Hong Kong will be a launch member of the ETIAS
Hongkonger citizens will be eligible to apply for ETIAS in 2023
Hongkonger citizens will benefit from a using an online application system to apply for ETIAS
Other ETIAS Requirements
Hongkonger citizens can apply for ETIAS online
ETIAS is valid for arrival to Europe by air, sea or overland
Travellers must have an e-passport that is machine readable
ETIAS is for short tourist, business, transit and medical visits
Applicants under the age of 18 or over the age of 70 will receive their ETIAS free of charge
Hongkonger citizens will be required to apply for an ETIAS to enter participating European countries on a short term basis, under 90 days, for general tourism, business, transit or medical purposes.
The ETIAS program will be in force from 2023 onward and is intended to screen travellers arriving from overseas as a response to the global increase in terrorist activities.
The ETIAS program was approved in 2016, and will take four years to develop the required systems that would tie in with existing immigration databases and other security data to provide a seamless new screening tool across the participating European countries.
In the year 2023, citizens from Hong Kong will be required to complete an ETIAS application prior to boarding an aircraft, sea carrier, or coach vehicle for Europe, and this includes travellers who will only be transiting in Europe en route to other destinations.
Any Hongkonger citizen that wishes to enter Europe for over 90 days, or for other purposes than those allowed under the ETIAS program will need to apply for a Schengen visa. Further details can be found by visiting https://etias.com/ and using the homepage assessment.
It is advised that Hongkonger citizens complete their ETIAS application 96 hours prior to their departure date. Full details can be found by visiting the ETIAS requirements page or the ETIAS FAQ's. It is advised to review these pages prior to starting an ETIAS application to avoid any delays or the risk of an ETIAS being refused.
Starting in 2023, it will be a requirement to be a full Hongkonger citizen before applying for an ETIAS, so travellers holding a passport or travel document with a different status may be required to apply for a full Schengen visitor visa, and not an ETIAS.
Hongkonger citizens can expect their ETIAS application to normally be processed and approved within minutes, and the authorisation is sent by email in the form of a PDF document. There is no need to print or present any documents as the ETIAS is stored electronically against the passport details stored in the European Immigration system.
- ETIAS is valid for 3 years from date of issue
- Can be used for multiple entries under a 90 day duration
- Fast authorisation and electronic delivery
- Apply on desktop, tablet or mobile
ETIAS Application Advice
- Submit application at least 96 hours before departure
- If denied for an ETIAS, travellers can still apply for full visitor visa
- An ETIAS does not guarantee entry to Europe as the final decision is made by the border security personnel of the European country of arrival.