Dual citizenship and ETIAS: how to apply if you have 2 passports

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ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) will become a requirement for certain nationalities from the end of 2022 onwards. The online registration will be quick and will only be required once every 3 years.

ETIAS is not a visa. It is being introduced to improve the security of the Schengen Area. The visa waiver will be an electronic travel permit similar to the American ESTA.

The application will be quick and simple. Applicants will answer a series of questions by entering information such as their name, address, date of birth, and travel plans. There will also be a section regarding passport details.

What does this mean for dual-nationals with 2 passports? Which passport should people with dual-nationalities use of the ETIAS application? Thankfully, having multiple passports will not complicate the registration process.

ETIAS and dual citizenship: which passport to use?

Dual citizenship is well-established and will not cause problems during the ETIAS application process. Applicants will need to use just one of their passports to apply (assuming that at least one will be from an eligible country).

The same passport will need to be used during the application process and for entering the Schengen Area. An ETIAS visa waiver will only be valid when presented with the corresponding passport (the details must match exactly).

ETIAS visa waivers will be valid for 3 years or until the traveller’s passport expires (whichever comes first). It will not be possible to transfer an ETIAS to a new passport so this means that if your passport expires before your ETIAS, you will need to reapply for ETIAS.

With this in mind, if a traveller has 2 eligible passports and one of them has less than 3 years left, they should use the passport with the most time remaining to apply for ETIAS.

Applying for ETIAS with dual nationality

The ETIAS application will only take a matter of minutes to complete. The form will include a series of simple questions and applicants will need to enter information such as their full name, date of birth, and address.

There will also be a specific section regarding passport details. Applicants will need to enter the passport number, expiry date, and their nationality of the passport they will use to enter the Schengen Area.

In addition, there will be some questions about health and security. As part of the process, all the information will be screened using a number of security databases including Interpol and Europol.

To submit the form, applicants will need to pay a fee using a credit or debit card. The vast majority will be quickly approved and the ETIAS visa waivers will be sent by email.

Travellers will be able to enter all 26 countries in the Schengen Area with their ETIAS. There are no hard borders between the participating countries which means people can move freely around the zone without passing through passport controls (once they have entered one of the countries).