The continent of Europe has two different types of travel regulations for the international tourists visiting the European Nations. First who do not need a visa to stay in Europe and the second who does. Now the European Union is making some changes in its travel regulation and authorization system and introducing the launch of a new visa-waiver system called the ETIAS.
ETIAS is short for European Travel Information and Authorization System. They are mandatory for people who do not have to acquire their visa for their stay in Europe. There are a total number of 61 countries in the world that do not need a visa to travel or enter any of the European nations citizens of countries like the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada but now they will be needing ETIAS to step a foot in Europe.
People who belong to the other category and are from countries who are not permitted in Europe without visa will remain unaffected upon the launch of this new visa-waiver system.
The proposal for ETIAS, the new authorization system was introduced in the year 2018 but it will be active from 1st January 2021. Once approved, ETIAS will let you stay in these European Nations for a period of 90 days one at a time. However, the validity of ETIAS will last three years from the date of issue but in case the validity of your passport expires before the ETIAS then your ETIAS would be of no use.
There are a total of 44 countries in the continent of Europe. From these 44, 26 belong to the Schengen Border Area. These 26 countries are known as Schengen Border Countries.
The purpose behind the introduction of this European Travel and Information Authorization System is to protect the European countries as well as the nations falling into the Schengen border. These travel regulations will help the government in handling the immigration issues with ease.
To know the eligibility of applying for ETIAS go on https://etias-europe.us/. Here you will get information about the procedure of submitting an application for ETIAS. To apply for ETIAS you must have a passport, after that you will just have to fill out an application form asking about your basic information. About 95% of people will receive the decision of applying for ETIAS within minutes.
Minors and old-age people will also have to apply for their own ETIAS as they are mandatory for everyone regardless of age.
The European Travel Information and Authorization system will remain valid only if you are visiting any of the European nations with the purpose of traveling, medical, business or transit. You can not use this new visa-waiver system to stay in Europe for education and jobs purposes. You will be asked to show your ETIAS along with other travel documents once you reach the boarding gate of the airport and you will only be allowed entry on the basis of that.