Documents required to obtain ETIAS for Malaysian citizens
By the end of 2022, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will be implemented. Travellers from around 60 non-EU countries, including Malaysia, will need to apply for the new visa waiver before travelling to the Schengen Area. The application will be fully online and quick to complete.
ETIAS is not a visa, it is a travel authorisation that will allow Malaysian passport holders to stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days visa-free. The visa waiver is valid for 3 years, or until the passport expires, and can be used for multiple trips to Europe provided the 90 days in a 180-day period limit is not exceeded.
ETIAS requirements for Malaysian citizens
- A valid Malaysian (or other ETIAS approved country) passport
- A credit or debit card in order to pay the ETIAS application fee
- An up-to-date email address to which notifications can be sent
It is essential that all of the information provided when completing the ETIAS application is correct. If there is an error of any kind, the authorities could have cause to deny or delay the request.
The ETIAS application process for Malaysian citizens
Malaysian applicants will need to give the following information when completing the ETIAS application form:
- Personal information such as their full name as it is seen on their passport, their date of birth, their place of birth, and their gender.
- Passport information including the passport number, the country of issue, the date of issue, and the expiry date.
- Contact details such as their current address of residency, their valid email address, and an up-to-date phone number.
- Intended itinerary including where they intend to enter the Schengen Area and any the countries they are planning on visiting.
Additionally, travellers should be prepared to provide information regarding their health background and criminal record, if applicable.
Once the travel authorisation has been approved, it is linked to the applicant’s passport electronically and an email notification is sent. The ETIAS will be verified when the passport is scanned at the border. It is important to remember that the final decision regarding entry to the Schengen Area falls with border security and that holding an approved ETIAS does not automatically grant access.
In the event of a denied application, an email is sent explaining why the individual was rejected. The applicant will then have the option to appeal the decision, which they will make directly to the appeals board of the country they listed as their intended port of entry. Example: If their itinerary noted that they were flying into Paris, they would issue their appeal to France.
Why the need for ETIAS?
In November 2016, the European Commission responded to an increase in terrorist activity by voting to implement the ETIAS programme. Authorities believe that the waiver system will be an efficient and secure way to screen travellers without adding an additional burden to their pre-trip routine. ETIAS was designed to be hassle-free, protecting visa-free privileges of Malaysian citizens whilst boosting cross-border security.