What are the New Europe Travel ETIAS entry fees from 2023?
Travel to Europe is getting a bit more expensive as the EU finalizes its European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
Prior to the implementation of ETIAS, tourists from over 60 countries qualified for visa-free travel within the Schengen area in Europe. However, the EU will introduce ETIAS as a way to monitor traffic flow in Schengen countries as part of a security plan to identify various security irregularities. As a result, travelers who, once qualified to travel without a visa, will need to apply for an ETIAS authorization at a cost of €7/$7.50 to enter the Schengen area from May 2023.
What is ETIAS?
As mentioned earlier, ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. According to their website, the system is implemented to identify high security, irregular migration or epidemic risks posed by visa-exempt visitors traveling to Schengen states, while facilitating border crossings for the vast majority of travelers. who do not pose a problem of such risks.
Unlike a visa system that requires a lot of human intervention to review applications, ETIAS is almost fully automated and applications can be processed and returned within minutes. In cases where applicants are rejected, they can then appeal for a manual review. Once implemented, the ETIAS authorization will be mandatory to enter the Schengen area.
States that will require ETIAS include those in the Schengen area, as well as some microstates. They are the following:
- Czech republic
- Monaco (microstate)
- San Marino (microstate)
- Vatican City (microstate)
It is also expected that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania will eventually sign.
Who must apply for ETIAS?
If you are a citizen or resident of one of the 62 territories (including the United States of America) qualified to travel visa-free to the Schengen area, you will need to apply for ETIAS to enter the region. These territories are as follows (note that some countries may have additional restrictions and this should be checked prior to travel):
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- North Macedonia
- Holy See (Vatican City State)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- solomon islands
- South Korea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- St. LUCIA
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- East Timor
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- united states of america
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macau SAR
If you’re not from any of the territories above, you’ll probably need some type of Schengen area visa enter and would not fall under ETIAS.
How to apply for ETIAS?
Even though ETIAS is still being finalized, they outlined the expected process which will take place as follows:
- Travelers will apply online for a fee of €7/$7.50 and will need to provide data such as:
- Personal information
- Travel documents (eg passport or equivalent)
- The state you plan to enter Schengen area via
- Background checks: criminal background details, visits to conflict zones and other related situations
- If the application is being completed by someone else, details of the person completing the form should also be provided.
- The process which takes around 10 minutes and a result can be expected within minutes once it has run your data through various European security agency databases and watchlists.
- Approved applicants will receive their ETIAS authorization valid for 3 years from the date of approval or until the expiry date of your travel document (whichever comes first).
- Rejected applicants will receive a reason why they were not approved. The problem can either be the result of incorrectly entered information (which can be corrected via a new application) or a refusal due to a problem with the legitimacy of your documents or basic information. In case of refusal, you have the possibility to appeal the decision.
Once you have obtained your ETIAS authorisation, expect it to be checked when checking in with your airline or ferry and when entering the Schengen indicate that you intend to visit or transit through. Travelers planning to enter via a land border can apply for ETIAS there via a self-service kiosk (if they do not wish to apply online). The European Commission will provide more details later, once ETIAS is online.
Will I need a visa to visit a country outside the Schengen area?
If you plan to travel to another country after leaving the Schengen area, you will still need to check whether or not a visa is required to enter as ETIAS was not designed to cover this type of scenario. For example, if you are traveling directly to France and plan to visit England afterwards, you may need to obtain a separate visa to enter England.
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