EU Confirms Further ETIAS Delay to Spring 2025
14th November 2023
The launch of the new ETIAS travel system for non-EU visitors has been officially delayed until spring 2025, a year later than planned, according to the European Union.
The delay is attributed to ongoing issues with the implementation of the Entry-Exit System (EES), a prerequisite for ETIAS. The European Council has approved a revised timeline for the rollout of key digital projects, with EES expected to be operational in autumn 2024 and ETIAS following in spring 2025. Originally, ETIAS had been due to be launched in 2024.
ETIAS will require visitors from non-EU countries with visa-waiver status, such as the UK and US, to obtain authorization through a €7 fee, valid for three years or until the travel document expires. It will be run along similar lines to the United States’ ESTA program, and as the name suggests, it isn’t a visa – it’s a system for visitors from countries who don’t require visas to enter Europe, to preregister their visits through a simple online process. Those who currently need visas to enter will still need them.
The EES aims to replace the manual passport stamping system in the EU with an electronic registration system making Schengen border crossings faster and more efficient.
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