What will ETIAS mean for travelers?
When the ETIAS system is launched, travelers from the 60 countries that
are listed under the
will need to
apply for an ETIAS
if they want to visit the
. Previously, citizens of these
60 countries could visit the Schengen Zone visa-free but European authorities
have introduced the ETIAS system to improve security, so that there is better
monitoring and screening of people entering Europe.
With terrorism incidents having increased in Europe in recent years,
the introduction of the ETIAS system should help to track travelers with
any links to terrorism and prevent them from entering Europe.
From the end of 2022, travelers visiting the
will require either an ETIAS or a Schengen visa for the country they are visiting,
or they will not be able to enter the Schengen border. These are the
: passport details and also answer several sets of questions
regarding criminal convictions and health.
Once they have completed the online application and paid the fee to submit it,
their details will be screened across the security databases to determine whether
the authorities will be happy to approve their application.
If the application is approved, the
three years valid ETIAS
will be linked
to the applicant’s passport and the border control agents will be able
to check their passport to see that they have adequate travel authorization
to enter the country in the Schengen Zone.