Timor-Leste residents can travel to any part of Europe and stay for 90-days in the Schengen region until the end of next year. Since the ETIAS travel authorization will launch by 2022, all travellers coming to the area, including Timor-Leste visitors, will have to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver to gain access to Europe or travel to any of the 26 members states. The Schengen borders allow free movement for visitors traveling to member states without needing any border checks unless at arrival in the country. France, Luxembourg, Denmark, Poland, Malta, and Iceland are all part of the Schengen region. The Timor-Leste residents have the visa exemption to travel throughout the Schengen region with only a valid passport. This benefit comes as part of the Schengen agreement, and Timor-Leste is listed as one of the visa-exempted countries. However, by the end of 2022, the ETIAS travel authorization will become a mandatory requirement for every visitor coming to the region

WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF ETIAS APPLICATION FOR TIMOR-LESTE RESIDENTS?

The Timor-Leste residents can visit Europe after 2022 by applying for an ETIAS visa waiver. The process is simple, and visitors can apply for a travel authorization through an online application form. Applicants have to answer a few questions, which will take no longer than ten minutes to complete. Besides, the Timor-Leste visitors can access the ETIAS application from the comfort of their homes. It also provides ease to the applicants by removing the hassle of visiting an embassy to apply for a visa waiver. It can be used on any mobile device laptop by just connecting to the Internet. The Timor-Leste applicants need to provide the following details in order to obtain an approved ETIAS visa waiver.

  • Complete name of the applicant
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Current address
  • Contact details to receive the ETIAS processing updates like contact details and email address.
  • Passport details, especially dual nationality holders, must mention the passport they intend to travel with since the ETIAS automatically embeds to the same one and cannot transfer to another passport even in case of emergency issues.

If at border arrival the passport does not coincide with the ETIAS, the immigration officials will not let the Timor-Leste resident enter the region. So in the situation of a lost, expired, or stolen passport, the visitors have to apply for a new ETIAS travel authorization with a fresh passport. The ETIAS application also needs passport details from all applicants that must include,

  • Passport number.
  • Passport issue and expiry date.
  • Passport country.

The Timor-Leste residents must also provide information regarding their future travel plans, their preferred country of arrival, and the intended stay duration in the Schengen area. After the applicants enter relevant details in the online form, they can recheck for errors and spelling mistakes. Once they submit the application, it will pass through an automated screening test to verify all the information and each individual's profile. Though most applications are processed within 24 hours, some may face processing delays if there are discrepancies in the documents and security records and take up to 3 business days to process. The applicants approved will be notified regarding the processing updates through the email address, where they will also receive their authorized ETIAS.

What are the ETIAS requisites for Timor-Leste residents?

The Timor-Leste visitors who wish to enter Europe after 2022 must follow the following conditions to become eligible for ab approved ETIAS visa waiver.

  • The visitors must travel for medical treatment, short business trips, leisure, or transition to other non-Eu countries through the Schengen borders.
  • The stay should not exceed the permitted 90-day period.

However, if a Timor-Leste visitor wants to stay in the Schengen region for an extended period to work or study, they can apply for a European visa for that member state. A travel-appropriate European visa can be applied at the embassy of the destination country, with which the Timor-Leste resident can stay in the Schengen area for more than three months. Since the ETIAS is not a visa, it cannot fulfill longer trips, and all visitors have to exit the region once the 90-day stay duration runs out. To obtain an approved ETIAS travel authorization, applicants need to fulfill the following requirements,

  • A passport with at least a six-month remaining validity from the intended stay period.
  • An email address to receive ETIAS processing updates and also the authorized ETIAS.
  • A valid debit or credit card for payment of the visa processing.

All applicants must note that the entered data is correct and doesn't contain any false information as it can result in denial of the ETIAS. They must also carry the same passport linked with the travel authorization to ensure entry into Europe.

What is the objective of the ETIAS for Timor-Leste residents?

The European Commission is planning to launch the ETIAS due to the European Union's security issues. After it comes into effect next year, it will help safeguard the Schengen borders and unifying terms among all the member states. This will benefit the citizens residing in the Schengen region and international travellers visiting the area for tourism, business, or transit. Once the applicants submit the application, the system will pass it through automated screening against multiple European databases such as;

  • Europol
  • Interpol
  • EURODAC
  • VIS
  • SIS

The system pre-screens each applicant prior to their arrival and inhibits entry of those individuals who seem to threaten the harmony of Europe. However, applicants with minor crimes would not have any problem entering the Schengen area, the individuals who have committed severe crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking, drug abuse, or illegal immigration. To identify such individuals, the ETIAS requires all applicants to enter all information honestly, especially regarding travel history, work history, and criminal history (if any). Through this enhanced security procedure, international travellers can have peace of mind while staying in the Schengen region. The ETIAS will benefit the Timor-Leste travellers by;

  • Electronic linkage with passport and pre-arrival screening will ensure passing quickly through the border checks.
  • The validity of ETIAS will last for three years, which will help multiple entries into the region without the need for reapplication of ETIAS. The ETIAS visa holders can travel throughout the Schengen borders without border control checks.

Do Timor-Leste residents need a visa for Europe?

Currently, the Timor-Leste visitors do not need a visa to travel to the Schengen region. However, they will require a travel permit for Europe once the ETIAS launch next year. The Timor-Leste residents must note that all the European countries are not included in the Schengen region, and some have their sovereign legislation and visa policies. However, most of the non-member states also allow visitors to enter without a visa. These include,

  • Andorra
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Moldova
  • Cyprus
  • Montenegro

However, few non-member states do require a valid visa for granting access to visitors. These include,

  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Ireland
  • Serbia
  • Macedonia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Albania

All Timor-Leste visitors must gather information about the country they want to visit and Europe, to know about travel laws, and then apply for an appropriate visa.

ETIAS FOR TIMOR-LESTE - FAQ

Do the Timor-Leste visitors need an ETIAS travel authorization to enter Europe?

The Timor-Leste residents who want to visit Europe from 2022 onwards will become liable to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. However, suppose any visitor holds dual nationalities and one passport belong to any Schengen member state. In that case, they do not have to apply for a visa or any travel authorization to enter the Schengen region. The Timor-Leste residents who do not hold citizenship to any Schengen state must apply for the ETIAS travel authorization to visit the area for a 3-month stay in 6-month duration. They should apply for a European visa for a longer stay for the travel purpose they want to visit.

Does the ETIAS allow the Timor-Leste residents to study in Europe?

The visa holders can travel to any of the 26 member states for purposes of short trips that include tourism, medical treatment, business, or transit. Additionally, the Timor-Leste residents can attend seminars, conferences, or short courses during their three-month stay in the Schengen region. However, the ETIAS cannot permit long-term travel purposes such as to pursue an education in any institution or employment, as it does not serve this purpose. This is also because each Schengen state holds different policies regarding work or study. The European visa serves the long-term travel purpose. Any Timor-Leste visitors wishing to enroll in any Schengen institution can visit the embassy to gather information regarding laws and then apply for a student visa.

Is ETIAS a visa for Europe?

No. The ETIAS or the European Travel Information and Authorization System is not a standard visa. It differs from a regular visa due to its nature of travel and also the application process. For a standard European visit visa, the Timor-Leste residents will have to physically visit an embassy, stand in long queues, or give an interview to apply for the visa. On the other hand, the ETIAS application process is entirely online hassle-free, and applicants can apply for the vida waiver sitting at home using wifi to download the application on any smartphone laptop tablet. The ETIAS travel authorization aims to enhance border security and reinforce ties among the Schengen neighbouring countries by pre-screening all visitors coming to the country and denying entry to individuals who threaten the EU harmony. The European Commission developed the model based on the USA and Canada's ESTA and eTA system, respectively, which serve a similar purpose. The ETIAS visa holders can travel to Europe multiple times during the three-year ETIAS validity or until their passport expires, whichever happens first.