If you’re planning to travel around Europe in the Schengen zone then you may need to apply for travel authorisation before you go. The way you do this is through ETIAS, that stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It is all done electronically and it is in place so that people from countries who don’t require a Europe visa for the Schengen Zone can be easily tracked. It is ideal because the system is really simple to use and a super customer friendly platform. If you’re familiar with the ESTA for travel to the USA then ETIAS is very similar. The reason for its creation is to ensure the security of all member states and it is set to start in the year 2021.
How Does It Work?
It is so easy to apply for and you do it all online, it’s really quick and you’ll get the result immediately. I have heard from people that it will take a maximum of ten minutes and costs just 7 Euros. If you’re planning on traveling in a group then you will need to make sure that everyone with you has received authorisation. If you have kids under 18 then the good news is that they can get the authorisation without having to pay the 7 Euros fee. Here are the steps the system goes through after you apply:
– Verifies the information provided
– Automatically processes after cross checking across EU information systems
– The authorisation is refused or issued. The result will come through via email and if you’re denied you will given the reasons for that being the case.
ETIAS Europe advise applicants that they should apply online for the ETIAS at least 3 days before they plan to travel. Once you have received authorisation the system will link it to your passport, but just to be on the safe side I would tell everyone to bring along a printed copy of the ETIAS – that’s just so there are no complications at the airport when it comes time to checking in.
If you want to check the ETIAS requirements for your trip then head over to the professional ETIAS Europe website, in two simple steps you’ll find out everything you need to know and what you need.
What You Need To Apply
When you apply for the ETIAS you will need to make sure you have everything on the list below:
– A valid passport (be sure to check the date of expiry/your departure date) which has been issues from a country which is visa-exempt
– A valid debit or credit card so that you can pay the 7 Euros processing charge. Remember that minors under the age of 18 don’t need to pay
– All your contact information which consists of; your permanent address, a valid phone number and also a working email address (that’s where the result will be sent to so double check your info before you click confirm)
The ETIAS Checklist
As I mentioned above, whether you are approved or denied you will be notified via email by the ETIAS Europe system. In the case of denial you will be provided with the reasons why. To give you more of an insight, here’s the checklist for the ETIAS application – the checks they undertake before issuing or denying an application:
– Personal Information
– Passport Information
– Health Self-Assessment
– Criminal Self-Assessment
– Travel Information
– Payment Information
After reviewing all of the above via several different agencies you will receive the decision via email.
I think the system is absolutely fantastic and definitely necessary. I would love to hear how you find the application process and your thoughts about it. All you need to do is pop your comments in the box below – thanks for sharing guys!
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