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Non - EU travellers will need ETIAS approval to travel to Europe by 2020

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    A new security pre-approval system, ETIAS, which is similar to ESTA (US), travellers who do not have an EU passport will need to pay €7, which is not only a crafty way to screw more money out of travellers, but supposedly a security precaution to make sure you're not a terrorist.

    In his 2016 State of the Union Address, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has said the following:


    We need to know who is crossing our borders. This way we will know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here.

    This is yet another method of control over those who travel.

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    I believe it's done in advance and is valid for three years. No standing in line, I don't think.


    How long is the ETIAS valid?

    If approved, the ETIAS might be valid for 3 years or until the end of validity of the travel document registered during application, whichever comes first. Whether you will get the first period of validity or the second depends on the system’s evaluation of your information and risk.

    The ETIAS application is expected to take about 10 minutes to fill out. It will be online so you will not have to go through paperwork. Depending on the country of citizenship that you choose, it will present you with several fields to fill. You must give the following information:

    • Biometric information such as:
      • First name
      • Last name
      • Last name at birth
      • Date of birth
      • Place of birth
    • Information regarding your citizenship
    • Address
    • Email and phone number
    • Education and work experience
    • First EU country you intend to visit
    • Background and eligibility questions which will inquire on your medical condition, travel to war countries or places where you were deported or rejected, as well as criminal records
    • For minors, the legal guardian must apply for ETIAS
    • For family members of EU citizens from other countries, you must submit proof of relationship, residence card, and other background information