Just by the presentation of a valid passport, the Andorra Nationals are allowed to travel without restrictions within the Schengen European members. These trips are generally for short periods, usually taking a maximum of 90 days.
However, three states are excluded from the list. These nations include Spain, France, and Portugal. The states normally allow the Andorrans nationals to stay even longer, even more as residents, workers, or both. As a result, it has caused misunderstanding, especially with the "European Travel Information and Authorization System." With ETIAS, it is more of a concern as its implementation that will be in place next year (2022) may impact Andorra. It is important for the foreigners and nationals to understand as they travel in any of the Schengen countries.
Traveling To a Schengen Area from Andorra
Initially, Andorra was declared as ETIAS eligible nation. It meant the country's citizens had to mandatory have an Andorran Passport to be authorized to travel to cross the border of the Schengen Nations. Later, the Andorran government confirmed that the Andorrans are not obligated to obtain ETIAS travel authorization to be able to cross into Schengen border. European microstates like San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City as well as Andorra are exempted from the need to have an ETIAS approved travel authorization into Schengen. These nations are not part of the Schengen Agreement and the European Union. With ETIAS coming into full swing as we approach the end of next year, the Andorra citizens will still travel to the Schengen Nations effectively.
Benefits Andorran Nationals Will Enjoy After ETIAS Implementation
Although Andorran citizens are not required to have ETIAS travel authorization before traveling to Schengen countries, they can still have many benefits from ETIAS. One of the main advantages that Andorrans enjoy with ETIAS is experiencing an increase in security within their borders. From late 2022 onwards, the travelers will be required to have a mandatory ETIAS travel permit for them to be allowed to cross the border into the Schengen area territory. All foreign nation travelers will have undergone thorough scrutiny by Schengen area security to reach Andorra, which is a landlocked country. Besides, the country has no airport making it the ultimate beneficiary of ETIAS.
With the European Union travel system, the visitors that will be visiting Andorra will have already been prescreened. Therefore, those visitors that pose a threat to Europe and Schengen region will have been denied access to passing the Schengen borders legally. ETIAS will strengthen the security checks of passengers. The main aim for its inception was the strengthening of security checks of passengers who are allowed into the Schengen Territory. Its security protocols enable the authorities to check all individuals' data that will be traveling in Schengen Area. They will cross-check their data against several security checks database. It will also speed up border checks for citizens. All travelers are prescreened, including the foreign visitors who will visit Andorra. It will be able to hasten patrols at the border for the nationals, especially those who will follow EU security protocols. Those who pose a risk to the EU will be blocked access.
Further, Schengen residents will enjoy several positive impacts from the visa waiver alike Andorran residents:
- ETIAS will assist with the identification of any irregularity or security migratory risk that may pose a risk by travelers who will be transiting to Andorra inside the Schengen territory route.
- It is hassle-free and will help to save time for travelers since, unlike the traditional visas, it is obtained entirely online.
- The Entry-Exit System and ETIAS enhance data recollection, which will be an advantage to the passengers. The system will enable principles of data protection and respect for the fundamental rights of citizens.
- It will make crossing borders efficient for many passengers, especially those who are not a threat because of the Smart Borders Systems, which is created alongside ETIAS.
Therefore, ETIAS will come along with several advantages to the Andorrans. However, the Andorrans that want to study, work or live for longer periods in Schengen member states will be required to acquire the normal visa of the specific country at their embassy.
The Impact of ETIAS Authorization to Dual Citizenship Andorrans
The Andorran citizens who have Dual Citizenship should not worry. Those with dual nationality have at least two approved passport; thus, what they need only to do is to choose a passport that they will use for traveling into the Schengen area. An individual with Dual citizenship from Andorra and a country that requires ETIAS traveling authorization may travel without being required to have travel permission. They will only need their Andorran passport. Nevertheless, in a situation where the traveler has his Andorran passport expired, then they will be required to travel into Schengen Territory with a second passport, which is ETIAS acceptable. Therefore, in this situation, they must make sure prior to their visit, they have applied for an ETIAS. These details will be required for ETIAS application chosen passport:
- Passport expiration date
- Passport number
- Date and Passport Issuance country
The private information data has to be coinciding with printed data in the official travel document during application. Besides, ETIAS will not be present when the visitor travels to another country since it is linked electronically with the specific passport during application for ETIAS. For this reason, it is vital for a traveler to use a similar passport used during the ETIAS application.
FAQs- ETIAS FOR ANDORRAN CITIZENS
What is the Schengen Travel Zone?
Schengen Travel Zone refers to a Schengen Zone which was created by the European Union. This traveling zone currently includes 26 countries, where some are in the EU zone while others are not in the zone. Traveling into this area has greatly increased over the years. It made these countries require travelers to pass detailed security checks to be able to travel into the zone easier and safely, thus the introduction of ETIAS.
What countries are in the Schengen Travel Zone?
Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Germany, France, Greece, Lithuania, Iceland, Hungary, Poland, Malta, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands.
Will Andorrans still get jobs in Europe after the ETIAS implementation?
The Andorrans will still work in Europe despite the introduction of ETIAS. The holders of ETIAS Visa are allowed to participate in enterprise activities in Schengen's Territory of Europe. This includes even countries like France and Spain. To travel in the Schengen Territory, the Andorrans do not require to have an ETIAS. Rather they need an Andorran passport. But those with dual nationality can still take part in business trips to a maximum of 90 days duration in member nations belonging to Schengen territory with an ETIAS Visa. Even more, Andorra citizens with passports can stay and do a job in only these nations: Portugal, Spain, and France. This special treatment is discrete from the ETIAS travel authorization. Away from the three nations mentioned above where the Andorrans can study, reside or do a job, in the other Schengen nations, they have to be granted permission from a consulate or an embassy of the countries so as to be granted work or student visa. ETIAS grants the Andorrans with travel permission into 26 nations of Schengen territory. However, the European Union job Visas and requirements vary across these nations. For work visas, the representative of the specific country will be able to give information regarding the visas, besides the required documents, processing time, among other conditions. Therefore, the Andorran citizens should not work in Schengen on ETIAS as they will face the laws in the specific countries. Some of the consequences include fines, deportation, and even revocation of ETIAS. In addition, when found working with ETIAS and Andorran Passport but without a work permit, it is against visa waiver rules.
How long can Andorrans stay in Spain, France, or the EU territory?
When you are an Andorran passport holder, you have a special condition by three nations of Schengen area Spain, Portugal, and France. These nations allow the Andorrans to work and reside in their territories. But with the rest of the Schengen nations, the Andorrans are only allowed to stay for about 90 straight days without requesting a visa. During their stay in this Schengen area, they are not allowed to enter into higher institutions for a degree or work. After the 90 days period limit, they are to leave the Schengen Territory either traveling to another nation which is not among the Schengen territory or return to Andorra. Those with Dual Citizenship also have to follow certain guidelines. Due to two citizenship, they are traveling on a passport which belongs to a country in the Schengen area, which means they have to follow regulations set by ETIAS. After the 90 days that are allotted runs out, they have to depart Schengen Area. That is if they have also stayed for another 90 days that was granted of stay which sums up to a period of 180 days.