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ETIAS: A Guide for Yacht Crew

Originally scheduled for January 2024, ETIAS will now come into effect in May 2025, affecting nationals from more than 60 visa-exempt countries traveling to 30 European nations, including Croatia and Montenegro.

What is ETIAS?

ETIAS stands for the “European Travel Information and Authorization System.” It is an electronic travel authorization system that the European Union (EU) has introduced to strengthen security measures for travelers visiting countries within the Schengen Zone. And just in case you are not familiar with the term “Schengen Zone”: The Schengen Zone comprises 26 European countries that have abolished passport control at their mutual borders, allowing for easier movement across these countries.

ETIAS is designed to pre-screen travelers from visa-exempt countries before they enter the Schengen Zone. Travelers must apply for an ETIAS online, provide personal information and travel details, and answer security-related questions. The system will then conduct checks against various databases to assess the applicant’s eligibility and potential security risks.

It’s essential to note that ETIAS is not a visa but a travel authorization, and it is expected to be a relatively straightforward process for most eligible travelers. The introduction of ETIAS aims to enhance security and streamline border control processes within the Schengen Area.

The launch delay offers the yacht crew additional time to introduce themselves to the intricacies of ETIAS. While the implementation aims to strengthen the EU’s internal security, it also underscores the commitment to the safety of both European citizens and global visitors, including the esteemed yacht crew community.

Participating European Countries

Yacht crew members operating in the Mediterranean, including France, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, and Spain, need to be well-versed in the ETIAS requirements. A list of participating countries is available, ensuring yacht crew are prepared for upcoming journeys.

Passport Connection

ETIAS is linked to your passport and has a validity of up to three years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. In the world of yacht crew travel, where passports are regularly updated, it’s essential to note that obtaining a new passport necessitates obtaining a fresh ETIAS authorization before any European journey.

Frequent Travel Benefits

Yacht crew members often find themselves traversing European waters for short-term stays. ETIAS facilitates seamless entry into the 30 participating European countries, allowing crew members to engage in their maritime duties without unnecessary delays. Typically valid for up to 90 days within 180 days, ETIAS aligns with the nature of yacht crew schedules.

Application Process

While the official EU Travel Europe site promises swift processing, yacht crew members are advised to apply as soon as travel plans are solidified. Global Marine Travel (GMT), recommends early application to allow for corrections well in advance of the journey, to avoid last-minute complications.

In line with GMT’s guidance, A+ Yachting encourages yacht crew to stay informed, apply early, and embrace the evolving travel landscape. The €7 fee for ETIAS travel authorization is a small investment in ensuring a smooth and secure journey.

Should you require a trusted yacht agent in Croatia and Montenegro, we invite you to contact us. A+ Yachting stands ready to be your reliable partner in the Adriatic.

Bon Voyage, Yacht Crew!

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