ETIAS: European Travel Information and Authorization System, Explained
Introduced by the European Union, ETIAS is a new travel regime that is going to be in action from 2021. ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It is a new visa-waiver system that will help the continent protect the countries falling under the continent of Europe. ETIAS will help in dealing with immigration issues as well as it will prevent criminal/terrorist activities from the countries. This will be applied to the European countries as well as the Schengen Border Area countries. To be accurate, there are a total of 26 countries that are currently a member of the Schengen Border Area.
These 26 countries are namely, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
There are exactly 62 countries in the world other than the European Nations that are allowed to visit the European Nations without having to acquire their visas. This includes countries like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the USA. But now the travel authorization system is going to change for them after the introduction of ETIAS. Only citizens belonging to these countries will have to register for ETIAS.
This new visa-waiver system is not applied to the citizens that always required a visa to enter the European nations as well as the countries falling on the Schengen border. So they will not have to register for this new travel authorization system.
The process of getting your ETIAS is not as complicated as getting your passport but you will need a valid passport in order to apply for the European Travel Information and Authorization System. You will not have to answer a series of questions or will neither need to go through any verification processes.
To apply for your ETIAS you can just visit the official website of the European Travel Authorization where you will get an application form. The form will be as basic as any other application forms that you get online. The form will ask you to fill out your personal information like your name, last name, middle name (optional), date of birth, place of birth, nationality, gender, etc.
From the date of the issue, the ETIAS will remain valid for three years but only if your passport is valid. If the validity of your passport expires before your ETIAS then it will already be considered expired. Then you will have to update your ETIAS. For more information regarding the ETIAS, you must visit www.etias-europe.us.
With the help of ETIAS, you are allowed to stay in Europe for three months at once. The ETIAS permit you to visit the European nations for medical, transit, business and travel purposes only that means you are not allowed to stay in the country for education or job purpose with the help of this new travel authorization system by European Union.