Europe Travel: Why/When Will You Need ETIAS?

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Over the years, traveling into Europe was a stringent endeavor due to the complex requirements and procedures. After some time, some countries had lesser procedures for foreigners coming into their territories, while others remained as they were. This ease happened due to the travel schemes employed over the Schengen area countries.
But recently, the Coronavirus wave heightened the immigration rules again. The European Union had to give guidelines for its member states to abide by while it found ways to curtail its effect. Eventually, the Union was able to incorporate the use of a Coronavirus certificate for its member states. Also, it gave travel regulations to aid the situation.

Can I still travel to Europe? – Information about Restrictions and Regulations

Not all EU regions are mandated to abide by the travel regulations, as some operate by their self-setup laws. These laws also apply to their immigration service for foreigners coming into their territories.
As stated earlier, traveling into some European territories has been a hurdle in times past. In a bid to ease every burden and tighten its security, the EU has built a visa waiver program known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
The European Travel scheme is for individuals from regions allowed to travel into Schengen locations and EU states without any visa. Instead of being visa-free, they would be required to apply for an ETIAS. The program is expected to commence fully in 2022.
It aims to foster unity and unified security against unwanted entries into European areas. Soon enough, a European Security Union will be created. Essentially, the sole aim of these setups is to foster improved European travels.
Soon, every person traveling into Europe without a visa would be required to fill a document for the ETIAS travel approval. There are only 60 nations that are eligible to request the European Travel visa waiver when traveling into any European country. The countries that make up this Schengen zone are 26 in number. More countries may be eligible for this scheme later on.
The visa waiver scheme has been created for tourists and business persons to allow them to stay for a maximum of 90 days in these European countries.

Benefits of the ETIAS

The ETIAS, as stated earlier, is aimed at improving European travel. It has some significant benefits that are very considerable.

Enhanced Security

The European Travel system is connected with databases from international security bodies like EURODAC, EUROPOL, VIS, INTERPOL, AND SIS. Therefore, it would be easy to detect criminals and terrorists before entering the countries. This depicts European travels as safe and protected for travelers.

Saved Time

With the ETIAS, travel to Europe would be swift and seamless. The European Travel system aids a simple and easy travel process, such that immigrants would not take long during the border-screening process. Also, some travelers would have been screened before arrival, so the border officials would not need to check them.

Protection from Illegal Immigration

Illegal migration is the order of the day in many countries these days. In a bid to control that, the ETIAS system has been put in place to make travelling to Europe coordinated.

Improved Management of Borders

With the ETIAS system, countries under the EU and Schengen territory can adequately oversee and monitor their borders. It would help them to be security effective and efficient.

How to Get an ETIAS

The ETIAS paper is available online for application by interested individuals. But to be approved, they would need to meet the ETIAS requirements stated in the ETIAS paper.
While applying for the ETIAS online, it is necessary to have a valid passport, as it reveals and validates your identity. Other details needed during the application process include your full name, valid email address, date of birth, address, parents' primary details, and a bank card for the ETIAS payment.
Also, they will be questioned on their reasons for traveling and other travel inquiries like their employment history, health challenges, previous European travel data, criminal records, etc. After these details are entered, they will be subjected to scrutiny across different international security agencies. Usually, it takes a few minutes to process these applications. The applicant will get an email containing a travel authorization message if the application is approved. The approval is valid for three years.

Is the ETIAS free?

The ETIAS is not free for everyone. It has a cost. Applicants below age 18 will not be required to make any payment for the ETIAS. However, applicants that are 18 years of age and above will be required to pay particular price for it. Since the registration is done online, the payment will be done the same way, using a bank card.
If, after a successful payment, your approval is considered questionable, it would take about 70 hours to be attended to. And every application with an unsuccessful payment will be paused until the payment goes through.

Do ETIAS Applicants Always Have to Pay the Application Fee?

The European Travel fee is paid first during application. Usually, the waiver is valid for three years and allows the owner to transit between the EU and Schengen Territories for a space of 90 days every three months. When the waiver expires, the owner would need to renew it. The renewal process is similar to the fresh application and requires a token also.

Is My ETIAS Linked to My Passport?

Yes, the ETIAS is linked to your passport through electronic means. The linking system is an aid to improve European travel. If your passport will expire in less than three years from your ETIAS application, you would need to apply for another ETIAS on or before your passport expires with your new passport information.
Note that the European Travel system details on your passport cannot be transferred to another passport. Also, your passport must be valid for at least three months while you are on an ETIAS stay in an EU or Schengen country.

How to Renew The ETIAS

The renewal process is done online. The process is just like the first application that involves filling in every biographical information and passport detail. If the applicant's conditions are still the same, the application will be renewed in a few minutes. Provided the applicant's passport has a validity period of at least 90 days.

ETIAS Validity Extension

The maximum time an ETIAS holder can stay in an EU nation and a Schengen state for the space of three months is 90 days. And this period cannot be extended. However, in a situation of a national agreement between the EU and a non-EU country, such visitors from the third-party country can stay for more than 90 days.
But if that is not the case, such a person would have to apply for a permit or visa to stay beyond the stipulated time. The requirement for this application is that such a person would need to provide medical insurance or proof of funds at a consulate or an embassy.
Written by: Fikayomi Abisola
Abisola is an ETIAS Travel and Immigration writer with several years of writing experience in the industry. Abisola has a unique enthusiasm for travels, tours, and tourism and loves to educate travellers about the criteria involved in international travelling.

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