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ETIAS for Australian Citizens

By 2021, travelers from Australia are going to need an ETIAS visa waiver in order to enter the Schengen Zone countries in the European Union. While this sounds like a big deal, it actually isn’t a big change. Travelers from AU can still make their vacation dreams come true with a European vacation. Here’s what they need to know to understand the ETIAS visa waiver for Europe and get one before they leave.
Australian citizens are eligible for ETIAS

Understanding the ETIAS Visa Waiver

The ETIAS visa waiver is designed to help keep both EU citizens and travelers safe. It is aimed at keeping potentially dangerous people out of the country and making sure that illness is not allowed to spread there unchecked. It is similar to a visa waiver program currently in use in the United States.

Getting an ETIAS for citizens from Australia is easy since the application is online and the cost is very low. Once granted, the ETIAS visa waiver allows travel from AU to the EU city listed on the waiver for up to three years or until the current Australian passport expires, whichever comes first. Travelers can stay in the EU for up to 90 days at a time for either business or tourist purposes. All other travelers will need a different type of visa.

While applying for the ETIAS visa waiver for Europe adds an extra step to the travel process, it should make travelers feel safer while they are in the EU. They will know that other travelers were screened just like they were and should feel secure that they will not be harmed.

Applying for an ETIAS for Citizens from Australia

Start an application for the ETIAS for citizens from Australia here. Filling out the application usually only takes about 15 minutes and paying the fee online is easy. Streamline the process by collecting the following items before starting the application. These include:

  • A valid Australian passport, with at least 6 months of additional validity beyond the proposed travel date
  • A credit card
  • A working email address

Applicants with these items can start right away. They should be ready to enter:

  • Their personal information exactly as it appears on their passport
  • Health information, specifically their exposure to serious illnesses or their presence in countries where there were epidemics going on.
  • Security information. This includes information about previous arrests and convictions, questions about membership in certain extremist groups, and more.
  • Travel information. Applicants will need to discuss their presence in any country where there was political, religious, or other unrest during the time of their visit.

Submitting the application is easy. Once submitted, most applicants will receive email approval of their ETIAS visa waiver in just a few minutes. Travelers who don’t get this don’t need to worry, though. They should hear within a few days.

After a traveler receives email notification of visa waiver approval, he or she should print that approval out and carry it with them when they enter Europe.

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