Under a visa-free regime, the EU will impose new entry rules for Brits and nationals from other third countries in 2022.
The Goal Is to Make Traveling Within the EU Straightforward
The commission intends to make the travel process within the Schengen area more effortless and more secure, taking into account that citizens from 63 third countries, including the United Kingdom, are allowed to enter the bloc for up to 90 days for business or travel without having to apply for a visa beforehand.
The commission implemented the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) in November 2016 to cut waiting times at borders and other procedures and address security concerns.
Since then, ETIAS has been further developed. Likely, it will officially be introduced by the end of 2022.
All travelers from third countries who do not require a visa to travel within the Schengen area will need to apply in the system as soon as it’s in effect.
Even so, it’s been stated that the ETIAS will not be mandatory in the first year of its implementation. This will be regarded as a transition phase so travelers can acquaint themselves with the new rules.
The ETIAS application process is entirely online, meaning those who need to apply will not face bureaucracy. Also, while the EU will impose new entry rules for Brits and other third-country nationals in 2022, the application will take no more than ten minutes to complete.
It has been emphasized that the applicant must have a valid passport to apply for travel authorization within the Schengen area.
The Travel Authorization Process Will Be Automated
Depending on the country of origin, the applicant will have to fill in numerous fields on the form, such as the address, biometric data, education and work experience, the first nation the applicant wishes to travel to, and other background eligibility information.
After providing all the essential information, travelers must submit their applications and pay a minimal fee. Forms will then be inspected for health risks and security threats, and automated checks across multiple EU and worldwide databases will be carried out.
Unless there are any possible reasons for refusal, the travel authorization will be provided immediately and automatically.
If an applicant’s profile poses a concern, the responsible agencies will perform additional checks to establish whether the travel authorization can be granted.