ETIAS Requirements

Welcome to the comprehensive guide on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) requirements.

This page is designed to provide you with all the essential information needed to apply for an ETIAS effectively.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Europe for business, leisure, or transit, it’s crucial to be aware of the ETIAS requirements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.

Here, we’ll cover the key aspects of the ETIAS application, including:

Understanding these requirements is vital for all non-EU citizens traveling to the Schengen Area.

Our goal is to provide you with clear, concise information to assist you in meeting all necessary ETIAS requirements, ensuring a seamless travel experience to Europe.

Eligibility Criteria

Understanding who is eligible for the ETIAS is crucial for travelers planning to visit the Schengen Area. The ETIAS eligibility criteria are designed to streamline the security processes for visa-free travel to Europe.

Below are the key points that define the eligibility for ETIAS:


ETIAS is required for citizens of countries that currently enjoy visa-free travel to the Schengen Area. This includes countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan, among others.

A full list of eligible countries can be found here:

Travel Purpose

The ETIAS authorization is designed for individuals traveling for tourism, business, transit, or medical reasons. It is not applicable for those planning to study or work in Europe for an extended period.

Duration of Stay

The ETIAS is valid for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen Area.

Passport Requirements

Your passport must meet the following requirements:

  • It needs to be valid at the time you are arriving in Europe.
  • It needs to contain a machine-readable section on the biographic details page.
  • Although this is not a universal requirement, your passport may need to be an electronic passport bearing the electronic passport sign or chip.

Age Limitations

ETIAS authorization is required for all ages.

Travelers under the age of 18 or over the age of 70 may be exempt from the application fee. Also exempt are family members of EU citizens or non-EU nationals with the right to move freely within the EU.

Applications by minors (those under 18 years old) must be submitted by their parent or legal guardian.

Criminal Record and Security Concerns

Applicants must not have a significant criminal record and should not pose a security threat to the Schengen Area. A background check is part of the application process.

Previous EU Entry Denials

Individuals who have been previously denied entry into any EU country may face additional scrutiny or may be ineligible for ETIAS.

Health Concerns

Certain health issues, particularly those that could pose a public health risk, may affect eligibility.


Application Process

Applying for the ETIAS is a straightforward online process designed to be quick and user-friendly. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the ETIAS application process:

1. Prepare the Necessary Documents

Before beginning the application, ensure you have a valid biometric passport that is less than 10 years old and should not expire in less than three months. Certain countries and special administrative regions may have unique travel document requirements for entry into European countries, affecting your need for ETIAS or visa application.

2. Access the ETIAS Application Form

The application form will be available on the official website and the official mobile app. Ensure you are on the correct website to avoid scams or unofficial services.

3. Fill in Personal Information

When applying, provide the following information:

  • Personal information, including your:
    • Name(s)
    • Surname
    • Date and place of birth
    • Nationality
    • Home address
    • Parents' first names
    • Email address
    • Phone number
  • Travel document details
  • Details about your level of education and current occupation
  • Details about your intended travel and stay in any of the countries requiring ETIAS
  • Details about:
    • Any criminal convictions
    • Any past travels to war or conflict zones
    • Whether you have recently been the subject of a decision requiring you to leave the territory of any country

When someone submits your application on your behalf, they need to provide their personal and contact details, and their relationship to you.

4. Review and Confirm Information

You must declare the accuracy of your data and your understanding of entry conditions for European countries.

When someone is applying on your behalf, you must confirm that both of you signed the declaration of representation.

Double-check all the information entered for accuracy. Errors in the application can lead to delays or even a denial of authorization.

5. Pay the Application Fee

A €7 fee is required to process the ETIAS application. This can be paid using a variety of online payment options.

The following are exempt from this fee:

  • Applicants under the age of 18
  • Applicants over the age of 70
  • Family members of EU citizens
  • Family members of non-EU nationals who have the right to move freely throughout EU countries

6. Submit the Application

Once the fee is paid, submit your application. Most applications are processed quickly, often within minutes.

Some ETIAS applications are processed within four days, although delays may occur due to additional information or interviews, extending the processing time to up to 30 days. Apply well in advance of your travel.

7. Wait for Approval

After submitting your ETIAS application, expect an email with your unique application number; keep it for reference.

You’ll receive another email once your application is processed. Verify your name and passport details in the authorization; mistakes can prevent border crossing.

In case of application rejection, the email will explain the reasons and provide appeal instructions, competent authority info, and the time limit to appeal.

8. Validity and Travel

ETIAS authorization is valid for three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. It allows for multiple short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen Area.

Please note that the ETIAS does not guarantee entry into the Schengen Area as the final decision lies with the border control authorities.


Fees and Payments

The ETIAS involves a standard fee for processing applications. Understanding the fee structure and payment process is an essential part of preparing for your travel to the Schengen Area.

Here are the key details regarding the fees and payment process for ETIAS:

Application Fee

The ETIAS application requires a non-refundable fee of €7. This fee is set by the EU and is subject to change, so it is advisable to check the latest news for updates before applying.

Fee Exemptions

Certain groups of applicants are exempt from paying the ETIAS fee.

  • Applicants under the age of 18
  • Applicants over the age of 70
  • Family members of EU citizens
  • Family members of non-EU nationals who have the right to move freely throughout EU countries

Payment Method

The fee can be paid online using credit cards, debit cards, and other online payment methods. Ensure that your card is authorized for international transactions and has sufficient funds to cover the fee.

Receipt and Confirmation

After payment, you will receive a confirmation of your payment and a receipt. It’s important to keep this confirmation as proof of payment until your travel is completed.


Since the ETIAS fee is non-refundable, refunds are generally not available, even if the application is denied or canceled.

Renewal and New Application

If your ETIAS authorization expires or your passport is renewed, a new ETIAS application and fee payment will be required.

When planning a trip to the Schengen Area, you might have various questions regarding the ETIAS. Visit the FAQ page where we address some of the most common queries to help clarify the ETIAS process.