Introducing ETIAS, A New Visa-Waiver System By European Union is a new visa waiver system introduced by European Union for visitors entering European nations for business, vacation, medical and transit purposes. ETIAS is short for European Travel Information and Authorisation System. They will be in action from the year 2021. Visitors from other countries that did not need a visa to enter Europe will now need this new visa-waiver system to visit any of the countries falling into Schengen border. 

There are a total of 26 countries that are Schengen Member countries, they include nations like Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, etc. After having a proper authorised ETIAS you will be able to fly to these countries for a period of three months at once. 

The citizens who always needed a visa to travel to Europe will remain unaffected with the introduction of this new travel authorization system. ETIAS is not a visa but it is a visa-waiver system that will require visitors to undergo some security checks before boarding any flight to Europe. 

The European Union is adding ETIAS as a compulsory option for citizens of countries like the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. There are currently approximately 60 countries whose citizens are allowed to visit the European Nations and the Schengen Border countries without having to carry their Visas with them. Now after the implement of ETIAS worldwide, they will need a new travel authorisation system to visit Europe. 

The method of getting your own ETIAS is as easy as filling out an online form. This process is much cheaper and less complicated than that of passport. You will not have to sit through interviews and there will be no kind of interrogation for getting your ETIAS. You will just have to visit the official site and fill out an application form. The form will ask you about your basic details such as Name, Date of Birth, Place Of Birth, Nationality, Gender etc. But you must have a valid passport in order to apply for ETIAS. 

ETIAS are also required for minors. The charge of filling out an application form is seven euros for adults but for children below the age of 18 and old age people above the age of 70, they are absolutely free, and that you can pay through debit or crebit card also.. Generally 95% of population applying for ETIAS will receive a decision within minutes. 

ETIAS will provide you 3-month visa-free stay in European Nations. The validity of European Travel Information and Authorization system will last for three years. However, if your passport expires before it, then your ETIAS will automatically be considered expired. They will be compulsory for passengers from 1st January 2021. They are only valid if you are planning to visit the European countries for Business, transit, medical or vacation purposes but they can not be used for education or employment purposes. 

As soon as you reach the Schengen zone, you will be asked to show your approved ETIAS along with various necessary travel documents, then you will get an entry on the basis of that.

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