The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be fully implemented by May 2023, the European Commission said.

Key Points:

  • Once implemented, non-EU nationals who do not need a visa to travel to Schengen Area countries will have to apply for travel authorization through ETIAS before traveling.
  • Applicants will have to apply for ETIAS online or through a mobile application and pay the €7 fee before traveling to the Schengen Area.
  • ETIAS is expected to be fully implemented by May 2023; the exact date will be posted on this website at  a later time.

Additional Information: The European Commission announced plans to introduce ETIAS in April of 2016 in order to facilitate border checks, streamline the entry process, ensure a coordinated risk assessment of third-country nationals and reduce the number of refusals of entry at border crossing points. The full implementation has been delayed a number of times, including because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information regarding ETIAS is available here.

BAL Analysis: EU authorities made the decision to implement ETIAS to help participating Schengen Area states to manage their external borders more effectively and improve internal security. The change will add a step to U.S. nationals and other visa-waived nationals planning travel to Europe. BAL will provide updates as the implementation date gets closer.

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