ETIAS does not replace Schengen visa: MOFA department.
27 June 2022, 12:00 AM
31 July 2022, 12:00 AM
The Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) clarified that the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), which is scheduled to be launched by the countries of the European Union by the end of this year, is not considered an alternative to the Schengen visa.
The Department explained that the ETIAS system is not considered a visa, and it is not a substitute for the Schengen visa, but rather a travel authorization for travelers from about 59 Schengen-exempt countries.
The Consular Affairs Department stated that the ETIAS system is only for travelers who do not require a Schengen visa to enter the European Union and Schengen Area.
According to the new system, if a traveler use to need a Schengen visa, they will continue to do so. Whereas travelers that use to not need a Schengen visa, will now need to apply for the ETIAS.
Whilst on the other hand, travelers from non-Schengen-exempt countries will still continue to obtain a Schengen visa as usual in order to enter the European Union countries.