What is ETIAS and how to apply for it: The "visa" for Europe

If you still don't know what ETIAS is, here are the details about this type of "visa" that will be required to travel to Europe in 2023.

What is ETIAS and how to apply for it: The "visa" for Europe
The European Union included the United States in the list of countries to which it will request registration in the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). Photo by Christian Lue / Unsplash

As of May 2023, Mexicans who want to travel to Europe will need to have in their hands a permit from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). You may not remember, but this document was approved in 2018, but they just reminded that they have one year left for it to go into effect.

The permit must be processed by all those tourists coming from countries that do not require a visa to enter Europe, among them is Mexico. The ETIAS will allow access to the countries that are part of the Schengen Area, most of which are part of the European Union, plus some additional ones: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Sweden, and Switzerland.

This permit will cost seven euros and will be valid for three years, during which you will be able to travel for no more than 90 days each year. Surely you have doubts about how to carry out this procedure, that is why here we will tell you all the information you need to start this procedure.

How to apply for my ETIAS?

To apply for your ETIAS visa for Europe you must enter the official website of the process www.etiasvisa.com, which is a fast process, as it takes no more than 10 minutes per applicant. To complete your online form you must have the following documents in hand:

Valid passport.
Valid e-mail account to send and receive the travel authorization.
Credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS fee.

In the ETIAS application form, you will be asked for the following information:

Applicant's full name.
Date and place of birth.
Current address.
Passport details: number, expiration date, etc.

In addition to the personal data, you will have to answer some questions with topics related to:

Drug use
Criminal history
Travel to conflict zones
Human trafficking
Work history
Previous travel information to Europe
General security information

What happens if my ETIAS application is denied?

If your ETIAS application is denied, additional documentation may be requested and must be submitted within 96 hours. After this, the authority of the country receiving the information will have four weeks to decide on the application. If the application is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal.