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A new system is established to strengthen the borders of the Schengen Area by pre-checking the data of travelers before they enter the zone ,known as ETIAS.

ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. This is a visa waiver programs that allows visa-free nationals to board a carrier to travel to the Schengen Zone. This program is expected to come into effect by the end of 2021 in order to reduce procedures and wait times, as well as address the security concerns.

The ETIAS will undergo a detailed security check of each applicant to determine whether they can be allowed to enter any Schengen Zone country.

People can use ETIAS to travel to Schengen Zone with different purposes. Beside tourism and business, it will also allow people to visit the Schengen countries for medical and transit reasons. 

Why ETIAS Authorization?

The primary purpose behind the endorsement of the ETIAS approval is security. With the increased risk of tourists around the world, the EU needs to guarantee safe goes in its nations. The ETIAS will reduce security concerns generously through its data and information gathering systems. What this implies, is that the ETIAS will identify if an individual is a risk in any capacity to the security of Schengen nations. This will lead to the individual being denied entry and maintaining a stable inside EU borders. It will essentially manage an issue before it is even there.

However, besides making traveling more secure, the ETIAS authorization will also help the EU countries and all travellers in the following ways:

  • •  Decrease procedures and application times
    •  Improve the management of EU country borders
    •  Help with detecting and decreasing crime and terrorism
    •  Obstruct irregular migration
    •  Strengthen the visa liberalization policy of the EU

All in all, the ETIAS authorization will make travelling to the EU less of a hassle and a much safer experience.

Who will need ETIAS?

Recently, there are currently 60 nationalities who will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver including:

    Albania

    Antigua and Barbuda

    Argentina

    Australia

    Bahamas

    Barbados

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Brazil

    Brunei

    Canada

    Chile

    Colombia

    Costa Rica

    Dominica

    El Salvador

    Georgia

    Grenada

    Guatemala

    Honduras

    Hong Kong S.A.R*

    Israel

    Japan

    Kiribati

    Macao S.A.R*

    Malaysia

    Marshall Islands

    Mauritius

    Mexico

    Micronesia

    Moldova

    Montenegro

    Nauru

    New Zealand

    Nicaragua

    North Macedonia

    Palau

    Panama

    Paraguay

    Peru

    Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Saint Lucia

    Saint Vincent

    Samoa

    Serbia

    Seychelles

    Singapore

    Solomon Islands

    South Korea

    Taiwan **

    Timor Leste

    Tonga

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Tuvalu

    Ukraine

    United Arab Emirates

    United States of America

    Uruguay

    Vanuatu

    Venezuela

There are more countries that might be added to this list time to time. There are some country in this list that currently have free visa travel to Schengen area but this will change when ETIAS is implemented.

How will ETIAS system work?

Step 1: Filling out the application form online. It only takes up to 10 minutes and applicants will need to answer a series of questions by entering basic information such as their name, address, date of birth, and passport details. There will also be some questions regarding health and security.

Step 2 : Submitting the application. When you complete the application, you will have to pay the fee and submit it.

Once you submited your application, it will be manually processed. The manual processing is expected to take about 96 hours (4 days), or a maximum of 2 weeks.

How much will ETIAS cost?

It is planned to have the ETIAS cost only €7 for each application. This is only valid for adults over 18 years old, as those under 18 will not have to pay any fees. You can pay the fee by debit or credit card. Immediately after you complete the payment, the ETIAS authorization will start processing.

ETIAS Visa Validity

The ETIAS will be valid for a period of three years, during which you will be able to enter the European Union member states, by plane, land or sea as many times as you wish.