ETIAS Application Process
The ETIAS application process will be straightforward. Each traveler will be required to provide their personal information including:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
To travel to the Schengen Zone, American citizens must also give the following passport details:
- Passport number
- Passport issuing date
- Passport expiration date
Even though ETIAS will be valid to travel throughout the Schengen Area U.S. applicants must indicate on the application form the country of intended first entry.
The ETIAS application will include a series of security questions in regards the traveler’s health, and whether they have been to conflict zones in the past.
When to complete the ETIAS form?
U.S. nationals should complete the ETIAS form at least 72 hours prior to their trip. Most applications are expected to be processed within minutes. However, to avoid delays or traveling issues, it is recommended to apply 3 days ahead of time.
When will I receive ETIAS?
After a traveler has submitted their application, the system will likely take a few minutes to process an ETIAS form. Though, it’s important to note that it might take up to 72 hours.
All of the information provided by each traveler will be screened against several security databases which include:
- Visa Information System (VIS)
- Second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II)
Once approved, the applicant will be notified of the status of their ETIAS via email. The European visa waiver will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport. It’s important to save the email.
How long is ETIAS valid for?
ETIAS will be valid for 3 years from the day of approval, or until the passport expires. In case the passport expires before the expiration date of ETIAS, the traveler will need to apply for a new travel authorization with the new passport.
An ETIAS holder will be able to stay in the Schengen Area for a period of up to 90 consecutive days, within a 180 day period. ETIAS grants its holders multiple entries to the region.
Revocation or Annulment of ETIAS Travel Authorization
A revocation or annulment of the ETIAS visa waiver may occur only in circumstances where the ETIAS system or a member state have identified a threat or fraudulent activity. These are the reasons why an ETIAS could be annulled:
- When the conditions for issuing the ETIAS visa are no longer met
- When there are grounds for believing that it was fraudulently obtained
- When a passport has been reported lost or stolen
- When the ETIAS holder is refused entry at the member state of first entry
- When the ETIAS IT System receives an alert regarding a traveler
Each member state of the Schengen Area will have an ETIAS National Unit. They will oversee that ETIAS holders have not obtained the authorization in a fraudulent way.
When the ETIAS IT System receives an alert, they will first check whether this alert is connected to an ETIAS holder.
Each member state of the Schengen Area has the right to refuse entry if they deem it necessary.
Can the ETIAS authorization be extended?
The ETIAS authorization cannot be extended. Once ETIAS has expired, travelers will need to apply online for a new ETIAS.
A travelers’ passport must be valid when heading to the Schengen Area beyond the intended travel dates. All ETIAS applicants are advised to check their passport validity before applying as it is not possible to transfer ETIAS from a passport to another.