The EU has launched the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to try and protect the region from terrorist attacks. The ETIAS program will come into effect as of 2020 and citizens traveling to Europe from Venezuela are obliged to obtain one before they reach the Schengen zone.
WHAT SHOULD VENEZUELANS DO BEFORE HEADING TO EUROPE
Citizens of Venezuela do not need a visa to enter the Schengen zone at the moment, however, this will change in 2020, all Venezuelan citizens will be required to apply for an ETIAS authorization online.
Venezuelans who wish to visit Europe will need a valid passport with a minimum of 3 months beyond the first day of their stay. Applicants must pay a fee using a credit or debit card. All Venezuelan citizens that apply for an ETIAS visa need a current email account where the approved visa will be sent to.
ETIAS REQUIREMENTS FOR VENEZUELAN CITIZENS
You can apply for an ETIAS visa by applying online. The process is easy to follow and has just requires applicants to enter their basic details.
The applicant fills out the ETIAS form giving their full name, passport information and details of their travel plans. The Venezuelan citizen completing the form should provide a current email which is necessary to receive the visa.
Travelers are pre-screened before they travel to Europe in an effort to improve the security of the region, in light of recent terrorist attacks.
There is a one-off nominal ETIAS fee, but once approved, it will be valid for a period of five years or until the passport expires. The ETIAS will be sent to the candidate’s email address. As a general rule, all those who will travel to Europe should apply at least 3 days in advance.
ETIAS VISA FOR VENEZUELANS
From 2020 onwards, all Venezuelan nationals should be mindful of the ETIAS application program and apply online before their trip to Europe.
Traveling to Europe from Venezuela has other restrictions regarding luggage. Under no circumstance should people travel with explosives, firearms or other weapons. There are also restrictions on other items such as alcohol and tobacco.
The ETIAS visa is mandatory for Venezuelans over 18. Minors do not need one and only require a valid passport when they travel to Europe.