Etias is the European travel information and authorization system that enables visitor tracking and is expected to be operational from 2024. Colombians are on the list of travelers who must process it to enter the continent.
Authorization will be required for people staying in the country for 90 days or less; Anyone who exceeds this time must apply for a visa as already planned.
“The Etias system is not only used for tourism and business purposes, but also allows people to visit Schengen countries for medical and transit reasons,” says the official Schengen visa information portal.
How do I apply for the Etias permit?
To request permission you must follow the following steps:
- Fill out a form: This is done via the Internet and depends on the origin of the applicant. Specific fields are offered to fill in, the most basic are: first and last name, place of birth, address, email, telephone, professional training, work experience, first EU country you will visit, background, health status. A guardian is required for minors and proof of kinship, residence card and other information is required for those who have family on the continent.
- Send the request: A fee must be paid to submit the form. The system is able to verify that the applicant’s information is correct and also monitors their eligibility and risk factors.
If the requirements are met, the process is completed in just a few minutes. If there is a problem, it may take 96 hours and a maximum of 2 weeks.
How much does Etias travel authorization processing cost?
This approval does not involve high costs. The value is expected to be 7 euros, which is equivalent to almost $30,000 at the Colombian peso exchange rate. This only applies to adults as minors should not cancel. Payment can be made by credit or debit card.