Liechtenstein is one of the Schengen Area countries which share a common visa policy. At the moment, citizens from visa-exempt countries for the Schengen Area are able to visit Liechtenstein and the Schengen zone for stays of up to 90 days without obtaining a visa or travel authorization.
From May 2023 all nationals of these same visa-exempt countries will be required to obtain a Liechtenstein Europe visa waiver to visit the Schengen Area for short stays. The ETIAS is not a Liechtenstein visa; it is an electronic travel authorization with a quick online registration process.
All travelers from ETIAS-eligible countries will be required to submit an individual ETIAS visa waiver online application to travel to the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, and the rest of the small country. This includes children under the age of 18 and all travelers over 70 years old.
An approved ETIAS Europe for Liechtenstein is a multiple entry travel authorization that permits a stay of 90 days in Liechtenstein and the Schengen zone with each entry, for purposes of transit, tourism, medical treatment, or business.
Those not eligible to apply for an ETIAS for Liechtenstein are required to apply for a Schengen visa from the nearest Liechtenstein diplomatic office.
It is first necessary to make an appointment at the relevant consulate and then print and complete a Liechtenstein Schengen visa application form to bring along to the visa interview.
Schengen visa requirements for Liechtenstein state that is also necessary to bring the following documents to the consular appointment:
- A passport no older than 10 years and valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended arrival date in the Schengen Area
- 2 recent photographs of the applicant taken within the last 3 months, passport-size
- Round trip flight reservations or a travel itinerary
- Proof of hotel bookings, rental agreement, or letter of invitation from friends or family in Liechtenstein
- Travel insurance valid for the Schengen zone with cover for medical expenses
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in Liechtenstein. This can either be a bank account statement or a letter of sponsorship from a third party who is financially supporting the trip, or a combination of both.
It is also necessary to supply additional supporting documents depending on the type of Schengen visa for Liechtenstein the applicant requires, as well as their employment status. For example, retirees are required to provide a pension statement covering the previous 6 months.