Do I need an ETIAS if I Have Schengen Visa?
Citizens of the
who do not currently require a visa to visit
Europe will be required to obtain an ETIAS from 2022
, while citizens of
countries who require a visa will still need to have a visa to visit
the countries in the Schengen Zone.
The ETIAS has been introduced to provide an easy and fast online application
for travellers to enter the Schengen Zone while being able to better monitor
visitors coming into the border for any possible security risks.
If a traveller already has a Schengen Visa, they would not require an
ETIAS, as the visa provides their travel authorization. You would
require an ETIAS or a Visa and not both.
Usually, a Schengen Visa would only be required if the person does
not qualify for an ETIAS, which could be due to the country that they are
a citizen of not being visa-exempt, or because the purpose or length of their
visit to the Schengen Zone does not apply under the ETIAS requirements.
The ETIAS is available for travellers from visa-exempt countries, who are
visiting a country, or countries in the Schengen Zone for business,
tourism or transit purposes. If the traveller wants to live, work or
study in the Schengen Zone, they would need to submit the relevant
type of visa application to obtain the adequate travel authorization.