ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System and it’s a travel authorisation for citizens of eligible countries who wish to visit any country in the Schengen area. It is not a visa, but a visa waiver or travel permit.
The ETIAS is expected to come into effect by 2022 and it will be available for approximately 60 eligible countries globally.
It is not to be mistaken with the Schengen visa which is already in place for many countries outside the EU and Schengen Area and has to be requested at a consulate. The ETIAS visa waiver will be implemented for those nationalities that currently do not require a visa to enter the Schengen Area.
The purpose of ETIAS is to strengthen the borders of the Schengen Area by checking travellers’ information even before they enter the area.
Tourists to the region will need to submit an online application prior to their trip. Given that this is an entirely online procedure, there will be no need to visit an embassy or consulate.
Are Chilean citizens eligible to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver?
Yes, Chilean nationals are eligible to apply for the ETIAS travel permit.
Once their ETIAS is approved, they can enter the Schengen Area for short-term stays of up to 90 days. The ETIAS for Chilean citizens allows travelling for tourism and business as well as transit purposes.
Visitors will then be able to travel to any country within the Schengen area without any additional travel authorisation since there are no internal hard borders within the area.
ETIAS will allow Chilean citizens multiple entries in the Schengen area, as long as each stay is no longer than 90 days in a 180 days period.
IMPORTANT: It is not allowed to work or study when travelling to a country of the Schengen Area with an ETIAS. For these activities, it is necessary to apply for a visa at the diplomatic offices of the country they plan on conducting the work or study in.
What documents do Chileans need to obtain ETIAS?
The following are the ETIAS requirements for Chilean citizens:
- Complete the online application without inaccuracies or mistakes
- Possess a passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of arrival
- Provide a debit or credit card to pay the ETIAS application fee
- Provide an up-to-date email address to receive the ETIAS visa waiver.
In the online application, visitors will need to answer a range of questions related to health and security. Furthermore, they will need to provide some personal details, such as full name, address, and date of birth as well as their passport details, including the passport number and expiry date.
Finally, they also need to indicate the first Schengen-area country they intend to visit.
Applicants should ensure all the information they provide is accurate to avoid inconveniences such as delays or rejection of the ETIAS.
The ETIAS application process for Chilean citizens
The ETIAS application for Chilean citizens will be an easy and fast process, entirely online, that can be completed in about 10 minutes.
Applications will be screened using security databases including Interpol and Europol. Shortly after the application has been processed. Petitioners will then receive a notification via email informing them of one of the following:
- Their ETIAS has been approved.
- Their ETIAS has been denied. A justification for the denial will be provided.
In the case of denial, applicants will have the right to appeal. The appeal will be made to the individual Schengen member state, the one indicated in the application as the country of arrival.
Applicants will be kept up to date regarding the appeal process and in case of an unsuccessful appeal, they will have the right to request information from the national authority regarding the reason for their visa denial.
However, in most cases, the appeal will lead to approval, after providing some additional documentation.
Chilean nationals should check ETIAS requirements before starting the application process, to make sure they have all the necessary documentation. This allows for a smoother and faster process.
How long does it take to get ETIAS from Chile?
Given that the initial screening process is completely automated, in most cases, it can take just a few minutes for applications to be processed and up to 72 hours.
In some cases, the application might need to go through a manual screening that will be conducted by staff of the ETIAS Central Unit and ETIAS National Units. In these cases, the application will take a little longer.
Note: ETIAS is a travel permit required for all Chilean travellers, including infants. However, people under the age of 18 will be exempt from paying the fee.
Chilean visitors to Europe can check the ETIAS news section to stay up to date regarding the launch of the ETIAS travel authorisation and more useful information.