The future European travel information and authorization system: ETIAS

Schengen entry is free for citizens of 60 countries and no visa is required for stays up to 90 days for tourism purposes. However, the growth of visitors in Europe has raised security concerns and the European Commission has developed a mechanism for controlling the entry of Third-Country nationals into the Schengen Area to ensure greater security for nationals and residents – the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).

ETIAS is intended for Third-Country nationals who are exempt from the visa requirement before traveling to the Schengen Area such as Brazil, Canada, USA, etc., and aims to implement a security and control system for their entry, being expectable to become operational by January 2021.

The application for the authorization will be made online and its approval should take a maximum of 4 days. It will cost € 7.00 for each citizen aged 18 years and over and is mandatory for any traveler who is allowed to enter without obtaining a visa, regardless of age.

This authorization will be valid for an unlimited number of entries into Schengen countries in the following 3 years after being issued or until the travel document registered during the application expires. However, the limit to stay in the Schengen Area is maintained – it cannot exceed 90 days within a period of 180 days.

Air carriers and sea carriers will need to check before departure whether Third-Country nationals subject to the travel authorization requirement have a valid travel authorization or not. Three years after the entry into operation of ETIAS, this obligation will also apply to international carriers providing bus services.

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