The ETIAS pre-clearance system is similar to systems already in place in the USA and Canada (the ESTA and eTA systems, respectively). It serves to enhance security by checking the details of those wishing to travel to the Schengen Area before they arrive.
All persons travelling under a British passport, or a passport of another country where entry is permitted into the Schengen Area without a visa, need to complete the ETIAS process. If you hold an EU or Schengen Area passport or hold a valid EU or Schengen Area visa, you do not need to complete the ETIAS process.
An ETIAS will cost a 7EUR processing fee, although this is waived for those under the age of 18 or over the age of 70. ETIASs will be valid for a period of three years from application, provided your passport remains valid during this period; a new passport will require a new ETIAS.
More information on the ETIAS system is still to be confirmed by ETIAS authorities, including when and how applications will be accepted. We have provided this handy FAQ on the ETIAS system to help you understand how to navigate the ETIAS system when it goes live.
All countries within the Schengen Area will require an ETIAS, including the Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks destinations of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Switzerland.
This does not, therefore, include entry to the Republic of Ireland for British citizens, but will be required if you enter the Schengen Area from the Republic of Ireland as a British citizen.
All travellers who are eligible to enter the Schengen Area without a valid visa will need an ETIAS. This includes citizens of the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as 54 other eligible nations.
An ETIAS is required if travelling from or via a non-Schengen EU state, such as the Republic of Ireland.
No, an ESTIA is only required if you do not hold an EU or Schengen Area passport or valid visa.
You will need an ETIAS if you are arriving in the Schengen Area on or after 1st January 2023.
The ETIAS administration states that ETIAS will normally be approved instantly. However, they recommend completing the process no later than 96hrs before you intend to travel.
More complex situations, whilst extremely rare, may take up to 30 days to process.
We don't yet know - the ETIAS are not currently accepting applications ahead of the 1st January 2023 commencement date. We expect this to go live closer to the end of the year.
If you are arriving in the Schengen Area by car (inc. entry using Eurotunnel motorail service), ferry, plane or coach, you will require an ETIAS.
If you are arriving in the Schengen Area by rail (excl. Eurotunnel motorail service), you will not require an ETIAS.
If you are remaining airside at your transiting airport, you will not require an ETIAS.
If, however, you intend to or must pass border control at your transiting airport, you will require an ETIAS.
An ETIAS will cost a 7EUR processing fee.
These fees are waived for travellers under the age of 18 or over the age of 70.
Yes, all travellers required an ETIAS.
The 7EUR processing fee is waived for those under the age of 18 or over the age of 70.
Your ETIAS is valid for three years once approved.
Note that if you get a new passport during this three-year period, you will need to re-apply for an ETIAS as this will not be updated with your new passport details.
No, the ETIAS is not a visa and therefore does not waive restrictions on the number of days you can spend in the Schengen Area.
No, the ETIAS is completely digital and therefore you do not need to send your passport off for processing.
No, the ETIAS is completely digital and therefore you do not need to carry any additional paperwork nor attach any documents to your passport, when entering the Schengen Area.
More information on the ETIAS scheme can be found on their website.
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