Travel rules seem to become more and more complicated every year that passes, and with the introduction of ETIAS, this only goes to add to the confusion exponentially. However, despite the clever acronym, ETIAS is not as complex as it may first appear.
In this article, we will be telling you everything you need to know about ETIAS if you happen to be unsure as to exactly what the topic entails, as well as also taking a look at how you and others may be affected once ETIAS comes into effect.
What Is ETIAS?
If you have never heard of ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) before, in a word, ETIAS is a new VISA waiving program that has been created by the European Union and comes into effect by the end of 2022.
To put this into practice, this means the inhabitants of any of the member countries of the European Union will now have an alternative way to travel other than just obtaining a VISA.
Unlike a VISA, ETIAS is going to be a much more straightforward process that is going to serve as an easy option for people to travel to different EU member countries, and it is going to take considerably less time to acquire than a VISA.
When it comes to the question of what this means for you if you happen to live in any of the member countries, there are a multitude of positive effects.
Travelling to other EU countries will be considerably easier than it has ever been before, and you may even find travelling to be a much more enjoyable experience. It is important to note that ETIAS only covers travelling for tourism and business purposes, not for working and studying.
What Countries Will Be Affected?
There are many countries that will be ETIAS members, and you can click on the previous link to get a full list of every member country. However, to list a few of the most notable, there is Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and many more.
In addition to the wide range of fully-fledged ETIAS members, there are also a plethora of countries that will partake in some of the benefits that ETIAS offers, and there are also a myriad of countries that are set to join the scheme in the future.
This could not come at a better time, and now that more and more countries are beginning to allow travel, it is highly likely that millions of people will utilise the ETIAS to its fullest capabilities.
We hope we have been able to give you a better understanding as to exactly what ETIAS is as well as how it may affect you.
Despite its intimidating name, ETIAS is an extremely useful system that is going to help millions of people around the world, and we can’t wait to see more travellers exploring this incredible planet.