Traveling to Europe can be easy, mainly if you belong to one of the countries that are outside the European Union but is included in the list of visa-free countries. Because of this, there has been a rise in the security concerns regarding migrant crisis and terrorism. This gave the European Commission an idea to step up their management by implementing the use of etias.

 

What ETIAS Is

European Travel Information and Authorization System, better known as ETIAS, is an electronic system developed by the EC that will allow easier tracking of visitors from countries all over the world. It is similar to what the United States calls the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The system was announced to take place starting 2021.

All applicants of ETIAS will be subjected to a detailed security check if they wish to enter any of the countries within the Schengen Zone. The ETIAS will make sure the travelers are not a security threat will continuously gather and update information regarding the visitors.

 

Why Opt for ETIAS

The approval of ETIAS was mainly because of security reasons. As the number of travelers increases, the risk goes up with it. The European Union wanted to make sure that all travelers will arrive safely in their country and that their country is safe from any threats to security. Aside from these, the ETIAS will also lessen the procedure and application that an applicant has to go through. It will also improve the management of the borders as well as prevent irregular migration. Most importantly, the implementation can assist in the detection and decrease of terrorism and crime.

 

What to Prepare When You Apply

If you are applying for an ETIAS authorization, you will need to fill out an application form for 10 minutes. The whole process will be done online. However, you must make sure that you have the following information: biometric data, citizenship information, address, email and phone number, education and work experience, the first country to visit, and answers for other background and eligibility questions. The application will also cost you €7 per application. Upon submission, you will only have to wait until your application gets approved.

The implementation of etias will make the traveling process a lot easier while making sure that the security threat is maintained at a minimal. With this, you have the opportunity as many countries in the EU as you want.

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