What you need to know when you go abroad using your ETIAS Visa Waiver.
Once you’re approved, here are some essentials to keep in mind when you travel.
- As the purpose of ETIAS is security, it will assist travelers in reducing procedures, improving management at borders of Schengen Zone countries, and fighting against crime & terrorism.
- This system will pre-approve each traveler before they enter Europe after running out a complete background check for assuring that no security concerns are there.
- Complete track of each traveler will be taken care of as they move around the Schengen Area, again to make sure that no security issues or any risks are there.
- When you arrive at the border of an ETIAS participating country, a customs agent will likely ask you a few questions about your travel purposes to make sure you’re traveling legitimately and legally as a tourist or business person there for 90 days or less. Keep in mind that ETIAS allows for up to 90 days of travel within a 180-day period.
- You may be asked a range of questions including some about your occupation. This is no cause for alarm, it helps customs agents be certain you’re not seeking to work illegally or migrate unlawfully.
- ETIAS will get you to the border of a country, but it does not guarantee entry.
- Customs agents have the final authority as to whether or not you can enter an ETIAS participating country.
- As long as you’re traveling with ETIAS approval, within compliance of ETIAS terms and conditions you should not encounter any issues.
How and when to renew.
You can re-apply for ETIAS every three years or when your passport expires. It’s important to note that your passport should be valid for 90 days from the time you arrive abroad.
Find out if you're eligible here by visiting the ETIAS Application page.