The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) travel authorization is a mandatory requirement for nationals of visa-exempt countries traveling to any of the 30 listed European countries. It is associated with the traveler's passport. The document's validity extends for a maximum of three years or until the passport's expiration date, whichever is earlier. Obtaining a new passport requires obtaining a new ETIAS travel authorization.
ETIAS is a major change in the regulations governing travel to most European countries. Beginning in mid-2025, some 1.4 billion people from more than 60 visa-exempt nations will be required to possess a travel authorization to enter 30 European countries for a short visit.
By possessing a valid ETIAS travel authorization, you are granted unrestricted access to the territories of several European nations for multiple short-term visits, often limited to a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period. However, it is not a guarantee of admission. Upon arrival, border guards will ask to inspect your passport and other relevant documents to confirm that you meet the entry requirements.
Discover below the operational implementation of the first year of ETIAS and the most read articles about ETIAS on our blog:
- ETIAS: Everything you need to know - When searching for prerequisites for going to Spain, or any other European nation, one term that will come up often is ETIAS. The acronym ETIAS stands for the European Travel Information and Authorization System. Multiple European nations will adopt a new visa waiver system for foreign nationals beginning in mid-2025. What are the requirements for travel to Europe? How does ETIAS work, which countries does it affect and when will it go into effect? Find out.
- ETIAS: Which countries will apply and from which countries will you be able to access? - ETIAS will be mandatory for Schengen countries, plus Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Croatia. Nationals of countries that have a visa waiver agreement with Schengen will have the opportunity to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization. Find out more.
- ETIAS: Requirements, price, obligations and what to do to apply – In this publication we intend to resolve all doubts related to the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), which is the new border entry system used by Schengen countries.
- History of borders in Europe: from World War I to ETIAS - The introduction of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) represents a significant step forward in the process of European integration. A further step for a continent that was previously, in the recent past, immersed in conflicts between neighboring nations. Find out more.
- Who needs an ETIAS authorization to travel to Europe? - In 2025, there will be significant transformations for visitors traveling to Europe. In this publication we discuss the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
- ETIAS: What is it and what is it for? - The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be mandatory for more than 20 countries in the Americas. Here are the key points to keep in mind.
- ETIAS: Short and long-stay visas - The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a simplified procedure for entering the Schengen area. All nationals of countries that do not have access to the Schengen area will have to apply for a visa. Find out more here.
- ETIAS: Other visa waiver programs in the world - ETIAS is one of many electronic travel authorization systems. The European program was modeled after the U.S. ESTA, although it was not the first: that distinction belongs to the Australian ETA, created in 1996. Find out more here.
- ETIAS: Which agencies are involved in its management? - In mid-2025, the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will come into force and become mandatory for all persons wishing to travel to Europe. Here is some information on the various European Union (EU) bodies and entities that will be involved in the supervision of ETIAS.
- What are the main differences between ETIAS and a visa? - More than 60 countries whose citizens have visa-free access to the Schengen Area will soon have to complete an Electronic Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) application before visiting any European Union member state. However, several Internet sites, including esteemed periodicals, have consistently stated, deliberately or inadvertently, that "ETIAS is a visa."
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