📅 October 06, 2022

Everything About the New Electronic Permit for Europe (2023)

Authored by Andrea Villegas

Everything About the New Electronic Permit for Europe (2023)

Last Updated: October 2022

The European Electronic Travel Authorisation has been discussed for years, however, there is now a date of release: November 2023. This is everything you need to know about this new permit or visa waiver, for people that do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Area.

What is the ETIAS?

The ETIAS is the Electronic Travel Information and Authorisation Permit to enter countries in the Schengen Area and some others around. Travelers from the 50 required countries need to obtain this authorization if they travel by land, air, or sea.

Important note: the ETIAS is not a visa, but an electronic permit. 

When do I need to apply for the European ETA?

From November 2023, you will need to apply for the European ETIAS before you board your flight to the countries listed. It is recommended that you apply at least 30 days before your trip to avoid any issues, but the validation can also take just a few minutes. 

It is actually expected that 95% of applicants will receive their valid European ETIAS a few minutes after filling in their information. 

You need to obtain the permit if you are traveling for business or as a tourist. If you intend to work, live or study in the selected countries, you need to apply for a long-term visa. 

How can I apply for the European ETIAS?

From November 2023, you will be able to apply online from your laptop or phone app in only 10 minutes. 

What documents do I need to apply for the European ETIAS?

  1. Valid passport
  2. Valid email address
  3. Valid debit or credit card for paying the necessary fees
  4. Answer a series of questions about health, criminal background, previous trips to Europe, trips to risky international areas, and family. 

How much is the European ETIAS?

Authorities have said that the new electronic permit will cost only 7EUR. 

How long is the European ETIAS valid?

This authorization will be valid for 3 years, and it will be multi-entry for 90 days in a period of 180 days. 

For which countries do I need to get the ETIAS?

Besides all the countries from the Schengen area, also Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania are expected to join the EU soon. 

Which countries need travel authorization for Europe?

  1. Albania
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Argentina
  4. Australia
  5. Bahamas
  6. Barbados
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Brazil
  9. Brunei
  10. Canada
  11. Chile
  12. Colombia
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Dominica
  15. El Salvador
  16. Georgia
  17. Grenada
  18. Guatemala
  19. Honduras
  20. Hong Kong
  21. Israel
  22. Japan
  23. Kiribati
  24. Macao
  25. North Macedonia
  26. Malaysia
  27. Marshall Islands
  28. Mauritius
  29. Mexico
  30. Micronesia
  31. Moldova
  32. Montenegro
  33. New Zealand
  34. Nicaragua
  35. Palau
  36. Panama
  37. Paraguay
  38. Peru
  39. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  40. Saint Lucia
  41. Saint Vincent
  42. Samoa
  43. Serbia
  44. Seychelles
  45. Singapore
  46. Solomon Islands
  47. South Korea
  48. Taiwan
  49. Timor Leste
  50. Tonga
  51. Trinidad and Tobago
  52. Tuvalu
  53. Ukraine
  54. United Arab Emirates
  55. United Kingdom
  56. United States of America
  57. Uruguay
  58. Vanuatu
  59. Venezuela

Do Americans and Canadians need a visa for Europe?

From November 2023, Americans will be required to fill in the ETIAS, travel information, and authorization permit to enter Europe. 

Why does Europe have a new visa?

The ETIAS, not a visa but a travel authorization, was originally approved in 2016 with the purpose of improving security and avoiding threats in the area for residents and visitors alike. It also has the goal to prevent any possible epidemics. 

Which background check will be performed to get the new European ETIAS?

Several databases will be checked including the Schengen Information System (SIS), Europol data, the Interpol SLTD and TDAWN, etc.

You can find more information in the official memo here, but we will keep updating this page as soon as new information keeps coming out.

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