Documents Required to Obtain ETIAS for Taiwanese Citizens
Passport holders from Taiwan will soon have a straightforward and easy path to obtaining permission to visit Europe. Though they will not need an official visa, Taiwanese nationals will still be required to make official arrangements and provide points of data to European authorities before they intend to set foot on European soil.
Beginning in 2021, the European Travel Information and Authority System (ETIAS) will be implemented with the goal of adding an extra layer of security. The ETIAS visa waiver will be an online application, designed to take no more than 10 minutes to fill-out, and in many cases, will take no more than a few minutes to be accepted.
Travelers from over 60 countries (including Taiwan) will need to apply for the ETIAS, which will allow them to visit any of the countries within the Schengen Area for a duration of 90 days within a period of 180 days. Should travelers leave the Schengen Area before they have accumulated their allotted 90 days, they will not be required to re-apply for an ETIAS waiver should they want to re-enter the Schengen Area within the original 180 days.
ETIAS Requirements for Taiwanese Citizens
Below, citizens from Taiwan will find a list of the basic visa requirements that each traveler must have should they wish to apply for the ETIAS:
- A valid Taiwanese (or other ETIAS approved country) passport. The passport must have a minimum of three months (90 days) validity remaining from the date of arrival into the Schengen Area, meaning that the passport cannot be set to expire before the traveler would be required to leave the Schengen Area.
- A credit or debit card, which will be used to pay the application fee.
- An active email address so that the final decision can be communicated. All correspondence will be via email.
It is of the utmost importance that each traveler completes the ETIAS application accurately and truthfully, as any error may result in the delay or denial of the visa waiver.
The ETIAS Application Process for Taiwanese Citizens
In addition to paying the ETIAS fee, Taiwanese nationals applying for the visa waiver will need to be prepared to provide the following information during the application process:
- Passport details including the passport number, the country of issue, the date of issue, and the date of expiration.
- Personal information that will include the traveler’s full name, their date of birth, their place of birth, and their gender.
- Contact details including current place of residency, their current email address, and a valid phone number.
- Travel plans such as which country travelers will enter and which other countries they intend on visiting. It is not necessary that travelers have and follow an exact itinerary, but they will be required to provide a rough outline of their intended plan of travel.
Note: Travelers should also be prepared to provide their medical history and criminal record.
European officials are anticipating a roughly 95% approval rate for ETIAS applicants. Once accepted, the applicant will receive an email. It is important to print out a hard copy of the ETIAS as transport authorities may ask to verify that travelers hold a valid ETIAS before allowing them to depart for Europe. It will also be required to show European border officials the valid ETIAS alongside their passport when entering the Schengen Area.
Note: holding the ETIAS does not guarantee access to Europe. The final decision is always up to border officials.
In the event of a rejection, an email detailing the reasons for the rejection will be sent. Appeals are allowed and must be made directly to the country that the traveler intended to enter the Schengen Area through. Example: If the itinerary began in Rome, the traveler would appeal to Italy.
Why the Need for ETIAS?
For those travelers wondering why the European authorities are adopting a stricter policy, the answer is safety.
In November 2016, the European Commission voted to implement the ETIAS program following a rise in the number of terrorist attacks across the continent. Authorities believe that the waiver system will be an efficient and secure way to screen travelers. Although it may appear to some to be an unnecessary inconvenience, the ETIAS will ultimately ensure a safer Europe for all of its citizens as well as its visitors.