ETIAS Confirmed for 2022
The European Union Commission has confirmed that the rules that make
the future ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System)
interoperable with the relevant EU information systems were brought into effect on August 3.
This announcement is an important milestone in the work that has been
completed so far to ensure that the ETIAS is introduced by the end of 2022.
The EU Commission released a press release regarding the announcement,
which included the following statement:
“The rules entering into force today detail how ETIAS will work with other
EU information systems it will query when conducting checks, namely the
Entry/Exit System, the Visa Information System, the Schengen Information
System and a centralised system for the identification of Member
States holding conviction information on non-EU nationals.”
There were some concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic would have delayed the launch
, so news that it is still on target to be introduced
by the end of 2022 has been welcomed.
What is the ETIAS?
The ETIAS system is being introduced to improve security in the EU to
provide better monitoring of travelers entering the EU. Citizens
from countries who currently do not require a visa will now
require an ETIAS before they are permitted to enter the
apply for an ETIAS
, the traveler will need to complete an online
application form, where they are required to provide information
such as their personal details, as well as answer questions about
their health and also any criminal convictions.
Once the application has been submitted and an application fee is paid,
the application will be screened across numerous EU databases to check
for any issues such as previous crimes or health conditions that
would be deemed as a risk to the EU.
If the application is approved, their ETIAS is linked to their biometric
passport and border agents in the EU will be able to check that all travelers
have the ETIAS on their passport. Travelers from countries who required a
visa will still require a visa, but the ETIAS will allow the improved monitoring
of travelers from the 60 visa-exempt countries listed as
In some cases, the ETIAS application will be declined, for example
if the applicant has a historical serious crime on their file or if they
have a medical condition that could put people in the EU at risk.
The ETIAS screening process involves checking against all the relevant
EU databases that hold key information that will be used to
identify whether the applicant is a high-risk traveler.
The ETIAS is intended to improve EU security, while still making
it straightforward for low-risk people to visit Europe for tourism or
business purposes. While a Schengen visa is issued for the specific EU
country that the traveler is applying for, the ETIAS permits travel
around the EU and it can be used multiple times, as long as it
is still valid
and the holder’s passport is also still valid.