EU visa-exemptions: the European Travel Information and Authorization System explained
The European Union postponed the launch of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) which is a visa waiver scheme, to 2024. Under the plan, passport holders from all non-EU countries would be required to obtain permission to enter the EU prior to travel. Initially this scheme was to be implemented from November 2023. Through the system, the EU aims to “strengthen its border security as well as digitally screen and track travelers entering and leaving EU countries”.
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What is the European Travel Information and Authorization System?
The system is not a visa but a visa waiver. Similar to the United States’ Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ETSA), the system aims to be a fast online authorization for non-EU citizens.
To whom is it applicable?
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The system applies to over 60 countries that currently do not require a visa to visit the EU. These include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Will there be ETIAS Visa?
There will be no ETIAS visa. Additionally, individuals holding valid visas will still be able to travel to EU states.
Why is the system being brought up?
The system will check security credentials and charge passengers traveling to EU member states for business, tourism, medical or transit purposes.
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how much will it cost?
The ETIAS will cost 7 Euros and will cover an applicant for three years.