The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

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If you’re planning on travelling to Europe in 2023, you’re going to need to know all about the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

What is the ETIAS and how does it work?

ETIAS is a fully electronic process that allows and keeps track of visitors from those countries who aren’t required to have a visa to enter the Schengen Zone. The system is similar to the ESTA system for the US, and is expected to be fully operational by May 2023. If given, the visa-waiver will be valid for three years.

Travellers will be asked to apply online, and each applicant will undergo a detailed security check to determine their status for entry into any of the Schengen Zone countries.  There are currently 63 countries whose citizens do not currently require a visa for travel of up to 90 days and who will need to apply for a ETIAS visa… and that includes Australians.

The ETIAS  system will gather information, track and update that data relating to a specific visitor to determine their suitability for entry in the EU.

Other benefits of the system?

Along with decreasing security concerns and detecting potential threats, it is expected that the new ETIAS will also help:

  • ​​Reduce procedures and application times
  • Improve the management of EU country borders
  • Assist in detecting and decreasing crime and terrorism
  • Impede irregular migration
  • Reinforce the visa liberalisation policy of the EU

ETIAS countries

 The European countries that will require travellers to hold a valid ETIAS upon arrival at their borders are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


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