How The New ETIAS System Will Affect Your Travels To Europe

How The New ETIAS System Will Affect Your Travels To Europe

By Mike Cardoza | Lifestyle Contributor on November 27, 2019
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In 2021 a new visa waiver program will be implemented in Europe. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), aims to strengthen the boarders of the Schengen Area and increase the safety of travellers everywhere. At it is possible to learn more about the new visa waiver program in Europe and how it will affect your travels to the continent.

In order to be prepared for the change coming in 2021 it’s good to keep track of the following information already.

How does the new ETIAS system work and who will it affect?

The new visa waiver program in Europe entails authorities pre-checking the data of each traveller before they are permitted to enter the Schengen area. It is part of an effort to make travelling in the area safer.

By filling out a simple online application form, travellers from each of the current 60 eligible countries are able to obtain a ETIAS once it is approved. It is important to note that even though you might have been able to travel to the Schengen Area visa free before, after the new regulations are implemented this will no longer be the case.

The ETIAS will allow the traveller in possession of the document to stay in the Schengen Area for short periods of time of up to 90 days and it is usually provided for tourism or business purposes. Once you have your ETIAS you are free to move freely within the Schengen Area due to the fact that there are no hard borders between the countries.

As the new visa waiver system is completely automated there will no longer be any need for travellers to visit embassy’s or consulates, everything can be done online and once approved, notice of the ETIAS will be delivered to your email account.

There will no longer be any lengthy processes or tedious waiting in line, the whole procedure only takes a matter of minutes and all you have to do is answer a couple of questions and fill out some personal information. The new ETIAS system is designed to make travelling to the area both safe AND efficient. Enabling travellers to enjoy exploring the world.

Some last minute details to keep in mind

Even though travelling to the Schengen Area will be made more efficient and safe due to the new ETIAS regulations it is still wise to read up on and familiarise yourself with other important rules and regulations that might be relevant when travelling. The new visa waiver system does not include for instance travelling for study purposes and as such this instance would entail other regulations.

Inform yourself by checking with official sources online and by staying updated on any relevant travel news regarding your own country.

In the meantime, you can look forward to 2021 when the new ETIAS system will make travelling to Europe easier and you will be able to spend more time on crafting the perfect travel itinerary, making sure you don’t miss out on any excitement.


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