YOUR GUIDE TO ETIAS
The Schengen Information System (SIS) is being reinforced to increase security for Europeans and travelers to Europe and the Schengen Travel Zone. In October of 2018, The European Commission, which functions as the governing faction of the EU (European Union) agreed to measures to create a stronger Schengen Information System. The enhancements to the already-robust database will be implemented in stages; the upgrades are expected to be complete in 2021.
The European Travel and Information System (ETIAS), approved by The European Commission, has a planned launch date of January 2021. ETIAS is a fully digitalized online travel authorization, a visa waiver, that allows visa-free travel to Europe’s Schengen Travel Zone.
The strategy for a safer and more secure Europe? Simply put, going digital. In July of 2018, the European Union (EU) lawmakers gave the go-ahead for ETIAS, a totally digitized European Travel Information System. ETIAS is just one initiative the European Parliament has adopted to help make Schengen Area travel safer for all and a lot easier for legitimate, short-term travelers coming from the United States.
ETIAS, scheduled to go in effect January 2021, will allow for advance checks and help close the information gap on visa-free travel within the Schengen Area of Europe. If travelers’ country of citizenship is an ETIAS-eligible country, they must apply for an ETIAS visa waiver.
The ETIAS system will apply to the Schengen Area travel which encompasses 26 countries and micro-states. This will allow travelers from the United States or other ETIAS-eligible countries who are authorized and legal visitors to travel safely and more easily between these Schengen Zone countries.