By the end of the year 2022, citizens of Macedonia are permitted to enter the Schengen zone for the visit of 90 days for leisure, business, and tourism purposes without the need for a Schengen visa. Macedonians are allowed to enter the Schengen member countries of Europe without a visa only by showing their valid Macedonia passport to Europe Union border control on their entry. From the end of 2022 and onwards, this visa-exempt status will demand another compulsory requirement. This travel authorization is an electronic or digital document called ETIAS for Europe. The ETIAS visa will be mandatory for the citizens of Macedonia and visitors for the other 60 visa-exempt countries. European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being applied gradually by European Union authorities to have improved security systems throughout the Schengen member nations. Enhancing the security systems within the European Union will eventually provide advantages to the inhabitants and travelers including Macedonian visitors. Even though Macedonia citizens are residing in Europe, they will need an ETIAS visa to enter any Schengen member nation, and ETIAS authorization can be acquired online by filling out and submitting a simple application form
Entering Schengen member countries with ETIAS visa from Macedonia
Visitors from Macedonia with an accepted ETIAS will get access to any of the Schengen member nations for 90 days for the period of 80 days. When accepted, the ETIAS visa will be valid for 3 years until the passport expires. If the passport expires before the expiry of ETIAS, the visa waiver would be considered invalid. The visitors from Macedonia will have to apply for a new ETIAS authorization visa with their new passport. The process of visa application is quick and simple. The ETIAS visa waiver is digitally connected to the passport of the Macedonia traveler that was used during the application procedure. Keep in mind that the ETIAS visa can’t be moved to any other passport. The citizens of Macedonia having dual nationality should bear in mind this fact and carefully select the passport that they want to link with the ETIAS visa. The nationals of Macedonia must ensure to visit on the passport having the ETIAS visa linked and show it upon arrival at the border control.
The application process for an ETIAS visa from Macedonia
Applying for ETIAS visa authorization for Macedonian nationals is simple and easy. Applications are not required to go to the consulate or embassy to complete the application process as the whole process can be accomplished online. The online visa application saves time and energy for Macedonia visitors as it can be easily completed in just 10 minutes from the comfort of home. The Macedonia travelers are required to submit the ETIAS visa form using the below-mentioned information:
- Applicant’s full name
- Date and place of birth
- Passport number
- Passport issuing country
- The issue and expiry date of passport
Macedonian citizens traveling to Europe need to ensure that all the details given above are added to the application form just as provided on their passport. Moreover, ETIAS visa applicants have to provide the projected travel dates as well as the first intended Schengen nation to travel on the ETIAS visa. They will also be asked to respond to a few questions related to security like if they have been convicted or deported previously. Macedonian citizens need to respond to all the questions honestly. The information provided by the applicants in the ETIAS visa system would be checked against different security records including Europol and Interpol. In many cases, this auto screening procedure takes almost 24 hours. If the system raises a problem while performing auto screening, the data of the applicant will be checked manually by officials of Schengen. Within almost three business days, the applicant will get an email with either an accepted ETIAS visa or refusal with proper reason. The ETIAS visa will be received on the email ID provided by the applicant at the time of application. If the ETIAS visa is rejected, the nationals of Macedonia will get an email having the reasons for the denial and the details on how to request the decision.
The requirements for ETIAS for Macedonian nationals
The nationals of Macedonia should have the following basic information to complete the application process for an ETIAS visa for the Schengen member countries:
- A valid passport having a validity of about 3 months above the projected stay in the Schengen area
- A valid and working email ID to get updates regarding ETIAS application or to receive an ETIAS visa.
- Debit or credit card
It is essential for nationals for Macedonia to carefully review the information provided in the application form to prevent mistakes and unnecessary delays. When confirmed, then ETIAS visa for Macedonian applicants will be directed to their email ID. The visa waiver has a processing fee that applicants have to pay online using their debit or credit card. When the payment is done, the visa request would be processed automatically. Many ETIAS visa requests are checked and accepted in a single business day while some may take up to 3 days to be approved.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How a national of Macedonia can work in the European Union?
The citizens of Macedonia who want to work or get a job in the EU or any Schengen member country but not sure which country to choose for a living can get benefit from getting an ETIAS visa. An ETIAS visa will enable Macedonian citizens to travel to different nations within the Schengen Zone so they are allowed to select any of them that best match their requirements. When a citizen of Macedonia confirmed the area to get a job or work in, they have to go to the consulate or embassy for the same nation to get the work visa. A work visa is a form of a long-term visa and such visas need to be country-specific in contrast to an ETIAS visa that only permits entry to the Schengen member countries. ETIAS authorization enables Macedonia citizens to perform business activities and tourism in Schengen member nations for 90 days for a period of 180 days. But keep in mind ETIAS doesn’t allow Macedonia nationals to get a job or work in any of the Schengen member countries.
How Macedonia nationals can study in the European Union?
Professionals of students from Macedonia who want to enhance their knowledge by taking part in seminars or conferences in any of the Schengen member nations may enter the area with an ETIAS visa waiver by late 2021. Macedonia citizens having ETIAS visa waiver can also participate in courses and workshops in Schengen nations until their time period is shorter than or equal to the maximum allowed time of 90 days. Macedonia nationals who want to study in Schengen nations with time more than 90 days will have to get a visa other than ETIAS. Long-term visas like study visas are specific for each country in contrast to ETIAS that only allows entering the entire Schengen Zone. Macedonian students who want to get graduation or Master’s education in Schengen Zone but no sure about the university to get admission cannot get benefited from the ETIAS visa waiver. An ETIAS enables Macedonia nationals to enter 26 Schengen countries and students are allowed to travel to the universities in Schengen Area until they decided the one that is best for them. When students from Macedonia have selected universities, they have to go to the consulate or embassy of the intended nation where they want to live to know about the student visas. Although the needs for a student visa are different for each country, many will require proof of enough funds as well as an acceptance letter from the university.