The ETIAS, also known as the European travel authorization and information system will launch next year. Currently, all visitors coming to Europe can do so without applying for a visa. However, once the ETIAS comes into effect by late 2022, all Dominican travelers must apply for a visa waiver to enter Europe. The European Commission developed ETIAS to help strengthen the Schengen borders and safeguard travel for locals and foreigners alike who wish to stay and travel within Europe.

Visa Requirement for Dominican citizens for visiting Europe

The Dominican residents looking to travel to Europe have to do so with a valid visa starting next year. The ETIAS will allow visitors to stay for short term trips like tourism, business, and transit. However, visitors looking for a longer stay must apply for travel appropriate visa at the embassy of the country they wish to travel.

All Dominican visitors along with 60-eligible countries will need an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Europe once the travel authorization comes into full effect next year. Dominican residents can travel and stay within the 22 Schengen, and the 4 non-Schengen member states with a valid ETIAS visa waiver.

Traveling to Europe from Dominica on an ETIAS visa.

The ETIAS travel authorization involves filling an online application, for which applicants must have the following documents at hand:

  • A valid Dominican passport with at least 3-month remaining validity beyond the intended period of stay in Europe. 
  • A valid email address where the applicant can receive the approved ETIAS and all the updates regarding the process.
  • A debit or credit card with which the applicant can make the payment for the processing fee.

These are the basic requirements for eligible applicants. A Dominican resident wishing to apply for the ETIAS cannot do so without any of the above documents.

The applicant should carry a passport with minimum 3-month validity remaining from the date of arrival in Europe. As of now, Dominica citizens can travel anywhere in Europe visa-free. This visa exemption comes with the agreement between Dominica and the European Union. However, travelers coming to Europe from all over the world, including visitors from Dominica will require to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver for a 90-day consecutive stay. The ETIAS will have a 3-year validity and ensure entry multiple times to the region within the duration.

The ETIAS visa waiver will help secure the Schengen borders and ensure the Dominican visitors have a safe trip while they are in Europe.

What are the requirements for Dominican visitors to enter Europe?

The ETIAS travel authorization will be effective from January 1st, 2022 after which the Dominican residents can apply for the ETIAS application online in a few simple steps. All the Dominican residents applying for the visa waiver should have all the necessary documents at hand to enter the correct information in the application form.

The Dominican visitors will have to provide the following information in the ETIAS application in order to successfully complete the online form.

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Current address
  • Phone number
  • Applicant’s Nationality
  • Passport number, issue, and expiry date, dual nationality holders must enter the one which they intend to use with the ETIAS visa waiver.
  • Email address to get updates regarding the ETIAS visa process and also the approved ETIAS.
  • History related to health and travel.

Once the applicant has entered accurate details, they should recheck the form for any errors, as any mistake in the application form may delay the visa processing. Once confirmed, they can submit the application, which will be processed within 24 hours or 1 business day. The applicant can receive the approved ETIAS through the email address entered in the online form.

The applicants should bear in mind that the ETIAS visa waiver does not guarantee entrance to the Schengen area. The border officials have the final right to decide which applicant can enter and which cannot, based on the screening process.

The immigration officials screen each visitor traveling through the Schengen borders before they enter the region. The detailed screening process ensures that any visitor coming to Europe does not threaten the harmony of the EU community and strengthens border security. The Dominican visitor has the ease to travel throughout the Schengen area with the ETIAS, however, they should inform the officials which Member state they intend to enter first.

For the purpose of screening visitors, the border control officials will also require information regarding,

  • Work history
  • History of criminal records or human trafficking, if any.
  • Details of drug usage.
  • Travel history to conflict areas.
  • A print or copy of the approved ETIAS visa waiver.
  • A valid passport that was used for the ETIAS application process.
  • Details regarding travel plans such as a return plane ticket or ticket to another country, sufficient funds to cover the cost of the Europe trip, and health insurance.

What is the ETIAS visa waiver application process for Dominican residents?

The Dominican visitors who want to visit Europe for short stays do not need to apply for a Schengen visa. However, after the launch of the ETIAS, all Dominican visitors must apply for the ETIAS visa waiver to access the Schengen region. 

All visitors coming to Europe must comply with the restrictions in place regarding the import and export of tobacco, huge cash amounts, drugs, or firearms. Failure to follow the rules and regulations will fall into severe violation of the ETIAS policy, cause entry denial, deportation, or even cancellation of the visa waiver.

The Dominican travelers should mandatorily have an ETIAS visa waiver to enter Europe. Hence, all documents must be updated prior to departure.

ETIAS FOR DOMINICANS – FAQ

How many days are the Dominican visitors permitted to stay in Europe?

The ETIAS visa waiver allows all visa holders including the Dominican visitors to travel and stay within the Schengen area no longer than 90 consecutive days within a 180-day duration. The European travel authorization will have a three-year validity period within which the Dominican visitor can enter multiple times to the EU as long as the ETIAS- linked passport remains valid. If the original passport expires before the ETIAS expiry date, the applicant should use a new passport number to apply for a fresh ETIAS visa. The Dominican visitors can travel to Europe multiple times during the 3-year ETIAS validity period and can stay consecutively for 90-days in the Schengen region. However, once the specified duration expires, all visitors should compulsory leave the member state and avoid traveling anywhere in the Schengen zone. They can re-enter the country after spending at least 3-month outside the region. In case an ETIAS visa holder exceeds the 90-days, they may face severe consequences such as heavy fines, deportation, and even revocation of ETIAS.

Are Dominican residents allowed to stay for education or employment in European countries?

The ETIAS travel authorization is not a visa, instead, it is a visa waiver and only allows visitors to travel for business, tourism, or transit purposes. This means that ETIAS does not allow Dominican visitors to work or look for employment in Europe. Also, Dominican students cannot travel on ETIAS for educational trips. If visitors wish to work or study in Europe they may do so legally by applying for travel appropriate visa. The Dominican resident should visit the member state embassy to get information regarding immigration and working laws (as one Schengen member state laws might differ from another). The immigration agents may provide you different visa options and help you make the right decision.

Can the Dominican resident with a criminal history enter Europe?

A criminal record would not prevent a Dominican visitor to enter Europe, although each applicant will pass through the screening process to verify criminal history through the various European security databases, including Europol and Interpol. The border control officials will only deny entry to applicants who pose a threat to EU security.

Can ETIAS allow a Dominican visitor to spend more than the permitted 90-days in Europe?

The ETIAS visa enables travelers to visit Europe for a short-term travel purpose such as coming for tourism, business travel, or transiting between Schengen states. The ETIAS policy expects visitors to stay for as long as 90-days and then leave the region once the permitted duration runs out. However, the visitors can regain entry after 3-months. The border control officials make sure that visitors do not overstay, as this can mean a breach of the ETIAS policy and has severe consequences. If a Dominican visitor exceeds the permitted stay duration, not only will they have their ETIAS revoked, it also affects future chances of getting an ETIAS visa waiver. Dominican visitors wishing to stay in Europe for longer stays can do so with the appropriate visa. For this purpose, the applicants should visit the embassy in their country to gain information regarding the immigration process and required documentation.

Do Dominican minors also need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver?

All Dominican residents including children and minors less than 18, will need an ETIAS visa waiver to enter Europe. However, individuals below 18 and above 70 years of age are exempt from the visa processing fee.

How can a Dominican resident renew his ETIAS visa?

The ETIAS visa electronically links to the applicant’s original passport. However, if the passport expires before the expiry of the ETIAS visa waiver, it is not possible to transfer it to another passport and the applicant can no longer use it. In such a situation, the visitor must apply for a new passport first after which he can apply for a new ETIAS visa.