What do travellers need to do when ETIAS is implemented?
When ETIAS is implemented, travellers will be required to apply for their
ETIAS before they intend to travel and they will need to complete the
online ETIAS form
, providing details such as: Name, gender, date of birth, citizenship,
passport information. They will also be required to answer questions
related to their health and any criminal record.
Once the form has been completed, the applicant must pay an application
fee using a valid electronic payment card and then submit the application.
They must provide an email address for the ETIAS correspondence to be sent to,
and this is how they will find out whether the application has been approved
or refused. The border security authorities will assess the application
and screen the applicant to identify any information that could deem the
applicant to be a risk to citizens in the Schengen Area.
If the application is approved, the ETIAS will be electronically linked
to the applicant’s passport and when the border authorities check the passport
on arrival, they will be able to see the connected ETIAS. The ETIAS will be
valid for three years, or until the passport expires, whichever date is sooner.
If the application is refused, the applicant should receive a reason for the decision,
and they then have the opportunity to appeal. ETIAS is only intended for transit,
tourism and business travel, so for anyone looking to live permanently or work
in the Schengen Zone, they would require a Schengen Visa instead.
As the ETIAS system has not been implemented yet, there could still be some
changes and updates before January 2022, so it is a good idea to stay up to
date with news if you are planning on travelling to the Schengen Zone in 2022 and beyond.
You can keep up to date with all ETIAS related news through our News page.