Europe is introducing a new authorisation system for visa-exempt visitors to the European Union or the Schengen Area. It is expected to become effecting starting November 2023. More about ETIAS below.
European Travel Information and Authorisation System is a planned electronic authorisation system of the European Union for visa-exempt visitors travelling to the European Union or the Schengen Area (including EFTA countries), except for the Republic of Ireland which is a member common travel area.
It is similar to other electronic travel authorisations like the ESTA in the United
States. Australia, Canada, on the other hand, operates a scheme called ETA
(Electronic Travel Authority) and New Zealand as New Zealand Electronic Travel
The United Kingdom is also working on a similar system, which for now is being called Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA),and will serve the same purpose as the ETIAS. This means that once the UK ETA becomes effective, travellers from the EU will need to obtain one to enter the territory of the UK.
ETIAS travel authorisation will be required for travel to the Schengen Area as well as Bulgaria, Cyprus & Romania. Ireland is the only EU member state that will continue to have its visa policy. It was expected that ETIAS would be available from May 2023, but now it would be implemented only from November 2023.
Application Procedure for ETIAS
Applying for ETIAS is so much easier than for a visa. Prospective visitors will have to complete an online application & €7 fee from those between 18 and 70. The only document required is your valid passport. It is expected to process the applications automatically by providing an immediate response. The whole application procedure will not take more than 10 minutes. If approved, the ETIAS will be valid for 3 years or until the expiry date of the travel document whichever is earlier.
The website through which applicants will apply for an ETIAS has not been launched yet, but the EU authorities are working on it. The ETIAS website will be under the Europa.eu domain.
Some Links to access to have more insights on ETIAS:
9Things You Need to Know About ETIAS Before It Becomes Effective in November -SchengenVisaInfo.com
ETIAS - European TravelInformation and Authorisation System (schengenvisainfo.com)
Schengen Visa - Comprehensiveinformation about EU Visa (schengenvisainfo.com)
Which CountriesAre Not Part of Schengen Area? - SchengenVisaInfo.com
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