Traveling to Europe’s Schengen area has not been easy for some people. You need a visa among many other documents. Sometimes getting a visa is not a simple process. You need to have several documents and need to go through an interview for your visa to be approved. With technology, things are expected to change in the future. In the future, you may not need a visa to travel to the Schengen area for a short period. The ETIAS Europe travel visa waiver will make this possible starting from January 2021. Below is a brief discussion of all you need to learn about the process of applying for ETIAS.
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Who can apply for ETIAS?
Before we look at the actual application process, it is important to know who can apply for this travel visa waiver. There are many countries eligible for ETIAS application. Some of the countries include Albania, South Korea, Malaysia, Georgia, Honduras, among many others. Citizens from these eligible countries will need to have this travel waiver to travel visa-free to Schengen area countries.
Purposes of travel covered by the ETIAS travel visa waiver
The ETIAS Europe visa waiver covers several purposes. You can travel to the Schengen area for business. This travel waiver will allow you to travel visa-free to any Schengen area country to do business. On top of that, you can attend conventions, seminars, and exhibitions. More so, this travel visa waiver will cover tourists. Furthermore, the waiver will cover visits for medical procedures, short term internships, and among other short-term visits not exceeding 90 days.
What are the requirements for applying ETIAS?
One of the requirements is that you must be a citizen in one of the ETIAS eligible countries. On top of that, you will be required to have a valid passport. You will need the details of the passport during the application process. The requirements are not many compared to the application for a visa.
The application process
The process of getting this travel visa waiver is completely online. You will get an online form where you will fill details of your passport among other details. You should make sure that the details are correct to ensure that your application is approved. After filling the details, you will submit the form for approval. The approval time is mostly a few minutes. However, it can take a maximum of 4 days.
The potential responses after the application
Most applications are approved. If your application is approved, you will get an ‘approved’ response. This means that you can travel to any of the countries visa-free. A ‘pending’ response means that the final decision hasn’t been made and it can take up to four days to get a perfect response. When your application is not approved, you will get a ‘denied’ response.
Come January 2021; you will be able to travel visa-free to Europe’s Schengen area countries thanks to ETIAS Europe visa waiver. The application will be done online. This will be a perfect option over getting a visa if you want to travel to any country in the Schengen area for a short period not exceeding 90 days.