Schengen ETIAS Visa – which countries must have it?

Citizens whose countries will have to buy Schengen visa? Of course, those citizens who are not citizens of countries belonging to the Schengen area!

Schengen ETIAS Visa – which countries must have it?

The Schengen area covers 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, and 3 associated countries: Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Schengen ETIAS Visa – which countries must have it?

So, travelers who are not citizens of the above countries will have to buy Etias (Schengen Visa). Since 2021, the European Union has been launching a new integrated system for collecting information on travelers from outside the EU. Embrace citizens of 60 countries around the world who do not have to obtain entry visas. Now, however, they will need a special permit to enter the Schengen Area.

The authors of the project clearly emphasize that ETIAS is not a visa. However, the aim of the system is to monitor people entering the Union. As part of cooperation with third countries, the European Union has decided to liberalize the visa regime – these countries have been removed from the list

Below, European countries that are not part of the Schengen countries:

  • Albania – Tirana
  • Andora – Andora La Vella
  • Armenia – Yerevan
  • Azerbaijan – Baku
  • Belarus – Minsk
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – Sarajevo
  • Croatia – Zagreb
  • Cyprus – Nicosia
  • Georgia – Tbilisi
  • Ireland – Dublin
  • Macedonia – Skopje
  • Moldova – Chisinau
  • Monaco – Monaco
  • Montenegro – Podgorica
  • Romania – Bucharest
  • San Marino – San Marino
  • Serbia – Belgrade
  • Turkey – Ankara
  • Ukraine – Kiev
  • The United Kingdom – London
  • Vatican City – Vatican City
Important note: Countries that are in the process of joining the Schengen zone have already started honoring Schengen visas. Currently, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus are in the process of joining the Schengen zone.

What countries are included in the Schengen visa?

“The Schengen area was created on the basis of the Schengen Agreement signed in 1985. The zone has provisions of the Schengen acquis concerning, inter alia, border protection, protection of personal data, mutual cooperation between police services of the Member States, issuing visas to foreigners and the operation of the Schengen Information System.” – Wikipedia.

The following 26 countries are included in the Schengen visa:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

In most cases, completing the ETIAS form will be a formality. It is estimated that about 95 percent. applicants will get an online confirmation of entry just a few minutes after completing it. ETIAS will be connected to several European databases, including Europol computers. And the comparison of data from these databases, which should be sufficient for the vast majority of travelers, will be performed automatically.

Important questions and answers below:

Who needs to get ETIAS?

Citizens of 60 countries, including the United States.

When does this go into effect?

The target launch date is Jan. 1, 2021.

Is Schengen Visa the same as ETIAS?

Yes, because ETIAS is pleasantly called: Schengen VISA, or European visa.

What does ETIAS authorize me to do?

It authorizes you to enter and to travel in the EU Schengen Area for up to 90 days.


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