A new travel regime that is introduced by the European Union is soon going to be launching and will be in action from 1st January 2021. ETIAS is a short term for the European Travel Information and Authorization System. The proposal for ETIAS, the new authorization system was introduced back in the year 2018 but after three years it will finally be launched. ETIAS is not a visa but it is the latest visa-waiver system that permits the citizens of non-European countries who never had to acquire a visa in order to visit the continent of Europe, a chance to visit the European Countries with a hassle-free and more convenient way.
This new travel authorization system is brought in to the world with the purpose to deal with border protection, immigration, and safety security issues. This will also help the authorities at the airport to reinforce the fight against crime and terrorism. ETIAS are known to be a more brilliant way to eliminate all these issues and
There are a total number of 44 countries in the continent of Europe, except those, there are 62 countries right now that are welcomed in the European Nations without having a need to carry their visa.
First of all, ETIAS that is also known as the European Travel Information and Travel Authorization is the new visa-waiver by the European Union. The 44 countries in Europe on which this new visa waiver system is going to be applied. There are a total of 26 countries in Europe that falls under the Schengen Border Area. They are namely, Spain, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Finland, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
ETIAS will have no impact on the citizens who always had to acquire a visa in order to stay in the European countries. They will remain unaffected upon the activation of this proposal of travel regulation by the European Union.
There’s a thing to note, that this European Travel Information and Authorization System is only valid if you are visiting any of these European nations as a tourist or for any kind of business purposes. It also includes transit and medical purposes. But you are not allowed to visit these countries for education or employment purposes via ETIAS.
The validity of your ETIAS will be three years from the date of issue. You must have a valid passport to apply for ETIAS. It is suggested to apply for your ETIAS before planning your visit to Europe because citizens will not be permitted in the continent without them from 2021.
The application procedure to apply for ETIAS is very easy. You will just be required to fill out an application form that you will get on the official site. The form will only ask for your basic details like name, last name, gender, nationality, date of birth, etc. Right after the submission, you will have to wait for the decision of your eligibility. Within minutes you will get the result and you are all set to visit Europe.