ETIAS Mobile App: What We Know So Far

A mobile app for ETIAS will be created to further facilitate the application process of third-country nationals travelling to the European Union once the EU visa waiver is implemented in late 2022. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is being introduced to increase bor...

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Do I need ETIAS to visit Ireland?

Ireland is part of the European Union but not the Schengen Area. Find out why Ireland remains outside the common travel area and how this determines whether or not an ETIAS visa waiver will be required to visit Ireland from 2022. ETIAS, the European Travel and Information Authorisation System, w...

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Ecuatorians may no longer need Schengen Visa

The European Union and Ecuador are moving towards eliminating the Schengen visa requirement for Ecuadorian nationals who wish to visit the Schengen Area for short-term stays. By eliminating the Schengen visa requirements for citizens of Ecuador, Ecuadorians would be able to travel visa-free to ...

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Schengen Visa Fees to Increase by 2020

All foreign citizens traveling to one of the 26 Schengen passport-free zone countries are required to obtain a Schengen visa unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. Visa-exempt nationals are able to visit the Schengen Area for up to 90 days until late 2022, without having...

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The EU and the U.S. join efforts for the sake of security

On June 19th, 2019, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs was hosted in Bucharest, Romania, by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During this meeting both sides were able to discuss their long-standing cooperation in the area of justice and home a...

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ETIAS is a Visa Waiver Program not a Traditional Visa

By the end of 2022, US citizens and many other nationalities will need to apply for an ETIAS Visa Waiver before traveling to Europe. Since the European Union made the announcement, there has been some confusion about exactly what ETIAS is. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authori...

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Passenger Name Records and EU Crime Prevention

An EU-wide Passenger Name Record (PNR) system is being implemented alongside the ETIAS and the EES to further improve security within the European Union. The PNR was first introduced in 2007 but legislators initially had trouble passing the regulation due to privacy concerns. Issues were re...

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European Commission backs Croatia to join the Schengen Area

The European Commission has announced that Croatia is finally eligible to join the Schengen zone, the EU’s passport-free travel area. Six years after the Balkan nation joined the European Union and after being examined by the Commission for the past 4 years, it has been determined that Croatia...

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European GCM soon to be implemented

A new, worldwide entity that aims to regulate migration is currently in the making. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is growing and, more recently, been revised for implementation in Europe. Germany, along with other UNECE countries, has submitted its first report on ...

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Dual Citizenship and ETIAS

By the end of 2022, the European Union aims to implement an electronic visa waiver program similar ones already in place around the world, including in the United States. The program will be called ETIAS, which stands for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, and has been re...

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UK Tourists to Pay into EU Budget Post-Brexit

Even though the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, British nationals may still end up paying in the EU’s general budget after it leaves. Nearly 35 million Britons took holiday trips to the European Union in 2016, with nearly a third visiting Spain, followed by France a...

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Terrorism in Europe: timeline and measures taken by the EU

Last update: November 17th, 2020 The recent terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria, has further strengthened the EU’s resolve to prevent terrorism in Europe and bring those involved to justice. For several years, fighting terrorism has been a top priority of the European Union and its Member States....

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Ukraine Welcomes Visa-Free Travel Through Europe

As of June 11, 2017, citizens of Ukraine will no longer need to secure a visa to travel through the European Schengen Zone. The decision was announced by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, earlier in June. In practical terms, this means that Ukrainian citizens with biometric...

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