8 AUGUST 2022


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Article from BTNews 8 AUGUST 2022

Complications to Europe *

The introduction of the European Union ‘Schengen Zone’ new ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) travel system for non-EU visitors has been pushed back by six months and is now due to launch in November 2023.

Once ETIAS is in place, visitors aged between 18 and 70 from outside the EU who currently have visa-waiver status, including travellers from the UK and US, will have to apply for an ETIAS to visit any of the 26 countries in the Schengen Zone.

The scheme is similar to the United States ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) system, now $21, and is easy to use.

The European fee is €7 via a website or app with turnaround promise of four weeks. There is a right of appeal if turned down, and the validity is three years.

The Schengen zone includes most EU nations as well as non-members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.  The ETIAS targets citizens of countries who can enter the EU zone visa-free. As such, the following 63 countries will need to get the ETIAS authorization:



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Please don't post links to schengenvisainfo.com - it is not an official site. It is a labour of love by some guy in Kosovo, and it often contains mistakes. Official sites for Schengen visa information end in europa.eu