EU Travel Information & Authorisation System
EU Travel Information & Authorization System is an Automated IT system created to identify any risks associated with a visa-exempt visitor travelling to the Schengen Area. All visa-exempt third-country nationals who plan to travel to the Schengen area will have to apply for travel authorisation through this system prior to their trip. The information gathered via the system, in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection, will allow for advance verification of potential security or irregular migration risks.
The ETIAS authorisation is NOT a visa. Nationals of visa liberalisation countries will still be able to travel without a visa but will be required, as a mandatory condition for entry to the Schengen area, to obtain a travel authorisation prior to their travel.
The ETIAS will be rolled out in 2020
The Background of ETIAS
The introduction of ETIAS is decided in November 2016. After the terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, the European Commission has been implementing ETIAS as part of strengthening the security of the EU. ETIAS prevents threats outside the EU in advance, keeps it safe, and is also introduced as a measure against refugee inflow problems. Therefore, the travel application system checks beforehand whether the traveller is allowed or refused to travel to the EU. The final immigration decision will be made by the local immigration officer. By checking visa-exempt third country tourists in advance, it is possible to make entry immigration easier and to drastically reduce the number of entry refusals.
Difference from conventional Schengen visa
Currently, when entering the EU area, travellers from some countries do not need to obtain a visa and visitors are allowed to stay up to three months. Visiting the EU is restricted to tourism and business purposes. Furthermore, visitors are not allowed to work or study in the EU without a visa. In the future, even visitors with visa exemption, need to obtain ETIAS for visiting Europe for tourism, business, or transit purposes.
In order to apply to ETIAS it is necessary to apply from a device such as a PC or smartphone that can connect to the Internet. What you need for Etias application is a passport with IC and a credit card to pay ETIAS application fee.
Before arriving in the EU, travelers must apply ETIAS online in advance. It may take time to review, so we recommend that you apply beforehand as soon as the schedule for the trip has been decided.
Required for ETIAS application
1. IC · machine readable passport (Passport satisfying applicable conditions is required)
2. Credit card (Application fee will be settled in euro.)
About the expiration and cancellation of ETIAS.
ETIAS application may be deemed to have been illegally submitted and there is no need to cancel the ETIAS application if the status of the applicant has changed or the conditions for ETIAS approval are valid. Applications for ETIAS are being implemented by national authorities of EU member states.
If you are traveling without a visa to the EUAS accession country listed in the list below, you will need to apply for ETIAS in advance from 2020.
Full Schengen Member Countries
Austraria, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Denmark, Lithuania, Spain, Estonia, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Malta, France, Netherlands, Germany
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) on Schengen Agreement
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
European Microstates With Open Borders
Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
Future Schengen Member Countries
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania
Who needs ETIAS?
Currently, travelers of the following 54 countries are exempt from getting Schengen visa and travel without visa is permitted. ETIAS will be introduced in 2020.
The ETIAS application requires a country passport listed in the list below and this list may change daily. Please note that it does not include the latest ETIAS target country.
Albania, Andorra, Antigua And Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Republic Of Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Samoa, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad And Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States Of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela
European Travel Information and Authorisation System
ETIAS ( EU Travel Information & Authorization System) is an Automated IT system created to identify any risks associated with a visa-exempt visitor travelling to the Schengen Area. All visa-exempt third-country nationals who plan to travel to the Schengen area will have to apply for travel authorisation through the system prior to their trip. The information gathered via the system, in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection, will allow for advance verification of potential security or irregular migration risks.