The ETIAS or the European travel information and authorization systems allows the Guatemalan residents to visit any European countries without the need for a visa till the end of 2022. The Schengen agreement is the reason for this visa exception which allows free short-term travel for Guatemalan visitors in Europe. However, once the European travel authorization and information system begins by the end of next year, all the Guatemalan residents must apply for a visa waiver in order to access Europe. With the approved ETIAS travel authorization is hand, the visa holders can access the 22 members and the four non-member states. 

However, Guatemalans should keep in mind that the ETIAS only authorizes entry into Europe for short term travel such as business, medical treatment, or transition to another state. It allows visitors to travel within the Schengen area freely during the permitted 90-days within a 6-month period. The Guatemalans can travel to Europe any time within the 3-year ETIAS validity, that mean that they can visit the Schengen region as many times without reapplying for the ETIAS every time they come to the Schengen region.

WHAT ARE THE ETIAS PREREQUISITES FOR GUATEMALANS TO TRAVEL EUROPE?

The Guatemalans including other 59 eligible counties must apply for the ETIAS visa waiver. It aims to secure the Schengen borders and reinforce ties between the 22 Member states of the Schengen region. 

The ETIAS visa application differs with the European visa, with a hassle-free online application process, eliminating the need for Guatemalan residents to visit the embassy and stand in long lines to apply for the ETIAS. It saves time and the applicants can easily access the application with an internet connection anywhere on any smartphone, laptop, or tablet device.

The visa holders can come to Europe multiple times as long as the ETIAS remains valid. They can and stay in any or all the Schengen member states for 90-days every six months. Once the visitors have the authorized ETIAS in hand, they can enter 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 Honduras visitors do not require ETIAS to visit these Non-Schengen European states.

  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Romania
  • Cyprus
  • Bulgaria

Besides the above mentioned member states, the visa holders can travel to the other EU territories that are located away from the Schengen borders like, 

  • The Spanish Canary Island
  • The Portuguese Madeira and
  •  The Azores.

They can also enter the countries participating in the European free trade agreement.

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

The travel authorization has a three-year validity which means that visitors can travel many times during that period. It enables unlimited entries to the Guatemalan residents without the need for reapplication of ETIAS, unless the visa or the linked passport expires. However, the visitors must note that the visa waiver for Europe is only for short stays. The ETIAS authorizes travel for purposes of tourism, transit, medical or transit through the Schengen region.

The visitors can use the ETIAS to travel by any transport methods like sea, air or by road to transit within the Schengen borders. They can stay in any member state as long as 90-days in a 180-day period. However once the permitted stay is over, the Guatemelans should immediately exit the Schengen area without traveling through the Schengen region and stay outside for atleast 3 months. However, they can come back to Europe after spending 90 months in any other non-EU country.

If any visitors fails to comply with the ETIAS laws they can become liable for deportation, fines and even cancellation of the ETIAS.

The Guatemalans including other 60 eligible country residents must apply for the ETIAS who want to travel to Europe after 2022. It is a compulsory requirement for applicants of all ages, including those above 70 years as well as below 18 years of age. For children and minors, the parents should apply for the ETIAS on their behalf with the applicant’s passport information. Once the ETIAS comes into effect next year, any individual without the travel authorization cannot enter the Schengen region. However, the processing fee does not apply to minors and over age applicants.

The ETIAS will allow a European trip for no longer than 90-days. The Guatemalans must make sure that they have a valid passport that has an extended passport validity with three-months remaining from the scheduled travel. All the Guatemalan applicants can use a debit or credit card to pay 7-euro visa processing fee. Once the application authorizes the ETIAS, the applicants will receive the ETIAS in their email.

The visa processing can take time so it is advised that the Guatemalan residents apply for the ETIAS sometime before their flight, minimum 3 days before their departure date to allow enough processing time.

VISIT EUROPE FROM GUATEMALANS VIA THE ETIAS VISA WAIVER

The USA based travel authorization system

The travel authorization will allow Guatemalans to spend short trips to travel, business, medical treatment, or transition to another state. The visitors can freely move within the Schengen area as long as 90-days within a 6-month period. The ETIAS will have a 3-year validity from its date of issuance. Guatemalans can use it as a multiple entry visa, meaning they can enter many times without applying for an ETIAS for every trip to the Schengen region. The Guatemalan residents must place the application at least 72 hours prior to their departure to enable visa sufficient processing time.

The visitors will have to present their authorized ETIAS on arrival at border checkpoints. The officials hold the absolute right to decide whom to allow. They will verify each individual's documents and details and grant entrance to individuals based on the decision. However, if they have any doubts about an individual will not be allowed to enter.

THE ETIAS APPLICATION PROCESS FROM GUATEMALANS

Guatemalan residents have to apply for the ETIAS through an online application. The process is hassle-free, and visitors do not need to visit any consulate to apply for a visa, as in the case of the standard European visit visas. The Guatemalan citizens must note that the ETIAS is not a visa; instead, it is a travel authorization that gives European travelers access to the Schengen region. The applicants can easily apply for the ETIAS with an internet connection on laptops, smartphones, or tablets.

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

  • The Full name of the Guatemalan visitor.
  • The Nationality, or how many nationalities does the applicant have?
  • Birthdate and country of birth.
  • Current phone number.
  • The Guatemalan 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.

Once the applicants have answered all the necessary questions with relevant details, they must re-check before hitting the submit button. Each Guatemalan resident will pass through an automatic screening process. The computer will scan each application through several safety databases for any issues or red flags. This process aims to identify any threats before the applicant is allowed to enter the zone. Once the Guatemalans enter the region, they can move freely anywhere in the Schengen area. However, the online form seeks approval of the preferred first country of entry once the visitors arrive in Europe.

The Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan visitors must mention travel intent to Europe, travel history, including any past Europe travel, visit to security compromised countries, and any future travel plans.
  • Travel history of Europe.

Besides the ETIAS, applicants must ensure that the entered information matches the details on their documents, spelling mistakes, or any other such errors that may raise red flags. The email address should also be verified again as the updates of the process, the authorized ETIAS, and the digital copy of the visa waiver all will be sent to the provided email ID. 

The European Commission developed the travel authorization system in 2016, which will launch at the end of 2022. The ETIAS aims to identify potential risks by pre-screening all visitors coming to the Schengen region. It will also improve border security and reinforce the Schengen territory. The ETIAS visa waiver will benefit the member state residents as well as the Guatemalan visitors.

After completion of the application, all applicants have to pay a nominal service charge of 7-euros. The processing is quick, and most applications are processed within one business day. The applicants will receive their approved visas through their mail. However, in case of denial, the applicant will receive a mail mentioning the reason for rejection. The Guatemalans can appeal the decision in this situation or opt to apply for manual processing at the embassy.

The approved travel authorization connects automatically to the applicant's passport, so it is impossible to transfer the waiver to another passport in case of loss, theft, or expiry. So, the dual nationality Guatemalans must select one of the two passports to apply for the visa and remember to carry it along with their travel. Also, as the ETIAS is non-transferable, the Guatemalan visa holders will have to apply for another ETIAS after getting a new passport number once the linked passport expires. This is important if the visitors want to keep enjoying the visa waiver benefits for a further three years.

ETIAS FOR GUATEMALAN – FAQ

How many days can Guatemalans spend in Europe with the ETIAS?

The ETIAS allows the visa holders to stay and travel within the Schengen region for a maximum of 90-days in 6-month duration. The travel authorization enables the Guatemalan visitors’ multiple entries into Europe until its three-year validity. However, the ETIAS policy expects all visitors traveling with an ETIAS visa to exit the region once the 90-day stay limit expires. They can travel back, fly to any other non-European country, and not travel within the Schengen region. They can enter again after spending a minimum of 3 months outside the area. The Guatemalans who do not comply with this regulation may face harsh consequences such as hefty penalties, deportation, and even the ETIAS VISA WAIVER's cancellation. The Guatemalans who wish to spend more time in the Schengen area can do so with an appropriate European visa. The EU visa, unlike the ETIAS, must be manually at the consulate of the country they want to visit, and it will grant them a longer-term stay in the Schengen region.

Can the Guatemalan study in Europe on an ETIAS visa?

The ETIAS does not allow any Guatemalan visitors to pursue an education in Europe. Although, the visitors who want to attend short seminars or courses during the three-month stay in the Schengen area can do so. However, any student who wants to enroll in any institution for long-term education must apply for a student visa at the consulate of the destination country.

Can Guatemalan work in Europe on ETIAS visa waiver?

The Guatemalan should take note that the ETIAS is not a travel visa. Therefore, it cannot allow work permit to the Guatemalans visitors who visit Europe with an ETIAS visa. Although with the travel authorization in hand, they can attend events and other trade workshops as long as these activities do not exceed the permitted 90-day period. However, the Guatemalan visitors who want to live and look for employment in the Schengen are must apply for European visa for this purpose. The ETIAS does not allow the Guatemalans to seek work opportunities in Europe. However, the European visa is designed for this purpose. The visitors who are interested to live and work in any member state must apply for the travel appropriate visa at the state