ETIAS and who will need it when you go to Europe?

Definition of ETIAS

ETIAS is a short form of the European Tourism Information and Authorization System, which is a fully validated electronic system that allows and maintains visitors to other countries that do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area. The legal process required to pass ETIAS began in 2016 and the system is likely to be in place by 2021.

ETIAS will conduct a security inspection for each applicant to determine whether they should be granted permission to enter the Schengen area. ETIAS helps to ensure that the people who are allowed are not a threat to the security of the country. ETIAS will be mainly used for tourism and business purposes and will also benefit people who visit the Schengen area for transport or medical reasons.


ETIAS authorization was made to prioritize the security of EU countries to ensure safe travel. ETIAS helps to reduce data security concerns and information systems that help identify whether a particular individual is a threat to any security in the Schengen area.

ETIAS licensing also helps to assist tourists and EU countries by reducing required procedures and application time, by improving EU border management, by assisting in the detection and reduction of terrorism and crime, by helping to prevent irregular migration and also by thus strengthening the EU's visa liberalization policy. Thus, ETIAS helps authorize travel to EU countries to be safe and hassle-free.


ETIAS is targeted at citizens of countries who can enter the EU without a visa. There are 62 countries on the list that need ETIAS permits, such as Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Vatican City, Hong Kong, SAR and many more. When the system launches, which is expected to be in 2021, more countries may be added to this list.


ETIAS programs can be completed online in 10 minutes. There are certain fields that need to be filled out, depending on citizenship. Key requirements are: biometric information such as first name, surname, date of birth and place of birth as well as citizenship information, address, email address, phone number, education and work experience, the first EU country individual intends to visit, backgrounds and qualification questions as well as queries about the case , trips to countries of war or places where the person was denied or dismissed, and a query to obtain information on any type of criminal record.

In the case of minors, their legal guardian should apply for ETIAS. If there are family members of EU citizens in other countries, you need to provide proof of contact, place of residence and other background information if necessary. Always check that the information provided is accurate and also be sure to check your qualifications and risk factors.