This means that for visits to select European countries, you’ll have to complete an electronic ETIAS application at least four days prior to your departure. This includes transiting en route to other destinations.
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) was introduced in 2016 by the European Union. Its goal is to improve the security of its member states by capturing data on its travellers.
The process is online which means you can expect your application to be approved within minutes and sent by email. Physical copies aren’t needed since the ETIAS is stored electronically along with passport details in the European Immigration system.
The ETIAS is valid for three years, can be used for multiple entry and transit to other European countries. Those who were denied an ETIAS can still apply for a full visitor visa. An ETIAS does not guarantee entry as the final decision is made by border security personnel upon arrival.
So, what’s the difference between an ETIAS and Schengen Visa?
ETIAS is an electronic travel authorisation that is for travellers who currently can travel to Europe without a visa. The Schengen Visa is for those who are unable to travel to EU countries without a visa.
For travel beyond three months, you’ll need to apply for a Schengen visa.
ETIAS allows travel throughout Europe while a Schengen Visa is specific to the country applied for. Travellers who are visiting multiple countries will have to apply for a visa for the country they plan to spend the most time.
Which countries require an ETIAS?
The countries that will soon require an ETIAS are:
The Czech Republic
For more information on ETIAS guidelines and applications for Trinbagonian citizens, visit their website.