Citizens of the Republic of Marshall Islands with valid passports can gain access to the EU until the end of 2022 only by showing their passports at the border control on their entry to Europe. It is because of the visa agreement between Europe and the Marshall Islands. However, all the nationals from the nations having the visa contracts with European Union will have to get an online travel authorization before they enter Europe by the end of 2022. This visa waiver is called ETIAS or European Travel Information and Authorization System. This digital document would be necessary to enter the Schengen member countries and all visitors including nationals of the Marshall Islands should carry it along while entering the state. Marshallese who wants to visit Europe for leisure, health, business, transit, or tourism purposes for 90 days have to get an accepted ETIAS travel authorization and valid passport.
Documents required for ETIAS for Marshallese
ETIAS travel authorization is not a form of traditional visa and the process of application:
- Is completed online as a whole
- Doesn’t require applicants to visit a consulate or embassy
- Doesn’t require people to wait in long queues
In many cases, the visa is confirmed in the first 24 hours while some require 2 to 3 business days The documents needed to get an ETIAS travel authorization for Marshallese are very simple including:
- A machine-readable biometric passport that is valid for 3 months over the proposed residency in Europe
- A working email ID to receive a digital approved ETIAS travel authorization
- A debit or credit card for making payment for the ETIAS visa fee
The application process for ETIAS travel authorization online by Marshallese citizens
Getting an ETIAS visa waiver for Europe by the citizens of the Marshall Islands would be straightforward and easy and will take less than 10 to complete the request. Just after the ETIAS application online is open to people, the citizens of the Marshall Islands who have all the documents required for filling the form can complete the application with the below-mentioned details:
- Applicant’s full name
- Country and date of birth
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
- Expected date of arrival
- The intended first nation of entry to the Schengen Zone
- The purpose of the visit
Important Note: It is suggested to review and verify all the details given in the online ETIAS form after completion to ensure that all details exactly match the data provided in the passport of the national. Wrong information or errors in the given details can lead to late processing of ETIAS travel authorization and even rejection of the visa waiver. The citizens of the Marshall Islands are required to respond to some basic security-related questions as well as health-related questions. They will also be asked to give their contact details. The security and health questions need to be answered to make sure that the visitor doesn’t risk the well-being, security, and health of the EU residents as well as travelers. The contact details involve email ID and phone number; both are required to get updates on the ETIAS visa waiver progress for Marshallese nationals. When accepted, the ETIAS visa waiver will be delivered to the email ID of the Marshallese national in PDF form.
Visiting Europe with ETIAS visa waiver from the Marshall Islands
By the end of 2022, when the ETIAS visa waiver will be implemented as a whole, the security checks at the border control would be fast for citizens of Marshall Island and other visitors. Every cruise line and airline carrier will have to make sure that all entitled visitors have an ETIAS travel authorization to board an automobile moving towards the Schengen Zone. The ETIAS travel authorization won’t only allow the citizens of Marshall Islands to access the Schengen countries but also permit free movement among them for 90 days in a total 180 day period. It implies that Marshallese visitors can stay in the Schengen Area for 90 days and when that 90 days’ time is over, the nation has to move outside the Schengen zone for the next 90 days and then come back to spend another 90 days in any of the Schengen member countries. Each exit and entry in the Schengen Zone will be monitored and saved in the EES or Entry-Exit System that will be operational with the ETIAS system. For citizens of the Marshall Islands, it is essential to make sure that they don’t prolong the permitted 90 days period in the Schengen Zone. If nationals of Marshall Island overstay in the Schengen zone with ETIAS travel authorization, it may result in the cancellation of their visa waiver, fines, or even deportation. It may also lead to their names recorded in EES that may prevent them from getting another ETIAS visa waiver in the future. When accepted, the citizens of the Marshall Islands will get ETIAS with validity of 3 successive years or till the expiry of the passport. ETIAS visa waiver security for citizens of Marshall Islands An ETIAS visa waiver is being implemented by the EU to enhance the security in the Schengen Zone. It will eventually provide benefits to both travelers and people living in the Schengen Area. When applying for an ETIAS visa waiver, the nationals of Marshall Island will have to input their details in the application form for ETIAS travel authorization, and this information will be checked against different security records like Interpol, VIS, SIS, Europol, as well as EURODAC. Applicants have to respond to all the security-related questions carefully and honestly. People having some criminal history may have the chance to get their ETIAS application accepted if the EU officials believe that the person doesn’t pose threat to the European Union.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How to get an ETIAS visa waiver for nationals of the Marshall Islands having dual citizenship?
When an ETIAS travel authorization is confirmed, it will be connected digitally to the same passport that was used while applying for the visa waiver. The ETIAS visa for citizens of the Marshall Islands can’t be moved to the other passport of the same person having dual citizenship. Thus citizens of Marshall Islands having more than one passport because of dual nationality must select a single passport to apply for ETIAS and that passport must be valid for 3 months beyond the intended dates of departure. Dual nationality Marshallese citizens have to use the same passport for applying for the ETIAS visa waiver and ensure to carry it along while entering Europe.
What will happen in case my passport for the Marshall Islands expires but the ETIAS visa waiver is still effective?
An ETIAS visa waiver has the validity of 3 years until the passport for the Marshall Islands employed at the time of ETIAS application remains valid. An accepted ETIAS travel authorization can’t be moved to a new passport so if the passport expires for Marshallese citizens during the validity period of ETIAS i.e. 3 years, the visa waiver would be considered invalid. The nationals of the Marshall Islands whose passport reached the expiry date while the ETIAS travel authorization is still not expired will have to get a new ETIAS visa waiver with their fresh passport. It can be performed by submitting a new application for ETIAS for citizens of the Marshall Islands and waiting for the ETIAS to get approved.
Can Marshallese nationals do a job or work with ETIAS in Europe?
An ETIAS visa waiver for citizens of Marshall Islands enables the visitors to enter the Schengen member countries for leisure, tourism, transit, business, and health purposes for 90 days during 180 days. Moreover, an ETIAS travel authorization is a valuable and helpful resource for people who want to work or do a job in Europe but unclear about the country to live and work in. Citizens of Marshall Islands having ETIAS visa waiver can enter and visit different areas in the various Schengen nation till they decide the best area to work in according to their preferences and requirements. When the nationals have decided on a state to reside and work in, they will have to get a work visa by visiting the consulate or embassy. In contrast to the ETIAS visa waiver that only allows access to 26 Schengen member nations, the work visa for Europe should be attained from a particular state where a citizen wants to work in. An ETIAS visa waiver doesn’t enable passport holders to get a job or work in European Union. The citizen of Marshall Island with ETIAS travel authorization who found working in Europe may lead to cancellation of their travel authorization, fines, as well as deportation.