When will etias be implemented?

European authorities have decided to implement an electronic visa system by 2020 to improve security across the continent. The new system will be called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and will work similarly to electronic travel authorization programs in place throughout the world.

The European Council hopes to greatly improve the safety and security of travelers passing through the Schengen Zone by way of the ETIAS visa for Europe.

ETIAS is designed to be intuitive and simple to ensure that it is easy to follow. But just how will ETIAS work?

The Etias Visa Process

The ETIAS application will be relatively straightforward. Anyone who wishes to embark on European travel will need to apply for an ETIAS visa prior to boarding their flight. Passengers will fill out an online ETIAS form to obtain a travel authorization which they will then present to border authorities upon arrival.

Among other ETIAS visa requirements, passengers will be required to provide the following as well as paying a nominal ETIAS fee:

  • Personal details
  • Passport information
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Country of residence
  • Parents’ names
  • Other security-related questions, including previous arrests and criminal history.

This information will then be cross-checked against European databases to determine if a person poses a security risk. These databases include not just police corps in Europe but indeed all over the world to make sure passengers are screened thoroughly.

Once submitted online or via a mobile application, applications are processed automatically. Once approved, a traveler receives their approved ETIAS visa for Europe and their travel to the European Union is thus authorized. An approved ETIAS will also have a validity of 5 years.

If, however, a passenger is denied an ETIAS visa, they will be provided a reason and will also be able to appeal the decision.

Who needs an ETIAS Visa?

Under the proposed ETIAS application process, 60 countries will be eligible to apply for ETIAS online. ETIAS travel authorizations will also apply first to those who do not currently need a visa to enter Europe. These countries include the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, as well as a wide range of other eligible countries.

Please note that starting in 2020, the citizens of all visa-exempt countries outside the European Union will be required to complete an ETIAS application before their trip to the Schengen Area.

While the implementation of ETIAS may seem to be quite a way off, the European Council hopes to make sure that this visa program will greatly increase security on the continent and of people seeking to travel to Europe.