Why has the EU Cut Back on Israelis' Travel Rights?
Until recently, the EU was a safe haven, free from the conflicts of the world.
This dream is over and the EU now sees threats wherever they look. This
includes Israelis who want to travel into the Schengen area. The EU no longer
feels safe welcoming travellers in, and the ETIAS visa waiver is designed to
By collecting data from every traveller into the Schengen area, the EU can
cross-reference many more travellers with Interpol databases, and turn away
those who are a concern.
On a practical level, the ETIAS visa waiver will not cut back on the entry
rights for many Israelis. Aside from having to complete an application form,
most travellers will not be affected. It has been estimated that 95% of
Israelis ETIAS visa applications will be accepted.