Etias - Schengen Visa

EUROPEAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

AND AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM

EUROPEAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

AND AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM

EUROPEAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

AND AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM

ETIAS VISA SCHENGEN

The EU Travel Information and Authorisation System, otherwise known as ETIAS is a system designed to make travel throughout the Schengen region in Europe safer and more secure.

It was instigated in 2016 as a way of strengthening travel security to Europe and the Schengen area from countries that, at present, require no visa for intended travel.

This new system will be rolled out by 2021, but there is a great deal of confusion as to how it will work. Many people are confused about whether this is the same as the Schengen visa or if it replaces it.

ETIAS Visa is an electronic travel authorization for travelers who presently CAN travel to Europe without a visa.

The Schengen Visa is for travelers who CAN NOT travel to Europe without a visa.

  • You can either apply directly for your ETIAS or let us help you.
  • Many people are worried about being refused an ETIAS if they make a mistake on the official form, or not knowing what some of the terminology
  • Our services can help travelers planning a trip to Europe.
  • On completion of a simple form, our highly skilled, professional team will complete your application.
  • If you are approved for an ETIAS, it will be added to your passport very quickly, and will then be valid for three years or until your passport expires.

There is a system in place in America currently, called the ESTA, or the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. This system is in place to make travel easier for legitimate travelers, and to give valuable information to authorities about people who may have illegitimate travel plans.

Although ETIAS is a new system, it is following in the footsteps of other nations who have already instigated more exhaustive checks on who crosses their borders.

There are many visitors who can travel to Europe without a Europe visa, but not all of them have valid reasons for traveling to their host country. This system will help to identify those who may be a security risk before they enter the Schengen zone. Having a centralized system that issues travel permissions should improve security not only for Europe but all travelers to the area, and residents.

Who Needs It?

Nationals from the following list of countries do not, at present, need a visa to visit any country in the European Union.

When ETIAS launches in January 2021, it will mean that passport holders of these countries will require an ETIAS to travel to Europe. You must have full citizenship, not be a subject, a protected person or an overseas citizen.

Whether you are traveling for healthcare, business, education, tourism or just in transit, even if you have a connecting flight through an ETIAS country and won’t leave the airport, you WILL need an ETIAS.

If you are an adult, child, or baby in arms, you will need one. For children under 18, there is no fee for their ETIAS. Adults will have to pay a nominal fee.

List of Countries Soon To Be Requiring the ETIAS:

Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominica
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Honduras
Israel
Japan
Kiribati
South Korea
Macedonia
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Montenegro
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Palau
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
St. Vincent and Grenadines
Samoa
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Hong Kong
Macao

Where Can You Travel?

On an ETIAS you can travel throughout the Schengen Zone in the European Union. Your ETIAS will be valid for all the countries within the Schengen zone.

This system is four years in the making and designed to ensure uninterrupted travel for visitors to Europe. For the regular traveler, trips to Europe, whether for business or pleasure, will be a streamlined experience. Authorities will be in a position to vet visitors before they reach Europe, flagging undesirable or questionable applications prior to authorization, ensuring faster border crossings for all.

If a country you intend to visit isn’t on this list, it is not currently covered by ETIAS.
Please check which countries are involved before booking your travel tickets once ETIAS has commenced.

List of Countries Signed up for the ETIAS Programme:

How Long Can You Travel For?

The length of your trip allowance will remain unchanged from the present system. In a 180 day period, you will be able to stay for 90 days.

During those 180 days, you can travel between countries.

For multi-destination vacations, the ETIAS in your passport will allow travel throughout the Schengen zone.

For trips that take in various countries consecutively, the ETIAS system allows that. For trips that will be broken up by return travel to your home country, the ETIAS system covers that also.

As long as you do not exceed your 90 days of allotted time within a 180 day period, you will be covered. Please be aware, that once you start your journey, the ETIAS ‘clock’ will start ticking and your 90 day travel period commences.

Like all new systems, this will take a little while to get used to. In much the same way as we have become used to online check-ins and restricted liquid allowances in recent times, ETIAS authorization will soon become an accepted part of European travel, and another step towards a safer world.

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