When does ETIAS come into effect for Europe - Corporate Traveller

Europe's ETIAS: What we know 

Updated: 24th October 2023

European travel will require a piece of mandatory paperwork for non-EU nationals from a yet-to-be-announced date in 2025.  

Get used to hearing the term European Travel Information and Authorisation System, or ETIAS for short, as that’s what will be required for travelling to Europe in the future.  

It’s not a visa but works as a pre-security check; similar to the ESTA that’s needed to visit the USA.  

We'll answer what we know so far, including:

  • How to get an ETIAS 
  • When ETIAS comes into effect
  • Whether UK nationals need an ETIAS to go to Europe 
Caution: scam websites 

Applications are not open yet, so travellers don’t need to do anything for now.  

Be careful of websites appearing to offer this service. 


What is an ETIAS?  

The European Commission (EC) first floated the idea of an ETIAS back in 2016. It has two purposes to fill information and security gaps from visa-free travellers. Firstly, ETIAS acts as a screening tool to check visa-free travellers, spotting security risks and preventing illegal immigration. And secondly, the pre-check will facilitate smoother border crossings for travellers that don’t pose a risk.  


Who needs an ETIAS 

All non-EU nationals who do not need a Schengen visa will need to fill in an ETIAS application before they travel to the EU.  


How to apply for an ETIAS  

ETIAS will be mandatory. Travellers will need to fill in the form online to receive travel authorisation via email; the EC expects 95% of cases will be authorised within minutes. Filling in the application should take no more than 10 minutes and should not require documentation beyond a passport or equivalent. Where further checks are needed, travel authorisation could take up to 30 days. If required, a traveller will be denied entry.   

The ETIAS will be checked along with passports/travel documents when crossing the EU border, and airlines will be required to check authorisations.  

ETIAS will be valid for three years (or until the passport/travel document expires) and for an unlimited number of entries.  

The authorisation does not collect biometric data and gathers less information than a visa application process.  

Travellers will be refused entry if they don’t have an approved ETIAS 


How much does ETIAS cost? 

€7 per application for applicants aged 18-70 


Can I apply for ETIAS now? 

Applications are not open yet so travellers don’t need to do anything for now. 

ETIAS is expected to be in operation in 2025. When announced by the European Commission, more information will be available on this page 

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