Requirements for Albanians
France is a popular tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors every year. Starting from late 2022, those who can now visit France and the rest of the Schengen Area visa-free will need to apply for an ETIAS authorisation and meet all of its requirements. This includes Albanians.
ETIAS is not a visa but will be mandatory to obtain. Failing to do so may result in the impossibility of entering France and the Schengen zone.
In order to ensure a hassle-free trip, Albanians travelling to France are advised to check the ETIAS requirements that they need to meet and apply for their authorisation in advance. Keep reading to find the ETIAS France requirements for Albanians.
ETIAS France personal information for Albanians
The application form is an online questionnaire that must be filled out in all of its parts. Applicants must make sure that there is no missing or inaccurate information and that all questions are answered truthfully to the best of their knowledge.
Questions in the ETIAS application form may cover the following:
- Personal information: date and place of birth, full name, nationality
- Contact information: home address, email address, telephone number
- Passport information: passport number and date of issuance, expiry date
- Travel information: travel plans
- Security information: previous criminal convictions
- Health information: questions regarding the health circumstances of the traveller
Some questions may be added or removed depending on one’s specific situation.
Documents that I need for France ETIAS
Since ETIAS is not a traditional visa, its application process is easy and straightforward and the required documentation is minimal.
In order to meet the ETIAS France requirements for Albanians, holidaymakers need to submit:
- The completed application form
- Their valid Albanian passport
- Details of a credit or debit card that can be used for online purchases
The passport used to enter France must match the one included in the application. Moreover, it needs to be biometric and valid for at least 3 months.
Medical info for Albanians
France’s healthcare system is public and free for EU citizens. However, Albanians may be charged for some services, procedures, and medicines. That is why it is advisable to obtain insurance coverage before leaving.
The French emergency service telephone number is 112.
ETIAS Application for France for Albanians
In order to obtain a valid ETIAS, Albanians will need to:
- Fill out the application form
- Upload the relevant documents
- Pay for the application fee
As explained, all of the above can be done electronically, from anywhere in the world. This means that Albanians can apply for ETIAS for France from the comfort of their home or office, or on the go. All they need is a device that can connect to the internet.
Submitting an ETIAS request only takes minutes. However, it can take a few days for it to be reviewed and approved. Please take this into account when planning a trip to France. Usually, it is best to apply at least 72 hours prior to departure.
Once approved, the ETIAS authorisation will be sent via email to the petitioner, at the address they have provided in the application form.
ETIAS France Information for Albanians
ETIAS can be used to enter France for the following reasons:
- Visiting friends and family
Should Albanians wish to travel to France for other purposes (for example, to complete a University degree or find a job in France) they will need to apply for an appropriate visa.
Thanks to ETIAS, checks at the border will be quicker and streamlined. Albanians will just need to present their passport (the same they used during the ETIAS application) and may be asked to provide a copy of their approved ETIAS.