ETIAS and who would need it when traveling to Europe?

DEFINITION OF ETHICS

ETIAS is a short form of European travel information and systems, which is a fully-fledged electronic system that also allows and monitors visitors from other countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area. The legal procedures for passing the ETIAS started in 2016 and the system is likely to be in place by 2021.

ETIAS undergoes a security check for each applicant to determine if they are allowed to enter a Schengen area country. ETIAS helps ensure that people who are allowed do not endanger national security. ETIAS is mainly used for tourism and business purposes and also benefits people visiting the Schengen zone for transit or medical reasons.

THE PURPOSE OF ETHICS

ETIAS authorization was granted to prioritize the security of EU countries to help ensure safe travel. ETIAS helps to reduce security concerns with its data collection and information systems, which help to determine if any particular person poses any threat to the security of the Schengen area countries.

The ETIAS license will also help travelers and EU countries by reducing necessary procedures and turnaround times, improving the management of the EU's borders, assisting in the detection and reduction of terrorism and crime, helping to prevent illegal migration and also strengthening EU visa liberalization policies. Thus, the authorization of ETIAS helps to make traveling to EU countries a safe and hassle-free experience.

WHO REQUIRES ETHICS?

ETIAS is intended for nationals of countries that can enter the EU without a visa. The list includes 62 countries that need to obtain ETIAS approval, such as Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Vatican City State, Hong Kong, S.A.R and many more. Additional countries may be added to the list by the time the system is launched, expected in 2021.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ETHICS

ETIAS applications can be completed online in about 10 minutes. Depending on your nationality, there are certain fields that must be completed. The main requirements are: biometric information such as first name, surname, date of birth and place of birth, and information on a person's citizenship, address, e-mail, telephone number, education and work experience – the first EU country a person intends to visit, background and eligibility issues investigating health problems, traveling to war states or places where a person has been rejected or expelled, and obtaining information on criminal records.

In the case of minors, ETIAS should be applied for by their legal guardian. If there are family members of any EU citizen in other countries, proof of relationship, residence permit and other background information must be provided. Always check that the information provided is correct, and be sure to check your suitability and risk factors as well.