How to apply for ETIAS

Traveling to Europe will be more organized with the introduction of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). This new system, designed for non-EU citizens who don't need a visa for entry into the Schengen Area, aims to enhance security while maintaining the ease of travel. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the ETIAS application process:

Find out if your eligible for ETIAS

First and foremost, determine if you need an ETIAS. It's intended for travelers from countries that do not require a visa for short stays (up to 90 days) in the Schengen Area. This includes tourists, business travelers, and people visiting family or friends. You can also take the ETIAS assessment to see if you're eligible.

Gather required information and documents

Before applying, ensure you have a valid passport, an email address, and a credit or debit card. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond your intended stay in the Schengen Area.

Fill out the ETIAS Application Form

The application process is entirely online, streamlined for convenience. You'll need to provide personal information, passport details, and answer a series of security and health questions. Be accurate with your responses; discrepancies can lead to delays or denials.

Paying the fee

After filling out the application, you'll be required to pay a nominal fee using a credit or debit card. This fee is part of the processing and is non-refundable. Keep in mind that certain age groups might be exempt from this fee.

Await approval

Once submitted, applications will be processed with 96 hours, often within minutes. However, some might take up to a few days, especially if additional documentation is required. You'll receive the decision via the email address you provided in your application. Otherwise, you may be required to attend an embassy or consulate interview of an EU member state that required additional information regarding your ETIAS application.

Understanding the approval

If approved, your ETIAS authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. It allows multiple entries into Schengen countries participating in the program, but remember, it doesn't extend the 90-day limit within a 180-day period.

Traveling with ETIAS

When traveling, carry the passport linked to your ETIAS. While you won't need to present a physical copy of the authorization, border officials will have access to your ETIAS in their systems. It would be helpful to make a note of your ETIAS application or authorization number should you need to provide it at the border or prior to boarding.

Dealing with a denied application

If your application is denied, you'll receive a reason for the decision. You have the right to appeal or rectify mistakes on your application and reapply.

Stay informed

Stay updated on ETIAS requirements and travel notices, as policies may evolve. Regularly check the official ETIAS website or consult with travel professionals for the latest information.


Applying for ETIAS is a straightforward process designed to enhance security while facilitating easy travel to Europe. By following these steps and preparing in advance, you can ensure a smooth start to your European adventure. Remember, the key to a hassle-free journey is staying informed and prepared