Before the last quarter of 2022 will require all the citizens of the Bahamas can enter any of the EU states without applying for a visa. The status was awarded to the citizens of the Bahamas because of the agreement between the Schengen state and the Bahamas. 

The visa-exempt status will still be there after the implication of the new authorization system called ETIAS. But all the citizens of the Bahamas will be under the compulsion to apply for the visa waiver from this new system. 

There is a list of eligible countries consisted of 60 countries who are awarded visa-exempt status, but after the implication of the system in 2022, all the citizens of these countries, along with citizens of the Bahamas, will get benefit from this visa waiver system who intend to travel any of the Schengen states. 

Countries to visit with ETIAS

The applicant with the visa waiver authorization can enter any of the Schengen states and enjoy a stay of 90 days. 

ETIAS Required

The 22 ETIAS countries:

  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Czech Republic
  • Malta
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • EU Schengen
  • Non-EU Schengen States
  • Non-Schengen EU States

ETIAS Required

Non-EU Member States:

  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland

Micro-States of Schengen Area:

  • Monaco
  • Vatican City
  • San Marino

ETIAS Non-Required

Non-Schengen EU States
  • Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Croatia

The citizens of the Bahamas currently do not need a visa to enter any of the Schengen states. But after the implication of the ETIAS in 2022, all the Bahamas nationals will require to go through the process of online authorization before entering the Schengen states. 

The process of getting the authorization is very easy and simple. The citizens of the Bahamas will not need to go to any embassy or consulate to apply for authorization. The ETIIAS authorization is available online to the citizens of all the 60 eligible countries. The process will require the applicant to open the online portal in their home, office, or anywhere they can get a secure internet connection. The whole process will require 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The applicant will be asked personal and security related questions. The applicant will provide all the personal information and a valid passport. After completing the information process, the traveler will have to pay the processing fee from the debit or credit card.  

The authorization will be linked to the passport presented at the time of the application form. The traveler will also get the authorization on the email address provided while filling the application form. The visa waiver will be valid for the time period of three years for all the citizens of the Bahamas and other travelers from the 60 eligible countries. 

The visa authorization from ETIAS will grant access to the holder to enter any of the Schengen states and stay there for 90 days. 

Entry Requirements for Bahamian Citizens

Citizens of the Bahamas will be required to obtain the visa waiver authorization from the ETIAS online. The system, after the implication, will grant access to the citizens for entering the Schengen states and stay there for 90 days. 

The Bahamian citizens who wish to stay longer or want to work or study in any of the 26 Schengen states must apply for a long-term visa. They can get a long term visa from the embassy or consulate of the Schengen states in their country. The requirement for a long term visa is different than that of the ETIAS. The long term visa process is long and will require the applicant to go to the embassy and do all the process by themselves. 

On the other hand, when the citizens of the Bahamas will want to enter the Schengen area after 2022, they will have to apply for the ETIAS through the online portal from their home as per their ease. The application form is easy to fill and complete. The valid passport will be electronically linked after the successful authorization of the visa from ETIAS. This visa waiver will allow travelers to stay in any of the 26 states for 90 days. For getting the ETIAS authorization, the citizens of the Bahamas will have to present the following:

  • Machine-readable Bahamian passport
  • Three months remaining validity of the passport
  • Current email address
  • debit or credit card 

The authorization will grant the stay of 90 days, but it must be under the time of 180 consecutive days. The validity of the visa waiver will be three years from the time of authorization. 

How to Apply for ETIAS?

The ETIAS visa waiver system will require the travelers to apply for the visa waiver to enter the Schengen area if they are a citizen from the list of the eligible country. The process will be extremely simple and will require basic information from the traveler, and the process will not require the applicant to go to the embassy or a consulate. 

The application process is extremely simple, and it requires the citizens of the Bahamas to apply through an online portal. This portal will require the applicant to provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Sex
  • Contact details
  • Valid email address
  • Debit or credit card

The portal will require the following Passport information:

  • Passport number
  • Date and country of issuance
  • Expiration date

The application form will also require information regarding security questions, health history, and the portal will also need the traveling information of the applicant to the conflict zones. 

Once the Bahamian applicant has entered all the information on the application form, it will be screened and double-checked with the databases of the law enforcement agencies. The applicants are advised to recheck all the information they have provided on the application form as in case of wrong information or any discrepancy, the application will be denied, and it could lead to the rejection of the application.

After the application form is filled, the traveler will need to pay the processing fee from the valid debit or credit card. Once the fee is paid, the application will enter the processing zone, which is completely automatic. The applicant will get the visa waiver authorization within minutes of paying the fee. 

If there is a discrepancy or some issue in the information provided by the applicant, the process will shift to the manual, and it would take 36to 72 hours for the complete authorization and confirmation. That’s why it is advised to the applicants to apply for the authorization of the visa waiver 72 hours before the intended travel time to the Schengen area.

Once the application is approved, the visa waiver will be sent to the email address provided at the time of the application. The visa waiver from the ETIAS will be linked to the passport provided by the applicant. The authorization will be valid for three years, and the traveler will have to present the same passport with the electronic ETIAS in case of multiple passport or dual nationality. 

Traveling from the Bahamas

Bahamian nationals are allowed dot enter any of the Schengen states with just a valid passport. At the time of entry, they have to provide the information regarding their entry and stay. The most important thing is the amount, which will serve as proof of sufficient funds to cover all the expenses during their stay. The immigration control asks these questions from all the citizens of the eligible countries, and the travelers get access without the need for a visa. 

After the implication of the new system called ETIAS, every citizen from the list of 60 eligible countries will have to apply for the visa waiver authorization from ETIAS 72 hours prior to their traveling time. This authorization will grant them access to enter and leave any of the Schengen states as per their requirement for the period of three years. They can stay in any of the states not more than 90 days in the consecutive 180 days. 

FAQs for ETIAS and Bahamians 

Stay in Europe with an ETIAS for Bahamian citizens

A Bahamian ETIAS holder can stay in any of the Schengen states for a period of 90 days. The visa waiver allows the holder to come and go out of the 26 Schengen state any time in the period of three years. The visa waiver will remain valid for this time until the current passport expires. If the passport expires before the three-year validity period, the ETIAS will be nullified at once, and the traveler will have to get a new passport and apply for the visa waiver from step one by filling the application form. The visa waiver awards the stay of 90 days to the traveler in any of the Schengen states. And the traveler can enter and exit as many times as is required by the nature of the visit. But once the 90 days period is completed, the citizens of the Bahamas will have to go back to their native or traveling country to complete the 90-day process. And after these 90 days, only then can the traveler have access to enter the Schengen state. There are consequences if the traveler stays more than 90 days in any of the Schengen states. The results could be fine, revocation of the visa, or deportation from the European country.

Can Bahamian ETIAS be used for study in Europe?

Bahamian passport holders can obtain the ETIAS visa waiver to attend a seminar or workshop. The visa waiver allows the citizens of the Bahamas to stay for 90 days in any of the Schengen states. The visa waiver allows the students to come and visit as many countries and universities as they want and make the decision and choose the country where they want to live and study. Once the students have made the decision about the university, the next step will be to apply for a study visa for that country. The study visa will bound the student to stay in the particular country and stay for the time until the course is completed. The ETIAS, on the other hand, doesn't allow the stay of more than 90 days, and the students must obtain a study visa from the consulate and embassy in their native country.

How to renew an ETIAS?

Citizens of the Bahamas do not need to renew their ETIAS visa waiver until the three years of the validity period. But during these three years, if the passport is expired, the ETIAS visa waiver will automatically be considered null. The Bahamians will have to apply for a new passport, and the process for the ETIAS will be the same. The applicant will have to provide all the required information and processing fee to obtain the visa waiver and get access to enter the European states. If the three-year validity period is over and the ETIAS has expired, but the passport has more than three months validity period, the applicant will have to apply online on the same ETIS portal to get the authorization of the visa waiver from the ETIAS online portal.