ETIAS: Simplifying Travel to the EU


Making Europe a safer place
to live, work or visit is a primary concern
for the EU and eu-LISA. The ever-increasing number of
travellers crossing Schengen borders places considerable strain
on border management authorities. The European Travel Information
and Authorisation System, or ETIAS, is a pre-travel system
for non-visa-requiring visitors. ETIAS will make it possible
to verify if a third country national meets entry requirements
before travelling to the Schengen Area. The ETIAS form requires
the applicant’s full name, place of birth, gender and nationality. And anyone applying
will need to hold a valid passport, provide their email address and use a debit or credit card
to pay the application fee. Forms are then processed
through automated checks across various EU
and international databases and screened
for health or security risks. Travel authorisation is usually issued
quickly and automatically, unless there are possible grounds
for refusal. If an applicant’s profile
presents possible risks additional checks will be made to determine if the travel authorisation
can be issued. Travellers will need to have
a valid travel authorisation from ETIAS before they travel
to the Schengen Zone. Carriers such as airlines
and cruise operators will check ETIAS. Valid ETIAS travel authorisation
is then reviewed by border officials who make the final decision
to grant entry. In 2016, European authorities,
alongside eu-LISA, began preparing for ETIAS. It is expected to become operational within three years
of legislation approval, with the view of making
border management across the EU more effective and more secure, enabling pre-travel assessment
of irregular migration risks and illegal immigration, improving functionality and reducing
security risks for everyone. As of 2020, eu-LISA plays an integral
role in the operational management of large-scale IT systems
and databases that are crucial for the security
of the European Union. eu-LISA is ensuring that
interoperable large-scale IT systems, supporting an area of enhanced
information-led freedom, security and justice, are safeguarded
for generations to come. We’re making it happen.

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