Are Georgian Citizens Eligible to Apply for the ETIAS Visa Waiver?
The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be launched towards the end of 2022 and will become mandatory for Georgian passport holders following a 6-month implementation period.
ETIAS is being introduced to increase the border security of Europe’s Schengen Area, prescreening all visitors from current visa-exempt nations.
The system will complement the current visa liberalization policy. Georgian nationals will continue to enjoy access to Europe without a visa, but they will be required to register with ETIAS in order to be granted access.
Georgian citizens with an approved ETIAS will be able to stay in the Schengen Area countries for up to 90 days within a 180 day period for tourism, business or transit purposes.
As there are no internal borders, the permit allows for unrestricted movement among the 26 Schengen Area states.
A further advantage is that the ETIAS is multiple-entry: Georgian travelers can exit and re-enter as many times as necessary during the validity period.
Unlike when applying for many visas, Georgian nationals do not need to go to a consulate or embassy in person to present documentation. Instead, the process is fully online and can be completed from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.
What Documents do Georgians Need to Obtain ETIAS?
The only document required for ETIAS is a passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended travel dates. To apply for ETIAS with dual citizenship, either the Georgian passport can be used or one issued by another of the 60 eligible countries.
A credit or debit card is required to pay the ETIAS fees and an email address must also be provided for any correspondence, notifications and to receive the approved visa waiver.
The ETIAS application form is completed and submitted online.
The ETIAS Application Process for Georgian Citizens
The application process has been designed to increase security and safety across the Schengen Area whilst maintaining quick and streamlined access for those currently eligible for visa-free entry.
To request ETIAS online, all the ETIAS requirements for Georgians must be met and the following information provided:
- Personal information: full name, birthplace, and date of birth, gender
- Contact details: current address, telephone number, and email address
- Passport data: number, issue date, expiry date and country of issue
- Travel plans: including intended country of arrival
In addition to the personal and passport details specified above, a series of questions must be answered relating to health and criminal records.
It is essential that all parts of the form are filled in accurately, any errors and spelling mistakes can lead to delays and even rejection.
On completion, the ETIAS fees are paid using a debit or credit card and the request is submitted.
How Long Does it Take to Get an ETIAS from Georgia?
The ETIAS application for Georgian citizens is quicker and more efficient than for most visas, saving travelers the time and hassle of attending interviews and submitting documentation in person.
The full application process is as follows:
- Complete online application: this usually takes less than 10 minutes
- Data is automatically checked against security databases
- No hit: the ETIAS is approved within a matter of minutes
- Hit: application passes to manual processing
The data provided is first run through an automated system that checks the details against several security databases including those which make up the Schengen Zone security system.
In 95% of cases there will be no hits and the ETIAS will be approved within a matter of minutes. If, however, there is an alert in the system, the information will be processed manually by members of the ETIAS Central Unit and ETIAS National Units.
Applications are analyzed on a case-by-case basis. If the individual is not deemed to pose a risk to the public the ETIAS will be granted whilst those considered a threat will be blocked.
Although in most cases the approved ETIAS is in the applicant’s inbox almost immediately, Georgian nationals are recommended to apply at least 3 business days before departure in case of any delays or complications.