The ETIAS authorization system means that citizens of Brunei (along with valid passport holders from nearly 60 other nations) can visit the Schengen Zone following a quick and easy application process. The ETIAS takes effect from the end of 2022 and changes the current system, which allows Bruneians to visit without any pre-authorization.
ETIAS Visa Waiver for Bruneian Citizens
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It’s an online authorization program that applies to residents of 60 countries, including Brunei. It reinforces security within the Schengen Zone by running automatic checks on all applicants and making sure that serious criminals aren’t granted access.
As a Brunei citizen, you will need to apply for an ETIAS before you travel to the 26 Schengen member states, including Belgium, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and the Netherlands.
It does not apply to all of Europe, though, and there are no individual ETIAS applications for each country. You can apply through the official website and, once approved, you will be permitted entry to all Schengen states.
What Can the ETIAS Visa Waiver be Used For?
You can use an ETIAS for tourism, business, and even education purposes, although it’s worth noting that you can only stay for 90 days, so it’s not enough for any long-term or meaningful education.
If you wish to spend longer within the Schengen Zone, whether for work, education, or family reasons, you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa. The application process is not as quick or as easy, but you may be able to spend more time in the region.
Can Bruneian Citizens Travel to the US Without a Visa?
Brunei citizens traveling to the United States must first apply for an ESTA, which is a visa waiver program similar to the ETIAS.
The ESTA grants entry for two years from the date of issue and provides access for up to 90 days at a time.
Which Countries Can Bruneians Visit Without a Visa?
In addition to the United States and the Schengen Zone, Bruneians can visit the United Kingdom without a visa. In fact, it’s even easier to visit the UK, as there is no visa exemption program and it grants access for up to 6 months.
In general, Brunei citizens are afforded a lot of freedom once they are granted a valid passport. They can travel to most countries in Europe, Asia, and Australasia, as well as parts of East Africa and Central America. They will encounter a little more resistance in Africa and South America, but they can still freely visit countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Grenada, and Kenya.