Citizens of over 60 countries are allowed into the Schengen area visa-free. Yet, that doesn’t mean that their passport is all they’ll need in order to go through the border. The ETIAS visa waiver is a travel authorization that lets citizens of eligible countries travel to the Schengen area without having to apply for a visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180 days period.
In order to obtain their ETIAS visa waiver, travelers will need to pay an application fee. The application fee is very affordable and will help the European authorities cover the costs of implementation, digitalization, and maintenance of the ETIAS system.
The ETIAS Application Fee
Although ETIAS still hasn’t come into full force (the program is expected to be implemented in late 2022), the provisional ETIAS for Europe cost will amount to € 7. This fee may be subject to change and may be raised or lowered once the details of the ETIAS program are finalized.
No matter how many countries you intend to visit, you will only need to pay the fee once as long as you complete the application correctly. Your ETIAS authorization will allow you to move freely within the Schengen area — no need to apply or pay again.
The ETIAS program is intended to streamline and facilitate movement to and within the EU, making things easier and smoother not only for the EU authorities but also for international travelers. That’s also why the ETIAS online application is expected to take a very limited amount of time.
It’s paramount that you fill in the application form correctly. False or incorrect information may result in your application being rejected and you may have to start your application again and make further payments.
In order to avoid issues and delays, travelers applying for similar travel authorizations often decide to use the services of specialized online immigration agencies that charge service fees.
In exchange for the service fee, these agencies offer professional assistance in submitting your application from start to finish and guarantee an application free of error that they will submit to the EU authorities on behalf of the applicant.
The agency will follow you every step of the way making sure that no information is missing, incorrect, or misleading. You will be contacted before your application is submitted in case something doesn’t look right.
Since the EU authorities won’t contact you before denying or delaying your application, this is one of the best ways to keep everything under control and prevent potential issues from affecting your travel plans.
Having paid an application fee and service fee and having obtained an ETIAS visa waiver does not guarantee entry into the Schengen area. The final decision will be made by European border authorities once they have seen your documents.