Malaysia is one of the countries that enjoys visa-free travel to Europe. When visiting European countries, especially the Schengen Areas of the EU countries, you can just buy a flight ticket and go.
So, is there any requirement for a visa for Malaysians to visit Europe?
The current situation is that Malaysians do not need a visa to visit Europe. So basically you do your research, draw up your itinerary, prepared your money, buy your flight ticket and go.
However, this might not be the case from 2020 and beyond.
European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias)
From 2020, the European Union will introduce the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias). This will be fully enforced in 2021.
The reason for the implementation of Etias is to have more stringent control of their borders due to several incidents such as overstaying, terrorism and other crimes that occurred in their countries.
So, Malaysians who previously enjoyed visa free visits will need to apply for approval beforehand, similar to the Australian e-Visa. As such, from 2021 onwards, a visa to visit Europe will be a requirement for Malaysians.
How to apply for the Etias
The application for Etias is done online. You will need to give the following information:
- 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-assessment
How much will the visa to Europe cost?
The cost is €7 and it needs to be paid online. Children below 18, senior citizen above 60, close relatives of EU citizens are among those who are exempted from applying for the visa.
The Etias visa to Europe allows you 90 days travel, and is valid for up to three years from the date of issuance.
Can your Etias visa to Europe be rejected?
Just like the Australian e-Visa, there is a possibility that your application for the Etias visa will get rejected. The agency processing the Etias visa will inform you of the reasons for rejection.
If your details appear on any EU security systems such as Interpol, Europol or any other security alert list, you may face a visa rejection.
Further information on the Etias visa to Europe for Malaysians is available on their website. Currently the website does not process applications yet since the requirement is not yet in force.
Khai and wife Amira are Malaysian travel bloggers who blog at Kaki Jalans. Their travels have taken them to almost all the countries in Asean and five countries in Europe. They are still actively travelling and adding to this list.