Presently the residents of Saint Vincent and Grenadine do not need any visa to travel anywhere in Europe. The visa exemption comes as a benefit for the parties in the Schengen agreement. However, by 2022, the European Commission expects all the visitors coming to Europe, including the Vincentians and Grenadines, to apply for a European travel authorization or ETIAS. The ETIAS aims to strengthen ties between the Schengen member states and improve border security by prescreening travelers visiting the region and identifying possible threats, illegal immigrants, and risky individuals and block their entry into the zone. The Vincentian and Grenadine visa holders can access the 26 Schengen states. However, the visitors must note that all European countries and EU members do not belong to the Schengen area. As a result, the ETIAS holders cannot access those regions with the visa waiver and will need a separate visa for the country they want to visit.

What are the prerequisites for ETIAS application for Vincentian residents?

All the Vincentian and Grenadine visitors can come to Europe just with a valid passport and do not need any visa for travel until next year, after which it will become mandatory for all the visitors to have an ETIAS visa waiver to enter the Schengen zone. The Schengen agreement enables this visa exemption until 2022, which allows all visitors to travel to any member state visa-free. The ETIAS allows ease of visa application as it is entirely online-based. It saves time and hassle of physically visiting an embassy and stand in long lines to apply for a visa. The online form can be accessed anywhere with Wi-Fi on any smartphone, laptop, or tablet and takes only ten minutes to complete. However, the ETIAS visa only permits travel for a period of 90 days within a 180-day period. In order to remain in the Schengen area for a more extended stay lasting more than 90 days, the Vincentian and Grenadine visitors should have a European visa.

What are the requirements for Vincentian visitors to enter Europe?

The residents of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines can apply for the ETIAS easily through the online application. Currently, all visitors can travel to Europe with just a valid passport. However, the ETIAS will become mandatory for everyone starting next year. The ETIAS online system would require accurate information from all Vincentian travelers and can be downloaded anywhere with an internet connection on smartphones, laptops, or tablets. All the Vincentian applicants must have the following necessary documents at hand to apply successfully for the ETIAS.

  • A valid Vincentian passport that has almost a 3-month validity beyond the estimated days of the trip.
  • A valid email ID without spelling errors as the applicants will receive the visa processing updates and later the ETIAS approval on the provided address.
  • A payment card, either debit or credit. After submission, the applicants have to pay a 7-EURO ETIAS processing fee. However, applicants older than 70 years and minors under 18 years do not have to pay the charge.

The documents mentioned above are crucial for an ETIAS application. Any inaccurate or incomplete details can unduly complicate the visa process. The ETIAS will become obligatory after 2022 for all visitors coming to Europe regardless of age, including 70+ and under 18. Since children cannot apply for a visa on their own, the guardian or parent can do so on their behalf with the appropriate information. Parents can, however, mention their contact information and email address to receive the approved ETIAS.

The Application process of ETIAS from Vincentia

The online application requires the following details from the Vincentian visitors,

  • The full name of the Vincentian applicant.
  • Date of birth. Country of residence.
  • Nationality (of the passport used for the application), mandatory for dual nationality holders.
  • All passport details; issue date and expiry.

The applicant may also need to provide additional details such as,

  • Employment history
  • Travel history
  • Health issues

The Vincentian and Grenadian applicants must ensure that all the entered details coincide with their passport details to ensure the ETIAS visa issuance and reduce processing delays. The ETIAS expects all applicants to enter valid info, including their contact details and email address, as the approved ETIAS will be sent to each individual's email ID.

ETIAS FOR VINCENTIA– FAQ

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

The ETIAS visa waiver allows all visitors, including the Saint Vincentian and Grenadians, to stay and travel anywhere within the Schengen region for short stays without exceeding the 90-day duration within a 180-day period. The ETIAS has a three-year-long validity, which implies that visa holders can travel to the Schengen region during the validity period as many times as required without reapplying for the ETIAS visa waiver. However, if the ETIAS or the linked passport expires, in both cases, the travel authorization will no longer be viable, and applicants need to reapply for a new ETIAS visa waiver to continue using the benefits. Also, the visitors who want to stay in the region for longer days must apply for a European visa. While the visa holders can move throughout the Schengen region during the three-year ETIAS validity, the European Commission prompts all Vincentian and Grenadian visitors to exit the Schengen area as soon as the 90-day stay duration runs out. They can revisit the place after spending at least three months outside. For this purpose, they can spend the 90-days back home or any other non-European country as long as they do not travel through the Schengen borders to reach that country.

Can Vincentian visitors travel to Europe for work on ETIAS?

The Vincentian and Grenadian residents should not use ETIAS like a regular visa. The ETIAS, unlike the European visa, allows visitors to visit Europe only for medical treatment, tourism, business, or transit through the Schengen borders. Also, travelers can only stay in the region for 90-days consecutively in a six-month duration anywhere in the Schengen area as long as they do not exceed the permitted period. While the European visa enables the visitors to come for extended stays like immigration, employment, or to pursue education. The visitors coming to the Schengen region, including the Vincentian and Grenadian residents wishing to work in Europe, can seek job opportunities in any Schengen Member State. However, the ETIAS applicants only need to use the online form to obtain the visa waiver. However, a European visa requires manual application, and the applicants must visit the consulate of the member state. Besides, the European travel authorization is an ideal opportunity for people in business and people seeking to pursue their careers in the EU. The ETIAS allows them to travel to their different Schengen states and search for jobs. Vincentian residents who want to remain in the EU for a more extended period but cannot settle on one country can go to the various Member States and decide which one is best suitable to them. Once they have selected a state, they can visit a consulate to gather information on labor laws in a Member State, as the rules vary from country to country. It is, therefore, vital to know about employment laws before looking for employment opportunities in the country. The Vincentian and Grenadian residents can apply for a European work visa at the member state's embassy. The ETIAS differs from the European visa as the latter has to be manually applied at the embassy while the former is entirely online-based. The European visa also enables visitors to stay in the region for more than three months or long-term and cater to travel purposes such as immigration, student visas, or employment visas. However, the ETIAS is a short-term visa, which implies that it allows the Vincentian residents to stay in the Schengen region no longer than 90-days for leisure, trading, or transiting through the borders. Also, it is essential to note that the ETIAS policy expects visitors to leave the Schengen member state as soon as the permitted stay duration is over. Visitors who fail to comply with this policy may face severe consequences such as penalties, heavy fines, deportation, and even cancelation of the ETIAS visa waiver.

Which European countries can Vincentian residents enter with the ETIAS visa waiver?

The Vincentian and Grenadian visitors must hold an ETIAS visa waiver in order to visit any Schengen member state. The majority of the European Union is part of the Schengen region. However, the United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member. It did not join the Schengen region ever and maintained its separate visa policy. Now it has also finally left the European Union in January 2020. Therefore, the Vincentian residents cannot enter UK with the ETIAS as it is only viable for countries in the Schengen region. All visitors who wish to travel to the UK need to apply for a British visa to do so, as the ETIAS cannot grant access in this situation.