Do we need one?
Malaysia is one of the countries which enjoy visa-free travel to Europe. When visiting European countries, especially the Schengen Areas of the EU countries, we can just buy a flight ticket and go. So, is there any requirement for a visa to Europe for Malaysians?
The current requirement is Malaysians do not need a visa to Europe. When I went to Europe back in 2017, I just bought the ticket, did my research, drafted my itinerary, prepared my money and go. However, this might not be the case come 2020 and beyond.
European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) – A Visa to Europe for Malaysians
From 2020, the European Union will introduce the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). This will be fully enforce in 2021.
The reason for the implementation of ETIAS is to have a more stringent control of their border due to several incidents such as overstaying, terrorism and other crimes that happened in their countries.
So, countries like Malaysia which previously enjoy visa free visit will need to have approval beforehand, just like the Australian e-Visa. As such, from 2011 onwards, a visa to Europe for Malaysians is needed.
How to apply the ETIAS
The application for ETIAS needs to be done online. Visitors will need to give information on:
- Passport details
- Personal information such as gender and parents’ name
- Questions on personal health
- Credit or debit card details for payment
- Contact information
- Criminal self assesement
How much will the visa to Europe for Malaysians cost?
The cost is €7 and it needs to be paid online. Children below 18, senior citizen above 60, close relatives to EU citizens are among those who are exempted from applying for the visa.
The ETIAS visa to Europe for Malaysians and other countries affected by this is valid for a 90-day travel over a period of 6 months. It is valid for up to 3 years from the date of issuance.
Rejection from getting the visa to Europe for Malaysians or ETIAS?
Just like the Australian e-Visa, there is a possibility that your application for the visa will get rejected. However, the agency processing the ETIAS will inform you the reasons for rejection.
If your details appear on any EU security systems such as INTERPOL, EUROPOL or any other system, you might face a visa rejection.
If you need further information on Visa to Europe for Malaysians or the ETIAS, you can check on their website. At the moment, the website is not open for any application yet since it is yet to be in force.
However, the website will provide further details on the ETIAS visa. Do check the website if you need more answers to your question!
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