The ETIAS is an electronic system which will track visitors to Schengen countries who do not require visas and is expected to be in place by 2021. An acronym for European Travel Information and Authorization System, it is very similar to Australia’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
Citizens of certain countries may visit countries within the Schengen zone for up to 90 days to engage in business or tourism activities, but they may not work or study in the country during this time. The ETIAS will process all such travellers not required to hold a travel visa, be they, tourists, on business, visiting for medical reasons or simply in transit to elsewhere (e.g.: Etias Spain or Etias France).
Entry to any Schengen country will be subject to successfully passing the ETIAS’s full security check. It will be up to this security system to determine the potential threat posed by passport holders not requiring a visa for travel of less than 90 days. These passport holders do not have to endure the rigours of applying for a visa. Pertinent information which applicants provide online will simply be gathered, tracked and updated by ETIAS to ensure eligibility for entry into the Schengen zone.