The Impact Of Latest Travel Authorization By European Union To Your Visit To Europe
The latest Travel authorization system by the European Union is soon going to be in action since January 1st, 2021. The European Travel Information and Authorization System shortly known as ETIAS is going to be applied to the citizens who do not need a visa to travel through Europe. ETIAS is not a visa but it is a visa-waiver system that is brought in to the travel authorization process to deal with the border protection, immigration and safety security issues.
ETIAS are a way to make the security process hassle free at the airports. It is believed to be a safer, cheaper and more convenient way of traveling. You may be having a lot of questions regarding this new visa-waiver system, like What is ETIAS? And how are they going to affect your stay in the European nation and how to apply for your own ETIAS? Let me assure you, your every query, doubt or confusion will be cleared in this article as we are going to discuss every aspect of this new travel regulations by the European Union.
First of all, ETIAS that is also known as the European Travel Information and Travel Authorization is the new visa-waiver by the European Union. There are a total of 60 countries in the world that are allowed to stay visa free in the continent, but this is going to change soon, as these citizens will now be needing ETIAS to enter any of the European Nations or the countries falling on the Schengen Border Area.
The 26 countries falling under the Schengen Border Area are namely, Spain, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Finland, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. The Schengen Border has a population of 400 million.
The citizens who always had to acquire a visa in order to stay in the European countries will remain unaffected upon the activation of this proposal of travel regulation by the European Union. With the help of ETIAS the eligible citizens can stay in Europe for four purposes, that is medical, transit, travel and business. Please note that this new visa-waiver system will not be valid if you are planning on visiting the continent for job or education purposes.
To apply for ETIAS you need to fill out an application form available on the official site. The form is not complicated, it will only ask for your basic details like name, last name, gender, nationality, date of birth etc. As soon as you receive your ETIAS you will be allowed to stay in the European nation for a period of three months without a visa. The validity of your ETIAS will be three years from the date of issue. You must have a valid passport to apply for ETIAS. It is suggested to apply for your ETIAS before planning your visit to Europe because citizens will not be permitted in the continent without them from 2021.