’s borders while speeding up the process for travelers. As a result, the information provided by the applicant is checked against various security databases. These systems include:
- EUROPOL DATA
- TDAWN (INTERPOL)
- SLTD (INTERPOL)
However, it is important to know in advance that the approval of an ETIAS is not a guarantee of entry into Europe. Even if an ETIAS document for a Singaporean citizen is approved, the final say on whether they are permitted entry into the Schengen area lies with the national border guard on duty at the time of entry into Europe.
If the border officials have any suspicions or evidence that the visitor from Singapore intends to contravene the terms of their ETIAS then they can deny entry. This can include the following situations:
- The Singaporean citizen is intending to seek employment whilst in Europe
- The ETIAS holder is planning to overstay their visa waiver authorization
- The holder of the ETIAS is carrying or attempting to import illegal weapons, firearms and/or other contraband into the country
Also, be aware that border guards may ask you on arrival if you can provide evidence for the following:
- Sufficient funds for the duration of your vacation or business trip to Europe
- Valid health insurance for the Schengen area
- Return tickets to Singapore or proof of onward travel from Europe
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. An ETIAS authorization is valid for 3 years (or until the ETIAS holder’s passport expires or is renewed for any reason) and allows multiple entries into the Schengen Zone, as long as the visits are no longer than 90 days in any 180-day period.
With the ETIAS visa waiver for the Schengen area, you will be able to visit all 26 member states participating in the free movement area after arriving in your specified country of entry. This includes all 22 EU member countries, 4 European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) members and 3 open border countries within the Schengen zone’s borders. Singaporeans with an ETIAS will also be able to travel to Special Members of the EU such as the Canary Islands and Madeira, outside of the EU’s main borders.
Once the ETIAS visa waiver expires, or the passport attached to the authorization expires, citizens of Singapore will need to reapply for an ETIAS visa waiver and complete the ETIAS application process again, including payment of the ETIAS fee.
Cases When Singaporeans Will Need A European Visa Instead of an ETIAS
Visitors from Singapore wishing to work in Europe, stay for longer than 90 days, or visit Europe for reasons other than those permitted by the ETIAS such as for study, will need to apply for an appropriate Schengen Visa for Singaporean citizens. To obtain this visa, citizens will need to apply for this in person via an appointment at the applicable national embassy or consulate for the country they wish to live in.
During the application process, Singaporeans will need to supply the identifying documentation and other pertinent information in order to have their visa approved by the nation they’re applying to. The citizen will need to submit the following documents:
- A Singaporean passport with 2 blank pages and over 3 months validity prior to travel
- A completed Schengen visa application form
- Photocopies of any previously granted Schengen visas
- A recent passport photo of the applicant, that shows their full face and that is taken against a white background
In addition to these steps, the applicant will need to also supply:
- Payment of the visa fees
- Reservations for round trip flights or onward travel
- Proof of sufficient financial means for living in the Schengen area
- Evidence of valid health insurance for your prospective country of residence
The length of the Schengen visa granted will vary depending on the personal situation of the Singaporean in question. Visitors can apply for either:
A single entry visa:
This allows the traveler to enter a Schengen country once for a specified period of time. The visa will expire if the visa holder exits the Schengen area at any time during its validity. After this, they will have to apply for an ETIAS or new visa in order to return.
A double-entry visa:
The same rules as the single entry visa apply, although in this instance the visa holder is permitted to leave and return to the Schengen area on one occasion. On the second instance of leaving the borders of the Schengen zone, the visa will automatically expire.
A multiple entry visa:
This functions in much the same way as an ETIAS although the visa can last between 1-5 years.
ETIAS for Singaporeans - FAQ
Can Singaporeans use an ETIAS to Study in Europe?
Singaporeans unfortunately will not be able to study in Europe with an ETIAS visa waiver once the system has launched. This is because ETIAS is permitted only for tourism, transit and business purposes. Instead the applicant should instead seek to obtain a valid national or study visa for their destination of choice.
Can Singaporeans Work In Europe with ETIAS?
People from Singapore traveling to the European Union with an ETIAS will not be permitted to work in their arrival destinations. In order to work in a Schengen country Singaporean citizens must instead apply for an appropriate work visa from the nation they wish to work in.
Is the ETIAS For Singaporean Citizens a Visa?
No, the ETIAS for Singaporeans is a visa waiver rather than a full visa. It is designed to enhance security in the EU and streamline the process of entering all 26 European Schengen countries for citizens of visa waiver countries for tourism and business purposes.