Presently, all Argentine visa holders can travel to Europe and stay in any Schengen member states without a visa. However, this will change once the ETIAS visa waiver officially launches by 2022. After this travel system comes into effect, all Argentine visitors wishing to travel to Europe should apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before their departure. This requirement is the same for all visitors coming for business, tourism, or transit purposes. The travelers can apply for an ETIAS travel authorization through an online application, which has similarities with the USA’s electronic travel authorization system.

The European Commission designed this travel authorization to deal with the ongoing security issues in the European countries. The goal is to simplify the entry process for international visitors and secure the Schengen borders while identifying potential threats and risk factors. The visa waiver will be a compulsory requirement for all Argentinian visitors after the ETIAS launch by January 1 in 2022.

The ETIAS application process is simple and straightforward. Unlike other visa applications, the ETIAS visa waiver does not need the Argentine visitors to visit an Embassy or stand in long queues. They can access it anywhere through the online application, and it takes a few minutes to fill out the form. The Argentinian wishing to travel or stay within the Schengen region can easily apply for the ETIAS and receive the approved visas sitting at home through their computer, tablet, or smartphone.

How can Argentinian apply for an ETIAS?

The ETIAS visa waiver will have a 3-year validity, or as long as the linked Argentinian passport remains valid. 

It will be linked electronically to the passport used to complete the online form application. The Argentine visitors should carry the same passport during their European travel as the ETIAS visa is non-transferable to another one.

The ETIAS authorization will launch by the beginning of 2022, after which all the Argentinian visitors coming to Europe will need to apply for the ETIAS. All people coming from Argentina, even minors, need to have an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to the Schengen member states.

The Argentine visitors can have multiple trips to the Schengen region within a specified 90-days during a 180-day period, until the passport expires or the visa validity ends, whichever comes first.

The processing of the ETIAS application takes few minutes after submission, and the applicant can receive the visa approval via their email. Visitors should carry a printout or a copy of the visa waiver to the port of entry. The authorities will verify the ETIAS against the information provided by the applicant, including the passport. This verification process will determine if the Argentine visitor can enter the Schengen region.

The processing of the ETIAS visa waiver can prolong or delay more than usual in certain situations. It mostly happens when there is additional processing required on the application. In case of denial, the Argentinian applicant will receive an email explaining the reason for the refusal of the ETIAS. The email will also guide the applicant about appealing the decision. Also, they may get another option of applying for the application manually this time. The Argentinian visitor should appeal at the Embassy of the destination country, which will have the final say based on rules and regulations.

ETIAS requirement for Argentinian visitors

Currently, Argentinian nationals flying to Europe do not need to apply for a Schengen visa for entering the region for short stays up to a total of 90-days. However, starting January 1, 2022, they should carry a valid ETIAS visa waiver along with their national ID and passport to present at border controls.Applicants applying for an Argentinian ETIAS visa waiver should have the following documents at their disposal to complete the online form.

  • A valid Passport, having at least a 3-month validity beyond the intended stay.
  • A valid Email address to receive the notification of ETIAS approval.
  • A debit or credit card to make the payment for the ETIAS application.

To grant access to any country within the Schengen region, the Argentine citizens should have an approved ETIAS visa waiver along with their passports and ID cards. They can stay and travel within the Schengen zone as long as they do not violate the permitted stay limit of 90-days within a 180-day period.The Argentinian visitors should apply for the ETIAS through the online application at least 96 hours before their departure. It allows enough processing time for the ETIAS visa waiver. The authorities can also pre-screen all the applicants and decide whom to permit entry and deny based on individual background checks. The Argentine visitors have to provide details regarding their intended Europe trip and other personal data related to security and health. 

Applicants must mention facts and figures and be honest when filling out the ETIAS visa waiver online form. If a visitor fails to do so, it may hinder and prolong the processing time as it may need additional verification. Also, misleading or wrong information may lead to the denial of the applicant’s application for the ETIAS visa waiver.

All travelers should recheck the information after completing the online application form. In case of a mistake, they have an opportunity to correct it before submission. The ETIAS application also has a processing fee charge. Argentinian visitors should use a debit or credit card to make a one-time payment. However, applicants less than 18 years of age do not need to pay any such charges.

Additionally, all the ETIAS visa waiver applicants should have a valid passport, email, and a debit or credit card to pay for the processing charges. The online form demands the following requirement from all the applicants:

  • Name
  • Current address
  • contact details
  • A valid email address
  • Travel history
  • Health issues
  • Nationality
  • Passport issue date and expiry date

The application will ask simple questions regarding health, travel history, and security. It will take 10 minutes to fill out the form and submit it. The next step is to reconfirm all the provided information to ensure that it corresponds to the details mentioned in all the other documents. As any errors in the verification process may result in unwanted delays or even rejection of the ETIAS visa waiver.

The applicant should then continue to submit the form, make the fee payment through either a debit or credit card, and then wait for the response. The applications are usually processed within three business days if approved. In case of denial, the applicants have to reapply for it through an embassy. The applicant will receive the approved ETIAS via their email.

ETIAS FOR ARGENTINE – FAQ

What is the duration of stay permitted for Argentine citizens with an ETIAS visa waiver?

The Argentine visitors with a valid ETIAS visa waiver can enter the Schengen borders and travel throughout the region for up to a 90-days within a time frame of 180-days. The counting of the allotted days begins as soon as the visitor enters any Schengen member state. The Argentinians can enter multiple times as long as they do not overstay in the Schengen region.

What will happen if I overstay on ETIAS?

The Argentinian nationals holding a valid ETIAS visa waiver can spend 90-days consecutively in the Schengen region within a 180-day period. Once the specified period is over, they must travel back or to any other third world country without transiting in any Schengen member state. However, they can re-enter Europe after a 3-month interval. In case a visitor overstays his trip after the specified time frame. They may face severe fines, revocation of the ETIAS visa waiver, and even deportation.

Can an Argentine Tourist study in Europe on ETIAS visa?

No, the ETIAS authorization only allows a traveler to visit for the intent of tourism, business, or transit. Although, if Argentine visitors wish to attend a conference, workshop, or training during their trip, they may do so without any issues. However, the ETIAS travel authorization does not permit holders to study, work, or seek employment in Europe. The Schengen countries also offer different visa options for the Argentine visitors for these mentioned situations. The Argentine nationals who wish to study, work or stay in Europe for the long term should visit the country’s embassy for appropriate information and further process.

Can an Argentine visitor with criminal history apply for the ETIAS?

The European countries have relaxation for visitors with a criminal record in comparison to other countries. Although visitors with a criminal history should not receive a conviction check at the Schengen borders, they should be honest about it if asked by a border official. Visitors failing to respond or lie about it may comprise their chances to enter. Minor offenses are insignificant and will not result in a denial of border entry. However, visitors with convictions related to drug, illegal smuggling, or who have served three or more years’ prison term might not be allowed to enter. The ETIAS application form asks few questions related to an applicant’s criminal history. The information collected will later pass through screening at the EU department responsible for criminal data management. However, only visitors with serious convictions or terrorist activity cannot receive an ETIAS visa waiver. The ETIAS visa waiver aims to provide a better traveling experience to visitors coming to Europe and strengthen the Schengen borders against security threats and terrorism. The Argentinian applicants have to fill out a simple ETIAS online application, mention personal biodata and details regarding health and travel plans. If the application gets approved, the applicant will receive the ETIAS visa waiver through his email. The visitor should keep a printout or a copy of the approved visa waiver to present at the border control on arrival.