Malaysians face new application process for EU entry as of 2020
THE new immigration process is called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and will be issued through an automated authorization process which is centralized across the Schengen Area.
This is entirely separate from a visa application as visas are issued on a case-by-case basis by officials in each member state.
The new ETIAS process only applies to citizens from nations that have agreed on visa-free entry terms with the EU, Malaysia included.
This new process will not affect Malaysian’s visa-free entry rights but will be made mandatory as of 2020.
ETIAS is part of an EU intergovernmental legislative initiative which aims to heighten the security of the member states.
Those from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, UAE, Japan and around 70 other nations worldwide, will also need to engage in this process as of 2020, in order to gain entry to the 33 Schengen Member States.
The ETIAS process is set to be fast, cheap and durable. It can be done online for the cost of around US$13 (approximately RM50) and will be valid for three years.
#Malaysians travelling to #Schengen countries will need to go through a new travel authorisation process, starting 2020, as #EU is implementing #ETIAS to safeguard its boarders. https://t.co/K3JLeVb0PA
— Edgaras Katinas (@edgaras_katinas) February 19, 2018
So, how does it work?
- First step: Basic information such as identity, permanent residence address and contact details will be provided by the applicant. A valid passport issued by one of the countries in the visa-exempt list will also need to be held. This information will be assessed and show whether the applicant poses a risk to the European Community in terms of migration, security or public health.
- Second step: The information will then be automatically cross-checked against various EU information systems such as SIS, Europol, Interpol, Eurodac. Watchlists will also be scanned and then the systems will generate an entry or refusal decision.
- Third step: Once all information is submitted and checked, the applicant will receive either an approval or a refusal with reasons, directly by email.
However, gaining ETIAS approval does not guarantee entry to the EU as the decision still lies with border controllers. It is also highly recommended to start the process at least 72 hours (three days) before the date of your departure.
You can check the ETIAS entry requirements for each Schengen Member State here.
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