From the end of 2022, all citizens of Schengen visa exempt countries, among those Colombia, they will have the obligation to process the ETIAS authorization (for its acronym in English), the new Travel Information and Authorization System.
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This travel permit was created by the European Union to granting foreign visitors travel authorization, both for business and tourism, to the 26 European countries that are part of the Schengen Area.
According to the authorities, ETIAS has as its main purpose strengthen the security of Europe’s bordersas it makes it easier to identify possible threats and risks associated with travelers.
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It should be noted that the introduction of this travel permit will not modify free transit, but it will be a mandatory entry requirement to Europe. Furthermore, it is designed to short-term trips, up to 90 days.
Currently, 60 countries need to apply for the ETIAS authorization, among these are the Latin American ones: ColombiaArgentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
WHAT SHOULD COLOMBIANS DO BEFORE TRAVELING TO EUROPE?
Nowadays, citizens are only required to carry a valid passport in order to visit the countries of the Schengen Area. However, from the end of 2022, Colombians will also need to apply for the ETIAS authorization.
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When applying for this travel permit created by the European Union, applicants must have the following on hand:
one. Biometric Colombian Passportwith a remaining validity of more than 3 months after the planned stay has elapsed.
two. Email current, to receive the approved authorization of the ETIAS.
3. Debit or credit card valid to pay the ETIAS visa waiver fee.
The following information must also be included in the online form:
– Information from the Colombian passport, including the expiration date.
– Contact details and a physical address.
– Information on the health of the traveler and their travel plans.
– Basic security questions.
The online process is short and can be done through a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Of course, it is recommended to carefully review all the information entered in the form to avoid delays in the process.
Once approved, the European visa waiver is sent to the email address provided at registration.