The European Union has recently announced a delay over the debut of implementing a new entry fee for any non-EU citizen who doesn't require a visa to the EU next year according to CNN.
“It’ll be a fast online authorization for non-EU nationals from the 60 or so countries that don’t currently need a visa to the EU – such as the United States and the United Kingdom – and will work a lot like the United States’ ESTA program.”
This new visa waiver scheme has been created to help increase better security verification of those traveling to Europe, manage migration better, decrease the likelihood of spreading diseases, and provide more security on country borders as Thrillist pointed out.
On the official ETIAS website, it summarizes those whose countries are placed as visa-exempt stating, “These visitors have been granted visa-free access to the EU and Schengen member countries through virtue of their good track record on security issues and, thus, have not been deemed as a threat to EU security. However, the EU is wanting to strengthen its border security as well as digitally screen and track travelers entering and leaving EU countries.”
All of this was created by a company called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) which was first founded back in 2014 in their about us section.
“Our company was founded in 2014 to be an authority on visas and travel authorizations. Our main aim is to help people with international travel.”
It continues to point out its vision for the future. “We believe that traveling abroad shouldn’t be complicated or stressful — it should be a thing of joy. This is our mission.”
On the info page, it points out various points that each holds high importance.
The list of countries that will require ETIAS includes Singapore, Australia, Japan, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and many other countries that are visa-exempt.
Countries that one can visit in Europe with a valid ETIAS are Greece, Portugal, Finland, Vatican City, France, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland to name a few.
The verification application is done completely online and will last for 3 years. It summarizes how it will work through ten simple steps to ensure that anyone who wishes to travel to the EU will understand the process.
The impact of this new verification process and travel requirement is said by Schengen News to impact all those parts of the EU as well as those traveling from countries that currently require short-stay visas.
“It is expected that the ETIAS will affect 1.4 billion people from over 60 different world countries, who currently travel to the 27 Schengen Area countries without having to obtain a short-stay visa, including here Americans, Britons, Albanians, Kiwis, Canadians, etc.”
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