Apply for an ETIAS authorization is easy and do not require more than ten mins.
ETIAS is a travel authorization that allows individuals to travel across the Schengen area, the EU aims to avoid potential threats to the public health. For this reason the applicant will answer some questions related to epidemic, infections or contagious diseases.
The EU also requires ETIAS background questions such as the criminal records of the applicant or its presence in war zones and previous history in leaving EU Member State territory due to an order to leave or any previous declined visa request.
Every travel group member needs to have a valid ETIAS application, the ETIAS request should be submitted directly by the applicant, the third person can apply in the following cases:
- If the applicant is a minor, in such case the identity of the person responsible for the minor must be confirmed
- The ETIAS request can be submitted on behalf of the applicant is the third country national cannot apply him/herself (due to age, literacy level or inability to use devices needed for the application), in such case, the person's applying in behalf of the applicant must be included in the application as well
Every applicant needs to fill the following information in the application form:
- Personal information:
- family name
- first name
- surname at birth
- aliases or usual name
- date of birth
- place and country of birth
- current nationality
- other nationalities (if applicable)
- first and last name of the applicant parents
- home address
- Travel document details:
- Document number
- Issuing Country
- Expiry date
- Itinerary details:
- Member State of intended first entry
- Email address and phone number
- Education and occupation details
- Health conditions information
- Criminal records information
The ETIAS application central system will ensure that no other valid ETIAS already exists, the document provided by the applicant cannot be associated with any refused or revoked ETIAS application.
The ETIAS system will:
- assess the application file using screening rules to filter applicant based on self-assessment
- cross-checks the information with other EU databases under control of the EU authorities and security agencies
- the Schengen Information System (SIS) and Interpol's SLTD (Stolen and Lost Travel Document) will control that the travel document used for the ETIAS application does not correspond to a lost, stolen or invalidated passport
- SIS will control that no European Arrest Warrant (or wanted for arrest for extradition purpose) is issued to the individual requesting an ETIAS application
- Entry-Exit System (EES) will check if the ETIAS application was requested by an individual reported as overstayer in the Schengen Area
- the Visa Information System (VIS) will report if the ETIAS application was requested by an individual who had previous visa application refused in the past five years
- Europol database will check if the data provided during the ETIAS application correspond to information previously recorded
- European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) will check if individual requesting an ETIAS application has a criminal record recorded
- ETIAS system has a watchlist of individual signaled by EU authorities and security agencies, the automated application procedure contains a health check self-assessment with questions related to
- Interpol TDAWN system will screen all travel documents not subject to an Interpol alert
Response to applicants
All ETIAS applications will be followed by an email containing a valid travel authorization (together with an authorization number) or a justification for the refusal.
The validity of the authorization will undergo the validity of the travel document.
When an ETIAS application is refused, the applicant will be informed about which national authority was responsible for the decision, and the applicant can appeal directly with the Authority through the contact information contained in the email.
Revocation or annulment of travel authorizations
An ETIAS authorization can be annulled or revoked anytime as soon as the conditions for issuing the travel authorization were not met at the time of the application, or are no longer met.
In particular way, the application will be annulled if the way to obtain it was fraudulent, data were manipulated, kept hidden or merely wrong.
The SIS will contact the ETIAS system through a specific alert corresponding to a valid authorization. The ETIAS central unit inform the Member State that will proceed with the revocation of the authorization.
Check by carriers
Before boarding, the carriers will verify if every visa-exempt third country nationals hold a valid ETIAS authorization.
When a traveler holds a valid travel authorization that has been subsequently revoked or refused at entry, the carrier will be liable for taking the traveler to the initial point of embarkation, but it will be not responsible for any penalty.
In case a carrier authorizes boarding to an individual not holding an ETIAS authorization, it will be considered liable to bring back the passenger to the point of embarkation and also incur penalties.
Arriving at the Schengen area border crossing point
At the arrival in the Schengen area, the border guards will electronically read the ETIAS authorization and grant the final access to the destination country.
If no valid travel authorization has been found, the guards will have to refuse entry to the Schengen Area, and the traveler will be registered in the Entry-Exit System.