📅 Published at 06 October, 2022 & Last updated at 21 August, 2023

Everything About the New Electronic Permit for Europe (2023)

Authored by Andrea Villegas

Everything About the New Electronic Permit for Europe (2023)

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    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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