ETIAS will grant its holders a stay of up to 90 days in Europe within a 180-day period. The authorisation will be valid for 3 consecutive years, or until the passport expires. A valid ETIAS will allow foreign travellers to visit the region multiple times.
Currently, under the EU’s visa liberalisation programme, visitors from select non-EU nations, including the US, can enter the Schengen Area using just a passport.
Whilst this has provided easy and quick access to Europe, calls for increased border security led to the development of ETIAS.
ETIAS will be a mandatory entry requirement for the Schengen Zone for tourism and business purposes. American passport holders who wish to visit Europe in the future will need to apply online for their ETIAS travel authorisation.
Where can I travel to for 90 days with ETIAS?
ETIAS is valid for the entire Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is a border-free travel zone made up of 26 European nations, 24 of which are EU Member States.
As there are no internal borders between Schengen countries, once an ETIAS holder has crossed the external border they can move freely between countries without facing further checkpoints.
Such freedom of movement is particularly convenient for sightseers and those flying between European cities on business.
ETIAS will increase safety and security across Europe
When an ETIAS application is submitted for review, it is automatically cross-checked against international databases including the Schengen Information System (SIS), European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), and EURODAC.
There will also be an ETIAS watchlist which compiles the names of individuals considered to be a threat to Europe due to their connections to serious crime.
If anything is flagged up during the automatic screening, the application will then be manually assessed by the ETIAS Central and National Units before a final decision is made.
By pre-screening visitors from outside the EU, individuals who may pose a health and safety risk can be prevented from crossing the border legally. Travellers will be able to enjoy their favourite European destinations with greater peace of mind than ever before.
Apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for tourism, business, and short-term study
The ETIAS visa waiver may be used for tourism, business, and short-term study purposes. ETIAS grants multiple entries to Schengen member countries for up to 90 days.
Eligible travellers must note that while ETIAS gives them the authorisation to carry out business activities or follow courses, a visa or other permit must be obtained to work and study in Europe for long-term periods.
US citizens will be required to apply for ETIAS online prior to departure. Requiring just a few personal details and passport information, the process will be quick to complete.
It is expected that the vast majority of requests will be approved almost immediately, at which point the visa waiver is linked to the applicant’s biometric passport electronically.
Spending 90 days in Europe with ETIAS
The ETIAS permit is multiple-entry allowing for a maximum stay of 90 days in Europe in a 180 day period. ETIAS is valid for 3 years so there’s no need to reapply until the ETIAS, or the passport to which it is linked, expires.
US nationals can travel to Europe with ETIAS for a variety of reasons including:
- Short-term study
What’s more, as ETIAS is valid for the entire Schengen Area, US citizens can make the most of their 3 months in Europe to visit several nations on one trip.
Tourism in Europe with ETIAS
Europe boasts some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. France and Spain consistently take the top spots on the World Tourism rankings, each attracting over 80 million international visitors annually, whilst places such as Iceland are on the rise.
Europe has something for everyone
With its varied culture, history and landscapes, Europe offers something for every kind of traveller. Those seeking sunshine and sandy beaches can relax along the Mediterranean coastline whilst adventure seekers can head to the ski slopes of Switzerland or Austria.
That’s not to mention the rich and varied cuisines found across the continent. Tourists can sample the finest Italian cooking and also discover new flavours and dishes in Denmark or Finland.
With 90 days to explore, ETIAS for tourism offers the chance to discover as many of the 26 Schengen Area countries as they wish, each of which offers a unique visitor experience.
Doing business in Europe with ETIAS
European cities are hubs of business activity. Many major companies choose Europe to base their headquarters thanks to a wide talent base and excellent international connections.
Frankfurt, Madrid, and Brussels are some of the European destinations most frequented by travellers conducting overseas negotiations, attending meetings or taking part in conferences and other events.
Business travellers stay 90 days in Europe without a work permit
The good news is that foreign citizens can travel to Europe with ETIAS for business purposes for up to 90 days. Provided the stay is shorter than 3 months, there is no need to obtain a work permit to carry out business in Europe.
Quick to apply for and with fast processing times, ETIAS can be obtained in time for a last-minute overseas meeting. Requesting a work visa is a lengthier and more complex process.
The same ETIAS visa waiver can be used to carry out business across the Schengen Area, particularly useful for people attending several meetings or events on one trip.
ETIAS for studying in Europe
Studying in Europe is an excellent way to experience a new culture, learn a language and improve job prospects. For young people, studying overseas has the added benefit of increasing independence by spending time away from home whilst learning new skills.
Foreigners who study in Europe with ETIAS for a short period of time can make the most of their stay by visiting other towns and cities and, thanks to border-free travel, even other Schengen countries.
To gain school work credit or stay in the region for longer than 90 days, international students must apply for a student visa for Europe at the embassy or consulate of the country where they wish to further their education.
While it is possible to follow courses with a valid ETIAS, the travel authorisation may not be used to enrol in a university or at a higher education institution.
Take courses of up to 90 days in Europe with ETIAS
Language programmes in Europe are very popular. Surrounded by native speakers, students may find that they improve their speaking and listening more in 3 months living in the country than in a year back home.
Cookery courses are also widespread throughout European countries. Professional chefs can improve their techniques at a prestigious academy whilst amateurs can learn how to cook and bake whilst meeting new people.