ETIAS: A NEW TRAVEL TAX?
When the European Commission adopted ETIAS, the EU counterpart of ESTA, there were suggestions that it constituted a new travel tax for Europe.
The European Union, on the other hand, proposed ETIAS in 2016 as part of a slew of new security and safety measures for the Schengen Area. The “EU ESTA” will be a new system for travellers who do not currently require a visa to visit Europe.
The EU’s ESTA, the ETIAS visa waiver, will be accessible in November 2023.
All citizens who do not require a visa to visit the EU will be required to do so. This includes US residents who will be able to apply online for an ETIAS for Americans.
ETIAS VERSUS ESTA
ESTA is for visitors to the United States, and ETIAS is for visitors to the European Union. Aside from this fundamental distinction, the systems are nearly identical: both require pre-departure registration for visa-exempt travellers.
Both programmes handle applications based on contact and passport information, as well as answers to specific health and security concerns.
The discrepancies between the ESTA and ETIAS are due to the terms of each visa waiver.
Both are multiple-entry travel authorizations, however the ETIAS for Europe is good for three years, whilst the ESTA is only valid for two years before it must be renewed.
Travellers interested in learning more about the ETIAS visa waiver can refer to these commonly asked questions regarding ETIAS.
WHO NEEDS A EUROPEAN ESTA?
Travelers from ETIAS-eligible nations will be able to visit all Schengen countries with a single travel permit under the ETIAS visa waiver.
American entrepreneurs will need to get an ETIAS to enter Europe for short business visits, just as European business travellers who often visit the US on an ESTA.
Similarly, ETIAS – Europe’s ESTA – will be required for tourists and people travelling to Europe for pleasure or to attend a conference.
Now that the Brexit negotiations are concluded and the United Kingdom has exited the European Union, British nationals will require ETIAS to travel to European nations. ESTA is already required for UK passport holders travelling to the US.