ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorization System.
The ETIAS (Travel Authorization) system will be implemented in May 2023, marking the end of fee-free travel to the European Union. The ETIAS travel authorization is similar to other visa-free procedures such as the famous US ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).
The European Union has announced that its long-awaited visa waiver program, ETIAS, will be launched in May 2023. ETIAS, short for European Travel Information and Authorization System, was originally scheduled to launch in late 2022. However, ETIAS is not the same as a visa. It is faster, processed online, and does not require biometrics, while curbing terrorism and preventing other issues related to border control, as there is still a process and cost for acquiring the visa, similar to the ESTA system in the US.
EU travelers are exempt and can move freely within the EU as they can stay as long as they want in many countries. For everyone else entering from a country that previously did not require a visa, ETIAS will be mandatory. The move will affect about 60 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, which lost their freedom of movement after Brexit; nothing will change for those who previously needed a visa to enter.
The application process will be handled through a largely automated system ( IT ), with approval granted within minutes for about 95% of applicants, according to a new notice from the European Union. The maximum time for approval can be up to a month in some very exceptional cases, and anyone whose application is rejected has the right to appeal.
The ETIAS travel permit is valid for an unlimited number of entries over a three-year period. However, holders must comply with immigration and overstay regulations, and third-country nationals may not stay in the entire EU for more than 90 days, and more recently for more than 180 days,
The €7 ($7.35) cost applies to people between the ages of 18 and 70, but it’s not yet clear if a reduced rate will apply to others or if they can apply for free. By comparison, the U.S. charges $21 for an ESTA permit. The date for submitting the application has not yet been announced.
Before traveling to European Union countries, you should know about ETIAS, which will change in May 2023.
If you are planning to travel to European Union countries for business reasons in the near future, you should know exactly how the ETIAS system works and what you need to know as a business traveler.
1. The Basic Information about the ETIAS System,
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System and is designed for visa-free travel to European Union countries and Schengen countries except Ireland. ETIAS is intended for travel to European countries, just like the well-known ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) in the United States. It is expected that ETIAS will be implemented in 2022, but will be mandatory for all travelers until 2023. This gives you time to learn about the ETIAS system and see if you need to apply for it before traveling on business to European Union countries and Schengen countries (except Ireland).
2. Countries Participating in the ETIAS System,
Once the ETIAS system is fully established and implemented, most countries in the European Union will require a valid ETIAS when arriving at their respective borders. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.
If you are currently entering the European Union without a visa, you will need an ETIAS permit before visiting these 63 countries whose citizens and nationals are allowed to enter the European Union without a visa.
3. Objective of the ETIAS,
The main objective of ETIAS is to improve and manage security without making international travel more difficult for citizens and nationals of these countries who currently do not require visas for travel. Electronic Application Authorization will allow European Union countries to automatically screen all individuals seeking entry into the territory and flag individuals who pose a potential security risk. Over time, this system is expected to reduce crime and prevent terrorist attacks.
There are other benefits, such as streamlining application times and simplifying travel. The ETIAS system works with planning, is expected to significantly reduce application processing times, and improve simplicity for applicants by reducing red tape. Automated application processing will also help reduce bureaucratic complexity and minimize costs associated with the system while meeting security objectives. Reducing Irregular Migration. With the implementation of ETIAS, irregular migration will become much more difficult for individuals. Improving visa liberalization. At the same time, the European Union can further advance visa liberalization, ultimately making travel to its member countries easier and more accessible.
4. How to Apply for ETIAS,
If you wish to travel to a participating country, you will need to complete an online application to verify your eligibility. You should be between 18 and 70 years old and pay a fee of €7. The ETIAS electronic system is designed to process applications automatically after searching electronic databases and give you an immediate response.
If you are not considered a potential security risk, your trip will be approved with immediate effect. However, in some cases, there may be delays that can take up to 30 days.
If you are approved in this system, your travel authorization is valid for up to 3 years.
During the application process, several pieces of information are requested, including personal identity and biometric data.
First, you will need to provide some information about your personal identity and personal history, as well as your name, date of birth, and other basic information about yourself.
Nationality information, You will also need to provide proof of your citizenship.
Address and contact information, As you would expect, you will need to provide your home address, email address, phone number, etc.
Education and work experience, The application will also ask for some information about your education and previous work experience so that your past work history can be verified, etc.
Travel plans, You will need to explain where you are traveling, why you are traveling, and how long you plan to stay there.
Background and eligibility questions, You may also need to answer various questions and answers about your personal background and travel eligibility, such as whether you have visited certain countries in the recent past.
Proof of relationship, In some cases, you may also be asked to provide proof of relationship or a residence card,
Ready for ETIAS Now?
If you are traveling for business or as a tourist within the next year, ETIAS approval may not be required. After that, you should schedule your ETIAS permit before making any travel plans.
Good luck if you have read this ATIAS travel guide, which explains the application process succinctly and very simply. Fortunately, if you have no criminal record or unclear past, you will be automatically approved within minutes.