What Circumstances require an ETIAS Visa Waiver?
ETIAS is unusual in that it is only required for visitors entering the EU by plane.
Ukrainians who take the 11-hour train from Kyiv to Berlin, for example, will require
no ETIAS visa waiver. However, they will still require a passport and will still
only be allowed to remain in the EU for 90 days. Staying for longer will result in
the Ukrainian getting in trouble with the border force.
Likewise, the ETIAS visa waiver only grants access for three months. It is intended
for visiting only, and longer residencies will require a full visa and residency permit.
ETIAS will also only be in place as of January 1st, 2023. All short-term travel
to the Schengen area after that will require an ETIAS visa waiver.
The countries that require an ETIAS visa waiver to visit are also very specific.
The EU has united all Schengen nations - including EFTA nations and defacto Schengen
states - in agreement on this travel policy. The nations that ETIAS grants admittance
- Czech Republic
- Vatican City
- San Marino