WHAT DOES ETIAS MEAN IN AND OUTSIDE OF EUROPE?
The ETIAS Europe visa waiver is expected to go into effect in November 2023, affecting various categories of individuals in different ways.
- Citizens of the Schengen zone countries and the EU will be affected by ETIAS as it is a new initiative to improve safety and security within the bloc. The aim is to reduce immigration problems, speed up border control procedures and decrease health and terrorist threats within the ETIAS countries in Europe.
ETIAS VISA WAIVER FOR EUROPE APPLICATION
The ETIAS application will be a short online form that will ask passengers for basic information that will decide whether or not the applicant is qualified for an ETIAS for Europe.
The European Commission has assured travellers that the ETIAS application form will be simple to use and that it will be processed quickly, with applicants being screened against various security databases such as Interpol and the ETIAS Watchlist and receiving their approved ETIAS visa waiver via email within minutes.
The EU has yet to formalise the process, but tests are underway, and the ETIAS programme will soon be a reality for eligible persons travelling to Europe.