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Countries for which the ETIAS visa will be required

The ETIAS visa is part of a program created by the European Commission to monitor the entry into the European Union States of citizens coming from countries outside this area, and in particular from outside the European Schengen area. Specifically, the Schengen area includes 26 countries, of which 22 are also part of the European Union, while the other 4 are part of EFTA, or European Free Trade Association.

Citizens of European Union countries can move freely between member states, and today there are also several non-European countries whose citizens can enter the Schengen area without a visa, only by showing their passport. These are precisely the countries whose citizens, starting from 2023, will have to apply for an ETIAS visa to travel to Europe.

States that require an

ETIAS visa Since it comes into force in 2023, the ETIAS visa will be required to enter the 26 countries of the Schengen European area, as well as four micro-states that are de facto members.

Specifically, the countries of the Schengen European area include the following countries:

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary
  • EFTA member countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
  • Members of the de facto Schengen area: Andorra, Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino.

At the moment, Ireland adopts specific regulations governing entry into the country, and therefore travelers interested in visiting this country will have to inquire with the competent Irish authorities.

There are also four other European Union countries, namely Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia and Romania, which are currently not part of the European Schengen area, but are candidates for entry. Therefore, until they are part of it, you will not need an ETIAS visa to visit them, but it will become one once they have entered the Schengen area and this visa will be implemented.

Who needs to apply for an ETIAS visa

The ETIAS visa will be required to enter the above countries starting from November 2023, and will be required for passport holders of the following countries: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Japan, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Kiribati, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, United States of America, Taiwan, Timor-Este, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela.

How to apply for an ETIAS visa

The ETIAS visa can be applied for online in the official website, where you will find the form to submit the application, and once this form has been completed, citizens of the mentioned countries aged between 18 and 70 will also have to pay a fee using a credit or debit card, while everyone else can apply for this visa for free.

Before proceeding with the ETIAS visa application, it is necessary to be in possession of a biometric passport, , and in addition to this it will be necessary to have an e-mail address where to receive the ETIAS, and a debit or credit card to pay the fee

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