General questions about ETIAS
Why is the EU rolling out the ETIAS program?
The purpose of ETIAS is to strengthen external border controls as well as to enhance security within the community against terrorism threats and migration risks.
I already have a Schengen visa, do I need to apply for an ETIAS?
No. If you are not a citizen of a country listed in Application Requirements Page, you do not need an ETIAS. Instead you need a Schengen visa.
With my ETIAS, am I able to travel freely in the Schengen Area without being subject to internal border controls?
With your ETIAS, you are allowed to move freely within the Schengen Area without being subject to internal border controls. However, at any time authorities of the Member States can conduct a spot check due to security purposes.
With an ETIAS, can I travel to other EU Member States which are not part of Schengen Area?
Please verify visa requirement information of the countries to which you will travel in order to determine whether you are subject to a visa for those countries.
Implications to different nationalities.
I’m an EU citizen; do I need an ETIAS to visit another country in the Schengen area?
Absolutely not. Only citizens of countries listed in Application Requirements Page must apply for an ETIAS.
I’m a United Kingdom citizen; do I need ETIAS to visit an EU country?
Currently, ETIAS is not required for nationals of the UK. However, ETIAS is required for extra-national passport holders of the following:
- British nationals (Overseas),
- British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTC),
- British overseas citizens (BOC),
- British protected persons (BPP),
- British subjects (BS)
I am a citizen of one the countries listed in ETIAS but I hold a long term permission to stay in one of the Schengen member states, do I need an ETIAS whenever I re-enter the Schengen Area?
No as long as your permission is still valid at the time of entry.
ETIAS Application Process
How do I apply for an authorization via ETIAS?
ETIAS is an electronic visa authorization, you can apply directly online
How long does it take to apply for an ETIAS?
You’ll be notified about the status of your application in few hours after you have completed your application.
How much does it cost for an ETIAS?
It costs 5 euros to apply for an ETIAS. Persons under 18 do not need pay for an ETIAS.
I will travel with my kids who are under 18, do they need an ETIAS?
Yes, everyone from visa-free countries needs to apply for an ETIAS regardless of age. However, individuals under the age of 18 do not need to pay the fee.
How long is an ETIAS valid for?
An ETIAS is valid for 5 years from the date of issue or until your passport expiry date, whichever comes first.
ETIAS versus EU-visa
What is the difference between the Schengen Area and the European Union?
Schengen Area encompasses almost all of the European Union and some non-European Union countries (e.g. Norway and Switzerland). Not all EU states are part of the Schengen Area (e.g Cyprus, Croatia or Iceland are not a member state of the Schengen Area).
What is the difference between ETIAS and EU-visa?
ETIAS is an automatic authorization system that applies for nationals of third countries who are visa-exempted such as USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and so on. The process of granting an EU-visa instead is not automated. The application is processed on a case-by- case basis. Nationals of third countries who are not visa-exempted must possess a valid entry visa in order to access to or transit through the Schengen Area.
I am not a national of one of the countries listed in the visa-waiver program but I need to transit through an airport in the Schengen area, what visa do I need?
There are three possibilities when you transit through an airport in the Schengen area. Please refer below and determine which possibilities apply to you.
You are coming from a foreign country and are transiting through an airport in the Schengen Area to travel to another airport in the Schengen Area. In this case, technically you pass border police control; you must have an entry short-stay visa for the Schengen Area.
You are coming from a foreign country and are transiting through an airport in one of the Member States to travel to an airport outside the Schengen Area without leaving the International Zone of the airport. In this case you do not enter the Schengen Area. Therefore, you are not required to possess an entry visa. However, certain nationalities are required to have a short-term visa even for transit purposes, please check Airport transit visa (ATV) for further information.
You are coming from a foreign country and are transiting through an airport in the Schengen Area to travel to an airport outside the Schengen Area and you need to leave the International Zone of the airport in the Schengen Area. In this case, you enter the Schengen Area, and, unless you are exempt from short-stay visa requirements, you must apply for a short-stay visa in order to transit through that airport