1. ETIAS Is Not a Visa
When the EU was still working on EU laws, many media and questionable websites stated that ETIAS was a new sort of visa, leading visitors from over 60 countries to assume that they would soon require a visa to enter the Schengen Zone, provoking not only concern, but also resentment among many.
ETIAS is not, in reality, a visa. ETIAS is a visa waiver pre-screening programme for all EU visa-free tourists, including British, Americans, Kiwis, Albanians, Bosnians, and others.
In March 2019, the EU envoy to the US reacted to a tweet from a well-known American media outlet suggesting that Americans will soon require a visa to travel to Europe, disputing that the ETIAS is a visa and instead pointing out that it is the counterpart of the US ESTA.
The latter is also a pre-screening procedure for visitors from over 40 countries who are eligible to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
“Both the ESTA and the forthcoming ETIAS (EU counterpart) are not visas. “They conduct pre-travel screening for travellers who benefit from visa-free entry,” the delegation stated in a tweet.
Similarly, EU authorities have frequently denied suggestions that the ETIAS is a visa in recent years.
There are several distinctions between an ETIAS and a Schengen Visa, the most significant of which being that in order to acquire a Schengen visa, you must set an appointment, gather a lengthy list of papers, attend an interview, and pay a hefty price.
On the contrary, applying for a travel authorization takes approximately 10 minutes, and there is no need to attend an interview, set an appointment, or even collect the necessary documents for a visa. Also, the charge is quite low in comparison to Schengen visa rates.