ETIAS vs Schengen Visa
The process for applying for an ETIAS is much simpler and faster than
applying for a Schengen Visa. It involves completing an online form with
a few questions related to the applicant’s personal details, as well as
security questions such as criminal convictions and medical history.
The ETIAS is for travellers who will be visiting the Schengen Area for
the purposes of tourism, business or transit for a period of up to 90
days and it is valid for three years (or until the passport expires if this date is sooner).
With a Schengen Visa, there are a number of different types of visas to choose
from, depending on the purposes of the reason to enter the country.
For example, there are visas for studying, and visas for medical reasons,
tourism or visiting friends and family. Once you submit your Schengen Visa application,
you will need to visit the embassy or visa centre of the country you are planning to
visit. If you are planning on visiting more than one European country, you will file
your visa for the country where you will be spending the most amount of time.
For the Schengen Visa application, you will be required to provide a
set of standard documents
including two photos, flight schedule, proof of accommodation and proof of financial
means, as well as having a valid passport. You may also be requested to provide
specific documents related to the purpose of your visit, for example, an offer at
a university for a study visa, or details of your medical appointment if applying for a medical visa.
Acquiring a Schengen visa will usually take weeks or even months, while the
ETIAS system is set up to provide citizens from the ETIAS countries with a
quick and easy way to enter the EU, for short visits such as holidays and for business trips.