The European Parliament has approved the creation of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for travels to the Schengen area. This is mentioned in the message released by the press service of the authority.
'Non-EU nationals exempt from visa requirements will have to get an authorization before traveling to the EU', the message says.
The system, which is supposed to be launched in 2021, will let the border guards run the extra checks of visa-free travelers and those who may be considered dangerous, as well as the illegal migrants or people with epidemic risks.
'Nationals of the more than 60 countries and territories exempt from visa requirements to enter the EU will have to fill in an electronic form prior to their intended travel with their personal data (including name, date and place of birth, sex, and nationality), travel document information (validity, country of issue), home address and contact information, and the European country of first intended entry. The travel authorization will cost 7 euros - free for travelers under 18 and those over 70 years of age-, and it will be valid for three years, or until the travel document expires', reads the post.
'The applicant will also need to inform authorities of any convictions for serious criminal offenses (such as terrorism, sexual exploitation of children, trafficking in human beings or drugs, murder, and rape), about stays in specific war or conflict zones and of any prior administrative decisions requiring them to leave a country, all over the last ten years', the press release says.
The European Parliament's press service quoted MEP Kinga Gál, the Parliament’s rapporteur who said that 'ETIAS will bridge the existing information gap on visa-free travelers, by assessing whether they constitute a security, illegal migration or high epidemic risk before they arrive at the external border. This new system will significantly contribute to enhancing security for EU citizens. It is, therefore, an important step forward towards stronger and smarter information systems for borders and security', the official said.