Citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are among persons from several non-European countries who will soon need to pass a new security clearance in order to travel to Europe.
This is according to the Schengen VISA Information site which said that from 2021 European Union (EU) countries will be implementing the ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation System.
The site notes that currently, there are 61 countries that are not in the EU whose citizens can enter the EU Schengen Zone without needing a visa. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is listed as one of them.
Citizens of these countries are allowed to go into countries in the Schengen Zone for business or travel purposes for up to 90 days.
During these 90 days, these visitors are not allowed to work or study, but can engage in business and tourism activities.
However, European officials say “recent security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis have called for a better management of who is entering EU borders.”
To reduce procedures and wait times, as well as address the security concerns, the European Commission has come up with the ETIAS as a solution.