EUROPEAN TRAVEL INFORMATION AND AUTHORISATION SYSTEM (ETIAS) – Q&A

On 5th July, the EU published a news release about the proposed European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) intended to strengthen security checks on those persons who travel visa-free to the EU, currently nationals from over 60 countries.  ETIAS will be an automated IT system created to identify any security or irregular migratory risks posed by visa-exempt visitors travelling to the Schengen area, whilst at the same time facilitate crossing borders for the vast majority of travellers who do not pose such risks.  All non-EU nationals who do not need a visa to travel to the Schengen area will have to apply for a travel authorisation through the ETIAS system prior to their trip [including post-Brexit UK nationals?].  The release details how the system will work and what information databases ETIAS will check.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-4362_en.htm

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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