The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a new visa that allows travelers from certain countries to visit the European Union (EU) for short stays. It will be implemented in 2023 and is designed to improve security and streamline the process for visiting the EU. Here’s what you need to know about city traveling with the ETIAS visa.
What is the ETIAS visa?
The ETIAS visa is an electronic authorization that allows citizens of eligible countries to visit the EU for short stays (up to 90 days) for tourism, business, or medical reasons. It is similar to the ESTA visa in the United States and the eTA visa in Canada.
To obtain an ETIAS visa, travelers will need to fill out an online application and pay a fee. The application will require personal and passport information, as well as security-related questions. Once approved, the ETIAS visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips to the EU.
Which countries are eligible for the ETIAS visa?
The ETIAS visa will be available to citizens of 60 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and most countries in Europe and South America. A complete list of eligible countries can be found on the ETIAS website.
How do I apply for the ETIAS visa?
You will need to have a valid passport with a minimum of six months validity. The application process should take about 20 minutes to complete.
Once you have completed the application, you will receive a confirmation email. If your application is approved, you will receive your ETIAS visa electronically, which you will need to present at the border when you enter the EU.
What do I need to do while traveling in the EU with the ETIAS visa?
While traveling in the EU with the ETIAS visa, there are a few things you will need to keep in mind. First, you are only allowed to stay in the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. This means that you cannot stay in the EU for more than three months out of every six months.
You will also need to have a valid passport with at least six months remaining on it when you enter the EU. You may also be required to show proof of sufficient funds and a return ticket when you enter the EU.
Finally, you should register with the local authorities if you are staying in a private residence or rental property while in the EU. This is a requirement in many countries and will help authorities to locate you in case of an emergency.
The ETIAS visa allows citizens of eligible countries to easily apply for an authorization online and streamlines the process for visiting the EU. While traveling with the ETIAS visa, it is important to remember to follow the guidelines for staying within the allowed length of stay and to have a valid passport and potentially provide proof of sufficient funds and a return ticket. It is also important to register with local authorities if staying in a private residence or rental property.