ETIAS: the new permit to travel to Europe in 2022, for the avoidance of any doubt this includes citizens of the United Kingdom.
ETIAS will be mandatory to visit Europe from the end of 2022.
As of the end of 2022, all citizens of countries currently exempt from visas to enter the Schengen area will have to process online the new ETIAS electronic travel authorisation to enter the European countries that have signed the free movement agreement.
The Travel Information and Authorisation System or ETIAS, for its acronym in English, is the new system that the European Union (EU) will use and that will aim to strengthen security in immigration controls and reduce delays at the border.
In this way, nationals of more than 60 countries that currently have a visa exemption must apply for an ETIAS travel permit to visit the Schengen countries, for short stays (no longer than 90 days) for tourism or business.
Below is the list of the 26 countries of the Schengen Zone (22 members of the EU and 4 belonging to the European Free Trade Association) for which ETIAS will need to be processed by the end of 2022:
An authorization that is processed 100% online
Unlike a regular visa, ETIAS can be processed electronically without the need to go to an embassy or consulate. ETIAS authorization can be applied for in simple steps by filling in an online form.
The process will take no more than 15 minutes and as a general rule a response to the request is obtained in a matter of minutes.
Once the ETIAS registration has been successfully completed, the system will issue the travel authorisation and send a notification to the applicant via email.
The ETIAS visa exemption authorises multiple entries for tourism or business to European countries belonging to the Schengen Zone for stays that do not exceed 3 months in a period of 180 days.
Once issued, the ETIAS authorisation is valid for 3 consecutive years or until the passport associated with the permit expires, whichever comes first.
You will need a passport valid for 3 months from the expected date of arrival in order to apply. In addition you will need an email account (in which you will receive your approved ETIAS visa waiver) also a credit or debit card for online payment of your ETIAS authorisation, the form must provide personal information such as full name, date of birth, country of residence, and passport information, as well as a series of traveler’s health and safety questions.
When making an ETIAS application, the system will store and compare the applicant’s data in databases of Interpol, Europol, the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the VIS.
The ETIAS system has a series of evaluation standards and a list of alerts aimed at detecting possible threats both for other travellers and for the integrity of the territory you wish to visit.
ETIAS is not a visa
According to the official portal of the European Commission, the ETIAS is not a visa, it is a travel authorisation that has many similarities with the electronic ESTA permit that Europeans must process to travel to the United States.
Citizens of countries exempt from visa to visit Europe, will continue to be free of the visa requirement, but they must obtain this electronic permit that authorises their travel, prior to their entry into the Schengen area.
This mechanism will help to identify persons who may pose a security or irregular migration risk before they reach the borders and will significantly increase the security of the external borders.
A mandatory requirement to visit Europe
Once it enters into force at the end of 2022, the ETIAS travel authorisation will be mandatory for visa-exempt third-country citizens to travel to the Schengen Zone.
At this time, there are 60 eligible countries whose citizens must process ETIAS for business trips, pleasure trips and a duration of no more than 90 days.
Below is the list of countries currently visa-exempt and that in 2022 will need to process ETIAS to travel to Europe:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Arab Emirates
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
It should be remembered that ETIAS only authorises short stays in European territory.
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