There are currently 26 European states in the Schengen Area. These countries have abandoned all types of internal border control and have a common visa policy. This allows citizens to move freely between the member countries without facing checkpoints.
Currently, the same applies to many other countries globally, whose citizens are allowed to travel short term to any of the Schengen Area states using just a passport.
However, in order to increase border control and security, from 2022 citizens of visa-exempt countries will need to register with ETIAS before travelling to any of the countries of the Schengen area.
ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorisation for short stays in the Schengen Area for the purposes of tourism, business, and transit. The ETIAS application process is fully online.
It is not to be mistaken with the Schengen visa that will remain applicable for the same countries and requires the submission of an application at an embassy or consulate.
Are Peruvian citizens eligible to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver?
As for most countries in South America, citizens of Peru will be eligible to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver.
The ETIAS will allow Peruvian citizens to travel to any Schengen country and then move freely between the member states. The travel authorisation will be valid for 3 years or until the passport expires, whichever happens first.
Peruvian citizens will be able to enter the Schengen Area multiple times for up to 90 days per 180-day period.
What documents do Peruvians need to obtain ETIAS?
The following are the documents that Peruvians will need to obtain the ETIAS:
- A valid passport valid
- A debit or credit card to complete the payment of the ETIAS application fee
- An up-to-date email address to receive the ETIAS visa waiver and any further information
In addition to this documentation, applicants will need to provide the following information on their ETIAS application:
- Full name, date, and place of birth
- Contact details
- Health and security data
- The first Schengen country they intend to enter
This last point is particularly important in case travellers are planning on visiting multiple countries within the Schengen area. Peruvian citizens will need to enter the area through the country they indicated in the application form.
Note: Border control will still be in place and will check the status of the ETIAS. Although it’s a remote possibility, in some cases border control can still deny entry into the country even if the ETIAS has been granted.
The ETIAS application process for Peruvian citizens
ETIAS is designed to be a smooth and easy process that will cause no major inconveniences to travellers.
The application process can be completed online from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. The whole process should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
Applicants should ensure that all the information and documentation provided is accurate and up to date. Inaccuracies can lead to delays in obtaining the ETIAS or even rejection. In this case, applicants will be informed of the reason for the rejection.
It is important to note that in case of denial of the ETIAS, applicants will have the possibility to appeal.
In most cases, after the appeal, they will simply need to provide additional documentation and their ETIAS will be granted.
How long does it take to get ETIAS from Peru?
In most cases the application will be processed within minutes and travellers will be informed of the outcome via email. However, the process may take up to 72 hours. That is because the whole screening process will be automated and each application will be checked against a series of databases, among which are Interpol and Europol.
If the automated process detects any inaccuracy or risk, manual processing will take place. In these cases, it will take from four days to two weeks (in rare cases) for the manual process to be completed.
Note: Applicants should ensure they provide a valid and up-to-date email address on their application as all communications and updates regarding the status of the ETIAS will be sent via email.