The launch of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) has been delayed until 2025, according to media reports.

Key Points:

  • EU authorities have not made an official statement, but several reports said ETIAS will be delayed.
  • ETIAS had been expected to launch in 2024 after it had been delayed several times.
  • Once ETIAS is operational, travelers from 60 visa-exempt countries will be required to obtain pre-travel electronic authorization before boarding flights to Europe. More information is available here.

BAL Analysis: ETIAS will make business travel slightly more complicated for visa-free travelers once it is launched. Obtaining travel authorization will be relatively easy and inexpensive, though BAL does recommend that employers prepare for the change. BAL will provide additional information about the expected launch date as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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