The EU announced in 2016 to launch a system that will make the screening of all the non-EU citizens travelling to Europe pass through ad screening system and travel authorisation. This system was defined as European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) which is responsible for providing the quick access and faster process of obtaining permission to the EU with the ultimate control and strength to the border authorities in the screening process of all the non-EU citizens. This ETIAS is the practical implication of the US ESTA system that makes screening all the travels entering the states.


It indicates that all the Uruguayan citizenswould need to get their visa waiver from ETIAS before entering the EU after the system comes into effect. The final date for the implementation of ETUAS is somewhat in the last quarter of 2022. The ETIAS is the solid step in curbing the terrorist activities in the EU. The system will also increase the safety and security of all the citizens, and it will also provide safety to the travellers in their visit and stay in Schengen areas. Just like other citizens of the member states. Uruguay citizens will also apply through the ETIAS to get their visa waiver to enter the Schengen eras in Europe.


For all theUruguayan citizens, the visa waiver from ETIAS, after the system's implication will become obligatory. And the travellers intended to enter the EU must have to go through the entire process for obtaining the visa waiver. And the quickest and easy way to obtain the visa waiver is to apply through the authorisation system in the online portal. When you are a citizen from Uruguay you can apply for ETIAS visa waiver and as per the requirements of your visit and the nature of the purpose you can also avail other visas in Europe.

Uruguay is in the list of eligible countries for ETIAS. The travel authorisation system will allow the Uruguayans to apply online and get the visa waiver to enter all the 22 Schengen and four other countries with non-Schengen states.

ETIAS is obligatory for the citizens of the following countries

  • Austria
  • Estonia
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • France
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Malta
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Germany

ETIAS Obligatory for the Non-EU Member States:

  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Iceland
  • Norway

ETIAS for Micro-States with de facto part of Schengen Area:

  • Monaco
  • Vatican City
  • San Marino

ETIAS is not Required for the following Non-Schengen EU States:

  • United Kingdom
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Cyprus


If you are an Uruguayan citizen, you must possess the following to get the status of eligible for ETIAS:

  • Uruguayan passport (valid and current)
  • A credit or debit card
  • Abel to pay the application fee
  • An email address (current)

If you fail to produce any of the above mentioned at the time of applying for ETIAS, your online application will not be considered at all. And the application form will be denied further processing. Right now, the 90 days travel and entry are free for all the Uruguayan citizens. Still, once the ETIAS system is in effect, all the citizens of member states, including Uruguayans, will have to obtain a visa waiver from the authorisation system. This waiver will remain valid for three years, and it will allow the 90 days to stay in the Schengen states and four nonmembers. The citizens can come out and go in the EU as many time as they want in the meantime for 90 days if the nature of their visit urges them to.

When the traveller applies for visa waiver from the authorisation through ETIAS, the passport must be valid, and it should have the expiry date after the three months of the present date. The ETIAS authorisation will remain valid for three years.

The TIAS travel authorisation system will ensure the safety of travellers and the citizens from the screening and background check of all the applicants from the national and international databases.

The applicants must pay the fee in advance, which is minimal compared to other visa fees and authorisation systems. If your application passes the whole processes and you get a green signal the successful applicants will be informed about that within minutes and get the visa waiver from ETIAS on their email address provided at the time of application.


If you are an Uruguayan citizen, you don't need to leave your home or office to get a visa waiver for you. All you need is the record of personal information and the credit or debit card. The internet connection with secure connectivity is imperative for making the payment and filling the online application form. The applicant just needs to open the online form and fill the empty spaces with the answers. You will be asked about the personal and security information to answer simple questions. The whole process is extremely simple, and it will take only a few minutes.

The application form will include:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Full name and last name
  • Nationality
  • Date and location
  • Country of birth
  • A physical address
  • Contact telephone number
  • An active email address
  • Details of Uruguayan passport
  • Passport must be valid for three months in future.

You get uninterrupted access to all the Schengen states with only the routine border checking activities. But all the applicants must provide the information and travelling plan in the Schengen states to make things easy for them and authorities to ensure the safety of the travellers and citizens. This information will help the border authorities make things smooth and easy for the travellers to enter and leave the countries whenever the applicant wants.

Applicant must make it clear that all the information will be screened through the databases from the law enforcement agencies and international police to ensure the safety of the citizens in the EU and the travellers equally. This is why the applicant will have to answer the personal and security questions on the online form.

The security questions will consist of the following details:

  • Detailed information on criminal record
  • Proof of criminal history
  • Human trafficking involvement
  • Previous traveland visits to the conflict areas
  • Employmenthistory
  • History ofdruguse
  • Previous trips to Europe

When you pay the fee, the processing starts right away after filling the online application form. Be careful in providing the email address; it will be used to communicate with you. And in most cases, you will get an email about the successful completion of the screening. An ETIAS authorisation will be sent to you on your email address within minutes or a day if your application gets the denied status you will be sent with a reason and the right to appeal.

The authorities want you to understand that the ETIAS authorisation is not a guarantee that you will get access to all the states without any issue. The border authorities are still there to decide whether you deserve to pass the border and enter in the EU or not based on your visit purpose and your information.


Currently, Uruguay citizens are not obliged to apply for the Schengen visa if they want to enter the Schengen states for a short period. But after 2022 all the citizens from Uruguay are obliged to apply for the ETIAS authorisation if they want to enter the Schengen states for some purpose.

When they get ETIAS authorisation this means that now they are eligible to come in and go out of the Schengen states without any hassle for three years. They can live for 90 days in any of their concerned and prescribed state with one exception. The citizens are allowed a 90 days consecutive stay in every six months.



The stay for all the citizens from the member states eligible for ETIAS including Uruguay is for 90 days in consecutive six months. Travellers can get in and out of the Schengen state as they need to. And the authorisation of the visa waiver is eligible for three years with a valid passport. You will have to renew your passport if it gets expired and you will also have to apply for renewal of ETIAS in case of a new passport.


The straight answer is no, as the ETIAS is the authorisation for travellers to enter the Schengen states for business and tourist. It also allows travellers to use the authorisation for their transit if they want to cross the area by train or some other vehicle. The authorisation from the visa waiver doesn't allow the holder to work in the Schengen states.


Any minor criminal act in Uruguay is not that much harmful for your ETIAS authorisation. The screening and background check is to make sure that the citizens in the EU are safe from the terrorists and any harmful agent to harm their safety and security. As far as you are not shown as a threat in the database, you are welcome in EU with some minor crimes in your motherland.