ETIAS will be mandatory for UK citizens traveling to Greece as of 2023. UK citizens will be required to apply for ETIAS Greece to travel there and other European countries which are part of ETIAS. In the meantime, we will keep our website updated on any new information regarding ETIAS.
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ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It is an electronic scheme, similar to the US ESTA system(Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which aims to monitor visitors and improve border control. ETIAS Greece will be compulsory for all citizens of ETIAS eligible countries who wish to travel to the EU Schengen zone, including Greece. Country citizen is eligible to apply for ETIAS Greece if it is not a member of the EU but does not require a visa to enter it. Countries that fall into this category include the UK, Canada and Australia, among many others.
Information submitted when you apply for ETIAS Greece application process will be analysed and cross-checked against a number of databases including Interpol, Europol and Schengen Information System (SIS), to establish that the applicant is not a known security threat. If approval is granted to the applicant travelling to Greece from UK, the ETIAS approval will remain valid for three years or until the holder’s passport expires – whichever happens first. If the registered passport expires or is renewed during that time, a new application must be submitted. During the time that ETIAS is valid, the ETIAS holder may enter the Schengen zone an unlimited number of times, as long as the time spent within the Schengen zone does not exceed 90 days within a 180-day period.
The ETIAS application will be a quick process. It should take only a few minutes, and the application will time out after 20 minutes. Other than a valid e-Passport, the requirements on the application include the following:
The majority of ETIAS for Greece applications will be approved within minutes, however, occasionally the applicant may be invited to attend an interview or submit additional documentation. In some rare cases, the application may eventually be denied. This could happen for a number of reasons including that the information submitted when you apply for ETIAS Greece may be insubstantial, or the applicant raises legal concerns. Below are some examples of when an ETIAS application may be denied: