From year 2021 onwards, Malaysian citizens who plan to visit Europe will need to apply online for an ETIAS visa. ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System was created to improve the screening of travellers to the region.
Europe designed the system to strengthen border control and to protect both Europeans living in the Schengen Zone and visitors travelling to it.
Europe Visa Requirements for Malaysian citizens
Up till 2021, Malaysian citizens travelling to Europe do not need to apply for a visa for trips up to 90 days. However, this will change from 2021 onwards and Malaysian will then need to apply for an ETIAS Visa that is obtainable through the online application system.
Malaysian citizens will need to have meet the following three basics ETIAS requirements in order to be able to apply:
- A valid passport with three months remaining (upon arrival)
- An email address (needed to receive the ETIAS Visa)
- A credit or debit card (to pay for the ETIAS Visa)
Nevertheless, Malaysian travellers should always carry along a valid ID during their visit to Europe.
The ETIAS Application Process for Malaysians
It will be possible to apply for one by completing a basic application form, which includes personal and travel information. Applicants will also be required to provide their passport details, and informations about their health.
The final step in the travel authorization application is payment, which should be made using a credit or debit card.
Malaysia to the Schengen Zone with ETIAS
Malaysians are allowed to travel freely between countries around the Schengen Zone with the ETIAS Visa. The visa is valid for 3 years or until the ETIAS holder’s passport expires. If the passport expires, the traveller will need to apply for a new ETIAS Visa to enter the Schengen Zone.
The ETIAS Visa will be an obligatory legal requirement for travellers over the age of 18 when entering the Schengen Zone. Minors (under 18), however, will need not to obtain, apply for, or pay for an ETIAS Visa to travel to Europe.
An information provided by the applicant is screened and checked against various European security databases. ETIAS applicants should keep in mind that their information will be used in this way.
To all Malaysians who wish to visit Europe, this 2 years will be your final chance to visit Europe without having to go through some hassle.
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