THE ETIAS SCREENING PROCESS
ETIAS is being used to enhance border security while also protecting public health and safety.
ETIAS, like ESTA in the United States, allows visa-exempt persons to be pre-screened before crossing the border.
Passengers from qualified countries must supply basic personal information as well as passport information. They will also provide security information and address ETIAS health inquiries. The risk factors listed above will be considered.
After submitting the form, the information is immediately cross-checked against numerous worldwide databases, including the ETIAS Watchlist and Interpol.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ETIAS APPLICATION IS REJECTED?
If a security warning is generated during the screening process, the application will be manually reviewed by the ETIAS Central and National Units. Within two weeks, a decision must be made.
Applicants are notified via email if their request is ultimately denied. The following information is included in the notification:
- Why the visa waiver application was denied
- The ETIAS National United that refused the application
- Information about how to appeal the decision
Travelers who are denied ETIAS may still be able to visit Europe, but must apply for a Schengen visa through an embassy or consulate. A refusal of a Schengen visa would prevent the individual from entering Europe.
ETIAS CAN BE REVOKED OR ANNULLED
Although most ETIAS holders will have no trouble crossing the border, an approved visa waiver does not guarantee access to Europe. The decision to grant entry is made by border officials.
Furthermore, ETIAS can be revoked by authorities in EU Member States or the ETIAS National Unit of a Member State. When there is evidence that:
- The ETIAS visa waiver was obtained fraudulently
- The conditions under which it was issued are no longer met
If there is a fresh warning in a European security database, ETIAS might be cancelled. The notice might be regarding a denied admission or a stolen travel document.
The ETIAS Central Unit will confirm that the alert corresponds to a specific travel authorization, after which it will be revoked.
The ability to revoke or cancel existing ETIAS visa waivers will aid in keeping European countries safe for residents and visitors.