The European Union has given the go-ahead for the introduction of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The main objective of the system, which passed through the European Parliament, will allow for advance checks and, if necessary, deny travel to visa-exempt non-EU nationals travelling to the Schengen area.
Visa-exempt non-EU nationals will need to obtain a travel authorization before their trip, via an online application.
Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said, “ETIAS will ensure that we no longer have an information gap on visa-free travelers. Anyone who poses a migratory or security risk will be identified before they even travel to EU borders, while the travel of bona fide travelers will be facilitated.”