At the end of 2022, citizens from more than 60 different countries will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver in order to enter Italy and the Schengen Area. The goal of the ETIAS, which is also known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System, is to add an extra layer of security to countries in the Schengen zone and as a protective measure against terrorism.
Good news for citizens of Singapore: travelers will be able to apply for the ETIAS Italy for Singaporeans — all from the comfort of their own home. Singapore citizens can apply online and do not need to go through the process of obtaining a traditional visa, such as visiting a local embassy, gathering mountains of paperwork, or having an in-person interview with an immigration officer.
Obtaining the ETIAS waiver is quick and easy. In fact, it takes most applicants less than 15 minutes to go through the entire form. This article includes all of the information that travelers need to know before they apply for an ETIAS to visit Italy, including the document requirements, how to apply, and more.
ETIAS Requirements for Singaporean citizens
There are only a few ETIAS Italy requirements for Singaporeans – they are listed below:
- A current Singaporean passport
- A valid form of payment, such as a debit or credit card
- A valid email address that applicants constantly check
After applicants have gathered all of the items mentioned above, it is time to start an online application. The ETIAS application can be filled out using any device with internet access, such as a laptop, computer, tablet, or smartphone. The application is straightforward and asks applicants about their personal information (full name, contact information, passport details), as well as their previous travels, criminal record, and health history.
What’s even better about the online ETIAS application is that approval is usually within minutes after submitting the form. However, in rare cases it may take up to 72 hours due to an increase demand or a second screening. If the application was rejected, applicants has the chance to appeal the ETIAS officer’s decision by providing a statement and additional evidence.
Singaporean citizens who are minors (under 18 years old) must apply separately. If the minor’s parent helps them fill out the application, the parent must include their own information as well.
Personal information for the ETIAS Italy
Singaporeans traveling to Italy will need to apply for their ETIAS beforehand. This can be done by starting an online application. During the online application, travelers will be asked to submit a few pieces of personal information. This will include the following:
- First and last name
- Date and place of birth
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiration date
- Contact information (home address and email)
Applicants must also mention the first Schengen country that they will arrive in (Italy or otherwise). Travelers can stay in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days within a 180-period.
What documents do I need for the ETIAS Italy?
The most important document required during the process of applying for an ETIAS is the traveler’s Singapore passport. Please make sure that the passport is valid while filling out the application and at least 3 months after the traveler has left the Schengen zone.
The passport must also be current and valid (i.e. not expired). If the passport has an ETIAS attached to it and expires, the traveler will need to apply for a new ETIAS after they have received their renewed passport.
Medical info for Singaporean citizens
We also recommend Singaporean travelers to buy travel health insurance before they leave the country. In case of an emergency, this insurance will help cover health-related costs that were incurred while traveling.
If a traveler is involved in an emergency while in Italy and needs to contact emergency services, their phone number is 112 in Italy.
ETIAS Italy Benefits for Singaporean citizens
The ETIAS was developed and implemented as a response to the recent terrorist attacks that have happened all across Europe. Due to this, Singaporean citizens can feel safe knowing that the European Union has their best interests at hand, which includes screening all travelers that enter the Schengen zone.