ETIAS Visa Waiver for Travelers From Chile

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Chile has joined the 60 nations deemed safe by the EU that have joined the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) visa waiver system. Chileans will be able to enter the Schengen nations without a full visa for short periods. Until its launch in January 2023, Chileans must get a standard visa as is normal.

Why Has the ETIAS Replaced the Visa?

The ETIAS Visa Waiver will replace the standard visa for short-term travel to the Schengen area to tackle the existential threat of terrorism and foreign espionage.
ETIAS should help the EU to screen people coming in from Chile better. It will leverage Interpol data to find threatening individuals. The EU will therefore become more secure in the safety of Chileans coming into the Schengen area.

When do Chileans Need and Not Need an ETIAS Visa Waiver?

The ETIAS visa waiver is necessary for Chileans to travel to the Schengen states. The visa waiver includes the EU Schengen states, the non-EU Schengen states (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein), and the de-facto Schengen micro-states (Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino).
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Slovakia
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Poland
  • Malta
  • Slovenia
  • Greece
  • Belgium
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • Latvia
  • Czech Republic
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Sweden
  • Luxembourg
  • Denmark
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Netherlands
  • Liechtenstein
  • Iceland
  • Monaco
  • Vatican City
  • San Marino

Do All Chileans Need an ETIAS Visa Waiver for Schengen Area Travel?

All Chileans travelling to the Schengen area for less than 90 days will need an ETIAS visa waiver, regardless of age. A visa waiver must be aquired for the under-18s and over-70s, but these Chileans do not need to pay an application fee.

How is the ETIAS Visa Expected to Work?

The ETIAS system will be rapid. Applications will process in one day, with a very high initial acceptance rate. The acceptance rate will be around 95%. Sometimes, more documentation is required will slow the process, even if there is no outright refusal. The application will be dealt with in around three days.
An ETIAS Visa Waiver will allow Chileans to travel in the Schengen area once for any period under 90 days. The ETIAS does not last forever, and they must make their trip within three years of being awarded one. If a Chilean wishes to make another trip to the Schengen area, they will have to arrange another ETIAS visa.

How Do Chileans Apply for an ETIAS?

The application process is as easy as it is quick. Most Chileans will only need proof of address, debit or credit card, and a passport for their documentation. However, some may have to provide additional documentation, such as a criminal records if required. Most Chileans will run into no problems if this documentation is in order.
Chileans will also have to answer some basic questions for their application. These include the applicant’s name, current address, birthdate and birthplace, travel itinerary, and their parents’ information.
Some legal information is also required to make sure the Chilean is safe to enter Europe. These include questions on illegal drug use, past and current employment, terrorism connections, travel to conflict areas, and ties to human trafficking.

ETIAS Application Rejections

The EU has determined three reasons that an ETIAS application should fail.
  • Lies on the application.
  • Interpol cross-references showing the person to be a danger.
  • Failure to provide an appropriate travel itinerary.
When the EU rejects an ETIAS visa waiver application, it will not necessarily never be accepted. Usually, the EU can clear up the matter with lots more documentation. The decision moves to the destination nations of the Chilean, and the border force of these nations have four weeks to make a decision.

What Should a Chilean Do If Their Application is Fully Rejected?

For the minority of applicants who have their applications totally rejected, no ETIAS visa is required. They still need paperwork to enter the Schengen area . They should apply for a standard visa, and they can travel to the EU with that visa.

When is an ETIAS Visa Waiver Not Required?

If a Chilean wants, to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days, they cannot travel on an ETIAS visa. They should acquire a standard longer-term visa from their destination nation.
If a Chilean is not traveling to the Schengen area, they will not need an ETIAS visa waiver. Not all nations in Europe have joined the Schengen agreement.
These nations fall into two categories. Firstly, there is a minority of EU nations not in the Schengen agreement. Cyprus and Romania are such examples.
Secondly, many nations in Europe are not part of the EU or the Schengen agreement. Nations like the United Kingdom and Russia are two of several examples.


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