European Union to Introduce Entry Authorization for Non-EU Visitors Starting in 2024
September 15, 2023
Enhancing Security and Simplifying Travel for Non-EU Visitors
In a move aimed at enhancing security and streamlining entry procedures, the European Union (EU) is set to implement a new travel requirement known as the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for visitors from non-EU countries. This system, which will come into effect from 2024, is not a visa but serves as a visa waiver program. The ETIAS is a travel authorization for travelers not requiring a visa to visit Europe. Let's delve deeper into the critical details of ETIAS and its implications for travelers.
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) has been designed to facilitate the entry of visitors from non-EU countries into the European Union. Under this system, citizens of countries such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada must obtain an entry authorization before traveling to EU member states.
ETIAS aims to enhance security by pre-screening travelers before they arrive in the EU. This process involves cross-checking visitor information against various databases related to criminal records, terrorism, and migration. By implementing ETIAS, EU countries will ensure better border control and improve processing times.
It is important to note that ETIAS is distinct from a visa. While a visa signifies eligibility for residence or work purposes, ETIAS is primarily a travel authorization that allows visitors to enter the EU for short-term stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The ETIAS will be valid for three years, or the date of passport expiration (whichever comes first).
To obtain an ETIAS authorization, applicants between 18 and 70 must pay a fee of 7 EUR. However, children under 18 and individuals aged 70 and above are exempt from this fee. The payment process is simple and can be completed online, making it convenient for travelers to obtain authorization before their trip.
Update: ETIAS has been pushed out to mid 2025.