Tuvalu has a visa waiver agreement with the European Union. This means that Tuvaluan travelers can visit Europe short-term without having to apply for a visa.
This visa-free status allows Tuvaluans entry into Europe just by presenting their passport upon arrival during 2020, for any of the following travel purposes:
Nevertheless, this visa exemption will entail the obligation to carry an additional travel document starting from 2021. The ETIAS travel authorization will become mandatory for all visa-exempt citizens —including Tuvaluans— from 2021, onwards.
ETIAS stands for the European Travel Information and Authorization System and is being implemented by the European Union in order to increase its internal security and further fight terrorism.
What Do Tuvaluans Need To Visit Europe?
From 2021, onwards, Tuvaluan passport holders that wish to visit the European Schengen nations including France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Germany for short-term stays will need an ETIAS.
The ETIAS for Tuvaluans is valid for stays of up to 90 days per 180-day period and grants the holder multiple entries into the Schengen countries.
Contrary to consular visas —which are country-specific— the ETIAS for Tuvalian nationals allows them entry into all 26 Schengen member nations with a single online application:
Do Tuvaluan citizens need an ETIAS for every European country they visit?
ETIAS permits Tuvaluans 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
The ETIAS for Tuvaluans is valid for trips to the Schengen Area for one or more of the following purposes:
Additionally, Tuvaluan students and professionals who wish to attend conferences, short-term courses or workshops in Europe can also do so with an ETIAS. The only requirement, in this case, is that the duration of the academic falls under the 90 days allotted by the ETIAS.
ETIAS Benefits for Passport Holders of Tuvalu
The ETIAS travel authorization for citizens of Tuvalu offers holders multiple benefits:
- The travel document is easier for Tuvaluans to obtain than a traditional consular European visa
- The requirements to get an ETIAS from Tuvalu (see list below) are simple and straightforward
- The integrated security systems implemented alongside the ETIAS will facilitate Schengen border crossing for Tuvaluan holders
- The ETIAS will be processed much faster than a traditional visa (most requests should be approved within 1-3 business days)
- The electronic travel authorization for Europe can be obtained entirely online, eliminating the need for Tuvaluans to visit an embassy or consulate
- Obtaining an ETIAS from Tuvalu does not require an interview
- The ETIAS grants Tuvaluan holders the right to spend up to 90 days per 180-day period inside the Schengen borders
ETIAS For Tuvaluans Required Documents
In order for Tuvaluan nationals to successfully complete the ETIAS online application, they will need to have the following at hand:
- A current, machine-readable Tuvaluan passport that remains valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the Schengen Area
- An email address the Tuvaluan citizen has access to in order to receive a digital copy of the document once it is approved
- An online payment method, such as a valid credit or debit card, with which to cover the ETIAS issuance fees from Tuvalu
Once the Tuvaluan passport holder compiles the above ETIAS requirements, they will be able to complete the visa waiver application from the comfort of their own home or office. The ETIAS application for citizens of Tuvalu can be filled out from any location that has a secure internet connection.
ETIAS For Europe Application From Tuvalu
Passport holders from Tuvalu who wish to apply for an ETIAS will have to fill out a simple online form.
The ETIAS application from Tuvalu takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete once the traveler has the necessary documents at hand (see ETIAS requirements above for a detailed list).
The ETIAS form will require Tuvaluan applicants to enter the following information:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Passport number
- Passport country and date of issue
- Passport expiry date
- Intended arrival date to the Schengen Area
- First intended country of arrival
- Purpose of their visit to Europe
ETIAS for Tuvaluan Underage Travelers
From 2021, the ETIAS for Tuvaluans will be an obligatory European entry requirement for travelers of all ages, including minors.
Parents and guardians of Tuvaluan underage children may obtain an ETIAS authorization on the child’s behalf. In order to do so, the parent will have to fill out the form with the minor’s data.
ETIAS applications for Tuvaluan children may be completed using the parent or guardian’s contact and payment data.
ETIAS Application Recommendations For Tuvaluans
Tuvaluan nationals are advised to carefully revise the data entered in their ETIAS application, making sure that:
- The citizen’s full name and date of birth coincides exactly with the way they are printed on the Tuvaluan passport
- The passport number, date of issuance and expiration date are identical to the ones printed on the applicant’s passport
- The citizen’s email address has no typing errors so that they can correctly receive notifications regarding their ETIAS application
Once the form is filled out and the Tuvaluan citizen has completed the payment of the ETIAS fees, the request will be processed.
The automated revision of the ETIAS data includes screening against multiple international security databases such as SIS, VIS, EURODAC, EUROPOL, and INTERPOL.
The majority of Tuvaluan ETIAS applications are expected to be automatically approved within the first 24 hours.
Nevertheless, in a few instances, the Tuvaluan applicant’s data may receive a hit from one or more of the security databases queried during the screening process. In this case, a manual revision of the citizen’s personal information and ETIAS request may be required.
Manual revision of an ETIAS from Tuvalu can extend the processing time to up to 3 business days. Therefore, it is advisable for travelers to apply for the travel authorization at least 3 business days ahead of their desired travel dates.
ETIAS for Tuvaluans - FAQ
Can Tuvaluans work in Europe on an ETIAS visa waiver?
Tuvaluan citizens who wish to do business in Schengen member nations may do so for up to 90 days with an ETIAS travel authorization. The ETIAS entitles Tuvaluan holders to do business or visit all 26 member nations.
Tuvaluans who wish to work in Europe but are yet undecided as to the country to which they wish to move may visit all the Schengen countries with their ETIAS. When the Tuvaluan citizen finds the country that suits their needs and preferences, they will have to visit the embassy or consulate for this country in order to apply for a work visa.
European work visas —unlike the ETIAS, which is valid in all 26 nations— are country-specific. Tuvaluan nationals who wish to work or seek employment in the European Union may not do so on an ETIAS and will have to obtain a valid work visa for the country of their choice.
Working in the Schengen Area with a Tuvaluan passport and an ETIAS may result in serious consequences such as the revocation of the ETIAS, fines, and even deportation.
Can Tuvaluan citizens with a criminal record visit Europe?
Passport holders from Tuvalu who have a criminal record may still be able to go to Europe. Holding a Tuvaluan or third-country criminal record does not necessarily mean that their ETIAS will be denied.
The ETIAS aims to keep individuals with ties to terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking and other serious crimes outside the Schengen borders.
Applicants with minor offenses may still be considered eligible for an ETIAS from Tuvalu if they are not perceived as a threat to the wellbeing and security of the Schengen member nations and their residents.
Do travelers from Tuvalu with dual citizenship need an ETIAS?
Individuals from Tuvalu with dual citizenship who wish to visit Europe will need to apply for an ETIAS if they comply with all the following conditions:
- The Tuvaluan national’s second passport/nationality is from a non-Schengen country, ETIAS eligible country, or a visa-required country
- The Tuvaluan traveler intends to visit the European Schengen member nations
- The Tuvaluan individual will stay a maximum of 90 days
- The purpose of the Tuvaluan national’s trip is either leisure, tourism, business, health or transit
The Tuvaluan citizen will have to choose one of their passports to apply for the ETIAS and make sure to travel on the same passport.
Once it is approved, the ETIAS will be electronically linked with a single passport, the exact passport used in the application form.
The ETIAS cannot be transferred to a second passport, not even when both belong to the same citizen. Therefore, Tuvaluans with an ETIAS on one passport, who travel on their second passport may encounter trouble at the border.
European Union border authorities will not be able to access the citizen’s ETIAS unless they present the passport for which the ETIAS was granted upon arrival.