Currently, Venezuela is one of more than 60 countries whose citizens may enter Italy without a visa. However, at the end of 2022, Venezuelans who are planning a trip to Italy will need to apply for an ETIAS to visit Italy.
The ETIAS, which is also known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System, is an online system where Venezuelans can apply for a visa waiver. This process takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and will allow Venezuelans to travel to Italy and the Schengen Area freely.
ETIAS Requirements for Venezuelan citizens
In order to satisfy the ETIAS Italy requirements for Venezuelans, all applicants will need to have the following three items when applying:
- A valid Venezuelan-issued passport
- A valid debit or credit card to be used to pay the ETIAS application fee
- A current email address
Travelers who have successfully gathered all of these requirements are ready to apply for their ETIAS Italy for Venezuelans. The application form contains a number of questions that ask about the applicant’s personal details, passport information, health history, recent travels, and criminal record. The form should take about 15 minutes to finish, and is usually processed instantly. However, in rare cases it may take up to 72 hours when there is high demand.
When applying for the EITAS, Venezuelan citizens must state which Schengen country they will enter first. In this regard, Venezuelans are able to stay within the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days within a 180-day time limit.
Venezuelans who are planning to travel to Italy with their family members should know an extra step in the process. Travelers who are under the age of eighteen (“minors”) must apply for their own ETIAS visa waiver. Any parent or guardian who assists with, or submits, an application on behalf of their child must include their own personal information with the application.
Personal information for the ETIAS Italy
Venezuelans traveling to Italy will need to submit the following pieces of information as part of their ETIAS application:
- Applicant’s full name (first and last name)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Current address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Passport number
- Passport’s date of issue and expiry date
What documents do I need for the ETIAS Italy?
The most important thing that Venezuelan travelers need when they apply for an ETIAS passport is their Venezuela-issued passport. This passport must be valid when the traveler submits their application and when the traveler enters the Schengen Zone (either Italy or another country). The passport must also be valid for a minimum of three months after the day the traveler plans to leave Italy and/or the Schengen Zone.
If the traveler’s passport expires before they have a chance to travel to the Schengen Zone, he or she will need to apply for a new passport, and subsequently for a new ETIAS permit.
Once the traveler’s ETIAS has been approved, it is valid for three years. Travelers may not renew their ETIAS once the timeframe is up, but they may apply for a new one.
Medical info for Venezuelan citizens
Venezuelan citizens can feel safe knowing that there are currently no health advisories or travel warnings for those traveling to Italy. However, we still recommend travelers to stay alert and read the news of developments in both Venezuela and Italy.
Venezuelan travelers should make sure that their current health coverage will be valid during their travel. Any travelers that need to carry prescription medications must make sure that the medication is clearly labeled with the traveler’s name and in its original container.
Travelers who are experiencing a medical issue can reach emergency services in Italy by calling 112.
ETIAS Italy Benefits for Venezuelan citizens
The ETIAS program is a new initiative that aims to increase safety within the Schengen Area and reduce the potential for terrorism within Europe. Venezuelans will be able to benefit from the ETIAS by enjoying an increased amount of security and feel safe during their travel to Italy.