Discover the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

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Important notice

  • The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is currently not in operation, and no applications for travel authorisations are collected at this point.
  • Applicants will be able to apply via an official website and/or app for mobile devices before the start of ETIAS’s operation. The application fee will be €7.
  • The date when travelers can start applying will be published on the official website.
  • For additional questions and answers on ETIAS, please refer to the memo (PDF) provided.

How ETIAS functions

ETIAS is an innovative and highly automated IT system designed to ensure the security of the Schengen States. It aims to identify risks related to security, irregular migration, and high epidemic outbreaks among visa-exempt visitors. At the same time, it aims to make the border crossing process more convenient for the majority of travelers who do not pose such risks.

Non-EU nationals who do not require a visa to travel to the Schengen area will need to obtain a travel authorization through the ETIAS system before their trip. By collecting relevant information, ETIAS allows for advanced verification of potential security risks, irregular migration, and high epidemic risks, while fully respecting fundamental rights and data protection principles.

Once the online application form is completed, the system will conduct checks against EU information systems for borders and security. In the majority of cases, a travel authorization will be issued within minutes. However, in limited cases where further checks are necessary, it may take up to 30 days to process the authorization. The ETIAS travel authorization will become a mandatory requirement for entry into the Schengen States. Border guards will check the travel authorization together with the travel documents at the EU border. This prior verification process will facilitate border checks, minimize bureaucracy, and reduce the number of entry refusals at border crossing points.

Thanks to ETIAS, authorities will have access to vital information to assess potential risks associated with individuals traveling to the EU. If necessary, a travel authorization can be denied, allowing Schengen participating States to better manage their external borders and improve internal security. Travelers will also benefit from early indication of their admissibility to the Schengen States, making legal travel across Schengen borders more accessible.

The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security, and justice (eu-LISA) is responsible for developing the ETIAS system. It is expected to be fully operational by mid-2025. The ETIAS Regulation includes transitional measures to ensure a smooth implementation of the system.

Background

ETIAS is an integral part of the Security Union and aligns with the objectives of the European Agenda on Security and the European Agenda on Migration, particularly in terms of border management and the prevention of cross-border crime and terrorism.

The European Commission introduced the idea of ETIAS in April 2016 in the Communication “Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security.” After negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council, the ETIAS Regulation (EU) 2018/1240 was adopted on September 12, 2018, and came into effect on October 9, 2018.

More information

Website

Press releases

  • Press release/statement made at the time of Commission’s ETIAS proposal
  • Press release/statement made at the time of the agreement on the ETIAS proposal

Documents

  • ETIAS factsheet
  • Memo (PDF): Questions and answers on ETIAS
  • Feasibility study on ETIAS

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a cutting-edge initiative developed to enhance the security of European countries. It aims to identify potential risks posed by visa-exempt visitors while ensuring a smooth border crossing experience for the majority of travelers. By obtaining a travel authorization through the ETIAS system, non-EU nationals who do not require a visa for the Schengen area will have their security, irregular migration, and high epidemic risks assessed in advance.

The ETIAS system, operated by the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems (eu-LISA), is expected to be fully functional by mid-2025. Its implementation aligns with the Security Union’s objectives and contributes to the European Agenda on Security and the European Agenda on Migration’s goals, particularly in terms of border management and the prevention of cross-border crime and terrorism.

To apply for a travel authorization, applicants will need to complete an online form and pay a fee of €7. The majority of applications will be processed within minutes, as the system conducts checks against EU information systems for borders and security. However, in certain cases requiring further investigation, processing may take up to 30 days.

Once approved, the ETIAS travel authorization will be mandatory for entry into the Schengen States. Border guards will check both the travel authorization and the travel documents, facilitating border checks and minimizing delays for travelers. This coordinated and harmonized risk assessment of visa-exempt non-EU citizens will significantly reduce the number of entry refusals at border crossing points.

By implementing ETIAS, authorities will have access to crucial information for assessing potential risks associated with individuals traveling to the EU. This data-driven approach ensures effective management of external borders and improves internal security. Additionally, travelers will benefit from early confirmation of their admissibility to the Schengen States, streamlining legal travel across Schengen borders.

While ETIAS is not currently operational, applicants will be able to apply via an official website and/or mobile app before its launch. The specific date for applications will be announced on the ETIAS website. For further details and clarification, a memo (PDF) containing questions and answers on ETIAS is available.

To learn more about ETIAS, visit the official website, where you can access additional resources such as press releases and documents, including an ETIAS factsheet and a feasibility study on the system.

By implementing ETIAS, the European Union reinforces its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of its member states and visitors. The system’s comprehensive approach to risk assessment sets a new standard for border control, enabling efficient travel while safeguarding against potential threats.

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