Do I need an ETIAS Weaver to travel to Europe?

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Ad – The world is getting smaller thanks to planes, ships and trains. A trip to Indonesia is just as uncomplicated for Europeans as it is to Cyprus or the Balearic Islands. However, if you want to leave Europe, you have to apply for a visa for each country you want to travel to. Accordingly, non-Europeans also need a visa to travel to Europe. From 2024, however, the visa process for entry into the Schengen countries will change drastically. The ETIAS visa weaver will make travel much easier for non-Europeans. Here you can find out more about the online application for such a visa.

What is an ETIAS visa weaver?

ETIAS stands for Europe Travel Information and Authorization System. The aim is to provide a multi-year visa waiver to facilitate transit, tourism and business travel. With a valid passport, this visa exemption allows up to three years of multiple entry and exit. The traveler can stay freely in the Schengen area for up to 90 days. A number of European countries are currently participating in this programme. It allows residents of non-Schengen countries to travel to Europe under certain conditions. To do so, however, certain requirements must be met to protect borders and maintain the security of member countries.

Who needs to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver?

Europe is a cultural hotspot for many adventurers. Especially gourmets outside of the Schengen area will love the local delicacies France, Italian or Spain seduced. But other countries that don't exactly make the culinary top 10 are also gaining popularity among luxury vacationers, including Finland, Slovenia and Ireland.

From 2024, anyone who is not a citizen of a Schengen member state can only enter the country with an ETIAS visa weaver. Travelers under the age of 18 also need a passport including an approved visa, but are exempt from the fees. The visa is only valid for business and tourist trips and allows a stay of up to 90 days at a time. In addition, a student or work visa must be applied for.

How do I apply for an ETIAS visa weaver?

Anyone who has successfully applied for a visa before has a rough idea of ​​what information is required when completing the ETIAS visa application. In order for the application to be approved without any problems, all data must be provided truthfully and the ETIAS requirements must be met. It usually takes 20 minutes to fill out. Normally, no scanned documents are required. However, there may be different challenges depending on the country of first entry. All necessary documents must be scanned in a specific format. An ETIAS visa may also be requested by a third party on behalf of the applicant, particularly for travelers under the age of 18.

To apply, the traveler needs three essential things: a passport that is valid for three months from the date of arrival in Europe, a debit or credit card to pay the application fees directly, and an email address to which the approved visa is sent.

When applying, the traveler must provide important personal information, which must match the data in the passport. Including, first name(s), last name or family name, maiden name (if applicable), common name(s), date, place and country of birth, gender and nationality. In order for the ETIAS Weaver application to be approved, important data from the passport must also be entered; including the passport number, date of issue and expiry date. The full address, international telephone number and information on your professional background are also important. The applicant must also submit the country of entry.

After all this information has been entered correctly, the traveler must answer various ETIAS background and security questions. Family members of EU citizens or third-country nationals must also provide further information on the identity and details of the family relationship between the applicant and the EU citizen or third-country national. Depending on the country of origin, certain diseases lead to an automatic rejection of the application. The WHO maintains a list that is constantly updated. It determines which health risks do not allow entry into Europe. Entries in the criminal record must also be specified in detail.

What happens if the ETIAS visa waiver application is denied?

All the information in the application is first checked electronically and compared with various databases. Typing errors, missing or incorrect information will lead to an automatic rejection of the ETIAS visa application. More serious, however, are applications from people who, due to health or criminal backgrounds, could pose a security risk to European citizens. All rejected applications are forwarded to an ETIAS headquarters of the European Border and Coast Guard. There, the application is checked again by employees. In some cases, the reason for rejection is due to certain countries that have stricter entry requirements than other European countries. The ETIAS visa application is then forwarded to this member state, which will check the information separately.

If the applicant has not provided all the necessary information or has made typographical errors, a new application can be submitted. He is requested to do so by the ETIAS Headquarters. However, if the application was rejected for security reasons, the applicant should contact the relevant Member State and file a complaint. If the state nevertheless refuses entry, the traveler can be issued with a territorial and time-limited ETIAS visa by the ETIAS headquarters. However, there must be an important reason for this.

If additional information is required to approve the application, the applicant has 72 business days to submit all paperwork and data. The application will then be submitted within XNUMX hours and a new decision will be made.

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Do I need an ETIAS Weaver to travel to Europe?

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.