Australia benefits from its close ties with the EU, having been selected as a member of the
EU's upcoming visa waiver, making travel to the Schengen area much more manageable. The visa
waiver is known as an
(European Travel Information and Authorisation System), and it
gives Australian holders the ability to visit, work, and travel within the Schengen area for
three months. The new visa arrives in January 2023, and until then, Australians must acquire
a normal visa.
A new refugee crisis in Europe, terrorist threats, and the existential threat of foreign
espionage has forced the EU to rethink how they screen people coming into the Schengen area.
The ETIAS is also a way for Australians to show authorities that they are safe individuals
who can be trusted to exist peacefully in the Schengen area.