ETIAS is another name for the European Travel Information and Authorization System. Beginning in 2023, visitors from a select number of countries will need to use a new system of travel authorizations. ETIAS aims to boost security and screen visitors to Europe before they arrive. ETIAS is valid for three years after approval or until the passport used in the application expires. It permits travelers to go anywhere in the 26 European nations of the Schengen Area.
Can an ETIAS be used to enter any EU nation?
Yes, but under certain circumstances. First, it’s essential to understand that not all countries in the EU are included in the Schengen Area. For instance, Ireland and the United Kingdom are EU members but do not belong to the Schengen Zone. You must follow their entry requirements if you plan to visit those countries.
Secondly, a country may still have its own specific entry rules even though it is a member of the Schengen Area. For example, certain countries may demand vaccination proof or a COVID-19 test result that is negative.
Nonetheless, ETIAS will permit you to visit any Schengen country if you have passed all entrance requirements. This includes popular tourist locations, including France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
How To Apply?
The procedure is relatively simple online if you’re considering applying for ETIAS. You must submit personal data and travel information and respond to a few security questions. The €7 (roughly $8) application fee can be paid online.
If you’re considering visiting Europe, you can use an ETIAS to enter any EU country with a few restrictions. Check the entry requirements for the country you intend to visit by doing some research.
Do I need to submit a new ETIAS application for each Schengen country I visit?
All Schengen Area countries can be visited with a single ETIAS application.