How will the EU Effectively Run this New Visa Waiver?
The EU is far from the first area to implement a Visa waiver system. In 1986, the US
Congress formally implemented a similar system. They benefitted from much lower quantities
of travellers, and in the modern age of accessible travel implementing Visa waiver systems
The EU receives millions of short-term travellers from outside of the Schengen area every
year. However, they will be able to use artificial intelligence technology to screen all
ETIAS travellers managing the heavy burden effectively. When the AI system flags a traveller
as a potential risk, an administrative worker will scrutinise the case before deciding if
it is safe to award an ETIAS visa waiver.
The EU is progressing well to having the ETIAS system implemented by the launch date of 2023.
All the necessary technology has been in place since August 3rd. However, the EU has had
difficulties with staffing, as the ETIAS Visa waiver system will still require more border
and administrative staff despite AI technology. The EU still expects it will have its Visa
waiver system in operation by January 2023.
Even though the setup has gone to plan, we can still expect teething difficulties when this
Visa waiver system comes into effect. With more biometric checks required on the border, New
Zealanders should allow time in their travel plans for substantially longer queues than usual.
Which Countries may ETIAS Visa Waiver Holders Enter?
The ETIAS visa gives New Zealanders the right and ability to visit all the Schengen nations
which are listed below.
- Czech Republic
- Vatican City
- San Marino