ETIAS – EUROPEAN TRAVEL INFORMATION AND AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM
What exactly is ETIAS?
Firstly, it is not a visa. It is not a Schengen Area visa. It is an electronic authorization that allows visa-free nationals to travel to the Schengen Area. It is similar to the system used by the United States, Canada and Australia alongside a visa. Citizens of countries that require a Schengen Area visa will still need to apply for the visa, status quo.
When will it begin?
What will be assessed in the ETIAS application?
Do I need an ETIAS?
Each citizen from the EU visa-free countries needs to hold a valid ETIAS prior to boarding. Once issued, a valid authorization will allow its holder to stay in the Schengen Area for a period of up to 90 days in any 180-day period and it is valid for 3 years unlimited entries from the date of issuance or until the expiry of the passport, whichever comes first. The cost to apply is EUR10 (10 Euros), payable by credit card online during application, and for adults above 18.
You will need an ETIAS if you are from the following countries:
Which country in the European Union requires ETIAS?
ETIAS will be required at the first point of entry of the following countries:
What happens if a person has been refused travel authorisation from ETIAS?
If the travel authorisation is refused, the applicant will always have the right to appeal. Appeals would be launched in the Member State that has taken the decision on the application and in accordance with the national law of that Member State. The applicant would be informed which national authority was responsible for the processing and decision on his or her travel authorisation, as well as information regarding the procedure to be followed in the event of an appeal. If the traveller considers their treatment to have been unfair, he/she is also given the right to seek redress or request access to the information through the national authority.
As this will serve as a continual update to the eventual implementation of the ETIAS in 2020, do watch this space for more updated information as and when they become available.