ETIAS: Enhanced security and a 10 Euro fee for non EU visitors to the Schengen region

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Following the lead, the United States of America put in for arriving passengers from what they call “visa waiver” countries, the European Union is now on a path to inventing the same. In Europe this process will be named ETIAS. The new regulation is planned to become law in 2020.

A new regulation, a EURO 10.00 entry free would apply to non EU citizens able to enter the Schengen area without visa.

Here are the rules and details:

  • Travellers posing a risk to security will be refused
  • Fee of 10 euros, authorization valid for 3 years for unlimited trips
  • Electronic application to be processed in less than 72 hours

Third country nationals exempt from visa requirements on entering the Schengen area will need to apply for a travel authorization before coming to the EU.

The new European Travel and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will allow for advanced checks on visa-free travelers and those considered to pose a risk in terms of security, irregular migration or high epidemic risk will be denied access.

Under the draft rules approved on Thursday by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs, non-EU nationals who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area will have to fill in an electronic form with their personal data (including name, date and place of birth, sex and nationality), travel document information (validity, country of issue), home address and contact information, and the European country of first intended entry.

Questions on criminal record and trips to conflict zones

The applicant will also need to inform authorities of any convictions for serious criminal offenses (such as terrorism, sexual exploitation of children, trafficking in human beings or drugs, murder and rape), about stays in specific conflict zones and of any prior administrative decisions requiring them to leave a country, all over the last ten years.

The travel authorisation will cost 10 euros, although some travellers will be exempted from paying this fee (persons under 18 and over 60 years of age, family members of EU citizens and students and researchers travelling for academic purposes), and it will be valid for three years (or until the travel document expires).

How it works

The application will automatically be checked against all relevant databases, including the Schengen Information System, the Entry/Exit System as well as Europol and Interpol databases, to verify, among other issues, whether the travel document has been reported lost or stolen and if the person is wanted for arrest.

The applicant may be requested to provide additional information, and in exceptional cases be invited for an interview. If they are refused entry, he or she will be informed of the reasons and of their rights to an effective remedy, including judicial recourse. In any case, border guards will continue to have the final say on entry.

The Regulation was approved by the Civil Liberties Committee by 42 votes to 12 with 2 abstentions.

Citizens and travelers from non EU COUNTRIES required to go through this additional step:

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