Starting in 2021, the European Union will introduce a new visa system for travelers wishing to go to the Schengen countries. This program, called the ETIAS, or the Electronic Travel Information and Authorization System, is intended to filter travellers arriving from other countries as a response to secure the European borders.
The ETIAS program was brainstormed in 2016 and took four years to develop. Starting in 2021, all Albanian travelers will need to have an ETIAS for Albanian Citizens if they wish to visit a Schengen country. The ETIAS is valid for land, air, and sea borders, as well as for travellers who will only be transiting through Schengen countries en route to their final destination.
Are Albanian Citizens eligible to apply for ETIAS visa waiver?
Yes, Albanian citizens are eligible to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver.
Albanians will need to obtain an ETIAS if they wish to travel to countries located in the Schengen Zone, which includes neighbors such as Greece, Italy, and so on. A full list of the countries that travelers can enter on an ETIAS waiver can be found here.
The process for obtaining an ETIAS for Albanian Citizens is very simple and quick. Applicants will only need about 15 minutes of their time to complete the application, which can be done from any smartphone, computer, or tablet that has internet access. The result is usually sent instantly to the applicant’s email address.
What documents do Albanian need to obtain ETIAS?
There are only a handful of ETIAS Requirements for Albanian Citizens. They include the following:
- A valid and up to date Albania-issued passport. This passport must be valid for at least three months from the date the traveler plans to enter the Schengen zone. If passports have less than three months left, we recommend obtaining a new passport before applying for an ETIAS.
- A valid form of payment to pay the application fee, such as a credit or debit card.
- An email address to receive notifications about the status of the applicant’s ETIAS.
Once all of these requirements are met, travelers can proceed with their ETIAS application.
The ETIAS Application process for Albanian Citizens
The ETIAS Application for Albanian Citizens is simple and takes less than 15 minutes. The application will ask travelers for a few personal details, including their…
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Passport information (Number, date of issue, date of expiration)
- Contact information (home address, phone number)
- Email address
There will also be a section that asks applications for their travel details, including the expected point of entry into the Schengen Zone, as well as a simple itinerary of their travel plans. Travelers will also need to answer some questions regarding their health and security, such as their criminal record.
We advise all applicants to answer these questions as truthfully as possible, since every piece of information on the application form will be checked against European security databases, such as Interpol and Europol. Likewise, we advise all applicants to go through their completed application and double check to make sure that everything is correct.
If the applicant is found to have written incorrect or misleading information, the ETIAS authorities have the right to reject the application. In this case, the applicant can re-apply using the correct information.
At the end of the process, travelers will be required to pay an application fee in order to submit their form. Applicants can do so by paying with a valid debit or credit card.
Travelers are recommended to print a copy of their ETIAS authorization so that they can present it to the immigration officers when entering the country.
Albanian travelers can use their ETIAS authorization for the sole purposes of tourism and business. This means that it is not possible to use the ETIAS to obtain employment, and applicants must apply for a different visa if they wish to do so.
How Long Does it Take to Get ETIAS from Albania?
Although the processing time to obtain an ETIAS for Albanian citizens is instantaneous, it can take up to 72 hours (three business days) in case of delays or public holidays.
The ETIAS is valid for 3 years from the date of issue. The ETIAS grants holders a 90-day stay in the Schengen zone within any 180-day period.