Ni-Vanuatu nationals enjoy the privilege to enter the European state by showing a valid passport at the time of arrival. Thanks to the agreement between the Ni-Vanuatu and the European states. The agreement doesn’t require them and the citizens of other member nationals to apply for and obtain any travelling document or visa for entering the Eurozone.

The situation will remain the same before the last quarter of 2022, as after that, a new system will be implemented with the name of ETIAS. This system will require all the Ni-Vanuatu nationals and other citizens from the member states to obtain the visa waiver authorisation before boarding the vehicle to the Schengen area. They cannot get access to the vehicles that are taking the passengers to the Schengen states without showing the passport linked to the visa waiver authorisation.

ETIAS is under process form 2016, and the system will incorporate various databases of law enforcement agencies. This system's primary purpose is to increase the security conditions and speed up the screening process of the travellers before they reach the Schengen border. The system will also focus on increasing the Schengen states' security conditions and saving the citizens of the area from terrorism and security threats.

ETIAS will run alongside with Entry Exit System. The ETIAS will screen the passengers before they reach the Schengen state's border, and the EES will keep the record of all the people who enter, exit or get denied from entering the Schengen states.

The ETIAS will screen all the applicant before they leave their countries to reach the Schengen area. The system will check for the criminal records and ties of the applicants with some obnoxious organisations. And if the system found any discrepancy or deemed the applicant as a threat, the denial will be sent to the email address provided at the beginning of the application form.

NI-VANUATU CITIZENS AND ETIAS

The Schengen Area consists of 22 European and four non-EU states. The Schengen states are collaboratively working on launching the ETIAS in the last quarter of 2022. The ETIAS will ensure that only those travellers who haven't committed any serious crime or are safe for the people of the Schengen states are allowed to enter. This system will curb terrorist activities and will save citizens from security threats and risks.

ETIAS APPLICATION

ETIAS is not a visa, but it is a visa waiver that allows the holder to stay 90 days in any or all of the Schengen states. The Ni-Vanuatu nationals who get the authorisation will be allowed to stay in the Schengen state for 90 days in a total of six months. Once the 90 days are completed, the Ni-Vanuatu nationals will have to stay out of the Schengen border for 90 days to get access to the Schengen area.

The visa waiver will be valid for three years, and during this three year time, the holder can enter the Schengen area multiple times and in various countries depending on the nature of the visit.

The ETIAS authorisation will be compulsory for all the Ni-Vanuatu nationals’ adults, and minors. Every traveller will have to obtain the visa waiver authorisation from the ETIAS before leaving their country or boarding the vehicle to the Schengen zone.

ETIAS will be the compulsory document for Ni-Vanuatu nationals to travel to Europe for the following purposes:

  • Tourism
  • Leisure
  • Business
  • Conference
  • Seminar
  • Summit
  • Health
  • Medical
  • Transit

After implementing the system, obtaining the visa waiver will be a piece of cake for Ni-Vanuatu nationals and all the nationals form eh member states. The process will not require the applicants to visit any embassy or consulate. Ni-Vanuatu nationals will not have to follow the routines or provide the required documents to get the Schengen visa. The system will offer an online portal that Ni-Vanuatu citizens can open on mobile, tablet or laptop at their home or office. The portal will require the applicant's basic information and security, travel, and health-related questions.

The whole process will take 10 to 20 minutes. The applicant will have to pay the fee for the processing. After paying the processing fee from the debit or credit card, the portal will screen all the data from the databases of local and international law enforcement agencies, including:

  • SIS
  • EURODAC
  • VIS
  • INTERPOL
  • SIS II
  • EUROPOL

If there is a hit in the applicant's data regarding the databases, the system will convert from automatic to manual. The designated Frontex or national EU agents will take the things in their hands and do the manual checking and ensure that the applicant is not a threat to the citizens' security and safety in the Schengen zone. The process will take two to three days. That's why it is imperative to apply two or three days before your intended travelling date.

TRAVELING TO EUROPE

When three is no hit in the database, and the applicant is not a threat for the Schengen nationals, the system will award the applicant's ETIAS authorisation. This visa waiver will electronically be linked to the applicant's passport, and an electronic copy will be sent to the email provided by the applicant.

When the Ni-Vanuatu travellers reach the Schengen border, they will be asked to present the machine-readable passport electronically linked to the visa waiver authorisation. The travellers must know that the ETIAS authorisation is not a guarantee for people to enter the Schengen zone. The immigration officer and border authorities can make the final decision. They will check for the ETIAS authorisation and all the other requirements to enter the Schengen zone.

If the applicant doesn't have the complete requirements to enter the Schengen zone or doesn't have the ETIAS visa waiver, the Entry Exit System will record the traveller's details, and it might trouble them in future in getting the visa waiver from the ETIAS. Ni-Vanuatu travellers are advised to get the visa waiver and fulfil all the entry requirements in the Schengen zone before reaching the border.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR ETIAS

Ni-Vanuatu citizens do not need to go to the embassy or consulate to get the visa waiver authorisation. The ETIAS will provide an online portal to the member states' applicant, and Ni-Vanuatu citizens will get access to the portal online by using the cellphone, laptop or desktop computer from their homes or offices. A secure internet connection and the following documents will allow you to start the online application process to get the visa waiver authorisation from ETIAS:

  • A machine-readable passport from Vanuatu
  • Passport must be valid for at least six months
  • The validity of the passport must surpass the intended stay date
  • An email address with the access
  • A payment method
  • Credit or debit card
  • Sufficient funds to pay the ETIAS processing fee

The application form will require the following information from the Ni-Vanuatu citizens:

  • Full name
  • Passport
  • Nationality detail
  • Current address
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Parents’ information
  • Credit or debit card
  • Phone number
  • Current email address

There are some other questions that you will also have to answer at the time of the online application:

  • Security information
  • Record or any arrest because of drug use
  • Any ties to the terrorist organisations

The last stage of the application process will require the following information from the applicants for the Schengen zone:

  • Intended date of arrival
  • First country of entry
  • Purpose of visit

The applicant must make sure that they have entered the information as it is mentioned on the passport. Any mistake or discrepancy in the information will result in the delay of the application process that will take 2 to 4 working days. Normally, the applicant will get the visa waiver form ETIAS within 10 to 20 minutes.

ETIAS application asks the applicant to provide the country's name, which they are going to use as an entry point to the Schengen states. Normally the traditional visa allows the holder with access to only one country. But the visa waiver authorisation will allow the holder to enter one Schengen state and from there, they can enter and leave any or all of the Schengen states multiple times.

All the applicants are required to provide the information with accuracy. The applicants must not hide nay information as the databases will provide the information, offences, and criminal activates without any hassle to the authorities. The application form will require health and security-related questions to make the Schengen area safe from terrorists and criminals. But the applicant who hides their information or is considered a threat to the citizens in Schengen states will not be allowed to enter the area and get the visa waiver.

The applicants from Vanuatu must clarify that there is a policy of the Schengen states that allows the applicants with minor criminal records to enter the Schengen states and get the visa waiver authorisation only if they are deemed safe for the people in the Schengen states.

FAQs ETIAS FOR NI-VANUATU NATIONALS

ATTEND A CONFERENCE IN EUROPE WITH AN ETIAS

ETIAS holder can attend conference or seminar on Schengen soil, but the visa waiver must allow the days after the conference's finishing date. The ETIAS doesn't allow the holder to enrol in any degree program, but it allows the traveller to attend seminar, summit or short course.

BUSINESS IN EUROPE WITH AN ETIAS

ETIAS is a visa waiver authorisation that allows a 90 day stay in any or all of the Schengen states for six months. ETIAS allows free travel to all sates and business activities in the country of choice. But if a Ni-Vanuatu passport holder wants to work in the Schengen state, the ETIAS doesn't permit it, so one must obtain a work permit to do the job or employment.

ETIAS TO TRANSIT THROUGH EUROPE

ETIAS visa authorisation is not the only document required to transit from the Schengen area to the third country. ETIAS will allow the traveller to board the plane and vehicle bound to enter the Schengen border, but the following documents are also required for the transit: A valid Ni-Vanuatu passport An approved ETIAS An onward ticket for the destination Valid visa or travel authorisation for the third country