European Travel Authorization System visa waiver program
British travellers and residents from one other 59 nations, together with Australia and the US, will be capable to apply for admission to the European Union and keep for as much as 90 days if they’ve a legitimate passport.
The proposal for the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) has now been formalised by Brussels. This signifies that eligible travellers wishing to enter the EU Schengen space should log on, fill in a kind with their private particulars and pay €7 (£6.20) from the tip of subsequent yr (2022).
According to the proposal from the European Commission, passengers should reveal “whether they are subject to any disease with epidemic potential….or other infectious or contagious parasitic disease”. This might embrace a requirement to show Covid immunity upon arrival.
The proposal says:
“ETIAS won’t change which non-EU nations are topic to a visa requirement and also will not introduce a brand new visa requirement for nationals of nations which are visa-exempt.
“Visa-exempt non-EU nationals will only need a few minutes to fill in an online application which in a vast majority of cases (expected to be over 95 per cent) will result in automatic approval.”
The ETIAS authorisation lasts for 3 years and permits a number of journeys throughout completely different nations within the bloc. The EU will use the data given by arrivals to hold out safety checks and checks in opposition to its present migration, police and safety databases.
The ETIAS has been within the works since 2016, when President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, mentioned:
“We need to know who is crossing our borders. This way we will know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here”
is just like the US ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which allows residents from 39 nations a 90-day visa-free keep.
The UK authorities has mentioned that it too is contemplating the same visa waiver system for non-British nationals to enter on pre-screening. However, that is unlikely to occur till 2024.
More information: Schengen Visa Info