The EU offers a visa-free regime to many countries. Many third-world countries enjoy its benefits, though this is about to change.
The European Commission is updating its application system. Starting this year, new entrance requirements will be set for British people and those from third-world countries.
The new rules affect the 63 countries (the UK included) that are allowed EU access for travel and business purposes. The targeted countries may enter the Schengen Area for 90 days, without requiring a visa application beforehand.
Is This a Recent Project?
Not really, it’s a reform of a project announced years ago.
The reforms focus on improving travel within the EU block. They extend as far back as 2016, with the Commission’s introduction of ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System).
ETIAS is expected to officially launch in late 2022.
After the system kicks in, individuals from third-world countries who haven’t required visas for Schengen access must apply within the system.
Regardless, ETIAS isn’t mandatory for its first year of implementation. That will be a transitional phase, giving travelers familiarity with new requirements.
The entire process can be done online. This means that those who apply aren’t required to collect and submit paperwork. Also, no traveling is required.
The application can be completed quickly, only requiring 10 minutes on average.
However, the main requirement for Schengen area travel authorization is that the applicant owns a valid passport.
Applicants do have specific fields catered to individuals from certain countries. Those are required to be filled, depending on the applicant’s origin.
The main information required includes current address, biometric data, work, and educational experience, and the first country an applicant decides to visit.
Eligibility and background questions will also be key components of the application.
After all the required data is given, applicants must then submit their applications while paying a minor fee. The application is then processed across multiple EU and international databases. The individual applicant is also screened for security and health risks in each database.
If the application comes with no issues, then authorization for travel will be granted automatically and quickly, unless refusal is issued under possible grounds.
If an applicant’s profile indicates the possibility of risk, the bodies responsible will perform extra checks to see whether a travel authorization can be granted.
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