WHAT DOES THE ETIAS CENTRAL UNIT DO?
The major responsibilities of the ETIAS Central Unit are to check visa waiver requests and to give support and assistance to airlines, passengers, and Schengen Area Member States.
The ETIAS Central Unit will be in charge of the following tasks:
- Verifying ETIAS registrations when an applicant’s identity has been flagged by the automated system
- Setting up and maintaining the Carriers Assistance Centre
- Providing support to travellers using the ETIAS platform
- Defining and managing ETIAS screening regulations
- Regularly testing and auditing the systems, procedures, and rules, and how they are implemented
- Protecting and managing personal data collected by ETIAS
- Providing information about ETIAS to the public
The ECU will be divided into two sections to tackle distinct tasks:
- Application Handlers
- Assistance Centre
WHY DOES THE ETIAS CENTRAL UNIT NEED TO VERIFY MY APPLICATION?
The ETIAS is intended to be quick and simple to use. Following the completion of the ETIAS application form, the automated system will cross-check the information against security databases. The vast majority are likely to be cleared automatically.
The automatic ETIAS registration system is expected to identify the applicant as a potential security concern in some situations. In this situation, the ECU would personally analyse the application and screen the traveller.
One of the following factors may cause an application to be flagged:
- Inconsistent information provided
- The applicant’s identity appears on one of the security databases
- The applicant’s passport has been reported lost or stolen
ETIAS applications will be screened using the databases listed below:
- Schengen Information System (SIS)
- Visa Information System (VIS)
- Europol Data
- Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Document database (SLTD)
- Interpol Travel Documents Associated with Notices database (TDAWN)
- Entry/Exit Systems (EES)
- New Eurodac Database
- ETIAS watchlist
ETIAS applicants should input their information carefully and double-check everything before completing the online form. This can assist you avoid being detected for information discrepancies.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ETIAS CENTRAL UNIT CHECKS MY APPLICATION?
If the system flags an ETIAS applicant, an ECU operator will assess the application and investigate why it was alerted. They will check the information and the applicant’s identification against security databases by hand.
This is a fast procedure. The findings are then forwarded to the ETIAS National Unit of the Schengen nation where the tourist wishes to initially arrive.
The National Unit then takes the ultimate judgement on whether to grant the applicant access.
Most of the time, the passenger will be found not to pose a security danger and will be permitted to enter.
If they do not fulfil the ETIAS conditions, or if it is determined that they constitute a risk to the Schengen Area’s security, the ETIAS visa waiver may be rejected.
If this occurs, the applicant will be notified by the National Unit. They will also tell them of their right to file an appeal and how to do so.
The Central Unit advises and supports the National Units in order to guarantee the security of the Schengen Area for inhabitants and tourists alike, while also protecting travellers’ rights.