As part of the Schengen agreement, the Grenadian visitors have a visa-exemption on European travel till 2022. However, the European Commission will launch the ETIAS travel authorization next year and obligate all the visitors coming to Europe, including the Grenada visitors, to apply for the visa waiver to access the 22 members and the four non-member states. The visa waiver will enable short-term stays for travel, business, and transit to all visitors coming to the Schengen area. All visitors can stay and travel within Europe for a maximum of 90-days within a six-month period.

The ETIAS is short for the European travel authorization system and will apply to all the 60-eligible countries. The USA travel authorization-based system aims to strengthen ties between the Schengen states and deal with European countries' security issues.

The ETIAS application process is simple, and Grenadian visitors can place the application online without visiting an Embassy for the same purpose.

Do all the Grenada residents need an ETIAS for visiting Europe?

Once the ETIAS comes into effect next year, all the Grenadian residents planning to visit the Schengen area will have to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver to access the 26 member states. Regardless of age, the ETIAS policy obligates Grenada residents to apply for the visa waiver. Individuals below 18 and those above 70 also need an ETIAS to enter Europe.

The ETIAS visa will allow multiple entries to the Grenada citizens, and visitors can stay and travel to Europe up to 90-days within every six months. With an authorized visa waiver, the Grenadian can travel to the following territories.

The 22 European union member states including,

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

Schengen area Micro-states

  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

And also, these four non-EU member states,

  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway

The Grenada visitors do not require ETIAS to visit these Non-Schengen European states.

  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Romania
  • Cyprus
  • Bulgaria

The ETIAS will have a three-year validity and will allow multiple entries into Europe until it expires or the associated passport expires, whichever happens first. This reduces the need for Grenadian visitors to apply for the ETIAS for every Europe trip.

With the travel authorization in hand, the Grenadian visitors can travel to the Schengen area for the purpose of tourism, transit, medical treatment, or business, as long as the trip is short and does not exceed the 90-day permitted to stay. Individuals who want to visit Europe for other purposes should opt for a standard method and apply for a European visa at the embassy. Through the EU visas, visitors can stay for more extended periods for employment, education, or any other intent.

What ETIAS requisites do Grenadians have to fulfill to travel to Europe?

To successfully complete the ETIAS visa application, the Grenadian applicants must have the following documents at their disposal. If any of the below-mentioned requisites are missing, the application will not approve an ETIAS visa waiver.

  • A valid Grenada passport is a must. However, the document must have at least an extra 3-month validity remaining, past the scheduled trip.
  • All applicants must provide a valid email ID. The Grenada applicants must confirm if the spelling and address are correct before submission. The applicants will get notifications of the processing updates and the ETIAS approval at the given address.
  • The Grenada residents must use either a debit or a credit to pay the ETIAS processing fee. However, individuals who are above 70 years and minors under 18 years are exempt from paying the service charge.

The Grenadian applicants must have all the above documents to be able to enter all information correctly in the online form. The residents with dual Nationality must enter the same passport information in the online form that they will use for European travel. The ETIAS is a travel authorization, so it digitally connects to each individual's passport and cannot transfer to any other. No matter which one of the documents expires first, the Grenadian visitor will have to apply for a new ETIAS.

The Application process of ETIAS from Grenada

The ETIAS application process does not require the Grenadian resident to apply for the visa waiver at the consulate manually. The process is simple and based entirely online, and the Grenadians can apply for the ETIAS by using the online form. It is important to note that the ETIAS is not a visa, rather a travel authorization to approve visitors traveling to Europe. All residents can apply for the ETIAS anywhere with Wi-Fi on any internet-accessible device like laptops, smartphones, or tablets.

The ETIAS application requires the following information from the Grenada applicants;

  • The Full name of the Grenada visitor.
  • The Nationality, or how many nationalities does the applicant have?
  • Birthdate and country of birth.
  • Current phone number.
  • The Grenada applicants should mention a valid email address without spelling errors. The ETIAS application will send all the ETIAS updates and the authorized visa waiver on the ID provided.
  • The applicants must have a valid passport with a minimum 3-month validity remaining from the period of intended stay.

When the Grenadians have provided all the required information, they are urged to double-check the details before applying. Every applicant's data goes through several safety databases to screen possible threats before the applicant is allowed to enter. All visa holders can move freely throughout the Schengen borders, but the online form seeks the preferred country of entry on European arrival.

The Grenadian visitors will also have to answer a few health and security-related questions such as,

  • Information regarding past criminal records.
  • Employment history and current work details.
  • Applicants must report any participation in human trafficking.
  • The Grenada visitors must mention travel intent to Europe, travel history, including any past Europe travel, visit to security compromised countries, and any future travel plans.
  • Previous travel history of Europe.

Visit Europe from Grenada on an ETIAS visa.

Once processed, the Grenada residents will get notification about their ETIAS visa approval through their electronic mail address. The Grenadian residents must apply for the ETIAS application minimum 3-days in advance of their flight or 72 hours prior to arrival in the Schengen region. It will ensure sufficient processing time for ETIAS visa approval. Though most applications receive a response within 24 to 48 business hours, applications with errors will take more processing time as they may be sent for manual processing. The advance application will ensure that visitors hold an approved visa and can enter Europe.

Though the authorized ETIAS will embed electronically to the provided passport number, the visa holders must also print and carry a copy along with their travel in case of emergency issues such as e-passport machine problems, or failure in the electronic system at border checkpoints, to ensure entry into the Schengen area.

The Grenadian visa holders can utilize the ETIAS visa waiver until its three-year validity period or till passport expiry, whichever happens first. 

The ETIAS travel authorization will become obligatory for all Grenadian visitors from 2022, regardless of their age. For minors below 18, the guardian should take the responsibility to apply for the visa waiver. They must have all the necessary documents in hand for a successful application.

ETIAS FOR GRENADIAN FAQ

Can Grenadian visitors travel to Europe for work on ETIAS?

The ETIAS travel authorization permits the visa holders to travel to Europe for short stays for tourism, trade, medical treatment, and transit through the Schengen borders. The business professionals of Grenada can stay in any Schengen member state for 90-days, attend seminars, or indulge in trade activities during their stay. They can also travel within the Schengen borders for long-term business opportunities, but they need to apply for a proper visa to do so. It means that Grenadians cannot work or do business in Europe with the ETIAS and need to apply for a travel-related European visa for such purposes. Any Grenadian visitors found involved in illegally working in the country will become liable to any such consequences as hefty penalties, deportation, or even revocation of their travel authorization because this comes under the breach of ETIAS policy. The visitors can apply for an appropriate European visa at the embassy of the specific member state where they want to live for employment purposes.

Do Grenadian residents need a visa to travel to Europe?

Grenadian residents can fly to Europe without any visa till 2022. The visa exemption comes as a benefit of the Schengen agreement between the European Union and Grenada, which allows the visitors to come to the region and stay for as long as 90-days. However, once the ETIAS travel authorization comes into effect next year, all Grenadian residents will require an ETIAS visa waiver to access the Schengen zone. The visitors can stay and travel consecutively for three months within a 180-day period. The visa waiver will have a validity for three years from the issuance date, which means that the visitors do not need to reapply for the ETIAS application every time they fly to Europe. Besides, once the 90-day duration runs out, the visitors must immediately exit the Schengen member state where they are staying. They can do so either by flying back home or any other non-European country without traveling through the Schengen borders.

Does the ETIAS visa allow Grenadian visitors to study in Europe?

Though the ETIAS visa holders can only travel to Europe for business, tourism, or transit, the Grenadian students can attend short-term courses in Europe, such as a seminar or workshop in Europe. Once the ETIAS launch next year, the travel authorization will become an ideal opportunity for students who want to pursue any degree in the Schengen area. The short-stay visa waiver will allow students to travel across the Schengen borders and visit various institutions for this purpose and decide which one they want to enroll. Once the Grenadian student finalizes a university, they can apply for admission. Further, with the enrollment proof, they can apply for a European student at the chosen Schengen member state embassy.