Europe – ETIAS Delay Launch Date to May 2025

27 December, 2023

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) was scheduled to be implemented in 2024. However, EU officials announced a delay, and the new launch date for ETIAS is set for May 2025.

What is ETIAS?
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is a completely electronic system that allows and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone.

It resembles the U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which serves a similar purpose.

Why Is the EU Launching a New Travel Authorisation System?
The main reason for the approval of the ETIAS authorization is security. With the increased risk of travellers worldwide, the EU wants to ensure safe travel in its countries.

The ETIAS will substantially decrease security concerns through its information and data-gathering systems. This means that the ETIAS will detect if a person is a threat to the security of Schengen countries. This will lead to the person being denied entry and avoiding the threat of being present inside EU borders. It will deal with a problem before it is even there.

However, besides making travelling more secure, the ETIAS authorization will also assist the EU countries and all travellers in the following ways:
• Reduce procedures and application times
• Improve the management of EU country borders
• Assist in detecting and decreasing crime and terrorism
• Impede irregular migration
• Reinforce the visa liberalization policy of the EU

The ETIAS authorization will make travelling to the EU less of a hassle and a much safer experience.


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