European Travel Information and Authorization System on track to enter service by end of 2022, Commission says


Today, the rules making the future European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) interoperable with other EU information systems come into force. This is an important step towards the entry into service of ETIAS by the end of 2022.

Once ETIAS is in place, non-EU citizens traveling to the Schengen area and exempt from visa requirements will need to register and obtain authorization before traveling.

The system will compare travelers with EU internal security, border and migration information systems before their trip, which will help identify in advance those who may pose a security risk or health, as well as compliance with migration rules.

“The rules that come into force today detail how ETIAS will work with other EU information systems that it will query during checks, namely the entry / exit system, the visa information, the Schengen Information System and a centralized Member State identification system. holding information on convictions of third country nationals ”, the Commission said.

The establishment of ETIAS is part of the EU’s ongoing work to put in place a state-of-the-art external border management system and ensure that information systems work together in a smart and targeted manner.

“ETIAS will not change non-EU countries subject to visa requirements, nor will it introduce new visa requirements for nationals of visa-exempt countries,” the Commission said.

Visa-exempt third country nationals will only need a few minutes to complete an online application which in the vast majority of cases (over 95%, should be automatically approved).

The process will be simple, fast and affordable: the ETIAS authorization will cost € 7, which will be a single fee, and will be valid for 3 years and for multiple entries.

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