Beginning in 2021, travelers from 60 countries around the world will have to acquire the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) visa waiver in order to travel to the region. Since Europe is one of the top travel destinations in the world, the European authorities have been concerned with making travel to Europe safer for all visitors to the area. They have been looking at ways to allow people to travel freely while also strengthening the security of their borders. Thus, they have now introduced the ETIAS visa waiver which allows European authorities to identify potential security risks before they occur in order to preserve the safety and integrity of the region.
Travelers that apply for the ETIAS visa waiver can be screened ahead of their travel to the region using the information they provide on the application form. This information is then cross-referenced against international security databases like Europol and Interpol to identify any risk factors before granting the visa waiver. It is ultimately designed to provide a safer way for people to travel to the region
Is the ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for Argentinians?
Argentina is on the list of 60 countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for a European ETIAS visa waiver. Argentinian travelers can fill out an online application form with their details and receive their visa waiver within a matter of minutes. Since it saves the travelers trips to a local embassy or consulate in order to obtain a traditional visa, it ends up being a more convenient process.
The ETIAS visa waiver allows Argentinian travelers a stay of 90-days within a given 180-day period. Travelers who leave Europe before the 90-days are up and wish to re-enter Europe before the 180-day time frame, will not need to re-apply for the ETIAS visa waiver as they are allowed multiple entries on a single waiver.
What are the Pre-Requisites for the ETIAS Visa Waiver Application?
The European authorities have set certain pre-requisites for Argentinian travelers to meet so that they can successfully apply for the ETIAS visa waiver. These include:
- Having a valid Argentinian passport which has a validity that extends 3 months beyond the date of arrival in Europe
- Having a valid email address where the ETIAS visa waiver will be sent
- Having a valid debit or credit card associated with a bank account that can be used to make online payments
Argentinian travelers may need to renew their passport before applying for the ETIAS visa waiver if their passport does not meet the required validity needed for applying.
Applying for the ETIAS Visa Waiver from Argentina
To apply for the ETIAS visa waiver, Argentinian travelers will need to complete an online application form. This application form will ask them to list details such as:
- Their name
- Date of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Passport Information
- Contact Details
- Travel Itinerary
Travelers may be required to provide detailed plans regarding their intended trip to Europe as well as other pertinent details regarding their health and security.
It is important to note that travelers are expected to be as accurate as possible when filling out the online ETIAS visa waiver application form. Failure to do so can set them back in their travel plans. Incorrect or misleading information can cause delays in the processing of the ETIAS visa waiver application and create grounds for the visa waiver to be denied.
Travelers will get the opportunity to correct any erroneous information they’ve entered before they submit the application form. Since there is a processing fee associated with completing the application process, travelers will need to use a valid credit/debit card in order to make the payment.
Traveling to Europe from Argentina
The ETIAS visa waiver applications are usually processed within a few minutes and applicants receive their visa waivers via email. Argentinian travelers that have been granted a visa waiver need to print out a copy of the waiver to take with them to the European port of entry. Border Officials will check the waiver against the information they have and that shown on the traveler’s other documents to verify their authorization for entry.
In certain cases, the processing of the ETIAS visa waiver may take longer than expected especially if there is any additional processing required on the application. If the traveler’s application has not been approved for the visa waiver, they will receive an email which explains the reason for why they were not granted a visa waiver. The email will also outline the process by which the traveler may appeal the decision that was made regarding their application.
Argentinian travelers should note that the appeal will have to made to the country they stated they would enter from and the ultimate decision in the matter will be decided based on the laws of that country.