Despite the two-decade-long war on terror and lengthy struggles for peace, the
world is a more dangerous place than ever. It is a difficult time for the
movement of people, with every individual being treated as a potential threat
to their destination nation. Like most other administrations, the EU has had
to implement new immigration rules for their security.
The EU has followed the lead of nations like the USA, to create a visa waiver
program to screen visitors more thoroughly. The program is offered to "safe"
nations as a simpler alternative to a visa for short-term travel.
The EU's visa waiver system is the planned ETIAS
(European Travel Information
Authorisation System), which will apply to the citizens of 60 nations,
including Guatemala. Guatemalan applicants will have their data
cross-referenced with Interpol databases to ensure that it is safe for the EU
to grant them entrance.
The ETIAS visa waiver is aimed at Guatemalans who are planning short-term
travel to the EU, and they will have the right to make their planned trip any
time within three years of making their application.