ETIAS for Albanian Citizens
The ETIAS visa waiver for Albanian Citizens is expected to be launched in 2021 together with the rest of the ETIAS program.
Once implemented, the ETIAS travel authorization system will allow citizens of more than 60 countries to travel to the Schengen territory visa-free. This means that eligible travelers will be able to enter Italy without having to apply for a visa prior to departure.
Although Albania is a European country, it’s not part of the Schengen zone. Therefore, Albanian nationals will have to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver in order to cross the border with Italy. As the name suggests, the ETIAS visa waiver is not a traditional visa, but rather a travel authorization document.
ETIAS Italy for Albanian Citizens: How to Apply
In order to be issued an ETIAS Italy travel authorization, Albanians will need to fill out the online application form. The application process is designed to be quick and straightforward and as long as the applicant has access to a reliable internet connection, it can be completed entirely online from anywhere in the world.
Most of the application form will focus on personal, biographical, and contact information as well as the applicant’s travel plans. Questions likely to be included in the ETIAS Italy application form will require applicants to provide:
- Full name (which must match exactly the name featured on the applicant’s passport)
- Date and place of birth
- Passport information including number and expiration date
- Contact information including a current email address
- The intended first point of entry within the Schengen area
ETIAS Requirements for Albanian Citizens
Albanian nationals wishing to travel to Italy with an ETIAS travel authorization will need to comply with all the ETIAS requirements.
The most important document that will be required during the ETIAS Italy application process will be a valid Albanian passport. The passport will need to be valid for at least 3 months after the intended visit.
Health Information for Albanian Traveling to Italy
Generally speaking, the Schengen zone boasts very high standards of healthcare and Italy is no exception. However, all non-EU citizens are advised to purchase health insurance as they won’t be able to access the Italian national health service free of charge.
The Italian emergency service phone number is 112. Bring an Italian phrasebook with you in case you need to speak with a doctor or pharmacist. Tap water is potable in Italy.
Why Is ETIAS Being Implemented?
As the ETIAS visa waiver is not a traditional visa and eligible nationals used to be able to travel to Italy visa-free, it’s normal to wonder why the program is being implemented in the first place.
ETIAS is designed to benefit both the Schengen countries and international travelers. On one hand, the process will be easy and straightforward and with just one ETIAS authorization, visitors will be able to move freely within the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
On the other hand, ETIAS is expected to strengthen and streamline border security checks. The European authorities will have an easier, more secure digital system in order to keep international and immigration movements under control.