Venezuela citizens enjoy the privilege of unlimited entries and exits to the Schengen states without the need for any travel document or visa. The bilateral agreement allows the citizens to enter the Schengen states without applying for a visa.
When the Venezuelan travels reach the Schengen border, they need to show a valid Venezuelan passport. And they get access to the country of their choice, and they can stay in the Schengen zone in any or all of the states for 90 days in 6 months. Once the 90 days are completed in 6 months, the Venezuelan nationals will have to stay out of the Schengen zone for 180 days and get access to the Schengen countries.
After implementing ETIAS, all the Venezuelan nationals will be legally obliged to register online on the ETIAS portal that will provide them with access to enter any or all of the Schengen states. The visa waiver provides the same number of 90 days stay for the Venezuelan nationals having the visa waiver. The 90 days stay in 180 days period. All the nationals from member states and Venezuela will have to apply for the visa waiver form this new system.
Applicants will provide personal information, which will be screened through various national and international databases. This process will screen the applicants and give the authorization to only those who are safe, and authorities don't deem them a threat. It will increase the screening speed and lessen the burden form the authorities. It will also improve the Schengen zone's security, and it will allow only the people who are not a threat to the citizens and travellers in the Schengen area.
The system was conceived in 2016, but it will be in effect in the last quarter of 2022. After its implementation, all the Venezuelan nationals and people from the member states will have to obtain the visa waiver authorization from this system.
VENEZUELANS TRAVELING TO EUROPE
Venezuela citizens do not need to apply for the Schengen visa to enter the zone and stay there for some time. The only thing they need to enter the Schengen states is produce a valid Venezuelan visa that will suffice the requirements. This passport allows Venezuelan nationals to enter the Schengen state of their choice anytime and anywhere they want.
The last quarter of 2022 will make all Venezuelan citizens avail themselves of the visa waiver authorization from ETIAS before leaving their country. The vehicle bound to enter the Schengen zone will not allow the passengers to board it without prior authorization from ETIAS linked to their passport.
The current situation requires the Venezuelan nationals to present a valid passport with three-month validity from the date of arrival. The ETIAs will also require a valid passport with three months validity from the date travellers deem to enter the Schengen border for the first time through an ETIAS visa.
The ETIAS will require the personal information form the applicant along with the security and health-related questions. The process is easy, and anyone with a valid Venezuelan passport can obtain the visa waiver by providing the information and paying the fee from a valid credit or debit card.
Once the process is complete and the Venezuelan citizen passes the screening without the flags, the visa waiver will be electronically linked to the passport. And the digital copy will also be sent to the email address in PDF format so the holder can get the printed copy and keep it with them to present during their travel and stay in the Schengen area when required.
ETIAS FOR VENEZUELANS
Venezuelan nationals must make it sure that after implementing this system in the last quarter of 2022 they will have to obtain the visa waiver for their short term trips not more than 90 days in 6 month time. The Venezuelan citizens must apply through the online portal from their home or office using the secure internet and an electronic device like cell phone, laptop or computer to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver. This authorization will be linked to the passport, and it will remain valid for three years.
The holder will get unlimited access to all the 26 states, and ETIAS allows the holder to stay in the Schengen states for 90 days, random or consecutive, in the six months. If the passport expires before the visa waiver expiry, the ETIAS will be nullified and revoked at once, and the holder will have to leave the Schengen zone at once. The traveller will have to apply for the new passport and then apply for the visa waiver form ETIAS by following the same online process and pay the processing fee to gain access to the Schengen zone.
If the Venezuelan nationals want to stay more than 90 days in the Schengen zone or want to enter the Schengen states for the following purposes must obtain the Schengen visa form the embassy of their country:
- Work business purposes longer stay in the Schengen zone
- Getting enrolled in the course entailing more than three months
- Getting enrolled in a degree program for higher studies
- Moving to shift in any of the Schengen states for a permanent or extended time longer than 90 days
- Visiting such countries which are part of the European Union but not the part of Schengen zone
REQUIREMENTS FOR VENEZUELAN CITIZENS
The present policy of Schengen states is very liberal for the Venezuelan citizens as they don't need to acquire any travel documents to enter the Schengen states. The situation will change in the last quarter of 2022. Every Venezuelan citizen intended to stay less than three months in the Schengen area will have to apply for the visa waiver authorization from ETIAS.
The process will be very easy. The applicant will have to open the online portal and provide the personal information written on the passport. The application form will require the answer to the security, health and employment-related questions. The process will take 10 to 20 minutes. And it will ask the following questions:
- Full name
- Personal detail mentioned on the Venezuelan passport
- Passport information
- Country of origin
- Date of issuance
- Expiration date
- Passport number
- Travel plans
- Intended country of entry
- Date of arrival
- Departure date
Venezuelan nationals must provide the following in the second phase of the application process:
- Valid machine-readable passport
- Current email address
- A debit or credit card
- Sufficient funds to cover ETIAS fees
More than 90 per cent of the applications will be completed the same day, and in case of any mistake, flag or discrepancy, the process can take 3 to 4 working days. The Venezuelan citizens are advised to apply for the ETIAS minimum of three days before entering the Schengen zone.
The one thing which travellers must keep in mind about the ETIAS visa waiver that it is not-transferable. Venezuelan citizens with a dual passport must apply for the visa waiver form their single passport with the maximum validity date. The authorization from the ETIAS will be linked electronically to the passport, and it will allow the holder access to any or all of the Schengen states. The holder must keep and present the passport linked to ETIAS all the time during their travel to the Schengen zone.
The ETIAS is a system that screens the applicants before they want to enter the Schengen border; this system will lessen the burden from immigration and border control. It will screen all the applicants automatically and allow access to only those who are not a threat to the Schengen states' citizens. The visa waiver authorization will be sent to the applicant's email to get the printed copy of the authorization. The visa waiver will remain valid for three years, and it will grant access to 26 Schengen states.
The application and the data will be screened through various national and international databases to look for flags or discrepancy; the significant databases used for screening will be:
- SIS II
The Venezuelan citizens who have committed some serious crime or major criminal activity will not get the visa waiver authorization from ETIAS.
Venezuelan citizens with minor crimes and no links, ties or association with drug abuse, human trafficking or serious crimes will be allowed to enter the Schengen states regardless of their minor criminal background.
Various restrictions make Venezuelan citizens follow the rules and policies regarding the luggage. No Venezuelan citizens are allowed to carry firearms, banned material and tobacco. Carrying alcohol with you while entering the Schengen zone will not be tolerated by the immigration authorities. The Venezuelan citizens must stay truthful and behave properly at the time of entering the Schengen borders.
FAQs ETIAS FOR VENEZUELANS
VENEZUELAN AND STAY IN EUROPE
ETIAS is a visa waiter that authorizes the holder with a stay of 90 days in any or all of the Schengen states. The visa waiver will remain valid for three years, and the 90 days will start at the first entry trough the Schengen border. The Venezuelan nationals must stay not more than 90 days in 180 days. Once the 90 days are completed, they must stay out of the Schengen zone for 180 days to get access to the zone again.
VENEZUELAN CITIZEN AND OVERSTAY IN EUROPE
ETIAS allows 90 days to stay in the Schengen zone to the holder. If Venezuelan nationals with the visa waiver stay more than 90 days in the Schengen zone, the result will be imminent, swift and severe. Fine and deportation are the least things, along with the ban on the next entry to the Schengen zone.
VENEZUELAN PASSPORT EXPIRES IN EUROPE
The ETIAS will allow the 90 days stay in the six month time. The visa waiver will be linked to a Venezuelan passport, and it will remain valid for three years. If the passport expires, the ETIAS authorization will be revoked at once, and Venezuelan national will have to go back to the homeland and get the new passport.