1. Can you get a European visa with a criminal record?
A criminal record does not automatically disqualify you for an ETIAS visa. But your
chances depend on the following:
• The nature and severity of the crime.
• The length of time since the conviction.
• The length of your sentence.
Aside from the crime, ETIAS authorities may also consider factors like your purpose of
visit, the length of stay, and previous travel history.
2. Can I still apply for ETIAS if I have a criminal record?
Yes, you can still apply for ETIAS even if you have a criminal record. You can still get
ETIAS with a criminal record.
3. Can convicted felons go to Europe?
Yes, convicted felons can go to Europe. However, from 2023, they may need an ETIAS visa
waiver to ensure free entry and movement within the continent.
4. What questions will be on the ETIAS?
The ETIAS application will include the following questions:
• Personal information: name, date of birth, place of birth, gender,
and contact details.
• Passport information: passport number, expiration date, and
country of issuance.
• Travel information: point of entry to the Schengen Area, intended length
of stay, and accommodation details.
• Security-related questions: criminal record, previous refusals of entry
or visa, and terrorist activities.
• Health-related questions: current or past infectious diseases such as COVID-19
5. How long does ETIAS approval take?
ETIAS approval ranges from a few minutes to 4 days. Sometimes, it may take up to a month if
there is a need for some extra processing.
6. Is ETIAS mandatory now?
According to the latest announcements, ETIAS will begin operations in November 2023 and it
will be mandatory for visitors traveling to any of the Schengen Area countries that
currently don’t require a visa.