ETIAS (European travel Information and Authorization System) has been created by the European Union to protect and strengthen its borders.
It will be implemented in 2021 and will require those traveling to the Schengen Area to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization before their trip.
The ETIAS EU Program will allow visitors to stay in the Schengen Area for stays of up to 90 days. They will be valid for three years (or until the holder’s passport expires) and will allow multiple entries into the EU.
Following the many tragic terrorist during 2016, the EU decided to introduce ETIAS to allow for better information exchange between various security organizations. It is designed to protect both European citizens and those traveling to the Schengen Area.
Who needs to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization?
At the moment no one can, or needs to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver. Many nationalities can visit the Schengen Area visa-free while others need to apply for a visa.
At the moment there are 60 countries whose citizens will be required to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization. these countries include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the USA, and the UAE.
Click here for a full list of nationalities who will need to obtain an ETIAS.
Citizens of these countries who want to visit the Schengen Area for touristic or business purposes will need to complete an online ETIAS application form.
Children under 18 will not need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Europe.
It is not yet clear if citizens of the United Kingdom will need an ETIAS travel authorization. The UK has never been in the Schengen Area though British citizens can enjoy visa-free travel around the EU.
Brexit negotiations are ongoing and the UK’s future relationship with the EU is unclear.
The online ETIAS application
The online ETIAS application form will be quick and straightforward to complete. In most cases, the whole process won’t take more than ten minutes.
ETIAS travel authorization requirements for Europe: To complete the ETIAS application process there are some basic re. The applicant needs to have a valid passport, a credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS fee, and an email address to receive the electronic ETIAS permit.
Applicants are asked some basic questions which include details about the trip, their health history, and whether they have a criminal record. Their details are screened and cross checked using several security databases including Interpol and Europol.