EU Pushed Back ETIAS Plan To 2024
The EU has officially pushed back plans to roll out its launch of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). This means that travellers from more than 60 countries who can travel to the Schengen Area without a visa won’t have to fill out extra forms or pay a fee quite yet.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will eventually require travellers to complete an online form and pay €7 before visiting any country in the EU.
Officials originally announced the program last year with plans to implement it in May 2023. They later pushed the start date back to November 2023, but that changed again.
The EU’s official website for travel requirements now says the ETIAS will come into effect sometime in 2024 without giving an exact date, or even month.
“It is expected that the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will be operational in 2024,”FAQ EU’s New Requirements To Travel to Europe
ETIAS And Entry/Exit Systems (EES)
The operation of an ETIAS is linked to the launch of the EU’s Entry/Exit Systems (EES) which is due to be launched in November 2023. EES is a large-scale IT system that will replace passport stamping which will register travellers from third-countries who are visa exempt or hold short-stay visas.
EES will play an intrinsic role in Schengen visa applications as authorities responsible for issuing the visas shall consult EES while processing the applications.
ETIAS will require travellers from countries that do not require a visa to enter the Schengen Area to apply for authorisation before travelling. The aim of ETIAS is to strengthen the security of the EU’s external borders while still facilitating travel and tourism.
The ETIAS visa waiver will apply to citizens of the following countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
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