Travellers that are currently able to visit EU Schengen countries without a visa, will not need to apply for ETIAS until late 2023. However, other travellers requiring a Schengen Visa to visit Europe for tourism, business or transit purposes will be unaffected by ETIAS. You can find out if you will need to apply for ETIAS by completing the form below.
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What Is ETIAS?
ETIAS stands for the European Travel Information and Authorization System, a travel security program. Based on its American equivalent ETAS, ETIAS conducts background checks on applicants to identify potential security risks entering Europe’s external borders.
Utilizing criminal records and security databases from European criminal justice institutions Europol and Interpol, the ETIAS creates a security network that keeps European citizens and visitors safe.
The ETIAS is an electronic visa waiver for citizens of select visa-exempt countries; it is not a visa. Meeting ETIAS requirements means you do not need a visa to enter participating nations. If you do not have an approved ETIAS travel authorization or do not qualify for ETIAS enrollment, you can still acquire a Schengen visa to visit.
Why Was ETIAS Created?
Effective border security requires collaboration between different European countries. The ETIAS promotes a cohesive border security policy between participating European nations by creating a single travel authorization system.
Travel between Schengen Area countries may not require border checks. The ETIAS utilizes a unified authorization system for international travellers entering the Schengen Zone, ensuring stronger European border control.
To create a safer travel environment, select visa-free travellers may be required to fill out an ETIAS application form to enter to mitigate potential security, health, and migration risks.
What European Will Countries Require The ETIAS?
The countries that will require the ETIAS are primarily continental European countries that share a border and are co-signers of the Schengen Agreement.
Twenty-six European nations signed the Schengen Agreement in 1989. It established a freedom of movement zone between the participating nations by removing travel restrictions. Schengen member countries do not require passports for border crossings.
These are the 26 eligible countries in the Schengen Area:
- Czech Republic
These countries will require ETIAS approval to enter because they are passport-free zones. ETIAS approval of visa-free international travellers ensures they have been prescreened and deemed to pose no security risk.
Learn more about the Schengen Agreement and how it may affect your European travel plans.
European Countries That Do Not Require ETIAS
Not every European country will require the ETIAS to gain travel approval.
Membership in the European Union does not require participation in the Schengen Zone; there are a few exceptions where these two political blocs do not intersect.
Countries that have opted out of the Schengen Area or have not yet met the requirements to take part in the passport-free zone may have their own travel requirements to visit.
EU members that will not require ETIAS include:
ETIAS requirements can change if any of these countries opt into the Schengen Agreement; Croatia may join in 2024.
What Visa-Exempt Countries Need ETIAS?
The European Union does not require visas from select countries; they are categorized as third countries, our Auction II countries.
When ETIAS comes into effect, third countries will need to pass the ETIAS pre-screening checks to book travel to participating European nations.
- 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 Grenadines
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirate
- United Kingdom
- United States
When Do You Need To Have ETIAS?
The ETIAS is officially scheduled to come online in May 2023. Once initiated, there will be a 180-day period of grace.
Non-EU visa-free travellers requiring approval in the new ETIAS system will have the opportunity to fill out an ETIAS application form. The six-month grace period will also provide European travel authorities ample time to be sufficiently trained on new protocols and a vetting period wherein technical issues with the system can be identified.
The six-month grace period has a scheduled expiration in November 2023; from then onward, third-country nationals will require approval from the ETIAS.
What Will I Be Asked On The ETIAS Application Form?
As a pre-screening check, the ETIAS online application form will ask for basic personal details to establish your identity.
This will include:
- Valid passport / Travel document information
- Full name
- Current address
- Citizenship status
- Preferred gender
- Dual citizenship status
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Date of birth
- Final destination member state
- Educational background
- Occupational background
The ETIAS application form may also inquire about:
- Criminal history
- Past incarceration
- Felon status
- Travel to conflict areas
- Past European travel
- Drug use
How Much Does It Cost To Fill Out An ETIAS Application Form?
The ETIAS application process requires an application fee of seven euros. Payment is required to complete the application process; ETIAS will only accept electronic payments from your debit or credit card.
Once payment is completed, you may receive your approval status in minutes. Your ETIAS visa waiver will be valid for three consecutive years if approved.
Apply for ETIAS approval today to ensure you can include your favorite European destinations in your travel plans.