– European Travel Information and Authorisation System
ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) is
basically an electronic system which manages the data of all the visa-free
travellers who enter the borders of the European Union. ETIAS visa is an online
application process, very similar to the ‘Electronic System for Travel
Authorization (ESTA)’ which has been functioning in the United States since its
launch in 2007.
Just like ESTA, ETIAS application is also an electronic system
used to determine the eligibility of visitors to enter the EU. Further checks also
ensures that the entry of a foreign national into the EU will not result in any
What is the need of ETIAS Visa?
The tourism map of Europe is expanding day by day, and many
foreign nationals from countries which are not in the European Union (EU) are
regularly visiting the continent for tourism-related activities. It should be
noted that citizens of 62 countries out of the European Union can enter the EU
Schengen Zone without a visa.
Citizens of these countries can enter the EU Schengen Zone
without a visa and can live there for a maximum of 90 days. During these 90
days, these foreign nationals can engage in tourist and business-related
activities, but they are not supposed to work or study in the destination
However, in recent days, several concerns related to terrorism
and migration have gripped the European Union, and it has compelled the EU
nations to embrace a better management plan when it comes to tourism. Recently,
the European Union had several times made it clear that one of their primary
aims is to give a secure travelling experience to travellers who enter the Schengen
zone EU borders.
In order to manage tourism-related activities in an efficient
manner by saving time, as well as to address security concerns, EU has come up
with a solution of ETIAS visa.
How ETIAS works?
As ETIAS is all set to have its launch by 2021, a thorough
security check will be conducted on each foreign national who wishes to enter
the EU border. As people from 62 exempt countries do not need visas, European
Union is not interested to implement a visa-process in the future which may consume
huge time. In order to tackle this issue, ETIAS application will make sure that
details of the traveller will be collected and thus, it can be made sure that
the foreign visitor is not a threat to any Schengen Zone country.
This electronic travel authorization system will also keep track
and update all the information of the foreign traveller, and thus it can be
assured that they will not pose any threat to the visiting country.
Special Note: It should
be noted that ETIAS application is going to be compulsory for all foreign nationals
from the visa-exempt 62 countries, no matter they are travelling for tourism or
business needs. Travellers who visit Schengen Zone countries for medical and
transit reasons should also undergo the ETIAS procedure. In short, we can
conclude that all the foreign nationals from countries who are not from Schengen
visa-free countries would need to make ETIAS application for future EU travel.
Advantages of ETIAS visa
As mentioned earlier, the primary aim of introducing ETIAS
application process is to ensure a safe and secure traveling experience. It
should be noted that ETIAS will coordinate with major security databases of SIS,
VIS, EUROPOL and Interpol, and it helps to filter criminals very easily.
Please fine below some of the key points which supports the
implementation of ETIAS.
compared to applying a normal visa, ETIAS helps to save a lot of time.
of ETIAS will help to manage European Union borders effectively.
will play a key role in reducing the spread of terrorism and crime activities
that involves foreign nationals.
electronic travel authorization system helps to demolish illegal migration.
help to reinstate the visa liberalization policy of the European Union.
Disadvantages of ETIAS visa
Even though the future implementation of ETIAS is receiving
positive reviews from all corners, certain section of people believe that this
electronic travel authorization system has its share of cons. Scroll down to
read the cons associated with ETIAS.
will be valid only with one passport. So, if a traveller's passport expires before
three year-validity of ETIAS, the foreign national will not be able to use the
same ETIAS for the new passport.
unquestionable red tape factor is widely considered as another disadvantage.
Until now, citizens of 62 countries can visit the EU Schengen zone without any
paper works. However, with the introduction of ETIAS, the foreign national
should do an online registration, and it may sometimes complicate the
complete the ETIAS application, the foreign national should be asked to pay a
small amount as a fee using debit or credit card.
How to fill the ETIAS application form?
Just like other visa waivers, ETIAS application form also
demands the applicant to fill out basic details like full name, contact
address, date of birth and passport number. Moreover, prospective travellers
will be also asked to provide various other inputs that will be used to check
the eligibility of the foreign national to enter EU border.
The foreign national should be asked to answer questions related
to the subjects mentioned below.
and other violent activities
Special note: If a
minor is wants to visit EU, the legal guardian should apply for ETIAS visa. If a
family member of a European Union citizen is planning for a visit, he or she
should provide various details like proof of relationship, residence card etc
along with other background information.
You should also submit the scanned copy of your passport to obtain
ETIAS and British citizens
Britain is currently going through the Brexit procedures, and it
is still unclear whether UK will leave European Union. If UK leaves European
Union, then British citizens will be most likely asked to obtain ETIAS to enter
countries in Schengen area.
List of foreign countries whose nationals
“Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas,
Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia,
Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatical
City State), Honduras, Hong Kong S.A.R, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao S.A.R,
Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco,
Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama,
Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa,
Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste,
Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United
States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.”
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How long does it take to get ETIAS visa approval?
If you have submitted the application form correctly, and if
authorities consider you as a person who is eligible to enter Schengen zone in EU,
then ETIAS will be approved within a few minutes. However, there are times when
you receive a hit from the ETIAS, and during these times, the application will
be processed manually. If your application is being processed manually, it may
take at least 96 hours to get the green signal. Sometimes, this time period may
get extended up to two weeks.
Should children need to pay the visa fee for
As per current updates, the most likely fee to apply for ETIAS
will be €7 for each application. However, people under the age of 18 do not
require to pay any fee, and they can apply for this electronic authorization
free of cost.
Special note: Exemption
from fee does not mean that infants and children are free from ETIAS. They
should apply for this electronic authorization system just like any other
foreigner, but there is no need to pay any fee.
For how many years the ETIAS is valid?
ETIAS is valid for three years or until the end of validity of
the travel document submitted during the application process.
What should I do if my ETIAS application gets
denied by authorities?
If your application gets denied, authorities will inform you the
reason behind the denial. If you find the reason behind denial dis satisfactory,
then you have the option to appeal the decision. You can also make necessary changes
in the application and can submit again.
Is it possible for me to travel freely in the
Schengen zone without subject to internal border control using ETIAS visa?
Yes, you can travel freely across countries in the Schengen zone
without being subject to internal border controls. It should be noted that
authorities can conduct spot checks for ensuring security.
Travelers should also understand that you should enter the country
in the sequence you have mentioned in the application form. For example, if you
have mentioned in the application that Belgium will be the first country you
are going to visit, then you should visit Belgium initially.
Can I obtain a Schengen visa and ETIAS visa at
the same time?
No, you cannot, obtaining a Schengen visa indicates that you are
not the part of those 62 countries who can enter the EU border visa free. Citizens
of these 62 countries are entitled to get ETIAS.
Are there any differences between Schengen
area and European Union?
Schengen zone comprises of almost all European Union countries,
and some countries like Norway and Switzerland which are not the part of EU. On
the other hand, certain European Union members like Cyprus and Croatia are not
the part of the Schengen zone.