The European Union has recently enacted changes that will make it easier for travellers from more than 60 countries to travel to Europe.
At the end of 2022, citizens from eligible countries will be required to register in the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, which is better known by its acronym, ETIAS.
ETIAS is being developed to better secure the borders of the Schengen Zone for both European residents and foreign nationals who wish to visit the countries within the region. Obtaining an ETIAS visa waiver will be quick and easy, and should take most applicants less than 15 minutes to do so.
It is important to note that ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorisation that allows the EU to screen travellers before they head to the Schengen zone.
Are Guatemalan citizens eligible to apply for ETIAS visa waiver?
Yes, Guatemalan citizens are eligible to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver. The process involves filling out an online application, paying the processing fee, and receiving an email with the approved ETIAS.
Once the ETIAS is approved, Guatemalan travellers can enter the Schengen Area for visits of up to 90 days. The ETIAS for Guatemalan Citizens is a multi-entry visa waiver, which means that travellers can go in and out of the Schengen Zone as many times as they wish as long as it is within the limits of their authorisation. This means that each stay should be no longer than 90 days in a 180 days period.
The ETIAS allows travellers to visit the Schengen Zone for the sole purposes of tourism, business, medical procedures, and transit. Travellers with ETIAS authorisation are not allowed to work or study. For these purposes, travellers will have to apply for a different type of visa at their local consulate.
What documents do Guatemalans need to obtain ETIAS?
Guatemalan Citizens should meet 3 main ETIAS Requirements. The first is a valid Guatemala-issued passport that is machine-readable.
Guatemalan applicants also need a valid email address. This is important because all communications relating to the ETIAS status will be sent to the email address used on the application.
Finally, the applicant must have a working debit or credit card which will be used to pay the ETIAS application processing fee. This is the final step to submit the application.
The ETIAS application process for Guatemalan citizens
The first step to obtaining an ETIAS visa waiver is to start and fill in the ETIAS Application for Guatemalan Citizens. Please note that any information entered on the application will be cross-checked against several European security databases, including Interpol.
The ETIAS application should only take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete and can be done from the comfort of the applicant’s home.
The application is divided into sections and the applicant should provide the following:
The last section will have applicants answer some questions that relate to their health record and criminal history.
Afterwards, applicants will need to pay the processing fee in order to submit their application.
Once the application has been approved, applicants will receive a confirmation email.
How long does it take to get ETIAS from Guatemala?
The majority of applications will usually be approved in just minutes after they submit their application. However, in rare cases, there may be delays or an application may require a manual revision. Due to this, we recommend that all Guatemalan travellers obtain their ETIAS with enough time to spare before they leave for their trip to Europe.