A country like Saint Lucia, situated in the majestic Caribbean Islands, is a place to envy, with its transparent waters, perfect reefs for water sports, and hidden trails that take you to secret waterfalls. In spite of all that, the ancient magic and history of Belgium captivates many of the citizens of Saint Lucia to grab a flight and travel to the land of Belgian chocolates.
But like Belgium, leaders of all Schengen countries have decided that there is too much freedom to visit their territory. That’s why they developed an electronic system to supervise and monitor the entry of all the visitors coming to these countries after a background check through an online document and named it – the ETIAS.
Every citizen of Saint Lucia must apply for an ETIAS travel document if they intend to travel to Belgium and other Schengen countries for the purpose of leisure or business and for a duration that is no more than a 3-month period.
You will find some insightful information in this article about the ETIAS document with the help of the below-mentioned FAQs. It is a short read with all the necessary information for you to prepare for your next trip to this amazing country in Europe.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY IS IT MANDATORY TO GET AN ETIAS AUTHORIZATION?
The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) works in a similar fashion as the U.S. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Its primary purpose is to execute a security check on the applicant willing to travel to any of the 26 Schengen countries to ensure they are not a threat to their citizens or their nation.
IS THE ETIAS A MUST FOR SAINT LUCIA CITIZENS?
Yes. As Saint Lucia is, currently, a country that has Schengen-free visa regulations, therefore its citizens will soon need to apply for an ETIAS if they want to enter any of the countries that are part of this authorization system, for example – Belgium.
WHAT ARE THE COUNTRIES THAT CITIZENS FROM SAINT LUCIA CAN VISIT WITH AN ETIAS?
Any traveler from Saint Lucia, who holds a valid ETIAS travel document, can visit any Schengen Zone country. This includes most of the EU countries and also includes Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and many others.
WILL I GET AN ETIAS IF I WANT TO GO TO BELGIUM TO STUDY?
No, the ETIAS authorization is only valid for tourism, leisure, and business purposes. The permissible time period for one to stay at these Schengen countries is for 90 days. If you want to go to Belgium to study, you must review the electronic visas applicable for Belgium and apply for one.
WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF THE ETIAS FOR BELGIUM?
The ETIAS has the same validity period for any country from the Schengen Zone Area that participates in this authorization. The maximum period is up to 3 years from the date of approval. The ETIAS allows you to travel around Belgium and other Schengen countries through multiple entry-points during the same visit. However, you just have to enter the country of Belgium first, as you have applied for a Belgium ETIAS.
HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN BELGIUM WITH A SINGLE ETIAS APPROVAL?
The ETIAS travel permit is only valid for stays of up to 90 days. It allows you to travel for leisure or business purposes. If you intend to stay more than the allowed number of days, then you will need to apply for another visa for Belgium or whichever country you plan on visiting.
HOW CAN CITIZENS FROM SAINT LUCIA GET THEIR ETIAS?
It is an easy process that can be explained in three basic phases:
1.Start by filling out the online form, providing a few personal information and select your preferred processing speed. Aid-Air provides you with three options for processing to get your approved ETIAS:
- Standard speed – The cheapest option among all three takes the maximum time for your ETIAS to be processed compared to Rush and Super Rush options.
- Rush speed – A more expensive alternative than the Standard option that gets your ETIAS approved faster than the previous variant.
- Super rush speed – The costliest and the quickest option among all three that gets your ETIAS processed in just a blink of an eye.
2.The next step is to check the information that you have typed on the form and verify that everything is correct. Then, you must make the online service payment using your credit/debit card or a working Paypal account.
3.Your final step is to go over the additional Aid-Air questions that are related to the ETIAS document, and finally, click “SUBMIT”.
That’s it! You now just have to wait for your ETIAS to be delivered to your inbox as per the processing speed that you have chosen.
IS IT A FAST PROCESS TO GET AN ETIAS DOCUMENT?
The Aid-Air ETIAS application should take you no more than 20 minutes between filling out the online form and making the applicable payment for the authorization fee. Once finished, your application form goes into the system to be checked and reviewed, and you get your results within 1-2 days in your email inbox. The speed of getting your ETIAS will depend on the processing time that you opted for on your Aid-Air application.
IS IT SAFE TO USE THE Aid-Air WEBSITE & THEIR SERVICE?
Aid-Air as a digital platform not only helps travelers with the application process of electronic visas and other travel-related documents, but also keeps their users’ information as confidential as possible. Security and protection of data are something that are taken extra care of, on the Aid-Air platform. The online databases at Aid-Air work with the most reliable security system to keep your information free from any phishing act or unwanted threats.
I NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
If you still have some questions in mind about ETIAS or any other visa requirements for Belgium, we’re more than willing to help you out. Drop us a message, contact the team via our chat process, or visit Aid-Air’s website where you can find more relevant information.