Introduced by the European Union, ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is introduced with the purpose of the protection of the European Borders and to reinforce the criminal and terrorist activities. However, not everybody will be needing them, the only kind of population that qualifies for ETIAS are the non-European citizens who are allowed into the continent of Europe without having to acquire their visa.
On the other hand, travelers around the world for those it was always necessary to carry their visas with them to visit Europe will remain unaffected with the introduction of this new visa-waiver system by the continent. The travel procedure will be the same for them as earlier. They will continue needing their visa and other travel documents to visit the total number of 44 European nations as well as the countries belonging to the Schengen border.
The countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States are permitted into the continent of Europe without being bound by a need of having their visa. Along with these, there is a total number of 62 countries worldwide whose citizens do not need a visa to stay in the European Nations. But now the Europe Union has introduced a new travel authorization system for these citizens.
It is suggested to all those people who are planning to visit the continent of Europe anytime soon to apply for ETIAS Europe as soon as possible because it will soon be a compulsory condition for them to acquire this new visa-waiver system. ETIAS will be in action for 1st January 2021.
The procedure of applying for ETIAS is not complicated, in fact, it is as easy as filling out an application form online. It won’t take much of your time as your passport has taken. The procedure of applying for ETIAS application will not require you to sit through interviews or answer a series of questions or the involvement of other security procedures like you did at the time when you were applying for a passport. Just go to the official site, there you will get an online application form to apply for your ETIAS.
They are mandatory for all the eligible people regardless of age. That means children below the age of 18 who are considered minors, and the people above the age of 70 will also have to apply for their own ETIAS. However, the citizens belonging to these two specific categories are going to have privilege, for them the cost of applying for ETIAS is absolutely free. For the other remaining citizens, the cost will be seven Euros. The candidates will receive the decision of their eligibility within minutes.
The validity of your ETIAS will be three years from the date of the issue, but it will not be valid if you have an expired passport. The ETIAS will let you stay in the European Nations for period of three months without their visas.