Why has the EU Cut Back on Japanese People' Travel Rights?
In recent years, the EU was a haven, free from the conflicts of the world.
This safety is over, and the EU must respond to growing global threats. Entry
to the EU without documentation, as most ETIAS countries were able to, is no
Designed to further traceability of incomers, the ETIAS visa waiver will allow
the EU to collect data from every traveller into the Schengen area. Having
gathered this data, the EU can conduct cross-references on many more
travellers, and turn away potential threats. Leveraging Interpol databases
will be a fundamental part of this task.
Practically, the ETIAS visa waiver will change how Japanese people travel to
the EU on a very minor level. It will not be a barrier for many travellers.
Based on similar schemes worldwide, it has been estimated that 95% of Japanese
people's ETIAS visa applications will be accepted.