In Western Europe, you’ll find Paris — the pride of France, where the Eiffel Tower is. A lot of people desire to travel the country due to outstanding Mediterranean shores, alpine settlements, and medieval spots. If you’re planning to become a tourist in the country, you need ETIAS visa. Read this post to know more about the permit.
France is Part of the Schengen Area
France is one of the countries wherein the citizens can visit all the Schengen areas. If it’s not familiar to you, the Schengen areas have an agreement — they only need a visa waiver to enter and exit any Schengen areas. But, this arrangement will only be active before the year 2021 ends because starting January of 2021, all countries will be required for the necessary permit. Those countries involved in the said agreement will be asked to process the ETIAS.
What is ETIAS?
This permit is the European Travel and Information Authorization System. The request for it to be implemented was recognized in 2016. It will start in January 2021. It’s different from the visa waiver that the Schengen Member States used to utilize in visiting Europe. For more information, you can visit this site — schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-countries-list.
The Purpose of the ETIAS
The ETIAS is one of the safety measures required to monitor countries entering the Schengen neighborhood. It was introduced by the European Union to ensure the effectiveness of the border control across the Schengen zone. The permit is exclusive for citizens of the Schengen Member States. It allows multiple visits to Europe.
Can all Countries Apply for the ETIAS?
No, only the Schengen Member States can apply for ETIAS. Other countries that are not a Schengen Member State will need to coordinate with their embassy that is functioning in their own country.
How to Process the ETIAS
The ETIAS is similar to US ESTA and Canada ETA. It’s online processing of permit to visit the country. If you want to go to France, here’s what you need to do:
- Fill in the electronic form and submit.
- Process your payment.
- The answer to your application will be sent to you via email.
You can use the ETIAS within 3 years. The maximum waiting time to know the result of the ETIAS application is 72 hours.
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