Starting from 2021, citizens of all countries outside of the EU that are now allowed to enter Schengen area member states visa-free, will need to apply for an ETIAS.
ETIAS is an electronic travel authorization, similar to the ESTA in the USA, that is meant to be implemented starting from 2021.
The reason for such a travel authorization is to increase security and border controls. Through this process, each applicant will undergo a detailed and automated security check to determine if they are allowed to enter any Schengen area country.
It’s important to keep in mind that the ETIAS is not a visa and there will be no need to go in person at a consulate and submit an application that will take many weeks to process. The ETIAS application process is meant to be smooth and straightforward while still allowing to keep track of all travelers that enter the Schengen area at any given time.
Are Venezuelan Citizens Eligible to Apply for ETIAS Visa Waiver?
Yes, Venezuelan citizens are eligible to apply for the ETIAS. To do so, they will need to have an internet connection and meet all the requirements.
Once the ETIAS has been granted, Venezuelan travelers will be able to stay within the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. The ETIAS will have a validity of three years from the date of issue or until the date of expiry of the travel document, depending which comes first. Multiple entries will be permitted as well as free travel between the member states.
ETIAS visa waiver is valid for business, tourism, medical reasons, and transit. Work and study are not allowed when traveling with the ETIAS.
Venezuelan citizens planning on working on studying in one of the Schengen area countries will need to apply for a specific visa. More information on these visas can be found at the embassy or consulate of the specific state.
What Documents Do Venezuelans Need to Obtain ETIAS?
The following are the documents Venezuelans will need to obtain the ETIAS:
- Passport valid for at least three months from the date of arrival in the Schengen area
- Credit or debit card to complete the online payment for the ETIAS
- Valid email address to receive the ETIAS or any important communications
Additionally, applicants will be requested to answer some health and security questions, provide their personal details such as full name, date, and place of birth, address, and indicate the Schengen area country they are planning on visiting first. This last part is important and travelers will need to make sure they enter the Schengen area through the country they input in their application.
The ETIAS Application Process for Venezuelan Citizens
The process of obtaining the ETIAS for Venezuelan citizens is fast and straightforward. It will take up to 10 minutes to complete the online application form once all the required documentation has been gathered.
Before starting their application form, travelers are encouraged to ensure they meet all the requirements for the ETIAS.
Also, to avoid delays or rejection of the ETIAS, applicants should double-check the information provided and make sure it’s accurate and up to date.
Note: all travelers, including infants, will need to possess an ETIAS. However, the fee is not applicable to children under the age of 18.
How Long Does It Take to Get ETIAS From Venezuela?
Getting the ETIAS from Venezuela will take just a few minutes in most cases and up to 72 hours. The screening process that takes place after submission is automated and consists of checking the provided information against some databases, including Interpol and Europol.
Only in case the automated process detects any inaccuracies, a manual process will take place. This process will be conducted by staff of the ETIAS Central Unit and ETIAS National Units and can take from four days in most cases up to two weeks in some rare cases. For this reason, travelers should allow enough time prior to departure for the processing of their application.
In case the ETIAS is denied, travelers will be informed of the reason via email and will have the option to appeal. In most cases, applicants will need to provide additional documentation and their ETIAS will be approved.
The appeal will be made towards the individual country mentioned in the ETIAS application. If after the appeal the ETIAS is still denied, applicants will have the right to requested additional information regarding the reason for the denial.
Note: On top of the online application for the ETIAS, border control will check the travel authorization and still reserves the right to deny entry into the country. However, this is something not usual.
Venezuelan citizens can check the ETIAS news section for additional information and updates regarding the travel authorization.