Filling and submitting the ETIAS application form
Citizens from eligible countries will be able to complete the online visa application form by entering the required information. The form will be straightforward and should not take more than ten minutes to fill out.
Applicants will need to answer a range of questions. The types of information will include personal details (such as name, address, and date of birth), passport details (such as passport number and expiry date), and some health and security-related questions.
To successfully apply for ETIAS, applicants will need to meet the basic visa requirements. It will also be necessary to pay a fee using a credit or debit card.
The information provided by applicants on the ETIAS online application is screened using several security databases including Interpol and Europol. The vast majority of applications will be approved within minutes though some may take longer.
Approximately 95% of applications are quickly approved in similar visa waiver programs in countries such as the USA, Canada, and Australia, and a similar approval rate is expected for ETIAS.
Applicants will be advised to carefully enter and revise all the information they enter as any mistakes or inaccuracies could lead to delays or even visa rejections.
Approving or refusing the travel authorisation
On rare occasions applications may not be approved. If an ETIAS online application is denied, the applicant will have the right to appeal. Appeals will be made to the individual Schengen member state and the decision will be made in accordance with the laws of that country.
In these cases, applicants will be kept informed about the appeal process. If the appeal is not successful and the applicant believes their treatment has not been fair, he/she has the right to request information from the national authority regarding the reasons for their visa denial and seek a redress.
In the vast majority of cases, applications will be quickly approved. Additional documentation may be required in some cases.