ETIAS stands for
European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).
This is a mechanism which aims to strengthen the security of European borders, as it will facilitate the identification of possible threats and risks associated with people wishing to travel to any of the countries in the Schengen Zone, being this travel authorization is aimed at citizens of countries that can access the EU area without a visa.
The ETIAS authorization will work for short duration trips of up to 90 days. This was announced by the European Commission in November 2016, and will come into operation from the second half of 2022, therefore, Colombians who until now had been able to move around the Schengen zone, will have to go through this procedure to enter this zone, i.e. Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Sweden and Switzerland.
Main desired purposes of ETIAS
- Reducing paperwork and waiting periods
- Improving border management in EU countries
- Assist in the detection and reduction of crime and terrorism.
- Prevent irregular migration
- It will complement the EU’s visa liberalization policy.
What do I need to complete the ETIAS application?
- Passport information (valid)
- Contact information
- Details of travel plan (reason, how long the trip lasts and when you will return)
- Background on previous trips to Europe
- Credit or debit card to pay for the fee
At the time of processing the ETIAS travel authorization, the applicant must complete the form and provide the following personal data, the completion of this form would take about 10 minutes or so. The confirmation of the permit could be immediate if the traveler does not have any inconvenience. In cases where the platform must validate information, it could take 96 hours or up to 2 weeks.
The form will prompt you:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Current address
- Passport details: number, expiration date, country of issue, etc.
After providing your personal details, you will have to answer a series of questions about safety and health, these questions will be related to:
- Drug use
- Criminal History
- Employment history
- Information on previous trips to Europe
- General safety information
- Travel to conflict zones
- Human trafficking
TIAS for minors?
To apply for ETIAS for minors, it will be the legal guardian who will be responsible for processing the travel authorization for the minor.
In conclusion, ETIAS will be the new way to travel to Europe for countries that do not require a visa, helping to keep track of how many people enter and who they are, in a fast and efficient way.